Admissions

Admission arrangements for entry into Reception classes at Kents Hill School, September 2016

Kents Hill School aims to enhance and enrich the lives of children and young people by enabling them to make the most of outstanding learning opportunities within and beyond the curriculum; instilling an appreciation that there are no limits to what they can achieve and developing the attributes needed to successfully shape and respond to the future.

A clear secular moral framework will promote honesty, integrity, tolerance and respect as well as an appreciation of individual and collective responsibility.

In this way we will bring out the very best in our children and young people.

Parents should note that for Milton Keynes Schools there is no automatic right to a place at the local school. It is essential that application forms are completed and returned by the deadline date. If you make an application for a school which is not your local school and subsequently are not allocated a place, there is no guarantee that a place will be available for your child at the local school.

For general information on admissions within the Milton Keynes Local Authority area, this document should be read in conjunction with the Milton Keynes Council publication “Admission to Primary Schools in Milton Keynes: Information for Parents”. Parents should familiarise themselves with this information and take particular note of the definitions provided, dates and deadlines.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR PUPILS AGED 4+ to 7 

The planned admission number for September 2015 is 60 pupils in each year group from Reception to Year 2.  Children will start school in September of the academic year following their 4th birthday.

Defined area
Kents Hill’s defined area for admissions covers Kents Hill and the part of Walnut Tree north of Walton Road.

The school offers a one point of entry policy for children entering school in the Reception year.
Places are allocated, taking into account the infant class size limit of 30 for pupils aged 5, 6 or 7 at Key Stage 1.

Admissions Criteria for Entry in September 2016

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) naming Kents Hill School will be given priority for admission within the normal admission round, in accordance with national regulations.

In the event of there being greater demand for admission than there are places available, the following criteria will be used to allocate places:

  1. Children who are Looked After by the Local Authority.
  2.   Children attending Kents Hill School Nursery and who live in the school’s defined area.
  3.   Siblings of children attending schools within Milton Keynes Education Trust and who live in the school’s defined area.
  4.   Children who live in the defined area served by the school and have a sibling on roll at the time of admission. Parents may be required to provide proof of permanent residence in the defined area.
  5.    Children of staff employed by Milton Keynes Education Trust.
  6.   Children who live in the defined area served by the school. Parents may be required to provide proof of permanent residence in the defined area.
  7.   Children attending Kents Hill School Nursery who live outside the defined area.
  8.   Siblings of children attending schools within Milton Keynes Education Trust who live outside the defined area.
  9.   Children who  live  outside  the  defined  area and  have  a  sibling  on  roll  at  the  time  of admission.
  10. Children who live outside the defined area.

 

In the event of over subscription, including over subscription within any category above, remaining places will be awarded according to the proximity of the child’s main residence to the main entrance of Kents Hill School.  This is measured in a straight line from the front door of the child’s home to the school’s main entrance gate using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving higher priority.

Any application for a place at the school received after the published date for return will only be considered after all prior applications have been looked at in line with the above.

 

Definitions

Sibling
A sibling is a brother or sister, which for admission purposes means brothers and sisters of whole or half blood or any other child (including an adopted child) who permanently resides at the same address and for whom the parent also has parental responsibility.

To be included as a sibling within the admissions rules the other child (sibling) should still expect to be in attendance when the applicant child joins the school. Siblings are always checked with the preferred school and it would be helpful if you indicated where the existing child has a different family name.

Multiple Births
In cases where there is one remaining place available and the next child on the waiting list is one of a twin, triplet or other multiple birth group, both twins would be admitted (or all the siblings in the case of multiple births) even if this goes above the admission number for the school.

 

Applying for a school place for children starting school for the first time
 
Procedures for applying to Kents Hill School are explained in the Council’s “Admission to Primary Schools in Milton Keynes - Information for Parents” booklet.  Parents should familiarise themselves with this information and take particular note of the definitions provided, dates and deadlines. 

Milton Keynes Council co-ordinates admissions to all primary schools in Milton Keynes and parents cannot apply directly to the school.

Parents should apply online from early September 2014 on the Council’s website www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schooladmissions.  This facility is open until the published closing date.  If parents do not have access to the internet they can collect an application form from the school.  Regardless of how parents apply they must submit it online or send their application in by the closing date.

Allocating places

Governors will consider and rank all the applications in line with the published criteria shown above and advise the School Admissions Team of the determined rankings The School Admissions Team will write to parents and issue an email to those who applied online to confirm whether a place can be offered.

If a place cannot be offered the School Admissions Team will confirm an alternative school.

Prospective applicants should note that it is generally not the school’s policy to allocate a place for a child to a year above or below that of the child’s chronological age.

Waiting list

Each admissions authority must hold a waiting list for at least one term in the school year of admission.  If it is not possible to offer a place at Kents Hill School the School Admissions Team will hold a waiting list in partnership with governors.   The list is organised in line with the published admissions criteria.

If places become available they will be allocated from the waiting list.  

Parents should be advised that the waiting list can change as new applications are received and a child’s position can go up or down.

The waiting list for children starting school for the first time will close on 31 December 2015.

Appeals

If it is not possible to offer a place parents have the right to appeal against any decision not to offer a place. This information will be provided on request.

 

Milton Keynes Council co-ordinates admissions to all primary schools in Milton Keynes and parents cannot apply directly to the school.

Parents should apply online from early September 2015 on the Council’s website www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schooladmissions.  This facility is open until the published closing date.  If parents do not have access to the internet they can collect an application form from the school.  Regardless of how parents apply they must submit it online or send their application in by the closing date.
This admissions policy means that children whose parents/carers complete and return an application form stating their defined area school as one of their ranked preferences will be given priority consideration. There is no guaranteed place.

In the event of over subscription following the application of the criteria above, places will be allocated according to the proximity of the child's home to the school as measured by the nearest available route. This is from the front door of the child's home to the school's nearest entrance gate as measured using the computer program MAPINFO.

Children are admitted initially on a part–time basis. During the academic year, and usually within a few days, children will move to attending full time after diiscussion between the parent and school. All children will be full time in the term after their 5th birthday when they become statutory school age.

 

Deferred entry

For children starting school for the first time, parents have the right to defer their child’s admission to later during the school year.  It is not possible to defer entry to the following year.

Parents should make a normal application by the closing date and must put their reasons in writing for deferring entry. The council will, in partnership with the Headteacher, consider each request on an individual basis.

Parents must make an application by the closing date. Once a place has been allocated parents should contact the school to confirm when the children will start.
   
For further information please see. If you require a form please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01908 253338.

This policy is reviewed yearly by the Governing Body.
Last review date: 25th November 2014. Ratified by Trustees: 11th December 2014.