Admissions Policy

The Schools Planning and Admissions Department at Essex County Council allocate all intake of children wishing to join Lyons Hall Primary School.  In the first instance you will need to contact 0845 603 2200 to request a common application form or apply online at www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Admissions/Pages/Applying-mid-year-for-a-school-place.aspx. If you would like to come and have a look around Lyons Hall Primary School and meet Mr Andrew  Smith, Headteacher, please contact 01376 552393 to arrange an appointment.

At Lyons Hall Primary School all children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 will be admitted in full time education in the Autumn term of 2017. Please contact the school if you and your child would like to meet our Headteacher and Staff and have a look around the school before you make your application to Essex County Council.  Please note that the published number for the September 2017 intake has been increased to 90.

Exceptional medical circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above (Other than Looked After Children). For further information please visit  www.essex.gov.uk/admissions

For mid year applications to Lyons Hall Primary School please contact us so that you can add your child to our continued interest list which we hold.  Please note that applications still need to be sent to the Local Authority, Planning and Admissions in the normal way either by contacting 0845 6032200 or applying online at www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Admissions/Pages/Applying-mid-year-for-a-school-place.aspx.

Admissions for 2017/18

At Lyons Hall Primary School all children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 will be admitted in full time education in the Autumn Term of 2017. Parents/carers can apply online to Essex County Council on www.essex.gov.uk/admissions or request an application form by telephoning 0845 603 2200.

Exceptional circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above (other than Looked After Children). For further information, please visitwww.essex.gov.uk/admissions

The Schools Planning and Admissions Department at Essex County Council allocate all intake of children wishing to join Lyons Hall Primary School. In the first instance you will need to contact 0845 603 2200 to request a common application form or apply online at www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Admissions/Pages/ Applying-mid-year-for-a-school-place.aspx.

For mid year applications to Lyons Hall Primary School please contact us so that you can add your child to our waiting lists that we hold. Please note that applications still need to be sent to the Local Authority, Planning and Admissions in the normal way. If you would like to come and have a look around Lyons Hall Primary School and meet Mr Andrew Smith, Headteacher, please contact 01376 552393 to arrange an appointment.

There is no guarantee for a place for children living in the priority admissions area.

In the event of oversubscription any remaining places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:

1) Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children; 2) Children with a sibling attending the school; 3) Children living in the priority admission area; 4) Remaining Applications;

In the event of oversubscription 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.

Exceptional circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above (other than Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children).

KEY DEFINITIONS

Looked after Children

A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order will be given first priority in oversubscription criteria ahead of all other applicants in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2012. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

Children with statements of special educational needs

Children with statements of special educational needs that name the school on the statement are required to be admitted to a school regardless of their place in the priority order.

Age of Admission

Essex County Council’s policy is that children born on and between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 would normally commence primary school in Reception in the academic year beginning in September 2017.

As required by law, all Essex infant and primary schools provide for the full-time admission of all children offered a place in the Reception year group from the September following their fourth birthday. Therefore, if a parent wants a full-time place for their child from September (at the school at which a place has been offered) then they are entitled to that full-time place.

Parents 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 the school year. The law does not require a child to start school until the start of the term following their fifth birthday. Compulsory school age is reached at that point.

Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child. The parent would not however be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted.

Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Any parents interested in taking up a part-time place initially should contact the individual school(s) for further details as to what this would entail.

Where parents choose to defer entry, a school may reasonably expect that the child would start at the beginning of a new school term/half term.

Where a parent of a ‘summer-born’ child (22 April – 31 August) wishes their child to start school in the autumn term following their fifth birthday, they will need to apply for a place at the correct time for the normal admission round for the following academic year. Supporting evidence from relevant professionals working with the child and family stating why the child must be placed outside their normal age appropriate cohort must be submitted. Lyons Hall Primary School will decide whether the application for a Reception place will be accepted or whether it will be treated as an application for a Year 1 place, the child’s normal age appropriate cohort. If the application for a Reception place is not accepted this does not constitute a refusal of the place and there is no right to an independent statutory appeal.

For information on Admissions Appeals for 2017/2018 arrangements can be found in the Essex County Council Website www.essex.gov.uk and follow the links to Education and School/Admissions/Appeals.

