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Isle of Anglesey County Council


School admissions and oversubscriptions criteria


School Primary

Pupils are normally admitted to Anglesey’s primary schools in the September following the 4th birthday. The only exceptions to admissions following the 4th birthday will be in special cases where the Authority is of the view that not to allow early admission would severely hinder the pupil’s social and/or educational development in the context of the 1989 Children’s Act or the Child Protection Register.

Secondary

Pupils are usually admitted to the Authority’s secondary schools in the September following the 11th birthday. The only exceptions to admission 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.

Primary and Secondary

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 of the following criteria which are listed in order of priority:

Secondary school admission criteria

  • Looked After Children
  • Pupils recommended for placement at the school with regard to their medical or psychological needs. Such placements must be confirmed by the LEA’s professional advisers e.g. Chief Educational Psychologist or Senior Medical Officer of Health.
  • Pupils who live within the defined catchment area of the school.
  • Pupils who have a brother or sister already attending the school.
  • Pupils who do not live within the school’s catchment area but who have attended a primary school which is in the catchment area of the school.

In a tie-break situation within any of the criteria the Authority will give priority to pupils whose home is nearest the school via the shortest appropriate walking route

Where a pupil has been refused admission in accordance with this policy the Authority will use its best endeavours to explain its decision and to discuss the options available to parents in securing suitable education for their children.

Primary school admission criteria

Community and voluntary schools

  • Looked after children and previously looked after children.
  • Pupils recommended for placement at the school with regard to their medical or psychological needs. Such placements must be confirmed by the LA’s professional advisers, e.g. Chief Educational Psychologist or Senior Medical Officer of Health.
  • Pupils who live within the catchment area of the school who have a brother or sister already attending the school and who will still be on the school roll when the child is due to start.
  • Pupils who live within the catchment area of the school.
  • Pupils who live outside the catchment area who have a brother or sister already attending the school and who will still be on the school roll when the child is due to start.

In a tie-break situation within any of the criteria the Authority will give priority to pupils whose home is nearest the school via the shortest appropriate walking route which will be measured using Google Maps. If there is any doubt then a Council Officer will physically measure the distance.

Where a pupil has been refused admission the Admission Authority will, in accordance with this policy, use its best endeavours to explain its decision in writing and to discuss the options that are available to parents in order to secure suitable education for their children.

Brothers and/or sisters include full, half, step, adopted or fostered brother or sister living in the same household.

For the purpose of admissions a child’s home address is the address where he/she spends the majority of the school week. Parents should ensure that they notify the Lifelong Learning Department of any changes of address before and after the closing date. The Authority may withdraw the offer of a place if it is found that a false address has been given.

In cases of applications for twins or multiple birth children where the Authority is unable to offer all the places required, parents may accept the places that have been offered and accept places at another school for the remaining child(ren). The child(ren) will be added to the waiting list which will remain until 30th September.

Foundation and voluntary controlled Primary Schools

St Mary’s Catholic School, Holyhead

St Mary’s Catholic School, Holyhead, is a Voluntary Aided Catholic School and, as such, in accordance with paragraph 2.32 of the Welsh Government’s School Admissions Code and the relevant legislation, gives priority to members of the Catholic faith. If the school is named in a statement of Special Educational Needs, the Governing Body has a duty to admit the child to the school. Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available the Governing Body will apply the following over-subscription criteria. Applications for admission to the nursery and reception classes must be submitted by 1st March.

Note: Children in Public Care (Looked After Children) take priority in each category

  • Baptised Catholic children who are in public care (looked after children). Proof of birth date in the form of a Birth Certificate and proof of Baptism in the form of Baptismal Certificate is required.
  • Baptised Catholic children within the parishes which the school serves. Proof of birth date in the form of a Birth Certificate and proof of Baptism in the form of Baptismal Certificate is required.
  • Baptised Catholic children whose medical, educational or pastoral needs can be appropriately met by this school.
  • Children who have a brother or a sister at the school at the time of likely admission.
  • Children of other Christian Denominations. It would be necessary for such parents to have expressed a genuine desire for them to be educated in a Catholic School and to be fully supportive of its Catholic ethos. Such applications would need to be supported, in writing, by a proof of birth date in the form of a Birth Certificate and proof of Baptism in the form of Baptismal Certificate is required.
  • Children of other faiths whose parents demonstrate a commitment to the ethos of the school.
  • Children for whom the LEA has specifically asked for a place at the school.

In the event of any over-subscription in the number of applications made under any of the categories above, then the Admissions Committee will offer places first to children living nearest to the school by the shortest walking distance using public highways.

If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. This appeal must be sent in writing to the clerk to the Governors at the school within 14 days (10 working days) of refusal. Parents must give reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on the Governors.

Ysgol Caergeiliog Foundation School

Nursery Unit

Children may be accepted to the Nursery Unit at the beginning of the term following their 3rd birthday.  All admissions are subject to availability of places

Parents are requested to complete a ‘Pupil Registration - Application Form’ for their child, available from the school.  Prospective parents are also invited to contact the School for an appointment with the Registrar who will arrange a tour of the school and discuss School Policies.

Parents will be informed in writing whether or not a place can be offered for their child at the Unit.

In cases of over-subscription the following criteria will be implemented

  • Sibling links
  • Distance from the School, with priority given to pupils whose home is nearest to the School.
  • Access by public transport.

In instances where places are not available, parents are asked to inform the School whether they wish their child’s name to be placed on the Unit’s Waiting List for Places.

Infant and Junior Department

Children may be accepted to the School full time for Compulsory Education at the beginning of the term following their fourth birthday.

All Admissions are subject to availability of places.

Parents will be informed in writing as to whether or not a place can be offered for their child at the school.

In accordance with the 1998 Education Act, the School has an Admission number. If the number pf applications for
admission is less than the admission number, the school will admit all pupils who have applied for admission.
If the number of applications is more than the School’s Admission Number, pupils will be admitted up to the admission

number in accordance with the following criteria :

  • Pupils recommended for placement at the School for exceptional medical or social reasons. In such cases,
  • confirmation would be requested from professional advisers.
  • Sibling links.
  • Distance from the School, with priority given to pupils whose home is nearest to the School via the nearest route from home to school.
  • Access by public transport

Where a pupil has been refused admission, the School will explain this decision in writing and will discuss all the options that are available to parents.


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