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Cape Cornwall School
Cape Cornwall Road, St Just, TR19 7JX, UK Penzance
Tel. 01736 788501

LEA Policy for the Admission of Pupils

Cape Cornwall School is a co-educational comprehensive school with an open admissions policy that is designed to ensure that no child is denied access to the school on the basis of gender, ability, ethnic or cultural background. The policy for admission of pupils to Cape Cornwall School is based upon the guidelines and priorities published by Cornwall County Council. If the details below differ in any material detail from the current Cornwall county council regulations, it is the county’s regulations that take precedence.

1. Published Admission Limit (PAL).

The Published Admission Limit for Cape Cornwall School 2005/6 proposed by the Governors of the school and agreed by the LEA is 120 pupils per year group.

2. Policy for the admission of pupils to commence Year 7.

When a parent applies for a child to join Cape Cornwall School, the child is normally admitted to the appropriate (year 7) group, providing a place is available and on the clear understanding that parents agree to:

i. Support the school's ethos and discipline (e.g. pupil behaviour and uniform).

ii. Accept responsibility for travel arrangements (and any associated costs if the pupil is travelling from outside the area designated as the traditional catchment area of the school).

We always contact the headteacher of the school from which a child is transferring, to ensure that the proposed transfer is in everyone's best interest. In exceptional circumstances and with the full agreement of medical, psychological and educational authorities, a pupil who has a birthday falling outside the normal dates for that particular year group may be admitted to that group.

If the applications for a year group exceed the PAL, the allocation of any available place(s) will be based strictly on the LEA's agreed priorities for allocating pupil places. A list of the criteria that apply to Cape Cornwall School follows. A full list is available from County Hall:

a) Children who live within the designated area for the school.

b) Children with an unequivocal professional recommendation from the school medical officer or educational psychologist that non-placement will produce medical (in the case of the doctor) or psychological (in the case of the psychologist) harm.

c) Children with siblings already attending Cape Cornwall School.

d) Children for whom Cape Cornwall is geographically nearer than the designated school.

e) Domestic reasons.

Where 2 or more children fulfil the same criterion, priority is given to a child who lives nearer Cape Cornwall School.

If an application for a place is rejected, the parent will normally be advised either to consider application to a neighbouring school or to make an appeal (see 5 below).

Admission of a pupil to Year 7 at Cape Cornwall School in September 2006, shall be open to any pupil who has reached his/her 11th birthday after 1st September 2005 but before 31st August 2006. As we do not anticipate reaching the PAL on the basis of the forecast of pupils currently in Year 6 of local primary schools, we will be able to accept applications for places for children living outside our catchment area.

3. Policy for admission of pupils to Years 8 and 9 (and to Year 7 after the start of the school year).

Admission of any pupil into these years shall be subject to the general policy outlined above. The Headteacher and Chair of Governors will be involved in any decision which would cause the total number on roll in a year group to exceed 120 and their decision will be based upon the best interests of the whole school. See 5 below.

4. Policy for admission of pupils to Years 10 and 11.

Admission of a pupil to Years 10 & 11 shall be subject to the general policy outlined above. In addition, parents will be advised against admission if Cape Cornwall School cannot offer the KS4 course that the pupil has started at her/his previous school. The Headteacher and Chair of Governors will be involved in any decision relating to an application which would cause the total number on roll in a particular year group to exceed 120 and their decision will be based upon the best interests of the whole school. See 5 below.

 Parental right of appeal.

Parents will appreciate that some restriction is necessary in order to avoid overcrowding which may produce accommodation and staffing problems that are not in the best interests of any child at this school.

If an application for admission is refused, a parent may decide to apply to another local school or may appeal to the LA (Local Authority) who may then decide to establish an independent appeals panel (admissions). Any such appeal should be made in writing to:

Schools Section, The Secretary for Education, County Hall, Truro, Cornwall TR1 3AY.

This is also the appropriate address for any other enquiries about admission to other schools.

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