ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS (2019/2020)
Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust is the Admissions Authority for Bilton School. Co-ordinated phase transfer admissions for Bilton School are administered by Warwickshire County Council’s Admissions Service.
For further information please visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/admissions
For further information on appealing an admissions decision, including the timeline for any appeals to be made, please visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolappeals
The Planned Admissions Number (PAN) for Bilton School for Year 7 is 210
Applications are welcome from the whole of the Eastern Area.
In the event of oversubscription the following criteria will apply: -
1. Children in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, a local authority (under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and 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.
2. Children living in the priority area, who will have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission
3. Other children living in the priority area
4. Children living outside the priority area who will have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission
5. Other children living outside the priority area
Pupils who are permanently excluded from school are referred to Area Behaviour Partnerships in order that consideration can be given as to the appropriateness of a return to mainstream school. On the recommendation of the Area Behaviour Partnership, schools may offer places to previously excluded pupils even though the school is full in the year group.
The Governors support the County’s In Year Fair Access Protocol
If a child has a statement of Special Educational Need naming Bilton School the Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust recognises their duty to admit the child provided they can meet that child’s needs. This may reduce the number of places available for other applicants.
Definitions Applicable to all admission criteria
• Priority Areas
Bilton School has an area identified as its priority area. Full details of the priority area for Bilton School, and those for other schools within Warwickshire, are available on the Warwickshire County Council website and can be viewed using interactive maps.
Secondary School Priority Area Maps can be accessed at: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mapsecondaryschools
Secondary School Priority Area Descriptions can be accessed at:
• Priority within each oversubscription criterion
Where applicants are allocated the same criterion, priority is given in order of distance between the child’s home and the school applied for (shortest distance = highest priority).
Distance will be calculated by using a straight line measurement from the address point location coordinate of the applicant’s home address (as set by Ordnance Survey) to the centre point (‘centroid’) of the school in question. (The centroid is a predetermined point set by Warwickshire County Council and all distances are subject to changes which may occur with updates of mapping data).
Transport Assistance will not be approved on the sole basis that the school offered is the priority area school and will only be provided in accordance with Warwickshire County Council’s Home-to-School Transport Policy. This may mean that the nearest appropriate school – for transport purposes – may be a school in a different priority area.
• Looked After Children in Public Care:
i.e. Children in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, a local authority (under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989). A ‘looked after child’ is only considered as such if the local authority confirms he or she will be in public care when he or she is admitted to a school.
• Definition of sibling/brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission:
Sibling refers to a brother or sister, a half brother or sister, an adopted brother or sister, a step brother or sister, or the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that child.
A sibling connection will not be accepted if the original place was obtained using fraudulent or false information.
• Definition of Home Address:
Where the child normally resides/sleeps when s/he attends school. Addresses involved in child minding arrangements (professional or with relatives) are excluded.
Where a school place is allocated on the basis of the address that is subsequently found to be different from the child’s home address that place is liable to be withdrawn.
• Flats/ Apartments:
Where applications are made from the same multiple dwelling sharing a single PAF or Postal Address File (the address point location coordinate of the applicant’s home address as set by Ordnance Survey), such applications in a single criterion will be considered initially by distance between the PAF and the school in the normal way. Where there are insufficient places to admit all those applicants, the individual priority for each applicant will be set by random allocation (lottery). The draw will be carried out by two officers of the Admissions Service, Children, Young People and Families Directorate in the presence of the Senior Solicitor, Legal Services, Performance & Development Directorate. The order of draw will be recorded and countersigned at the time. NB Any further offers made at a later time from the waiting list will be freshly drawn in the same manner.
• Separated Parents
Where a child lives with two parents in separate addresses the qualifying address will be that where the child spends (ie sleeps) the majority of the school week. If the child spends exactly equal amounts of time in the two addresses, the parents themselves will need to nominate which address they wish to be the child’s main address for school admission purposes.
• Twins, Triplets etc
Where the final place in a year group is offered to one of twins (or triplets etc) it is normally our policy to admit the other twin etc. too, even if that means going above the admission number.
The multiple births must all be born in the same academic year for this to apply. It does not apply to “conceptual twins”, etc born in different year groups.
• Looked after children
Except where a child is placed in an emergency, no care placement should be made by Social Services without the education element being satisfactorily arranged. Where the placement has had to be made in an emergency, and education has not been secured, or where education provision breaks down, then local authorities must secure an educational placement within 20 school days.
The Planned Admissions Number for Year 7 is 210.
Admissions above PAN
Looked After Children in Public Care
i.e. Children in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, a local authority (under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989). Except where a child is placed in an emergency, no care placement should be made without the education element being satisfactorily arranged. Where the placement has had to be made in an emergency, and education has not been secured, or where educational provision breaks down, then local authorities must secure an educational placement within 20 school days.
Moves of care placement can occur outside the normal admissions round when many schools are full. To avoid delays necessitated by the local appeals procedure Community and Controlled schools are being asked to admit, without appeal, looked after children from within their priority area even though their admission limit has already been reached or exceeded.
If the school is full in the year group another place can be offered provided that:
• no other applicants have been refused places in the same year group – wherever they live
• the child is living or moving into the school’s priority area (evidence required) • the admission will not breach the class size limit for infants • the school is willing.
Under Age and Over Age applications
It is the policy of the Children, Young People and Families Directorate that all children should be educated within their appropriate age group. In a very few rare cases where it might not be appropriate for the child to be in their age appropriate year group, there is a detailed process to consider the child’s physical, emotional and social maturity before any decisions are made.
• Lists of pupils requiring a place during the current academic year will be maintained from September and will automatically be cancelled at the end of August of that year.
• Places that become available will be offered based on the Admissions Criteria above.
• Where the appropriate year group is oversubscribed, the Stowe Valley Multi Academy
Trust will organise an Independent Admissions Appeal Panel to consider any appeal against the initial decision not to offer a place. The Panel’s decision is final.
• Applications to appeal should be made, in writing, to the school
• The Independent Admissions Appeals Panel is convened as required throughout the year within 30 days of the formal request
• Applicants may only re-appeal during the current academic year if there is a significant change of circumstances e.g. change of address
Applications for places at Bilton School, other than Year 7, should be made via the Local Authority or by writing directly to the Headteacher at Bilton School.
The Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust recognises it’s duty to consult annually with the Local Authority and with other schools within the Local Authority regarding admissions arrangements, at which time this policy will be reviewed