ADMISSIONS ARRANGEMENTS 2018
St Barnabas welcomes applications for admission for all children of statutory school age, irrespective of gender or ethnic background. The planned admissions number for September 2018 is 30.
The school seeks the support of parents in providing a productive and happy educational experience and all parents/carers are required to sign a home-school agreement in order to provide on-going support.
Entry to the Reception class is at the start of the autumn term (September).
Parents may make an application at any time but the Co-ordinated admission process takes place in January each year with parents/carers required to complete a Common Application Form (CAF) to be returned by a set date. Further information is detailed in the Kent Admissions Booklet, available to all families.
Parents will be notified before the date of entry that a place is available and will be asked to confirm that they intend to accept the placement. Children are invited to attend a programme of transition sessions in school prior to the start date; this will provide an opportunity for children and families to meet with staff and other pupils.
At the beginning of their first term, children attend for morning sessions as part of a staged programme of entry. Arrangements are discussed with families prior to the start of term.
New entrants complete full day sessions in accordance with Kent admission guidelines. St Barnabas’ School will admit 30 children in a full academic year. Where the number of applicants exceeds thirty, children will be admitted in accordance with the criteria listed below. All parents/carers have the right of appeal.
Pupils are admitted to St Barnabas’ in accordance with the following criteria:
- Children placed in Local Authority Care or previously in Local Authority Care – a child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who ceased to be so because they became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order under Part IV of the Act.
- Attendance at St Barnabas’ Church for a period of not less than 6 months prior to the application, attending at least once per fortnight.
- Children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission. Brother or sister means children who live as brother and sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers or sisters.
- Children who live within the parish boundary- see appendix 1.
- Any other children.
Requests for places may be made at any time. Places will be granted to applicants provided that the admission of a child does not increase the number of children in that year group to a number over and above the standard number.
The exceptions to this are:
1. In Year Fair Access protocol
2. When the child has been permanently excluded from two or more schools
3. When the child is deemed to have challenging behaviour and in the Head teacher’s judgement, the provision of efficient education would be prejudiced by admitting the child, in accordance with Chapter 3 of the School Admissions Code. In such cases a meeting of the Admissions Committee will determine whether a child is offered a place. When a place is not offered, parents will be informed of their right of appeal to an independent panel.
Policy review date: Governing Body Admissions Panel
If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in 2018 you can appeal between 16 April and 16 May 2018 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 18 July 2018. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.