At Greenfylde First School we follow the admissions criteria set out by the Local Authority. At Greenfylde First School we follow the admissions criteria set out by the Local Authority. Children due to start school in September 2021 will have birth dates between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017.
Applications must be submitted to the home LA. If this is Somerset, applications can be made on-line at www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions. Paper applications are available to download from the Somerset County Council website at www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions, or upon request by telephoning Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224. Any supporting information must be received by the exemption period deadline using the appropriate Supplementary Information Form (SIF) where relevant.
Applications must be received by 23:59 hours on 15 January 2021; otherwise the application will be recorded as late. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. Please see the Somerset LA co-ordinated scheme for full details. Outcomes for on time applications will be sent out by email (for on line applicants) or second class post on the next working day).
In year applications must be submitted directly to the school using the LA in-year application form (hard copy only) Where there are more applications than places available within a particular year group, applications will be considered against the published oversubscription criteria and allocated up to the admission number/ limit.
Places will not be allocated more than six school weeks or half a term in advance of being required. The only exceptions are children of UK service personnel and other crown servants (including Diplomats) returning to the UK with a confirmed posting to the area (see Children of UK service personnel)
When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education,
Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those
children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:
1. Children Looked After– Children who are in the care of a Local Authority or
have previously been and are now formally adopted or subject to a
residence/child arrangement order or special guardianship order.
(See important note 1)
2. Children identified with a sensory, physical or medical disability (High Needs
Pupils), where a multi-agency professional team has identified the school as
the nearest suitable school. (See important note 2)
3. Children living in the catchment area, with a sibling at the school at
the time of admission, and who live at the same address.
4. a) Children living in the rural catchment area. (See important note 3)
.. b) Children living in the catchment area.
5. Children living outside the catchment area, with a sibling at the
school at the time of admission, and who live at the same address
6. Children registered in an Infant, First
or Middle school (within the transfer school catchment area).
7. For Infant school admissions only; Children living outside the catchment area,
with an older sibling at the linked junior school at the time of admission, and
who live at the same address.
8. In VC schools with a religious foundation:
a) Children and/or parent(s) who are practising members of the founding
religious body of the school (eg, Anglican or Methodist).
b) Children and/or parent(s) who are practising members of other churches or
religious denominations. (see important note 4).
9. a) Children of staff employed by the school for at least two
years prior to the application closing date.
b) Children of staff employed by the school recruited to fill a vacant post for
which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. (See important note 6)
10. Children not satisfying a higher criterion
If in categories 1-10 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is
admitted, the child living closest to the school will be given priority for admission.
Distance is measured in a straight line by a Geographical information System (GIS)
method from the geocoded point of the school site to the geocoded point of the
Random allocation by drawing lots supervised by someone independent of the
school will be used as a tie-break in categories 1-10 above to decide who has
highest priority for admission if in two or more cases the children’s homes are
equidistant from the school.
However, if children of multiple births (twins and triplets) are tied for the final place,
those siblings will be admitted over PAN
1. 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 (1) of the Children Act
2. Criterion 2 enables schools to plan with SEN Officers for the school entry of
children with physical, medical or sensory impairments. This includes children
that are in receipt of Early Years School Action Plus funding at level 3 and / or
where significant capital works (e.g., accessible toilets, changing space, access
to classrooms) are required and / or children that are identified as requiring a
place at a Resource Base attached to a mainstream school
3. ‘Rural catchment’ is defined as living in the catchment area of a school and
there is no alternative school within the statutory walking distance of
the home address (2 miles for a child aged under eight years old and 3 miles
for a child aged eight years old and over)
4. “Practising” is defined as at least once a month for at least six months prior to
the application closing date attendance at church by at least one parent
and/or child. In order for applications to be considered against criterion 8
applicants will need to use the appropriate Supplementary Application Form
(SIF) to demonstrate their ability to meet the particular criterion. The SIF will need to be completed and signed by a member of the clergy and submitted
along with the school place application.
5. Criterion 9 - The Head Teacher or Governing Body of the relevant school will
be asked to verify point b.
6. Criterion 4, 8 and 9 – Children considered under sub-criteria a) will have a
priority over children considered under sub-criteria b).