ADMISSIONS

Upland Primary is a primary academy a part of Unity Academy Trust.

It has a two form entry with a capacity of 60 pupils in each year group. However for academic year 2017/18 Upland Primary School will be admitting 90 pupils into our new Reception classes, for this year only. We will then be reverting back to a 60 pupil intake in September 2018.

There is a Foundation Stage unit which incorporates a two reception classes (3 classes in 2017/18 only) and a morning and afternoon Nursery class.

We are an inclusive school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities.

All applications will be treated on merit and in a sensitive manner by the London Borough of Bexley, who still determine the admissions for our school.

The only restriction we place on entry is that of number. If the number of children applying for entry exceeds the places available, we enforce the procedure set out below in order to determine whether a child is accepted or not.

It is our wish to allow parents the right to have a place at the school of their choice.  However, this is not always possible, due to the excess demand on the school places available. We are a highly oversubscribed school. In 2016/17 our catchment area was 0.3 miles. This does however change year on year depending on the number of applications across the local authority.

All admission procedures follow the guidance specified within the Handbook for Head Teachers which is updated annually by the authority.

Copies of the parent’s admissions book and application forms are always available in the school office.

All parents interested in requesting a pupil place at Upland Primary are offered a warm welcome at the school and invited to meet with the Headteacher for an informal guided tour. We display the tour dates on our website in advance. Please note that we do restrict number to 10 people per tour in order to comply with Health and Safety.

Parents are encouraged to ask questions, to visit all the classrooms, meet with the teaching staff, and see the school at work. The school ethos, achievements, aspirations, positive behaviour policy, safe guarding procedures and inclusivity are detailed during this first meeting.

Advice on completing the admissions forms is offered and parents are reminded that they can apply ‘on line’.

The school seeks to recruit pupils by advertising the designated admission dates and procedures in the booklets, posters, leaflets and flyers produced by the authority and publicising the school in newsletters, at school events and on the school website.

How parents can apply for their child to be admitted to our school

As our school is an academy, however the school determines the admission arrangements in agreement with the Local Education Authority (LEA).  The LEA is therefore the ‘Admissions Authority’ for our school. The regulations for entry to each school, where the Admissions Authority is the LEA, are published each year by the LEA.

Parents can receive a copy of these regulations directly from the LEA.

The LEA publishes a composite admissions prospectus each year, which gives information about how parents can apply for a place in the school of their choice.  Parents have a right to express a preference for the school of their choice and they should do so on the application form. Expressing a preference does not, in itself, guarantee a place at this school.

Applications forms can be obtained from the Education Department of the LEA or the school of your choice and should be completed by the date stipulated on the forms. The LEA notifies parents about the school place as soon as all the applications have been considered.

In this area, children enter school in the academic year they become five. There is one admissions date per year, early in September at the start of the school year). Therefore, parents who would like their child to be admitted to this school during the year their child is five should ensure that they complete the necessary application form by the said date.

Admission application dates are published by the authority and relate to Nursery and Reception provision. We will also display these dates on our school website.

Transfer from school to school can occur at any time in the school year, and the school would extend the same welcome and personalised tour.

Once admission has been agreed contact is made with the child’s previous school to ensure the transfer of assessments and data.

In the event of the school being oversubscribed the prospective parents would be informed and told of their rights to appeal.

The school would contact the School Admission Team for support with an interpreter if this was deemed necessary at the initial parent meeting and follow the specific guidelines for admitting pupils from abroad.

As an ‘inclusive school’ we make no distinctions on admission on the grounds of race, faith, nationality, gender or disability. We are, however, mindful of the importance of ensuring that we are able to meet the ‘educational and emotional needs’ of all the children in our care. We would, therefore, seek to secure the appropriate resources for a pupil with identified needs, possibly by applying through the EHC process, or seek to support the parent in finding an appropriate place within the authorities extended provision.

At the discretion of the authority some children may be offered priority places because of their perceived needs, or the school may be named directly in a statement of educational needs.

Admission Criteria 2018 and 2019