Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School

Plaistow Hill Infant and Primary School

Everyday my daughter is very eager to tell me what she has learnt and is always excited to be going to school

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  • "They have an amazing approach to teaching"
  • "My child adores school. The sense of fun and excitement you put into learning and teaching is great!"
  • "It's a welcoming environment where the teachers always make time for me."
  • "The school culture and environment is friendly, approachable and caring."
  • "The school is supportive, dedicated and a happy place to be."
  • "I like the way each child is treated individually."
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Admissions

Consultation admissions arrangements 2018/19

We will be consulting on our admission arrangements for 2018/19 through Plymouth City Council. The consultation will be live between 19th December 2016 and 29th January 2017. If you wish to find out about our policy or make any comment please visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/admissionconsultation .

This consultation has now closed.

 

Click here to view the Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School Admissions Criteria 2018/19

Click here to view the Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School Admissions Criteria 2016/17

Click here to view the Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery Schools Admission Criteria 2017/18

Click here for a link to the Plymouth City Council School Admissions website

Please note that the School Admission Code 2014 has required amendment to our existing admission policies. The 2014/15 and the 2015/16 policies are therefore amended as follows:

(i)  Wherever the policy refers to a child with a statement of special educational need, the same provision also applies to a child with an Education Health Care Plan.

(ii) The definition of a looked after or previously looked after child is now replaced with the definition: A 'looked after child' is a child who is (a) in the care of 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 1989) at the time of making an application to a school. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

(iii) Admission out of the normal age group: Places will normally be offered in the Year Group according to the child's date of birth but a parent may submit an application for a Year Group other than the child's chronological Year Group. We will make a decision based on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parent's views; information about the child's academic, social and emotional developmentl; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have falled into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely. We will also take into account the views of the head teacher of the school(s) concerned. Parents must not assume that the decision of one school will transfer with the child to a different school as the decision rests with the individual admission authority. Where a place is refused in a different Year Group but a place is offered in the school, there will be no right of appeal.

  

ADMISSIONS TO NURSERY

Determining the admissions policy for community and voluntary controlled maintained nursery schools and classes is the responsibility of the local authority. The local authority delegates the responsibility for administering the admission process for nursery schools and classes to the governing bodies of these schools. Places in nursery schools and classes usually become available when the oldest children enter a Primary School. Places may become available at other times if children leave nursery.

Children are entitled to access free nursery education on a part-time basis from the beginning of the term after their third birthday. Whilst the Local Authority works within 6 terms for maintained schools, for the purposes of nursery education the term dates are defined by the DCSF. These are as follows:

1 April to 31 August; 1 September to 31 December; 1 January to 31 March

We like all children to be toilet trained and able to use the toilet independently.

Admission Criteria

Each maintained nursery school and class has a limited number of places available depending largely on the physical capacity of its buildings. The number of places available is called the Published Admission Number (or PAN for short). In the event that the number of applications to a maintained nursery school or class exceeds its PAN, the following admission criteria will be applied in order of priority. Children who reside within the school‟s catchment area will always be considered first.

1. A child in the care of a local authority.

2. A child known by the local authority (Early Years Forum) to have additional educational needs and whose needs can be best met at the preferred nursery – applications made under this criterion would need to be supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional.

3. A vulnerable child with a CAF – applications made under this criterion would need to be supported by evidence from the child‟s social worker and/or health visitor detailing the advantage of the child attending the preferred nursery as opposed to any other.

4. A child with a serious ongoing medical condition, where the Children‟s Services Department (Early Years Forum) is satisfied that attendance at the preferred nursery will meet the needs of the child‟s medical condition rather than any other nursery. Parents/carers or their representatives will have to demonstrate that only the preferred nursery can meet the exceptional medical needs of the child. This can be in the form of a testimony from a medical practitioner, social worker or other professional who can support the application on an „exceptional‟ basis.

5. Children who will have an elder sibling attending the nursery school or class at the time of entry. Children must reside at the same home address.

6. Any remaining places will be allocated to those children who live closest to the preferred nursery. Measurements are taken by a straight line on a map using the Council‟s electronic mapping system – the shorter the distance the higher the priority. Measurement points will be from an internal point of the building concerned (usually the visual centre of the building). Flats are therefore taken to be the same measurement point regardless of floor of location.

Notes

Home address:

a child‟s home address is defined as the address at which the child is normally resident or, where a child lives at more than one address, the address at which the child lives for the majority of the time. Where the home address is unclear, the home address will be the address to which the Child Benefit Allowance is payable. Oversubscribed nursery schools and classes are advised to ask parents to provide proof of residence before admitting the child.

Tie-breaker:

where a choice has to be made between two or more children in the same category as each other, priority will be determined on the basis of distance between home and nursery. Measurements are taken by a straight line on a map using the Council‟s electronic mapping system – the shorter the distance the higher the priority. Measurement points will be from an internal point of the building concerned (usually the visual centre of the building). Flats are therefore taken to be the same measurement point regardless of floor of location.

Waiting list:

unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the criteria given above. Places will be offered from the waiting list in line with the admissions criteria. Applicants may also request in writing that their unsuccessful application be reconsidered by the governors, giving detailed reasons for the request. If the governors agree that a child should have been given a place then the child should be offered the next available place.

Attendance:

attendance will be for five sessions per week, up to 15 hours – either every morning or every afternoon.

Application for primary school:

attendance at a nursery class attached to a primary school gives no guarantee that a child will continue into the school where the nursery is located. A child‟s home address determines whether they are in a particular primary catchment area, not attendance at a nursery. A separate application to Primary School will always have to be made.

BEFORE STARTING NURSERY

The term before your child is due to start nursery you will be contacted by the school offering you a place. Once you have accepted this place you will be invited to take part with your child in our Welcome to Nursery programme. This consists of three visits for children and parents when the children and parents will have an opportunity to spend time in the nursery getting to know the environment and the staff.

STARTING SCHOOL

School places are allocated by the Local Authority Schools Admission Team (Tel 307166). In the Autumn term, prior to a child starting school, Parents will receive a "Starting School" booklet containing information about schools, admission criteria and application form for parents to complete.

Although it is not compulsory for children to start school until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday, all children born between 1st September 2006 and 31st August 2007 may start school in September 2011.

Admission Criteria

In the event that a community or voluntary controlled primary school is oversubscribed, the Council will apply the following admission criteria in order of priority:

1. A child in the care of a local authority;

2. Children with a sibling already attending the school at the time of admission or, for admission to an infant school, attending the linked junior school;

3. Children living in the school‟s catchment area;4. Children living outside the school‟s catchment.Exceptions will be made:
  • a child whose SEN Statement names the parent‟ preferred school will be admitted to that school; on exceptional medical or social grounds:
This could include for example:
  • a serious medical condition, which can be supported by medical evidence;
  • the recent death of a parent;
  • a significant caring role for the child which can be supported by evidence from Social Services.

Parents/carers or their representative will have to demonstrate that only the preferred school can meet the exceptional medical or social needs of the child. This can be in the form of a testimony from a medical practitioner, social worker or other professional who can support the application on an „exceptional‟ basis._ where a child requires admission to a designated special needs centre or other specialist provision attached to the school;

Plaistow Hill has a maximum number of 60 children in any year group – these are split into two classes. In the Summer term, prior to starting school the children will be invited to two visits to the school to spend time in their classroom. Parents will be able to listen to a presentation about the school.

As we have up to 60 children starting school each class will be divided into two groups for the induction period. Like many of the local schools, the children will start school on a part-time basis. This is to enable your child to adjust to the different school routines and, also, to allow us to get to know your child within a smaller group.