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Prospectus & Admissions

Prospectus & Admissions

Admissions 2019

Reception Class

  1. Children reach compulsory school age at the start of the term following their fifth birthday. The Gordon Children’s Academy will admit 4 year-olds into its Reception Class, i.e. those children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015.
  2. Parents/carers need to complete the Common Application Form in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme.
  3. Parents/carers are not obliged to start their child at school until the beginning of the term after the child is 5. Therefore, parents/carers who have been offered a September place may ask to defer their child’s admission until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year without losing the offer of a place. Parents/carers can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents/carers of children with summer term birthdays (1 April to 31 August 2015) may ask to start their child in Year 1 in September 2020 but the Reception place will not be saved. Parents/carers will have to reapply for a Year 1 place. Parents/carers are not able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday.
  4. The Published Admission Number for The Gordon Children’s Academy in Reception and KS1 is 60.

Year 3

  1. Admission takes place in September
  2. Parents/carers need to complete the Common Application Form in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme.
  3. The LA collates all applications and allocates pupils accordingly.
  4. The Published Admission Number for The Gordon Children’s Academy in KS2 is 100.

Oversubscription Criteria

Following receipt of parental/carer preferences, places will be offered to those children with statements of special educational needs where The Gordon Children’s Academy is named. Then, if the number of requests received via the co-ordinated scheme is more than the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:

  1. Children in public care – as defined in the Medway co-ordinated admission scheme.
  2. Attendance at a paired infant school (Gordon Infants – for Year 3 admission only)
  3. Current family association (a brother or sister in the school at the time of application and still attending in September 2019).
  4. Child’s health reasons. Medical evidence must be provided which demonstrates a specific health reason, which requires a child to attend The Gordon Children’s Academy.
  5. Multiple birth children, as defined in the Medway co-ordinated admission scheme.
  6. Nearness of child’s home to school measured using Medway Council’s criteria.

Where criteria involves measuring distance to a child’s home, the Local Authority’s procedures for ascertaining the shortest available safe route between home and the school will be used.

In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.

Casual Admissions

Parents/carers need to complete the Casual In-Year Admission Form and places will be offered in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme.

  • Parents can apply for a casual admission at any time during the school year.
  • If no places are available at the time of application, a waiting list will be maintained. Names are kept in priority order according to the oversubscription criteria and not according to how long a child’s name has been on the list.
  • Any place that becomes available will be offered to the child at the top of the list.
  • All vacancies will be allocated as they arise.

Casual Admissions when transferring schools without moving home

If a parent/carer wishes to transfer their child from another school without moving home, the Headteacher will contact the child’s current school to ascertain the situation so that our school is able to offer the correct support should the child be offered a place. It is also expected that the parent/carer of the child, along with the child themselves when appropriate, visit our school before any place will be offered and have a pre-admissions meeting with the Headteacher once a place has been offered.

Appeals

Parents/carers have the right to appeal if a place is not offered to their child. Appeals will be handled in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code.

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Year 3 or Reception class in September 2019 will be heard according to the following statutory timescales:

School admissions appeals timetable

Offer date – 16 April 2019

Places accepted/ refused – 10th May 2019
Request to go on waiting list – 10th May 2019
Appeal lodged by – 15th May 2019

Appeals lodged by – 15th May to be heard within 40 days
Appeals lodged after – 15th May to be heard within 30 days

Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date at least 10 school days before the hearing.

A copy of the school’s statement of case will be sent to each parent/carer seven working days before the hearing.  Any additional evidence parents/carers wish to submit in support of their appeal must be sent to the clerk at least 5 working days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline may not be considered by the independent appeal panel.  You are asked to note that, if the appeal is for Year R, (or any other year in Key Stage 1) the school is bound by infant class legislation.  This means that it is against the law to have more than 30 children in any one class and this number has been allocated according to the school’s over-subscription criteria. Consequently, there are only limited conditions under which an appeal may be upheld.

 

Admissions 2020

Reception Class

  1. Children reach compulsory school age at the start of the term following their fifth birthday. The Gordon Children’s Academy will admit 4 year-olds into its Reception Class, i.e. those children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016.
  2. Parents/carers need to complete the Common Application Form in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme.
  3. Parents/carers are not obliged to start their child at school until the beginning of the term after the child is 5. Therefore, parents/carers who have been offered a September place may ask to defer their child’s admission until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year without losing the offer of a place. Parents/carers can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents/carers of children with summer term birthdays (1 April to 31 August 2016) may ask to start their child in Year 1 in September 2021 but the Reception place will not be saved. Parents/carers will have to reapply for a Year 1 place. Parents/carers are not able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday.
  4. The Published Admission Number for The Gordon Children’s Academy in Reception and KS1 is 60.

Year 3

  1. Admission takes place in September
  2. Parents/carers need to complete the Common Application Form in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme.
  3. The LA collates all applications and allocates pupils accordingly.
  4. The Published Admission Number for The Gordon Children’s Academy in KS2 is 100.

Oversubscription Criteria

Following receipt of parental/carer preferences, places will be offered to those children with statements of special educational needs where The Gordon Children’s Academy is named. Then, if the number of requests received via the co-ordinated scheme is more than the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:

  1. Children in public care – as defined in the Medway co-ordinated admission scheme.
  2. Attendance at a paired infant school (Gordon Infants – for Year 3 admission only)
  3. Current family association (a brother or sister in the school at the time of application and still attending in September 2020).
  4. Child’s health reasons. Medical evidence must be provided which demonstrates a specific health reason, which requires a child to attend The Gordon Children’s Academy.
  5. Multiple birth children, as defined in the Medway co-ordinated admission scheme.
  6. Nearness of child’s home to school measured using Medway Council’s criteria.

Where criteria involves measuring distance to a child’s home, the Local Authority’s procedures for ascertaining the shortest available safe route between home and the school will be used.

In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.

Casual Admissions

Parents/carers need to complete the Casual In-Year Admission Form and places will be offered in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme.

  • Parents can apply for a casual admission at any time during the school year.
  • If no places are available at the time of application, a waiting list will be maintained. Names are kept in priority order according to the oversubscription criteria and not according to how long a child’s name has been on the list.
  • Any place that becomes available will be offered to the child at the top of the list.
  • All vacancies will be allocated as they arise.

Casual Admissions when transferring schools without moving home

If a parent/carer wishes to transfer their child from another school without moving home, the Headteacher will contact the child’s current school to ascertain the situation so that our school is able to offer the correct support should the child be offered a place. It is also expected that the parent/carer of the child, along with the child themselves when appropriate, visit our school before any place will be offered and have a pre-admissions meeting with the Headteacher once a place has been offered.