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School admissions FAQ


The relevant admission authority, will maintain a waiting list of applicants who have been refused admission to the preferred school but if a place does subsequently become available at the school, children will be admitted from the waiting list to take up any places in line with the over-subscription criteria.

Priority will not be based on the date the application was added to the list. In instances where admission is refused parents are asked to inform the appropriate admission authority in writing whether they wish their child’s name to be placed on the school’s Waiting List for Places. The LA will maintain a waiting list until the 30 th September in the year of entry to school.

If you want to appeal against the Admission Authority’s decision to refuse admission to the preferred school you need to submit the appeal to the appropriate authority within 15 working days of being informed of the decision to refuse admission.
With regard to appeals against a decision to refuse admission to St. Mary’s School, parents are requested to submit the appeal to the school’s Governing Body within 10 working days of being informed of the decision.
All appeals will be heard by independent appeals panels. If the Panel finds for the parents such a decision is binding on the authority. The panel will meet within 5 weeks of lodging the appeal and you will be informed of the decision of the panel within 5 working days after the Panel has met to consider the appeal;. The appeals panel will be considering all appeals against the decision of Admission Authorities whether it is the LEA or the Governing Body.

If a parent whose appeal has been heard believes that the Panel acted improperly or unreasonably in handling a case, the parent may make a complaint for investigation to the Commissioner for Local Administration (the Local Government Ombudsman) or seek judicial review. The Welsh Government has no power to consider complaints against the decision of independent appeals panels.
Note: The appeals procedures do not apply to part time nursery admissions

Applications in respect of children not residing in the county for admission to a school maintained by the Authority should be made in writing to the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Director of Lifelong Learning.

Parents residing in the county who wish to send their children to a school maintained by another LA should seek admission to the school of their choice by following the admission procedure laid down by that authority.

The Isle of Anglesey County Council has established an Admissions Forum to facilitate consultation and discussions regarding matters relating to admission arrangements.

Headteachers, governing bodies, the LA, agencies that support pupils with special educational needs and diocesan education authorities are represented on the Forum. The Forum develops local consensus and will also ensure that admission arrangements give due regard to other related issues such as planning school places, making provision for children with special needs, changes in admission numbers (AN), catchment areas etc.

The 1998 Act confirms the requirement to have an admission number (AN) for every school. Every school has an AN in respect of the age at which pupils are normally admitted. Before determining or changing a school’s AN, the admission authority will consult the relevant governing body/authority and, by means of the Admissions Forum, the partners. The AN for all Anglesey schools is shown in the appendices (p 32 - 42). Each school’s AN is calculated by using the capacity assessment method as set out in the Welsh Government’s circular “Measuring the Capacity of Schools in Wales”. Once an admission number has been set the admission authority must respect that number. Pupils will not be admitted above the admission number unless exceptional circumstances apply and the Authority is satisfied that admission under such circumstances would not prejudice efficient education and efficient
use of resources. Admission authorities are required to keep admission numbers under review and if it is proposed to change the number this will be the subject of consultation. If the number of applications for admission to any year group at a school is less than the AN of that school, the admission authority will admit all pupils who have applied for admission.
If the number of applications for admission to any year group at a school is more than the AN of that school, pupils will be admitted up to the AN in accordance with the following criteria, the Authority being satisfied that the reasons given by the parents in expressing their preference to educate their child at the school satisfies one the standard criteria.

PRIMARY – the September following the 4th birthday. (The September following the 4th birthday is the relevant age even for the primary schools which provide part time nursery education from the September following the 3rd birthday).

NOTE: The law does not require a child to start school full time until the beginning of the term following the child’s fifth birthday.

Admission regulations in accordance with of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 refer to full time admission in the September following the 4th birthday and legally do not apply to part time admission in the September following the 3rd birthday.

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).

Please contact the Education Service on (01248) 750 057..

All children have the statutory right to nursery education, funded by the local authority, from the beginning of term following their 3rd birthday.

The Isle of Anglesey Early Years Development Plan provides part time nursery education from the beginning of the term following the 3rd birthday. This nursery education is free, for at least 2 hour a day. Provision from the beginning of term following the 3rd birthday to the September following the 3rd birthday is in the Voluntary Sector whilst the provision from the September following the 3rd birthday is in a maintained school in some areas and in the Voluntary Sector in other areas. There are currently 40 primary schools in Anglesey that offer part time nursery education. Appendix 3 lists the maintained schools and the voluntary nursery groups recognised by the Early Years Partnership which provide part time nursery education.

Admission to a secondary school 6th form to follow level 3 courses within the National Qualification Framework (e.g. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A Level) is dependent upon obtaining A*-C grades in at least 5 GCSE subjects.

Further details are available in individual schools’ year 12/13 (i.e. 6th form) handbook.

Parents of children who will be of the age for transfer to primary school in the following September will be contacted in January with information to enable them to exercise their choice in making an application for a place at an Anglesey primary school.

Admissions to Amission forms available Closing date for receipt of applications in the Lifelong Learning Department  Date parents will be notified 
Secondary (Year 7) Beginning of October 2018 21/12/2018 01/03/2019
Primary-Reception Class Beginning of October 2018 01/02/2019 16/04/2019
Primary-Nursery Class Beginning of October 2018 01/02/2019 16/04/2019

How do waiting lists work?

The relevant admission authority will maintain a waiting list of applicants who have been refused admission to the preferred school but if a place does subsequently become available at the school, children will be admitted from the waiting list to take up any places in line with the over-subscription criteria. Priority will not be based on the date the application was added to the list. In instances where admission is refused parents are asked to inform the appropriate admission authority in writing whether they wish their child’s name to be placed on the school’s Waiting List for Places. The LA will maintain a waiting list until the 30th September in the year of entry to school.

Admission to: Application forms available Closing date for receipt of applications in the Lifelong Learning Department. Date parents will be notified.
Secondary (Year 7) Beginning of October 2018 21/12/18 01/03/19
Primary – Reception Class Beginning of October 2018 01/02/19 16/4/19
Primary – Nursery Class Beginning of October 2018 01/02/19

16/4/19

Pupils are usually admitted to Anglesey secondary schools annually in the September following the 11thbirthday.

The only exceptions to admissions in the September following the 11th birthday will be in special cases where the authority is of the view that a pupil’s social and/or educational development would be severely hindered by not transferring to secondary school 12 months earlier than the normal admission age or by not remaining in the primary school for 12 months later than the normal transfer age.