DfE Number: 2164
Published Admission Number: 2020/2021: 60
Admissions Policy 2020-2021
The Schools Planning and Admissions Department at Essex County Council allocate
all intake of children wishing to join Silver End Academy.
The application process is in accordance with the coordinated scheme for primary admissions and involves completion of the Common Application Form. If you would like to come and have a look around Silver End Academy before you make your application to Essex County Council, then please contact the school to arrange an appointment. For mid-year applications, please contact us so that you can add your child to our waiting list which we hold. Please note that applications still need to be sent to the Local Authority, Planning and Admissions in the normal way.
Admissions for 2020/2021 In the event of oversubscription any remaining places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:
1. Looked after children
2. Children with a sibling attending the school
3. Children living in the priority admission area;
4. Remaining applications In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority.
Exceptional circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above (other than Looked After Children and previously looked after children). Looked After Children A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after become subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order will be given first priority in oversubscription criteria ahead of other applicants in accordance with the School Admissions Code 201
2. *A Looked after Child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b)
being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs Children with statements of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans that name the school on the statement, are required to be admitted to a school regardless of their place in the priority order.
*A Statement of Special Need is a statement made by the local authority under Section 324 of the Education Act 1996, specifying the special educational provision required for that child. An Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) is a plan made by the local authority under Section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014, specifying the special education provision required for that child. Age of Admission The school’s policy is that children born on and between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 would normally commence primary school in Reception in the academic year beginning in September 2017. As required by law, Silver End Academy provides for the full-time admission of all children offered a place in the Reception year group from the September following their fourth birthday. Therefore, if a parent wants a full-time place for their child from September (at the school of which a place has been offered) then they are entitled to that full-time place.
Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in the school year. The law does not require a child to start school until the term following their fifth birthday. Compulsory school age is reached at that point. Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child. The parent would not however be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted. Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Any parent interested in taking up a part-time place initially should contact the school for further details as to what this would entail.
Home Address Applications will normally be processed on the basis of the home
address for the child at the time of application, with an expectation that the child will
still reside there at the time of admission. Where there is a new home address, proof of an exchange of contracts or copy of a tenancy agreement should be provided. The
home address is considered to be the address at which the child resides on an
applications permanent basis or is ‘ordinarily resident’. This is generally the address of the parent. The child must be living with the parent or carer 24 hours per day, for the majority of the school week. Arrangements where parents can leave and collect children from a relative or a carer on a daily basis will be regarded as childcare arrangements, and the child will not be deemed to be ‘ordinarily resident’ with that person. In all cases we expect that the adult with whom the child is ‘ordinarily resident’ receives the child benefit for the child. Address Checking.
The school will ask applicants to provide proof of their home address. This will include a copy of the following:
The school reserves the right to take additional checking measures including further
documentation and in some cases unannounced home visits. If a school place is
secured through false information regarding a home address, the school may withdraw the place offered.
Siblings For applications made in the normal admission round, or mid-year, a relevant sibling is a child who has a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister, or stepbrother or stepsister living in the same family unit in the same family home and address, who attends the school with an expectation that the sibling will be attending at the time of admission. Children residing in the same household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.
Appeals against Admissions Decisions Parents have the right to appeal against admissions decisions to an Independent
Appeal Panel. Information about how to appeal against a refusal of a school place will be sent with the offer pack. Notice of appeal should be sent to the clerk to the
Independent Appeal Panel, PO Box 11, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1LX within 20 days
of receiving Offer Letter.
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