Section 89 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (the 1998 Act) requires every admission authority to determine, before the beginning of the school year, the admission arrangements that are to apply for that year, in accordance with the timetable set out in the School Admission Code 2014 (SAC). Although we have not made any changes to our Admissions Policy in recent years and do not plan any changes for 2019 either, it also states that the school must fully consult with all interested parties every 7 years and we are therefore carrying out this consultation process for our draft 2019 Admissions Policy, a copy of which can be found below:
30th October 2017
Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians,
The Governing Body of St. Mark’s C.E Junior School is consulting on the school’s admission arrangements for September 2019.
Although we have not made any changes to our Admissions Policy for 2019 and do not plan to make any changes in the foreseeable future, the School Admission Code 2014 (SAC) states that schools must fully consult with all interested parties every seven years on their admission arrangements. We are therefore carrying out this consultation process for our draft 2019 Admissions Policy, a copy of which is attached to this letter and can also be found on the school website - www.stmarksjunior.com
The consultation begins at 5pm today, Monday the 30th of October 2017 and will run for six weeks, ending at 5pm on Monday the 11th of December 2017.
Anyone wishing to comment on the School’s proposed Admissions Policy for 2019 should contact the Clerk to the Governors (Mrs Debi Manners) via e-mail; email@example.com, telephone 01242 702280 Opt. 3 or by letter.
The consultation has been communicated by St. Mark’s C.E Junior School as follows:
Notification to Gloucestershire County Council.
Notification to the Diocesan Board
Notification to all parents, carers and guardians of St. Mark’s C.E Junior School and publication on the school’s website.
Headteachers/Principals and Chair of Governors for all schools in Gloucestershire plus a 5 miles radius.
Forces/Government agencies within the current catchment area.
Additional copies of the draft 2019 Admissions Policy are available from the school’s reception if required.
All recipients of the consultation will be welcome to respond and we look forward to hearing your views on the proposal.
Mrs Debi Manners
Clerk to the Governing Body
ST. MARK’S C.E JUNIOR SCHOOL
PROPOSED ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR ENTRY IN SEPTEMBER 2019 (V1)
Date of this policy: September 2017
Person responsible: Governing Body
Review: September 2018
At St Mark’s C.E Junior School, we build on our Christian foundation and in partnership with parents, we aim to provide a secure and creative environment where all individuals are valued and their gifts and potential are nurtured and developed.
Parents moving into the district or considering sending their children to our school are requested to contact the Head Teacher or Office to arrange a visit. We follow the Gloucestershire Primary Coordinated Admission Scheme for KS1 to KS2 September transfer.
This policy and criteria should be read in conjunction with the School Admissions Guidance Booklet, which is available from www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions or from the Access to Learning Team at Shire Hall on 01452 426695. If you have not received a letter from the Access to Learning Team by the end of November 2018, please contact them and arrange for one to be sent to you.
St. Mark’s C.E Junior School will act within the Schools Admission Code 2014 to ensure that it follows a fair, consistent and transparent method of offering places to children, but it does support the county-wide principle of allowing children to access a local school place. The Schools Standards & Framework Act 1998, Section 86, requires admission authorities to only refuse admission of pupils where it may compromise education to do so and therefore the School Admission Code 2014 does make provision for admission authorities to admit above their admission number during the admissions process to meet parental demand. The Governing Body will consider all applications for a school place in line with the schools admission policy, taking individual cases into account in line with its exceeding PAN protocol - which sets out how the school will implement such flexibility in a transparent manner whilst ensuring sustainability of the whole school system.
The indicated number per year group at St Mark’s C.E Junior School is 60. The whole school number is 240. Where this number is likely to be exceeded, Governors will refer to the following criteria in considering all applications for admission.
A child who was previously looked after, but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption order. This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).
A child arrangements order (formerly known as residency order) is in place.
A special guardianship order (an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian/s) is in place.
Applications under this criterion will only be considered if supported by a written statement from a doctor demonstrating that there is a very specific connection between the medical need and the school.
The above criteria would be applied in sequence until the number seeking admission is reduced to the School’s indicated admission number. Preferences for our school will be given equal consideration.
As a Voluntary Aided School, we are our own admission’s authority and as such we follow appeals guidelines as set by the Admissions Code of Conduct.
*Sibling refers to brother or sister, half-brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step-brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, as well as children who are brought together as a family by a same sex civil partnership. In each case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address, at the time of application.
**Children of parents who live in the ecclesiastical parish of St Mark, Cheltenham and whose parents have a regular attendance at one of the district churches of the parish, supported by a letter from their minister. (Regular is defined as at least monthly attendance.)
An additional information form which needs to be signed by the Minister is attached.
Head Teacher Chair of Governors
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