Admissions

 

Consultation on School Admission Arrangements for 2020/21 

Dates for Consultation: 19th December 2018 to 30th January 2019.

 

The Brigshaw Learning Partnership, as the admission authority for: Brigshaw High School,  Allerton Bywater;   Kippax Ash Tree, Kippax Greenfield, Kippax North, Methley and Swillington Primary schools, is proposing changes to the admissions arrangements to the schools for the academic year 2020/21.

 

In line with the School Admissions Code, admission authorities are required to consult on their admission policy whenever they would like to make a change.

 

We are consulting on the following proposals, and would like to hear your views and comments about these, so that we can decide whether to include these changes for the admissions policy for 2020/21:

 

Proposals:

  1. To adopt the Local Authority term “catchment priority area” to be consistent with the Leeds City Council proposed policy for 2020/21 should that policy be adopted. We propose that our catchment areas follow the existing polygon used by Leeds City Council for admissions.(Please note, addresses can be in the catchment priority area of more than one school).
  2. In line with the Local Authority proposals,  remove the requirement for a sibling to be older than the applicant to qualify for sibling priority in the normal round. For clarification, there is no proposal to remove sibling priority. The proposal is to extend the priority so it applies to both older and younger siblings.
  3. That applications received after the statutory deadline for school applications will be considered as ‘late applications’ if received 4 weeks after the national deadline (rather than using the national deadline as in the existing policy). This is  in line with Leeds Local Authority proposals and neighbouring authorities.
  4. In line with the local authority's request, change the application process for school transfers (in year applications) so that all applications are submitted by parents to the Local Authority rather than to each individual school.  

 

There are some additional changes which we must make to the previous policy for accuracy and clarification. These changes are:

 

  1. Expanded definition of the children eligible to receive Priority 1 (CLA and Previously CLA) to include children previously looked after outside England, to be in line with 2018 DfE guidance
  2. Clarified information about waiting lists, appeals, tie-break, deferment and home addresses
  3. Update to dates to ensure accuracy for 2020/21
  4. Minor wording changes to provide further clarity for parents
  5. Clarification that if schools are not oversubscribed, all applicants will be offered a place. 
  6. Amendment to the type of CLA Orders which are required and how parents can qualify for priority 1
  7. More detail provided for parents on Fair Access Protocols
  8. Confirmation that nursery places to not offer priority for primary school admissions

You are welcome to pass this consultation on to anyone you feel may be interested. All comments and suggestions are invited and you can respond in writing or by email to Mrs Wendy Harrington: 

 

Compliance and Governance Officer

Brigshaw Learning Partnership

Brigshaw High School

Brigshaw Lane

Allerton Bywater

Castleford

WF10 2HR 

 

or e mail: harrinw02@brigshawtrust.com 

 

 by no later than the consultation deadline of 30th January 2019.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Mrs Wendy Harrington  

On behalf of the Brigshaw Learning Partnership Chair of Governors, Mr K Morton

Apply for your child to start Foundation 2 (Reception) in September 2019

 

Admission arrangements for children entering school in Foundation 2 are dealt with by Leeds City Council and this information can be found in their composite prospectus which is published on their website Leeds City Council Pupil Admissions Department. (Link below)

We have one intake each year at the start of the Autumn Term. Pupils are admitted to school in the September following their 4th birthday. Prospective parents are most welcome to make an appointment to look around our school or to visit on an Open Day.

Parents are asked to complete preference forms in the Autumn of the year before the child starts school. Places are allocated in the late Spring / early Summer Term – we have a maximum intake of 30 children. Following this stage, some parents choose to appeal if their choices have not been met.

Once we know our exact intake, we begin the process of ensuring every child’s entry into school is happy and relaxed. In the Summer Term before the September start, parents come to a Welcome Meeting with their children to find out more about how we work and ask any questions they might still have.

This meeting also gives parents the opportunity to meet and talk with the Foundation 2 class teacher and other support staff. Soon after, children are invited to spend time in their new class as part of the transition process.  

Parents of older children, moving into the area, are welcome to make an appointment to visit the school and to discuss admission with the Headteacher. In year entry to places across school are arranged by the school.  We will provide you with the form that you will need to complete. You should return this form to school either in person or by post. We will advise you about your application then contact you to let you know if we can offer you a place. We will write to you confirming your offer.

If we are unable to offer you a place the Leeds City Council Admissions Team will contact you to advise of the schools in your area and any vacancies at these schools. You will have the right of appeal to an Independent panel for the school you have been refused

How to apply

Invitation to apply letters

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2019 you will receive a letter inviting you to apply before 1 November 2018.

Your address puts you in the priority catchment area for a particular school and the letter tells you which school this is. It is the school at which your child has a higher priority for admission under the school’s admission policy.

It is recommended that you include this school as one of your five preferences, even if it is your fifth preference, although there is no guarantee that you will be offered a place.

 

Before you apply

To apply online you will need a valid email address.

After completing your online application, you will receive an email confirming it has been received. If you don’t receive an email your application has not been completed properly. You should log back in and make sure the form is fully completed.

If you live outside Leeds and want your child to go to a school in Leeds, you must apply to your own local authority and they will inform us of your request.

The online application form will be available to use from 1 November 2018 for applications to start reception class in September 2019.​​​

You must submit an application even if you would like a place at your priority catchment school or your child has a sibling in school.

 

Important dates​​

Date

Stage

1 November 2018 to 15 January 2019

Apply for a place

16 April 2019

Offers go out

30 April 2019

Waiting list deadline

16 May 2019

Deadline for accepting offers and appeals

April to July 2019

Places allocated from the waiting lists and appeals held

September 2019

Start primary school

Admission arrangements for Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery)

 

To apply for a Foundation 1 (Nursery) place please either telephone school and speak to Mrs Deaton or Mrs Carter or fill out the attached form and return to school. We will add your child to the waiting list.

Children start Foundation 1 (Nursery) the school term after their third birthday, either in September, January or April. Families are contacted by letter from the details we hold on our waiting list. We hold open afternoons and offer optional settling in sessions that you can attend with your child before starting with us. We carry out a home visit too and stagger new children in. We currently offer either all day Monday, all day Tuesday & Wednesday AM OR Wednesday PM, all day Thursday & all day Friday.

To arrange a visit to Kippax North Primary School please contact Mrs Chris Clarke clarkec05@brigshawtrust.com

 

Links to School policies

School Admission Appeals 2017.18

Admission Policy 2018/19

Admission Policy 2019/20

Proposed Admissions Policy 2020/21

Proposed Catchment area Map 2020/2021