VISITS AND ADMISSIONS
VISITS TO THE SCHOOL
We encourage prospective parents to visit our school. If you would like to come and look around please phone the school office to make an appointment. We also organise a number of open days, parent tours and events throughout the year which we hope you will be able to attend.
It is helpful if all parents register their wish for their children to attend Park Hill School with us as early as possible to allow effective planning to take place. Local Education Authority admission arrangements are detailed below.
The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 required all infant (Years R, 1 and 2) class sizes to be limited to a maximum number of 30 by September 2001. Admission limits are therefore based on multiples of 15 and 30, which helps schools to organise infant classes of 30 or fewer.
1. Admission Limit
The school’s current admission limit for year R is 45
2. Admissions Criteria
The admissions arrangements for the school are controlled by the Education Service of Coventry City Council. To apply for a primary school place parents should complete the application form contained in the booklet “Primary Education in Coventry 2008”. Copies are available from the School Office.
For some schools there may be more requests than there are places available and it may not be possible to meet everyone’s first preference. Parents are advised to give careful consideration to their order of preference, as at the initial allocation of places all first preferences will be allocated places before second or third preferences are considered. This could result in some parents who do not gain their first preference school finding that their second choice school is also full with first-preference requests.
If there are more requests for a school than places available within the school’s admission limit, places will be allocated in preference order using the criteria in priority order is as follows:
· To children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school;
· To children who live in the catchment area served by the school, who already have an older brother or sister at the school, provided that the brother or sister will continue to attend that school in the following year;
· To other children who live in the catchment area served by the school;
· To children with an older brother or sister who currently attend the school, provided that the brother or sister will continue to attend that school in the following year;
· To children by reference to the distance to the preferred school. A straight-line measurement will be made to the school. The shortest measurement will have the highest priority.
Looked after children
Priority within each category will be given to children who are in the care of the local authority. A looked after child is defined in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.
Exceptional Family or Medical Circumstances
Consideration may be given to very exceptional family or medical circumstances. The extent of such a priority will be determined by the extent to which mobility are affected. Reference may be made to the Authority’s medical practitioner in these cases. The circumstances of the child will be of paramount consideration in such cases rather than the financial or social circumstances of the parent.
If it is not possible to meet all of the requests in any one of the categories described above, the City Council will prioritise the requests within the category by reference to distance. A straight-line measurement (‘as the crow flies’) will be made to the preferred school. The shortest measurement will have the highest priority.
All first preference requests will be allocated before second or third preferences are considered. Parents whose preference is not met by the Education and Library Services Directorate can appeal to an independent appeal committee.
If a school place is offered on the basis of an address, which is subsequently found not to be the child’s normal home address, the place will be withdrawn.
Full details of the admissions policy are given in the Education Service’s annual publication “Primary Education in Coventry”. From October 2007 copies of this booklet are available from Primary Schools or from the Education Service in Civic Centre 1, Little Park Street, Coventry, CV1 5RS or by telephoning Coventry (024) 7683 1622 or 7683 2499