Applying for a school place is a big step for you and your child, and you will no doubt have many questions about how this process works.
The Local Authority is the admissions authority in respect of the 5 secondary schools, 45 community primary and 3 voluntary controlled schools in Anglesey. The relevant governing body is the admissions authority in respect of the one voluntary aided school (St Mary’s School, Holyhead), and the one foundation school (Ysgol Caergeiliog).
The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and related Regulations establish a legal framework for school admissions. It is the intention of the framework to establish arrangements that :
- Are clear, objective and give every child a fair chance of a satisfactory school place;
- Give full information for an informed choice;
- Ensure local admission procedures which are well co-ordinated and easy to follow with minimum bureaucracy and which give parents the opportunity of having their school preference met;
- Give an effective statutory right of appeal if parents are dissatisfied.
In accordance with Section 84 of the 1998 Act (as amended by Section 40 of the Education & Inspections Act 2006), the Welsh Government has published a School Admissions Code which gives guidelines to admission authorities in respect of undertaking their admissions functions in respect of admissions from July 2013. The Anglesey Schools Admissions Policy is based on this Code.
The Anglesey primary and secondary schools admissions policy complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998, and the Rights of the Children & Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011, and does not discriminate on the grounds of disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex or sexual orientation against a person in the arrangements and decisions it makes as to who is offered admission as a pupil.
Applications for admission in respect of children with special educational needs but without statements will be considered on the same basis as other applicants.