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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 

Admissions and Transfers

 

We welcome informal visits from prospective parents and children to view the school and to speak to the children and the staff. If you feel that you would like to visit us, please do not hesitate to telephone the office for an appointment.

 

Whether or not you live in the school catchment area, all admissions are made subject to the Worcestershire LA Admissions Policy which is available at:

 

www.worcestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions.

 

School Admission Arrangements for children aged 4 years

 

In order to enable all children to have the opportunity of three terms of reception age education, it has been agreed to have a single point of entry in September for children who are four years old before 1st September of that year.  

 

We have a flexible approach as to whether these Early Years children attend school on a part-time or full-time basis; however we strongly encourage all the children to start full time in September unless there are special circumstances.  All rising 5 children must attend school on a full-time basis from the term after they become 5 years old, in accordance with the County Admissions Policy.

 

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

 

Parents/Carers should refer to the Worcestershire County Council website for full details of the admission arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools. 

 

How to apply for a school place in the normal round of admissions 2016/17

 

All pupils who reside within Worcestershire who wish to apply to any First/ Primary School, including any school outside the county of Worcestershire, are required to complete an online application . Applications must be received at the County Council by 15th January 2017.

 

If you do not have access to the internet or require further information about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Team at Worcestershire County Council for assistance.

 

Worcestershire parents are invited to state 3 preferences. All preferences are treated as equal initially and the over-subscription criteria applied to each preference. If it is possible to make a potential offer at more than one school, then the final offer will be the school ranked highest on the application.

 

The parents of pupils resident outside Worcestershire, but who wish to apply for a place at a Worcestershire school, must complete an application via their "home" LA. (The "home" LA is defined as the Local Authority relevant to the Child's home address).  The "home" LA will ensure that the application details are passed onto Worcestershire LA for consideration in the allocation of school places. If you are not resident in Worcestershire, then you should obtain admission details from your “home” LA, even if your preferences include schools within Worcestershire. 

 

Parents/Carers should be aware that different LA’s and Academies, Foundation, Free and Voluntary Aided Schools may have different admissions criteria and therefore it is strongly advised that they ensure that they have understood the information available from each LA/School before stating their preference on any application form. Please contact the Admissions Teams of relevant LA’s if further information is required.

 

When are decisions made?

 

Offers will be issued on 16th April 2017. They will be issued direct to parents by School Admissions even if it is on behalf of the governing body of an Academy, Foundation, Free or Voluntary Aided school, or a school in a neighbouring LA.

In the few cases where it may not be possible to offer a place at any of the preferences stated on the application, a place will be offered at the nearest available school with places. For pupils not resident in Worcestershire, the offer or refusal will be sent direct to parents by the “home” LA even if it is for a school in Worcestershire.

 

Admissions to schools during the year outside

the normal round of Admissions

 

 

The procedure for in-year admissions for Worcestershire residents is as follows:

 

1. Parent/Carer to obtain an application form (CA1), if a resident in Worcestershire, from any of the following sources:

 

  • Child’s current school (if in Worcestershire)

  • School being applied for (if in Worcestershire)

  • Worcestershire Hub Centre (Tel 01905 822700)

  • Download form from website (www.worcestershire.gov.uk) 

2.  Parent/Carer to complete the application form and ensure form is counter-signed by current Headteacher (if already attending a Worcestershire School).

 

3  In the case of a first preference for a Community or Voluntary Controlled School, the parent/carer should then forward the form onto the School Admissions Section to be processed.

 

4. In the case of a first preference for an Academy, Foundation, Free or Voluntary Aided School, or a school in another Local Authority, the parent/carer should forward the form to the individual school.

 

5. The Local Authority or individual school will write to parents, normally within 10 school days of the form being received, to notify of the decision.In the case of an Academy, Foundation, Free or Voluntary Aided school, the school will also notify the Local Authority. Where it is not possible to offer a place, parents will be notified of the right of an appeal by the relevant admission authority and, in most cases, an alternative school will be offered.

 

6. If there are insufficient places for all applications received at a time, then priority will be decided in accordance with the published admissions criteria for the school.

 

 

In-Year transfer arrangements

 

Parents/carers seeking to transfer to a school that does not involve a house move, or where there is no need for an immediate move, need to be aware that any date set for joining the new school may be after the next term or half-term holiday and that parents/carers are responsible for ensuring their child continues to receive the appropriate education in the interim.

 

Is there a waiting list for schools that have too many applicants?

 

Waiting lists for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools, are maintained by the Schools Admissions Section and parents need to apply in order to be included. These waiting lists will be maintained until the end of the autumn term.  At that stage they will be discarded and parents will need to reapply at the start of the following term if they wish to be included.

 

Waiting lists for Academy, Foundation, Free and Voluntary Aided Schools are maintained by the individual schools and parents will need to contact the schools directly in order to be included.  Parents must consult the individual schools for details on the waiting list procedure.

 

NB :  Our Catchment Area consists of the Parishes of Upper Arley and Kidderminster Foreign.  If you have any queries as to which area you live in, please contact the school.

 

Year Groups

 

A Year Group consists of the children whose birthdays fall on or between 1st September and 31st August the following year.

 

As a Primary School, we admit children in the following year groups:

 

Reception (YR) - Pupils who will become 5 years old between

1stsSeptember and 31stsAugust.

 

Year 1 (Y1) - Pupils who will become 6 years old between

1stsSeptember and 31stsAugust.

 

Year 2 (Y2)  - Pupils who will become 7 years old between

1stsSeptember and 31stsAugust.

 

Year 3 (Y3) - Pupils who will become 8 years old between

1stsSeptember and 31stsAugust.

 

Year 4 (Y4) - Pupils who will become 9 years old between

1stsSeptember and 31stsAugust.

 

                                 Year 5 (Y5) - Pupils who will become 10 years old between

                                   1stsSeptember and 31stsAugust.

 

                                 Year 6 (Y6) - Pupils who will become 11 years old between

                                   1stsSeptember and 31stsAugust.

 

Starting School - New Reception Intake

 

During the Summer Term we offer the opportunity to all September starters in the Reception Year to come into school for 'Story Time' once a week and for two consecutive mornings. This gives the children an insight into school life and the security of knowing where to hang their coats, where their classroom is and some knowledge of school routines. 

 

In July there are two transition mornings, where the children have the opportunity to spend time in their new class. In September we ask the new Reception starters to attend school for mornings only for the first week of term. During an afternoon on this week you will be offered the opportunity for a 'home visit', where the class teacher and teaching assistant will visit your home and take the opportunity to have an informal discussion with you and your child while they are in their own environment. From the second week of term, the children attend school full time.

 

It is an acknowledged strength of our school that the children are caring and supportive of each other, irrespective of age or ability, and therefore this induction process is important to all of us and provides a safe and happy introduction to school life.

 

Upper Arley C of E Primary School Admission Policy

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