DUDLEY MBC - ADMISSIONS POLICY
Dudley Council has an Inclusive Education Policy and the Admissions Policy aims to maximise the opportunity to meet parental preference for parents and to meet the individual needs of children at their local school wherever possible. The council does not support the use of selective policies based on aptitude or academic achievement.
The following criteria will be used to allocate the available places at those community and voluntary controlled primary schools that are oversubscribed i.e. receive more applications than can be accommodated.
Firstly, to those children whose parents have identified the school as their first preference, on the basis of the following priorities:
a) First priority shall be given to pupils whose statutory statement of special educational need names the preferred school as the most appropriate mainstream school to meet the child's individual needs.
b) Second priority shall be given to "children in public care" for whom the preferred school is the most local mainstream school.
c) Third priority shall be given to children with a "serious medical condition" with supportive evidence from the child's Hospital Consultant which details the reasons why the preferred school is the most appropriate to meet the child's medical condition. NB Decisions on applications made under this criterion will be made after consultation with the Authority's Medical Advisor, based on the merits of the individual case.
d) Fourth priority shall be given to children who have a child living at the same address who is their brother/ sister, half brother/ sister or step brother/ step sister and who are attending the preferred school at the requested time of entry.
e) Any remaining places will be filled according to those children who live closest to the school, determined by measurement (in a straight line) from the home address to the main entrance of the preferred school.
Any remaining places after first preferences have been dealt with will be allocated to second preference applications, applying the criteria given in a) to e) above.
Any Dudley parent not obtaining a school of either their first or second preference will be allocated a place at the next nearest school with a place available and given information about the appeals process.
The school believes that good attendance is an important factor in helping children achieve success in their school career.
We therefore expect all children to attend school each day unless they have a genuine illness or other legitimate reason for having time off.
If your child is unable to attend it is essential that school receives an explanation via a note or telephone message, otherwise, the absence is recorded as un-authorised.
If you are planning to go on holiday, then a holiday form can be obtained from the school office.
We are a "uniform" school, we believe that a uniform looks smart, wears well and contributes to a feeling of belonging to the school.
Our uniform consists of: Plain white or grey shirt/blouse, Plain red or grey cardigan/pullover or school sweatshirt. Red tie, Plain grey trousers, skirt or pinafore dress, Grey or white socks/tights, Sensible flat heeled shoes NOT trainers.
As an alternative in hot weather: Red, white or red and white dress, Plain grey shorts, School T-shirt
All clothing with the school logo can be purchased from the "School Shop" on Stourbridge High Street.
All children will need a drawstring bag to hold: Plain PE shorts NOT Bermudas etc, Plain T-shirt or school T-shirt, Pumps for indoor P.E. - with an elastic gusset for the younger children.
Tracksuits are optional in cold weather. Training shoes or football boots are recommended for older pupils when they go onto the field.
School sweatshirts, fleeces, T-shirts, book bags and P.E. kit bags are available from school on a Tuesday afternoon.
Children MUST NOT wear jewellery with the exception of one plain ear stud or sleeper in each ear and wrist watches.
ALL CLOTHING NEEDS TO BE CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE OWNERS NAME
The school cannot accept responsibility for any loss, or damage to, individual property. Lost property is kept near the caretakers office and may be claimed at the beginning or end of the school day. We have a terrific amount of lost property that is n ever claimed because it is not named.
The school provides excellent subsidised school meals. The children are offered a choice of three or four main meals and sweets each day. Meals are self-service and are eaten in the main hall.
The school kitchen also operates a healthy tuck shop at morning breaks selling low fat crisps, low sugar biscuits, fruit, yogurt covered raisins etc,
Payment for meals is in advance on Monday mornings for five days.
If you think you may be entitled to free school meals please see the school secretary for details