Winton Community Academy Admissions Arrangements for School Year 2018-19 

 


Academies Enterprise Trust is the Admissions Authority for the Academy.

 

These arrangements are established in accordance with Annex 1 of the Academy’s Supplemental Funding Agreement.

 

Admission Number

 

Winton Community Academy has an agreed Published Admission Number (PAN) of 150 for entry into Year 7.  The Academy will accordingly admit at least 150 pupils in the relevant age group each year if sufficient applications are received.  All applications will be admitted if 150 or fewer apply.

 

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan

 

Any child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (“EHC”) is required to be admitted.  This gives such children overall priority for admission to the named academy.  This is not an over-subscription criterion.

 

Looked After Children

 

Any child that is Looked After or previously Looked After is required to be admitted to the Academy.  This gives such children overall priority for admission to the named school.  In the case of previously looked after children, admission authorities may request a copy of the adoption order, residence order or special guardianship order and a letter from the local authority that last looked after the child confirming that he or she was looked after immediately prior to that order being made.

 

Over-subscription Criteria

 

If the Academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with Statements of Special

Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (“EHC”) where the school is named in the Statement or EHC Plan. Priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

 

1.          Looked after children and previously looked after children.  
 
2.          Exceptional medical and social grounds.
 
3.         Children living within the catchment area of Winton Community Academy who at the time of application have a brother         or sister (including children living as siblings in the same family unit in the permanent residence) on the roll of Winton           Community Academy and who will still be on roll at the time of the sibling’s admission.

4.         Other children living within the catchment area of Winton Community Academy.

5.          Children living outside the catchment area of Winton Community Academy who at the time of application have a                 brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the same family unit in the permanent residence) on the roll              of Winton Community Academy and who will still be on roll at the time of the sibling’s admission.
 
6.          Children living outside the catchment area of Winton Community Academy who, at the time of application, attend one            of the feeder primary schools. Feeder schools: Andover CE primary School, Anton School, Endeavour Primary School,            Knights Enham Junior School, Smannell and Enham CE primary School, Vigo Junior School.

        7.          Other children living outside the catchment area of Winton Community Academy.

 

N.B. School Closures statement.

 

In the event of a school closure, students from the closing school may be given a higher priority (for example this might include the child being treated as in-catchment) within the admission criteria for any school nominated as the receiving school. Specific arrangements will be determined by the Local Authority in accordance with the School Admissions Code and will be published at the time for the specific schools affected by a particular closure.

 

Operation of waiting lists

 

Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the coordinated admission scheme, the Academy will operate a waiting list. Where in any year the Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the first school term. This will be maintained by the Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.  Places from the waiting list will be offered in the priority order set out above, not in order of the date applications are made.

 

Late applications

 

Application forms received after the closing date will be considered alongside those applicants who applied on time wherever possible.  Where it is not practicable because places have already been allocated, or are shortly to be allocated, then late applications will be considered only after those applicants who applied by the published closing date.

 

Admission Outside of the Normal Age Group

 

Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to school outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health.

 

These parents will need to make an application alongside children applying at the normal age which should explain why it is in the child’s best interest to be admitted outside of their normal age which may include information such as professional evidence as to why this is the case and why an exception should be made in the case of the child. A decision as to whether this is an appropriate course of action will be made by The Trust (AET) as the admissions authority, who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the Headteacher.  Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.

 

In Year Admissions

 

The Academy will co-ordinate their own in year admissions and an application made outside the main admissions round (in-year admissions) should be made directly to the Academy.  Parents/carers can apply for a place for their child at any time and to any school.  On receipt of an in-year application, the school will notify the Local Authority of both the application and its outcome, to allow the Local Authority to keep up to date with figures on the availability of schools places within their authority.

 

Fair Access Protocols

 

The Academy works in accordance with the in-year Fair Access Protocols held by the Local Authority; should a vulnerable child within the protocols require a place at the Academy, they will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.

 

Tie breaker

 

If the academy is oversubscribed from within any of the above categories or subcategories, straight line distance will be used to prioritise applications; applicants living nearer the academy have priority. Hampshire County Council’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be used to determine distances (normally from the Ordnance Survey home address point to the academy reception). Distances to multiple dwellings will give priority to the ground floor over the first floor and so on. On individual floors, distances will be measured to the stairs leading to the communal entrance. If it still not possible to decide between two applicants who are equidistant then a random allocation will be made to allocate the final place. An explanation of the method of making random allocations is on the council website.

 

Appeals

 

Academies Enterprise Trust as the Admission Authority delegates the responsibility for appeals back to the Academy/Local Authority.  Parents who wish to appeal the decision of the admissions authority to refuse their child a place at your Academy may apply in writing to the Academy where appeals will be heard by an independent panel.

 

The Academy can be contacted at the following address:

 

Mr Nathan Thomas, Headteacher

Winton Community Academy

London Road

Andover

Hampshire

SP10 2PS

 

Tel:      01264 351822

Fax:     01264 332793

 

Definitions

 

A sibling is defined as a child who has a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister or stepbrother or stepsister living in the same family unit in the same family household and address who attends the Academy in any year group excluding the final year.  Biological siblings who attend the Academy in any year group excluding the final year will also be treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence.  Children residing in the same household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.

 

Brothers and Sisters

 

Brothers and sisters include children with the same natural parents living at the

same address children with the same natural parents living at different addresses (e.g. due to separation of natural parents) half- brothers/sisters living at the same address step – brothers/sisters living at the same address - children living as part of the same family unit with their parents/guardians at the same address.

 

Looked after child

 

A 'looked after child' (1) or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption (2)  child arrangements order (3)  or special guardianship order (4). 

 

1.     A 'looked after child' is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.

 

2.     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 Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).

 

3.     Under the provisions of s.14 of the Children and Families Act 2014, which amend section 8 of the Children Act 1989, residence orders have now been replaced by child arrangements orders.

 

4.     See Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 which defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians). 

 

Adoption Order

 

An adoption order is an order under Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. 

 

Child Arrangements Order

 

A child arrangements order is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

 

Residence/resident

 

Residence is defined as the normal family address where the child resides. The qualifications date is the closing date for applications under the co-ordinated admissions scheme (where families change normal address after the closing date but before the allocation process has finished this can be considered under the review procedure). Where parents live at separate addresses and have joint custody, the address used will be the one where the child spends the main part of the school week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive). Childcare arrangements involving relatives’ addresses do not qualify as normal family addresses for this purpose unless there is a court Residence Order in place.

 

Exceptional Medical and Social Grounds

 

Children who the academy accepts have an exceptional medical or social need for a place at one specific school. Applications will only be considered under this category if they are supported by a written statement from a doctor, social worker or other relevant independent professional. The information must confirm the exceptional medical or social need and demonstrate how the specified school is the only school that can meet the defined needs of the child.  This includes children in need, as determined by Section 17(10) of the Children Act 1989.