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Legal Note

Parents have a legal duty to ensure the regular and full time attendance at school of registered pupils (Education Act 1996). 

Admissions (2018 -19)

Making an application

Dormers Wells Junior School is a Foundation School and Admissions are controlled and administered by the Governing Body. Applications must be made following the procedures set out here.

  • Applications can be made either on line at www.eadmissions.org.uk OR on a pink coloured application form directly to the LA or to the school, who will pass on the applications to the LA. To apply for Dormers Wells Junior School remember to list us as your preferred option.
  • Application forms for September entries will be distributed to Dormers Wells Infant School in the early part of the autumn term each year. Application forms are also available from the school office during our usual opening times.

Appeals against a decision made by the Governors will be dealt with under the Appeals Procedure established by the Governing Body.

Copies of the school brochure are available from the school.

The LA will inform parents of the result of their application.

Criteria for admission

Pupils of either sex will be admitted at the beginning of the school year in which they are seven (7) years without reference to ability, or aptitude. Any child who qualifies for admission to the school and for whom a statement of Special Need has been made where that is the wish of the Local Authority administering the statement and the parents of the pupil, or is in the process of being made will be admitted.

The number of pupils for each year group is 103 in year 6 and from September 2016 admission numbers will be 120 in years 3, 4 and 5 due to the school’s expansion.

For information on Ealing Admission Arrangements - please follow this link and download the PDF.

Over subscription

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:

  1. Children in public care (“Looked After Children”)

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:

  • Children in public care (“Looked After Children”) who immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements order, or a special guardianship order.
  • Where the child has a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.
  • Where the child has a brother or sister attending Dormers Wells Infant school at the time of admission.
  • Where there are medical grounds, supported by a medical certificate; or social grounds, supported by a letter from a social worker, which necessitates the child attending Dormers Wells Junior School.
  • The proximity of the child’s home to the school, with those living closer, as the crow flies, being accorded the higher priority
  • The school will agree any changes to its admissions arrangements with the local authority. Admission appeals will be dealt with under the Appeals Procedure established by the Dormers Wells Junior School Governing Body. An ‘Appeal Panel’ will be arranged for appeals against non-admission. Details of admissions and appeals will be published each year. If you would like to Appeal, forms will be available from the Local Authority or from the school office.
  • For further information about admission appeals see the Admission Appeals Code at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-admissions-appeals-code

Notes on Admission Criteria

  • Where the child has a brother or sister currently attending the school.

    Where the child has a brother or sister currently attending Dormers wells Infant School.

    Parents who hope to be allocated a place for their child because he/she concurrently has a brother or sister attending either the school or Dormers Wells Infant School must comply with the following:

    • Put the details of the relationship on the form.
    • A brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner relationship can qualify; in every case the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address.
    • The brother or sister must be attending the school at the time when the child being considered in the application will start the school.
    • Where there are medical grounds, supported by a medical certificate;
    • After places have been allocated according to the first two criteria the Governors consider applications on medical grounds.
    • Details are written on the application form that it is intended to make an application under this criteria.
    • Full information about the medical condition in an envelope marked confidential and containing the following:
    • Details of the medical condition
    • A medical certificate in support of the application
    • An explanation of why the medical condition necessitates attendance at Dormers Wells
    • Where there are social grounds, supported by a letter from a social worker, for admitting the child.

    After places have been allocated according to the first two criteria the Governors consider applications on special personal circumstances grounds only if details are received with the application form.

    Details must include:

    The clear intention to make an application under this criteria.

    Full information about the circumstances in an envelope marked confidential and containing the following:

    Details of the circumstances

    A letter from either a doctor or social worker supporting the application

    An explanation of why the circumstances necessitate attendance at Dormers Wells Junior School.

    The proximity of the child’s home to the school, with those living closer (as the crow flies) being accorded the higher priority.

    After places have been allocated according to the previous criteria the Governors consider applications on proximity. Closest proximity is assessed in the following manner:

    This must be the child’s permanent home at the time of admission. For pupils who spend part of the week with one parent/guardian and part with another the ‘home’ should be the one the child spends the greater proportion of the school week at.

    By measuring the distance in a straight line from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised system: Tribal Technology Ltd. Those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.

    Children will be admitted in the order of the above criteria, if two applications are received at the same time the above criteria would be applied to the two applications in order to judge which child should be admitted first. This may involve being placed on a waiting list if no place is available at the time of application. Such a list will be kept for the rest of the academic year; the order of joining the school will be judged using the usual criteria for over subscription 

Leavers

If your child is leaving other than at the end of Year 6 to go to High School, parents are asked to;

  • Give the school full information about their plans including date of move, new address or at least the town you will be moving to, new school and start date when known, and reasons for moving. ( a form is available at the school office)
  • Confirm the school has your current mobile phone number
  • Take our school’s compliments slip so the new school can easily contact us and records be transferred
  • Let us know when you move

Children Missing Education

When pupils leave and you have not given us the above information, and cannot contact you, then your child is considered to be a Child Missing Education. This means that the Local Authority has a legal duty to carry out investigations, which will include liaising with Children’s Services (formerly Social Services) the Police and other agencies, to try to track and locate your child.

By giving us the above information, unnecessary investigations can be avoided.