School Admission Appeals - Update in light of Coronavirus
Schools closed from Friday 20th March 2020.
Government guidance advises that all meetings involving the public and 'non-essential' contact, are postponed.
On the basis of this and until further notice, School Admission Appeals have been postponed.
All documentation already received will be kept on file for future reference and we will be in touch when guidance is updated and schools are able to re-open fully.
Linthorpe Community Primary School Admissions Arrangements for School Year 2019-20
The Legacy Learning Trust is the Admissions Authority for the school.
These arrangements are established in accordance with Annex 1 of the Academy's Supplemental Funding Agreement.
The Local Authority (LA) Admissions Team, Middlesbrough Council, will co-ordinate all admissions and this is referred to as the coordinated admissions scheme.
All Reception admissions will be requested via the common admissions form.
Linthorpe Community Primary School has an agreed Published Admission Number (PAN) of 90 per year group in the Reception Year group, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4. An agreed Published Admission Number of 85 in Year 5. An agreed Published Admission Number of 80 in Year 6. The school will accordingly admit at least 80, 85 and 90 in the relevant year groups if sufficient applications are received. All applications will be admitted if 80, 85 and 90 or fewer apply.
Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan
Any child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) is required to be admitted. This gives such children overall priority for admission to the named academy. This is not an over-subscription criteria.
Admissions Over-subscription Criteria
- 'Children looked after' (in public care) and children previously 'looked after', but ceased to be so because they were adopted* immediately following having been looked after. (* or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).
- Children permanently resident in the Admission Zone ie the address at which the child is registered for child benefit, who express a preference for the school (proof of address may be required).
- Children who will have a brother and/or step brother and/or sister and/or step sister or the child of the parent/carer's partner living at the same address attending the school in the September of admission.
- Children with exceptional social and/or medical reasons for attending the school, which, in the latter circumstances are substantiated by the LA medical advisers. A letter from the child's GP or other relevant professional such as a social worker must be submitted with the application. Social reasons do not include domestic arrangements such as parents working commitments or childcare arrangements. Only exceptional circumstances such as parents who have disability, which may mean their child must attend a particular school, will be considered. (in this instance a letter from the parent's GP or other relevant professional such as a social worker must be submitted with the application).
- Children who reside closest to a particular school, measured in a straight line. The measure will be taken from the front door of the child's home to the main entrance of the school.
Middlesbrough Local Authority/co-ordinated admissions scheme operates an equal preference admissions system, where all preferences are considered equally against the admission criteria. The student is then offered a place at the school with the highest parental preference that can be met.
Action will be considered should false information be submitted in order to secure a place at a particular school.
Operation of waiting lists
Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the coordinated admission scheme, the School will operate a waiting list. Where in any year the School receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the first school term. This will be maintained by the School and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application. Places from the waiting list will be offered in the priority order set out above, not in order of the date applications are made.
Application forms received after the closing date will be considered alongside those applicants who applied on time wherever possible. Where it is not practicable because places have already been allocated, or are shortly to be allocated, then late applications will be considered only after those applicants who applied by the published closing date.
In Year Admissions
The Local Authority, Middlesbrough Council, will co-ordinate all admissions. The LA school admissions team will liaise between the School and parents. Parents can contact the LA Admissions team on 01642 201889. The LA team will liaise with parents to complete relevant paperwork and to confirm the offer to give details as to why it has been denied.
If a place is offered, parents are asked to contact the School again so that the relevant paperwork can be completed and a start date negotiated.
If a place is not available then parents will be advised accordingly and given the right of an appeal.
Fair Access Protocols
The School works in accordance with the in-year Fair Access Protocols held by the Local Authority; should a vulnerable child within the protocols require a place at the School, they will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.
If it is necessary to use a tie-breaker to distinguish between two or more applications, a distance criterion will be used. We will give priority to the applicants who live nearest to the school as measured by a straight line from the front door of the home of the applicant to the front door of the main reception of the school site that was on the original application for a place.
The Legacy Learning Trust as the Admission Authority delegates the responsibility for appeals back to the Academy/Local Authority. Parents who wish to appeal the decision of the admissions authority to refuse their child a place at your School may apply in writing to the School, using the Appeals Form below, where appeals will be heard by an independent panel.
Admissions Reception Class September 2020
Admission Appeal timetable
In accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code, admission authorities must set a timetable for organising and hearing educational appeals. The following timetable applies to appeals for admission to Linthorpe Community Primary School. Reception Class in September 2020.
|15th January 2020||Closing date for return of forms or online applications to LA admissions team|
|March to April 2020||Preferences considered|
|16th April 2020||Emails and/or letters to parents confirming outcome of application|
|18th May 2020||Deadline for lodging appeals|
|July 2020||Appeal Hearings|
The timetable for primary school admissions, including appeal dates, can be found on the Middlesbrough Council Website.
Please see the Policy below for Additional Notes
Admissions to the nursery
The Governing Body have adopted the LA criteria for admitting children, namely:
- Children aged 4+ within the admission zone for the school.
- Children aged 4+ who live outside the admission zone, but have a brother or sister attending the school at the time the nursery child will be admitted.
- Children aged 3+ who were eligible for and have attended the school 2 Year Old Provision (Little Learners) for at least 1 term.
- Children aged 3+ within the admission zone for the school.
- Children aged 3+ who live outside the admission zone but will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time the nursery child will be admitted.
- Other children aged 4+
- Other children aged 3+
This form must be completed and returned to school by 31st March to enable staff to prepare for September admissions. If you miss the date then unfortunately, we will only contact you if there are any spaces.
While most children transfer directly from nursery to school, we have to advise parents that a nursery place does not guarantee a place in the school.
Admissions to Nursery Plus (30 hours)
Admissions to Linthorpe Little Learners
To find out if your child is eligible:
When can eligible children start their free place?
|If your child's 2nd birthday falls between:||Free places are available from:|
|1st January - 31st March||The start of the summer term (after Easter)|
|1st April - 31st August||The start of the autumn term (early September)|
|1st September - 31st December||The start of the spring term (early January)|