THE PLANNED ADMISSION LEVEL AND CO-ORDINATED SCHEME OF ADMISSION

The planned admission level for the 7+ age group in 2015/2016 is 45 pupils.

The Local Authority co-ordinates admissions to all Derbyshire Primary, Infant and Junior Schools and acts as a ‘clearing house’ for all admissions and enables parents to express a preference for one, two or three schools and to place those preferences in rank order. Parents must make their application on a common application form, to be returned direct to the LA, and give reasons for their preferred schools.

Common application forms are now available from Derbyshire Primary, Infant and Junior schools and other public establishments from. You can also make an application on-line by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk. Your application should be returned by the published closing date, parents will be offered one place only in a Derbyshire School.

Further information about the coordinated admissions scheme is available on the Authority’s official website www.derbyshire.gov.uk (search: admissions).

Proposed Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools − 2014/15

Proposed revised definitions for 2014/15

Definitions

*“Living in the normal area”, is defined as the child having settled residence in a property which is the child’s only or main residence. Documentary evidence including proof of residence at the property concerned may be required e.g. council tax/utility bills, sale/rental agreements. The County Council reserves the right to withdraw any offer of a school place which has been obtained as a result of misleading or fraudulent information.

Please note a place cannot be guaranteed for any child, even those living in a school’s normal area.

** The term brother or sister includes:

(a) a half-brother and/or a half-sister

(b) a legally adopted child being regarded as a brother or sister

(c) a step-brother and/or step-sister residing in the same family unit

*** Route Measurement – The Children and Younger Adults Department has a Geographic Information System (GIS) to measure the nearest available route. It is measured by a standard walking distance calculated to within two metres. This measurement is taken from the postal address file, normally the house front door. For schools the grid reference is taken from the nearest gate or entrance to the school. Footpaths that are known and assessed as suitable by the Council when places are allocated will be used in distance calculations. 

Please note that not all footpaths are recorded on the GIS system, and not every route is assessed as suitable.  If you are seeking to rely on a minor footpath or a newly developed route as your nearest available route, you may wish to check that the route is one that is recognised by the County Council for school admission purposes. Routes brought to the attention of the Council will be added to the GIS system if they are assessed as suitable. However, new routes recognised after school places have been allocated during a normal admissions round will not be taken into account during the same admissions round.

Residence – In all categories

The home address used for school admission purposes is the address where the child is residing at the time of both application and admission.

Where an application includes more than one address due to shared parental responsibility, we will use the address where the child resides for the majority of the school week (where they usually or mainly sleep between Monday and Friday). Parents and carers are required to submit full details with supporting information to enable us to determine which address to use for the purpose of admission. Where parents provide evidence that the child resides equally at both addresses during the school week, and we are unable to reach a decision based on the information received, parents will be asked to notify the Council of the mutually agreed address to be used for the purpose of school admissions. Please note the same address will be used in the assessment of eligibility for home to school transport assistance.

Where the County Council has reasonable grounds for believing the home address given is not the child’s only or main residence it reserves the right to carry out investigations which may include visits to the property.

What to do if

Both parents cannot agree on the school(s) to be applied for

Parents are expected to consult with each other and agree on the school(s) for which they wish to express a preference. The Council is unable to investigate whether applications have been agreed, or to resolve disagreements between parents. In the absence of agreement between parents the Council will process the preference of the parent who has care of the child for the greater part of the school week (see definition of residence). In cases where the Council is unable to determine the home address ( see definition of residence), and there is no parental agreement or Court Order, the Council will be unable to process the application further until the matter has been resolved. Parents are encouraged to resolve disagreements as soon as possible, as delays may affect the availability of places at preferred schools.

Once a school place has been offered, any disagreement on the child’s placement will be a matter for parents to resolve.