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Birchwood C of E Primary School

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CONSULTATION ON ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021

The law states that all schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will apply if there are more applications received than there are places available at the school (oversubscription criteria).

Admission authorities are required to consult when they intend to make changes to their admission arrangements. The law states that consultations to make changes must take place for a minimum of six weeks between 1 October and 31 January.

When considering oversubscription criteria, state funded schools (Community, Faith, Academy and Free Schools) must give highest priority to looked after children and previously looked after children. 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).

The Minister of State for School Standards has recently confirmed that the law relating to looked after children will soon be changing and there will be an additional requirement for all state funded schools to prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England.

In light of this, most schools in Warrington have decided to make changes to their arrangements for admissions to their school starting from September 2020.

 

Looked after children and previously looked after children including those previously in state care outside of England*

 

 

In order to accommodate the change and prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England, schools will be amending their first criterion to read as follows:

 

 

 
 

 

*A child in care 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 under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making the application to the school.

 

The term previously looked after children is defined as 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).

 

A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our school’s full arrangements are available to view or download from the school website. For a paper copy, please speak to the school office.

The consultation period runs from 6 December 2018 until 31 January 2019.

To comment on any of the proposed changes, please email admissionconsultation@warrington.gov.uk or you can post your comments to the following address:

Admission Consultation

School Admissions Team

2nd Floor New Town House

Buttermarket Street

Warrington

WA1 2NH

You will receive an acknowledgement to let you know we have received your comments. All responses to the consultation will be considered by the relevant schools before admission arrangements are finalised on or before 28 February 2019.

 

Birchwood C of E Primary  is an inclusive school. We have a welcoming community and embrace the diversity that children can bring. Admission into our school’s reception class is managed by Warrington Borough Council’s admissions department and details can be found on their website

 

Thirty children are admitted into our Reception class each year. Children can also be admitted into our other classes if there are spare places. The Local Authority may admit a child with a Statement of SEN or EHC Plan if Birchwood C of E is the mainstream school identified as most able to meet the child’s Special Educational Needs.

New Intake - September 2019

If you have a child born between 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2015 they will be eligible to start school in September 2019. All Primary School  Admissions are now completed online and the facility to do this opened on 3rd September 2018. Please visit the Warrington Borough Council website by clicking on this link Primary School Admissions. The closing date for Primary School Applications is midnight on the 15th January 2019.

If you would like to visit our school to have a look around we will be happy to arrange this for you.  Please call the school office on 01925 823316

IN YEAR TRANSFERS

If you would like to enquire about a school place for a child that is changing schools throughout the school year, please see the information links below.  Alternatively you can contact the school office on 01925 823316 or the School Admissions Team at Warrington Borough Council on 09125 446226 or email schooladmissions@warrington.gov.uk

Warrington Borough Council Admissions Team contact details, 

 

email -                  schooladmissions@warrington.gov.uk

Telephone -          01925 446226

Postal address -   Warrington Borough Council
                             26/30 Horsemarket Street
                             Warrington, WA1 1XL

 

https://www.warrington.gov.uk/schooladmissions

 

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