Admissions 2018/19

At Lyons Hall Primary School all children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 will be admitted in full time education in the Autumn Term of 2018. Parents/Carers can apply online to Essex County Council on www.essex.gov.uk/admissions or request an application form by telephoning 0845 603 2200.

The Schools Planning and Admissions Department at Essex County Council allocate all intake of children wishing to join Lyons Hall Primary School. In the first instance you will need to contact 0845 603 2200 to request a common application form or apply online at www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Admissions/Pages/ Applying-mid-year-for-a-school-place.aspx.

For mid year applications to Lyons Hall Primary School please contact us so that you can add your child to our waiting lists that we hold. Please note that applications still need to be sent to the Local Authority, Planning and Admissions in the normal way. If you would like to come and have a look around Lyons Hall Primary School and meet Mr Andrew Smith, Headteacher, please contact 01376 552393 to arrange an appointment.

In the event of oversubscription any remaining places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:

1) Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children; 2) Children with a sibling attending the school; 3) Children living in the priority admission area; 4) Remaining Applications;

In the event of oversubscription 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.

KEY DEFINITIONS

Looked after Children

A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order will be given first priority in oversubscription criteria ahead of all other applicants in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2012. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

Children with statements or Educational Health Care plans for special educational needs

Children with Statements or Health Care Plans needs that name the school on the statement are required to be admitted to a school regardless of their place in the priority order.

Applications Procedures

Applications must be made in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme operated by the child’s home LA.  For children resident in Essex this is detailed in the Primary Education for Essex booklet.

Age of Admission

All children will be admitted full time in the September following their fourth birthday. As required by law, all Essex infant and primary schools provide for the full-time admission of all children offered a place in the Reception year group from the September following their fourth birthday. Therefore, if a parent wants a full-time place for their child from September (at the school at which a place has been offered) then they are entitled to that full-time place.

Parents 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 the school year. The law does not require a child to start school until the start of the term following their fifth birthday. Compulsory school age is reached at that point.

Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child. The parent would not however be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted.

Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Any parents interested in taking up a part-time place initially should contact the individual school(s) for further details as to what this would entail.

Where parents choose to defer entry, a school may reasonably expect that the child would start at the beginning of a new school term/half term.

Where a parent of a ‘summer-born’ child (22 April – 31 August) wishes their child to start school in the autumn term following their fifth birthday, they will need to apply for a place at the correct time for the normal admission round for the following academic year. Supporting evidence from relevant professionals working with the child and family stating why the child must be placed outside their normal age appropriate cohort must be submitted. Lyons Hall Primary School will decide whether the application for a Reception place will be accepted or whether it will be treated as an application for a Year 1 place, the child’s normal age appropriate cohort. If the application for a Reception place is not accepted this does not constitute a refusal of the place and there is no right to an independent statutory appeal.

For information on Admissions Appeals for 2018/2019 arrangements can be found in the Essex County Council Website www.essex.gov.uk and follow the links to Education and School/Admissions/Appeals.

Mid Year Applicants

Applications for school places outside the normal admission round, whether in-year or at the start of the school year, which is not a normal point of entry to the school, should be made to Essex County Council using their common application form.

The following procedure will apply once a place has been offered:

Contact will be made with the previous school to obtain information on any Special Education Needs or attendance issues.  An appointment will be made with the parents/carers and Headteacher to discuss the feedback from the previous School/s and any concern and/or appropriate interventions to support the child/children will be discussed once a place in the school has been offered.  The family/carer and child/children will be given a tour of the school.

Late Applications

Applications must be made by the National Closing Date detailed in the Primary Education in Essex booklet which is available from the LA.  Late applications will be dealt with as detailed in this booklet for children resident in Essex.  Children resident outside of Essex should refer to the process for handling late applications published by their home LA.  In the event of over subscription, children’s names will be added to the waiting list held by Lyons Halls and will be determined in accordance with the admissions criteria.

Appeals

Parents have the right of appeal to an Independent Statutory Appeals Panel for a place at any school that they had out as a preference and for which they had not been allocated a place, even if it is a lower preference than that offered.Â

For information on Admissions Appeals for 2018/2019 arrangements can be found in the Essex County Council Website www.essex.gov.uk and follow the links to Education and School/Admissions/Appeals