Local authority admissions procedure
We look forward to welcoming many children to Oakmeadow. Our admission priorities are as follows:
Children who are in public care as Looked After Children including children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted.
The children living within the catchment area. If there are not enough places for all the children living in the catchment area, then the Governors will look at the following criteria:
Firstly, priority will be given to children who are living in the catchment area who have an older sibling at the school on the day they are due to start.
After that priority will be given to those who live inside the catchment area and whose homes are nearest to school.
If there are still places available then the places will be offered to:
Children who live outside the catchment area. If there are not enough places for all the children living outside the catchment area, then the Governors will look at the following criteria.
Firstly, priority will be given outside the catchment area to children who will have an older sibling at the school on the day they are due to start.
Secondly, priority will be given to those who live outside the catchment area and whose homes are nearest to the school, and whose parents can show an affiliation to the Church of England as defined (i) “at the heart of the church”, (ii) “attached to the church” or (iii) “known to the church”. (Priority will be given to those who fulfil (i), then (ii) and finally (iii) – see full definitions given below).
The third priority will be given to those who live outside the catchment area and whose homes are nearest to the school.
If, in any of the above priority categories, there are more applications than there are places available, the rank order will be determined and priority will be given on the basis of distance measured as a straight line on a computerised mapping system between the home address and the nearest entrance gate of the school. The shortest distance being given highest priority.
Very exceptionally, where a child has a particular health reason for wishing to attend Oakmeadow CE Primary and Nursery School, that child may be given a place before any of the children who qualify under the Priorities above. This will only be allowed if written medical evidence can be provided which states attendance at this school is relevant to the medical well-being of the child.
The catchment area is that designated by Shropshire County Council for transport purposes. Parents can have access to a map of the catchment are by contacting the school office.
In the admissions policy we talk about ‘living in the catchment area’. We define this as follows: a child will be treated as living in the catchment area if he/she resides with his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) at his/her normal and genuine place of residence.
For admissions purposes all distances are measured as a straight line distance on a computerised mapping system between the home address and the nearest entrance gate of the relevant school by pinpointing their eastings and northings. The shortest distance being given highest priority.
In the case of twins or triplets from the same address the school will endeavour to admit both or all siblings. However if this were to breach the Key Stage One class size regulation of no more than 30 in a class then the parent will be asked to choose which child should be offered the place.
In the event that two individual applications are exactly the same after all other criteria have been taken into account a tie breaker will be used. This will be random allocation and overseen by an independent party not connected with the admissions process.
We define a sibling connection as follows as a brother or sister, half-brother or half-sister, step-brother or step-sister, living at the same address as part of the same family unit. Adopted siblings are also included. Older siblings must be attending the school on the date the younger sibling is due to start there. However, cousins or other relatives who take up residence in a home in order to establish an “in catchment area” address will not be given priority under the sibling criterion.
We define “at the heart of the church” as: someone who worships regularly twice monthly, which may include mid-week worship.
“Attached to the church” would be regular but not frequent worshipper, one who usually attends a monthly family or church service or who is regularly involved in a weekday church activity including an element of worship.
“Known to the church” would be an occasional worshipper, someone who perhaps known through a family connection, or one or more of whose family is involved in some church activity, such as a uniformed or other church organisation.
A waiting list is kept for those who are unsuccessful at the Allocation stage and will continue after the Appeals stage and for further late applications up until the end of the Autumn term of the new school year. This arrangement is in line with Shropshire Council’s arrangements which are described in full in the Parents’ Guide to Education in Shropshire.
Dates of admission: Please ring the school office: 01743 875020
New reception pupils are invited to attend induction sessions in the Summer term prior to starting school.
In Year Applications
Where parents/carers need to move their child to this school at a time other than the start of Reception year, they should enquire of the headteacher if there are any places available in the relevant year group. If places are available then it should be possible to offer a place. If the year group is full then parents/carers should follow the same procedure as written above.
A waiting list operates for the remainder of the academic year.
There is no cost associated with the admissions process to any Shropshire Local Authority maintained schools.