Consultation relating to the change of PAN from 90 to 60 for the intake year 2024-25 ran from 17th October to 28th November 2022. This policy remains draft whilst the determination process at Trust level completes.
The policy here has been updated to the Trust template and some areas have been clarified, without any material changes other than the PAN which has already been consulted. Although the consultation on the reduction of PAN has closed, comments on other areas of the policy format or clarity are welcomed until 23rd December.
The final policy will be uploaded here, once it has been determined, in line with the Admissions Code by 28th February 2023.
SEYMOUR PRIMARY SCHOOL
ADMISSIONS POLICY SEPTEMBER 2024 ENTRY
Arrangements for applications for places in Reception at Seymour Primary Academy will be made in accordance with West Sussex’s co-ordinated admission arrangements; parents resident in West Sussex can apply online here; parents resident in other areas must apply through their home local authority. Seymour Primary Academy will use West Sussex’s timetable published online for these applications and West Sussex will make the offers of places as required by the School Admissions Code.
Published Admission Number (PAN)
Seymour Primary Academy admits 60 pupils into Reception. If there are fewer applicants than places available all applicants will be admitted. Children are admitted to the Reception Class in the school year in which they have their fifth birthday.
Special Educational Needs
Any child with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the academy will be admitted. As a result of this, the PAN will be reduced accordingly.
If there are more applications than places available we will apply the oversubscription criteria listed below:
Where a child lives normally during the school week with more than one parent at different addresses, the permanent home address for the purposes of school admissions will be the one where the child spends the majority of school nights Monday–Friday.
If the distance criterion is not sufficient to distinguish between two or more applicants for the last remaining place then random allocation will be used. This process will be supervised by somebody independent of the school.
In the case of twins or other multiple births, where there is only one place available in the school, both will be considered together as one application. The school will be allowed to go above its admission number for this purpose.
Fraudulent or Misleading Applications
As an admission authority we have the right to investigate any concerns we may have about your application and to withdraw the offer of a place if we consider there is evidence that you have made a fraudulent claim or provided misleading information, for example a false address was given which denied a place to a child with a stronger claim. We reserve the right to check any address and other information provided so we can apply the oversubscription criteria accurately and fairly.
Fair Access Protocol
Local Authorities are required to have Fair Access Protocols in order to make sure that unplaced, vulnerable children are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. The school will comply with West Sussex’s Fair Access Protocol. This may mean admitting children above the PAN.
Deferred entry for Reception places
In accordance with the requirements of the Admissions Code, if your child has been offered a place: –
Admission of children outside their normal age group
Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To do so, they should include a written request with their application, setting out the year group in which they wish their child to be allocated a place and the reasons for their request. It is important for parents to note that they will have responsibility for providing evidence to support their request. When such a request is made, Seymour Primary Academy will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case, based on their professional judgement of what is in the best interest of the child, taking account of the evidence and rationale provided by the parents.
For all information regarding In-Year Admissions, including details on how parents can apply for a school place, an application form to complete, the timescale in which your application will be processed and details on the right to appeal, please visit the school website.
Any child refused a place at the school will automatically be put on the waiting list unless a higher preference school has been offered. A waiting list will be maintained for 1 calendar year after which it will be cleared. If you would like your child to remain on the waiting list please contact the school in December. The waiting list is maintained in the order of the oversubscription criteria. This means that names can move down the list if, e.g. someone moves into the area and is higher placed under the oversubscription criteria.
The parents of any child refused a place at the school have a right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. The decision of the independent appeal panel is binding on all parties.