Nursery and Preschool Admissions
Children beginning in Nursery
Three and four year old children are entitled to a free education for 15 or 30 hours per week depending upon eligibility.
|1st April and 31st August||Autumn Term – after the child’s third birthday|
|1st September and 31st December||Spring Term – after the child’s third birthday|
|1st January and 31st March||Summer Term – after the child’s third birthday|
Parents/carers need to register for an Early Education place. It is recommended that parents/carers do this as soon as possible after the child’s 2nd birthday.
Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health Care Plan (ECHPs) which names Woodside School will be allocated a place at the school. Places are allocated according to an agreed set of criteria, in strict order of priority as follows:
As defined in the School Admissions Code looked after children who are in Public Care as long as they have an eligible birthdate. If Woodside School is chosen, it is not essential to reside in the school’s designated catchment area.
Children already attending the nursery who wish to change the sessions they are attending or increase their sessions if they are not taking their full entitlement.
Children living in the school’s designated catchment area who have a sibling (including fostered and adopted siblings) in the nursery or school and that sibling (including fostered and adopted siblings) will be attending at the time the younger child starts nursery. If new places are limited, priority can be given to older children.
Children living in the school’s designated catchment area without siblings (including fostered and adopted siblings) at the nursery or school. If new places are limited, priority will be given to older children.
Children whose parents have been employed by Woodside School in any capacity for two years or more at the point of their child’s admission to the school and whose contract continues beyond the date of admission.
Children out of the school’s catchment area with one or more siblings (including fostered and adopted siblings) in the nursery or school at the time the younger child starts nursery. If new places are limited, priority will be given to the children living closest to the nursery (distance from home to school measured as a straight line on a computerised mapping system).
Children out of the school’s catchment area without a sibling (including fostered and adopted siblings) in the nursery or school. If new places are limited, priority will be given to the children living closest to the nursery. (Distance from home to school measured as a straight line on a computerised mapping system).
If the school governors decide to offer extra fee paying hours to children already attending for their 15 free hours, this offer will be made once all parental requests for free places have been dealt with and will not be given if it would prohibit another child from getting their free entitlement. The charges for these extra hours will be set at the identified price for the Child Care and Early Learning Centre (currently known as The Start Centre).
Attendance at our nursery gives no guarantee that your child will gain a place at our school. Priority of admission works as below.
- Parents/carers must apply separately for their child to go to any primary or infant school using via Shropshire Council’s online application form. Entering your child’s details on a school’s list at an early age is not a formal application for a school place
- The child’s usual home address determines whether they are in a particular school’s catchment area.
- It is the parent’s/carer’s duty to ensure that they have obtained all the necessary information and the correct form on which to apply for an infant or primary school place.
Children beginning in Reception
Children in England are entitled to start school in the September following their fourth birthday and must start their education by the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. Many parents will be happy for their child to start school in the autumn term, but a small number of parents may have concerns that their child might be too young for mainstream school. Parents of a four-year old child can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age.
In order to assist us in making the necessary staffing arrangements, parents wishing to defer their child’s entry to school are asked to inform the school as soon as they have been allocated a place. Parents/carers can also request that their child attends school part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age, and/or choose a place at a nursery or other early learning setting if they would prefer. Any parent considering part-time attendance for their child is advised to discuss this with our headteacher as soon as a school place has been allocated. Parents/carers who opt to defer entry to the term after their child’s 5th birthday, will not lose a FS2 place which has already been allocated through the applications process. However, where a child’s 5th birthday falls in the summer and parents wish to defer entry to the Autumn Term 2014, the child would be required to join the school in Year 1, not FS2. In such cases, parents/carers must apply separately for a Year 1 place, which could only be considered for allocation after the summer half-term holiday in 2014, by which time there might not be any places available in the year group.
Admission in Years Other Than FS2
Our admission limit in each Year Groups is at present 74. Following consultation it has been agreed that from September 2015 our admission limit in each Year Group will increase to 90 children. If we have reached that limit in any particular Year Group, admission may be refused, but all parents/carers have the right of appeal to the Local Authority. Admission to any other year is the responsibility of the school. Any parent who wants their child to join our school is encouraged to make an appointment to see the headteacher who will always find time to talk to parents/carers and children about our school. Applications for places need to be made to the Local Authority.
- The school will admit all children whose parents choose Woodside School up to the agreed admission limit of 90 children in each year group.
- Where the school is over-subscribed in any year group, consideration will first be given to whether the school can accommodate additional children without:(i) prejudicing the education of other children as a result of unacceptably high numbers in any one class(ii) exceeding legal class sizes in Foundation Stage 2 and KS1(iii) incurring additional costs which cannot be met by the academy trust or the Education Funding Agency
If after careful consideration of the above criteria the school is still over-subscribed, and once the admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health Care Plan where the school is named in the Statement has been managed, children will receive precedence in the following order: Priority 1 As defined in the School Admissions Code looked after children and adopted children who were previously in care. Priority 2 Children with siblings (including fostered and adopted siblings) already at Woodside School. This includes adopted siblings (including fostered and adopted siblings) living at the same address within the school’s identified catchment area. Priority 3 All children living within the school catchment area as designated at any one time by Shropshire Local Authority, with preference if necessary according to proximity to the school. Priority 4 Children whose parents have been employed by Woodside School in any capacity for two years or more at the point of their child’s admission to the school and whose contract continues beyond the date of admission. Priority 5 All children living outside the school catchment area as designated at any one time by Shropshire Local Authority with preference if necessary according to proximity to the school. If, in any of the above priority categories, there are more applications than there are places available, the rank order will be determined and priority will be given on the basis of distance measured as a straight line on a computerised mapping system between the home address and the nearest entrance gate of the school by pinpointing their eastings and northings. The shortest distance will be given priority. Where two addresses are within the same block of flats, the flat nearest the ground takes precedence. Where two or more flats meet this condition, the flat with the lowest number takes precedence. In the event of one or more children not being allocated a place at the school, the academy trust will ask the LA to establish an independent appeal panel. Parents will be informed they have the right to appeal against the decision. All parents will be informed about how this can be achieved at the appropriate time.
If you want more details of the designated catchment area for our school, please ring Shropshire’s Admissions Team on 0345 678 9008 or visit www.shropshire.gov.uk/maps. Expressing an interest in a place does not guarantee admission to our school. Offers of places can only be confirmed in the academic year before the child is due to start school. Admission limits cannot legally be breached, where to do so would necessitate class sizes in FS2 and KS1 of more than 30 pupils. All prospective parents, carers and children are welcome and encouraged to visit our school. Please telephone to make an appointment. The number of preferences received and places allocated were as follows:
|DATE OF ALLOCATION||ADMISSION LIMIT||TOTAL PLACES ALLOCATED||NUMBER OF 1ST PREFERENCES ALLOCATED||NUMBER OF 2ND PREFERENCES ALLOCATED||NUMBER OF 3RD PREFERENCES ALLOCATED||SEND PUPILS ALLOCATED|
- Increasing Access for Disabled Pupils to the School Curriculum
- Improving Access to the Physical Environment of the School
- Improving the Delivery of Written Information to Disabled Pupils
Our Access Plan is part of our annual School Improvement Planning cycle. A copy of our Special Education Needs Policy is available on request.