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General Admissions Information
If you would like further information on admissions to Essex schools, and the process you need to follow if you would like to apply, then please visit the Essex County Council website.
Appeals timetable for children starting infant/junior/primary school from September 2019 onwards:
16 April 2019
Offer date. LA will notification to parents of all children living in Essex.
LA maintains waiting lists for all schools and fills any places that become available.
Admissions Policy 2019-2020
The Published Admission Number for The Robert Drake Primary School is 45.
Children are entitled to a full-time place in the September following their fourth birthday. Therefore those children who have their 5th birthday between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 will be admitted full time in September 2019.
The Local Authority coordinates admissions to the school at the normal point of entry and mid-year admissions.
Over Subscription Criteria
There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admissions area.
In the event of over-subscription, the following criteria will be applied, in number order, to determine priority:
- Looked-after children (including formerly looked-after children who have been adopted or made subject to child arrangements or special guardianship order).
- Children with a sibling** attending the school at the time of admission.
- Children living in the priority admissions area.
- Remaining applications.
In the event of over subscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority. At the normal point of entry this will be based on measurements provided by the Local Authority. Measurements for mid-year admissions will be based on an on-line distance calculator. In the event that there are two or more applicants living the same distance from the school than random allocation will be used to determine who has priority for admission. This random allocation process will be independently supervised.
a) ‘Looked-after child’. This is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in exercise of their social services functions (see definition in section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989).
b) The school may ask for verification of the child’s home address, in particular in the case of children to who shared parental responsibility arrangements apply. Where this is the case, the application may be processed on the basis of that address (where the child resides for the majority of the school week) and proof of address and residence arrangements will be required with the application. The child must be living with the parent, relative or carer 24 hours per day, for the majority of the school week.
**Siblings are defined as a child living in the same family unit, in the same family household and address who at the time of the application attends the Robert Drake Primary School in any year group excluding the final year. This includes brothers and sisters, adopted brothers and sisters and step brothers and sisters. Children residing in the same household, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.
Priority Admissions Area
Please contact the school for details of the priority admissions area.
Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list will be ordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above. This means that the time that a child was added to the list will have no bearing on their position in the list and once on the list a child may move up or down the list as other children are added or removed. Waiting lists will be maintained for the duration of the Early Years Foundation Stage year and any mid-year admissions will be in line with the criteria above.
Appeals Against Admission Decisions
Parents and carers have the right to appeal against admission decisions to an Independent Appeal Panel, as specified in Admissions Code. Please contact the school for further details of the appeals process.
Applications received after the national closing date will be handled in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme for Essex (published in the Primary Education in Essex booklet – www.essex.gov.uk/admissions)
The Governing Body will apply the admission arrangements in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme for Essex.
Admission Arrangements for Pupils with SEND
If a child is due to start primary school and already has a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the process of selecting a school is linked to the child's statement or EHCP. A consultation with the Statutory Assessment Service, staff at school, parents/carers and any relevant outside agencies will take place so that a school can be named in the statement or EHCP. It will be the same process for a pupil joining school mid-year.