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Ackton Pastures Primary School
College Grove, Castleford,WF10 5NS
01977 723030

Admissions to the school are controlled by Wakefield Local Authority (the District Council). Full details of the Authority's policy on admissions are given in the "Guide for Parents". This is available in all schools and at the Education Department. The policy is summarised below.

At this school, 45 pupils will normally be admitted in the school year beginning in September 2007. This is the annual admission number (AN) set by the Authority after consultation with the Governing body of the school.

If the number of preferences received for a school does not exceed the admission number, all preferences will be met (see explanatory note 1).

All applications will be considered in the following order:

1. Applications received by the closing date in the normal admissions round:

" for secondary applications the closing date is 20 October 2006; and

" for primary applications the closing date is 17 November 2006.

2. Late applications received between the closing date for the normal admissions round and the end of the summer term, for these applications, the following dates will apply:

" applications for secondary places received by 30 November 2006 will be accepted as if they had been received by the closing date;

" applications for primary places received by 11 December 2006 will be accepted as if they had been received by the closing date.

Applications received after these dates; these will be regarded as late applications and will be considered after the applications received on time.

However, if there are more applications for admission to a school than there are places available, preference will be given in the following order:

a) Children with a statement of special needs which names the school;

b) Children in Public Care (Looked After Children) (see note 6);

c) (i) Children who live in the school's catchment area, who have brothers and sisters
attending the school at the time of admission (see explanatory note 4);

(ii) Other children who live in the school's catchment area (see explanatory note2);

(iii) Children who live in that part of the primary school's catchment area, which is designated as an option area (see explanatory note 3).

d) Children who have brothers or sisters in attendance at the school (see explanatory note 4);

e) Other children, with priority being given to those living nearest to the school.

In all categories when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criteria, children living nearest to the school, measured as the crow flies, have priority. Where a family of twins or triplets request admission and there is only one school place available, it will be left to the family to decide whether or not they wish to take up the place for one of their children and appeal for the second or third child in the same year group, or to decline the place.

Where a child resides with more than one parent/carer, at diffferent addresses, the Authority will use the preference expressed by the parent/carer at the address where the child fives the majority of the time during the school week as the main place of residence.

Children will be placed in the appropriate category depending upon their circumstances at the closing date for receiving applications for admission to school. Changes in address will be accepted in accordance with the provisions of the Secondary and Primary Co ordination schemes. In cases where there is an anticipated change in circumstances, documentary evidence will be required. In the event of any category being over subscribed, places will be offered in the order of priority (a-e) detailed above.

For children with a statement of special needs, certain other conditions also have to be satisfied. Further information can be obtained from SEN Group or Parent Partnership

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