POLICY AND NUMBERS
Children are admitted on a part-time basis (mornings only) basis to the Nursery Class at the start of the school year (September) in which they reach their fourth birthday. They are admitted full-time to the Reception Class at the start of the year in which they reach their fifth birthday, although there is the option of attending part-time until the child is five years old. The number of admissions for each year is 27 (26 for the Nursery)
Application to the Nursery should be made using the Pippins application form and those for the main school using the Common Application Form. Admission dates for all classes other than Nursery will usually be in line with those set by Slough Local Authority. Parents/Carers must also submit proof of address in the form of a Council Tax or utility bill. The child’s birth certificate must be seen by the school prior to admission, unless we have already recorded that it has been seen in the Nursery.
Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:
- where the child is looked after in the care of the Local Authority
- for Admission into Reception, where a child is currently in the Nursery at Pippins
- where the child will have a brother of sister ( natural, step or adopted) attending the school at the time of admission; in the case of two or more children being on the waiting list for classes, where both already have brothers or sisters within the school, the place shall go to the child who has been on the waiting list for the longer time
- where there are medical grounds (supported by a doctor’s certificate) for admitting the child
- the proximity of the child’s front door to the school measured by the shortest, safe walking distance, with those living nearer the school being accorded the higher priority
Parents have the right to appeal if we are unable to offer a place to their child. An independent panel will be set up no more than once a term to consider any appeal against non-admission. A copy of the procedure is available from the school. Parents who have appealed unsuccessfully may reapply for a place at the school in a later academic year. There is no right of appeal for Nursery Class as this stage of education is non-statutory.
Parents have 20 school days to lodge an appeal and the school must hear the appeal within 40 school days of the closing date of receiving the forms.
Appeals for admission from February 2013 will be heard w/c 11th March 2013