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Brookmead School

Admissions Policy 2012 Determined Policy

Brookmead School is a Foundation School and the Governing Body is the

Admissions Authority.

Admission into Reception Class

Brookmead School admits 40 children into Reception.

Children will be admitted into Reception class at the beginning of the academic year

in which they become five. Once a child is allocated a reception place we will offer a

full time place in September 2012. Parents can choose whether to defer this offer, or

to accept the offer on a part time basis as they wish. Parents of children younger

than five have the right to defer entry until no later than the term after the child’s fifth

birthday. This must be within the same academic year.

Places will be allocated on the basis of applications received through the

Buckinghamshire Co-ordinated Scheme for Primary Admission. This allows

parents/carers to apply for entry to any Buckinghamshire primary school by means of

the Buckinghamshire Primary School Admission Application Form, available in the

Guide for Parents on Admissions and on-line via the LEA’s web site. Parents may

express up to three preferences in ranked order. The closing date for return of

applications is set by the LEA, and must be returned to the LEA for initial

consideration as detailed in the LEA scheme.

Places will be allocated by the Governing Body according to the following criteria,

applied in the following order:-

Once children with Statements of Special Educational Need have been admitted to

the school (as required by section 324 of the Education Act 1996) then places are

allocated in accordance with the following admission rules:

1. Children in Care

2. Children whose normal home address is within the catchment area of the

school. This is broadly the villages of Ivinghoe and Pitstone. Full details and a

map of the catchment area are available on request.

3. For the main point of entry: Siblings of older children who are attending

Brookmead school at the time allocations are made, and are expected to be on

the school roll at the time of the proposed admission, or who have already been

offered a place to start in the current academic year. For immediate in year

admission, after the normal point of entry: Siblings of older children attending

Brookmead school on the date of admission.

4. Children with exceptional medical or social needs, supported by written

evidence from a doctor, social worker, education welfare officer or other

appropriate person.

5. Prior to the year in which a child becomes five, they are attending the nursery

class (Acorns) at Brookmead School. Criteria 6 will be applied by the Governors

if over subscribed.

6. Once the above criteria have been applied, then further places will be awarded

according to the distance between the family’s normal home address and the

school entrance gate on the High Street, Ivinghoe: closest first. The shortest

designated route is a public route with a proper made up surface, such as

tarmac or concrete. If it is a road it does not have to have a separate pavement.


(the shortest route will be measured by the Buckinghamshire County Council’s

Geographical Information System as described in the Buckinghamshire

admissions booklet)

7. If it is still not possible to decide between two applicants who are equidistant

then a random allocation will be made to allocate the final place.

The terms “normal home address” and “sibling” are defined in detail in the Local

Education Authority’s coordinated admission scheme.

Where the school can accommodate some, but not all, children qualifying within one

of the above criteria, priority will be given to pupils having regard to the subsequent

criteria, in order. Twins and other multiple births will be considered equally.

All admissions must be made in accordance with the dates and arrangements in the

Local Education Authority’s coordinated admission scheme, which are published in

the Buckinghamshire composite prospectus. Any late applications will be considered

after applications received by the deadline.

Should the school or the relevant year group reach its maximum admission number,

children will be placed on a waiting list in priority order, according to the above

criteria. Any parent who does not wish their child to remain on the waiting list should

inform the school immediately.

No child will be refused a place because of gender, race, disability, religious belief,

academic ability or aptitude.


Admission at Year 3

Brookmead School admits 10 pupils into Year 3.

Should applications for admission exceed the number of places available, once

children with statements of special educational need have been allocated places,

priority will be given as follows:

1. Children in Public Care

2. Children whose normal home address is within the catchment area of the

school. This is broadly the villages of Ivinghoe and Pitstone and

Marsworth (7+ admission only). Full details and a map of the 7+

catchment area is available on request.

3. For the main point of entry: Siblings of older children who are attending

Brookmead school at the time allocations are made, and are expected to

be on the school roll at the time of the proposed admission, or who have

already been offered a place to start in the current academic year. For

immediate in year admission, after the normal point of entry: Siblings of

older children attending Brookmead school on the date of admission.

4. Children with exceptional medical or social needs, supported by written

evidence from a doctor, social worker, education welfare officer or other

appropriate person.

5. Children attending Marsworth Infant School.

6. Once the above criteria have been applied, then further places will be

awarded according to the distance between the family’s normal home

address and the school entrance gate on the High Street, Ivinghoe:

closest first. The shortest designated route is a public route with a proper

made up surface, such as tarmac or concrete. If it is a road it does not

have to have a separate pavement. (the shortest route will be measured

by the Buckinghamshire County Council’s Geographical Information

System as described in the Buckinghamshire admissions booklet)

The terms “normal home address” and “sibling” are defined in detail in the Local

Education Authority’s coordinated admission scheme.

Where the school can accommodate some, but not all, children qualifying within one

of the above criteria, priority will be given to pupils having regard to the subsequent

criteria, in order. Twins and other multiple births will be considered equally.

All admissions must be made in accordance with the dates and arrangements in the

Local Education Authority’s coordinated admission scheme, which are published in

the Buckinghamshire composite prospectus. Any late applications will be considered

after applications received by the deadline.

Should the school or the relevant year group reach its maximum admission number,

children will be placed on a waiting list in priority order, according to the above

criteria. Any parent who does not wish their child to remain on the waiting list should

inform the school immediately.


Admissions at times other than Reception or Year 3 entry

There are occasions when parents ask for admission to other year groups or to Year

3, once offers of places have been made. In these instances the governors have

agreed that the child may be admitted provided that the addition of another child to

the year group does not exceed the standard number for each year group. Selection

is governed by the criteria above.

Information on the availability of places and application forms can be obtained from

the Admissions Secretary at the School or from the LEA. If there is a vacancy and

there is no child on the relevant waiting list with a higher priority, a place will be

offered. It should be noted that the only way a place can be offered once the

admission number is reached for any year group, except in exceptional

circumstances, is by appealing to an independent appeal panel.

Waiting lists

Once a year group is full, children will be placed on a waiting list in priority order as

stipulated above. Priorities are likely to change, subject to the criteria above, as new

applications are made or individual circumstances change. No account is taken of

length of time on the waiting list. The school periodically seeks confirmation that

parents wish a child to be kept on the waiting list.

Appeals

There are established arrangements for appeals against non-admission. All parents

refused a place have the right of appeal to an independent panel. Details are

available from the school. It should be noted that, in the event of an unsuccessful

appeal against non admission to the school, the school does not consider any further

application in the same school year (1 September to 31 August), unless there has

been a material change in circumstances, for example a change of address. The

decision of the panel is binding on the school/LEA and the parents.

For further information in the first instance, please contact the Admissions Secretary

at the school. Contact details are as follows:

The Admissions Secretary,

Brookmead School,

High Street,

Ivinghoe,

Leighton Buzzard,

Beds.

LU7 9EX

Telephone: 01296 668543

Fax: 01296 661004

mailto:office@brookmead.bucks.sch.uk

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