Admission Arrangements 2020/21
We will be holding a series of open days in order to allow parents of children due to start Reception in September 2020 to look around the school prior to making their school applications. The dates for these events are:
Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 9.15am
Tuesday 15 October 2019 at 9.15am
Friday 15 November 2019 at 9.00am
Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 9.15am
Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 9.15am
Please contact the school office to book a place.
Croydon Admission Arrangements for Reception 2020/21
We are a community school this means that we follow Croydon’s admissions criteria.
This step-by-step breakdown takes you through the process of applying for a school place for those starting reception in 2020.
The 2020/21 application process starts on 1 September 2019.
For all of the information on how to apply please go to: Primary School Admissions
Selsdon Fox Cubs Nursery 2020/21
Our school has a nursery class for 3-4 year olds, providing for 52 part-time places, of fifteen hours per week. Children are admitted to our Nursery at the start of the academic year in which they are 4 years old. Parents are invited to submit their child’s name once they reach the age of two. We offer part-time places in the mornings and afternoons. If we receive more applications than there are places available, we use the same admissions criteria as we use for reception admissions to prioritise applications.
We also offer a small number of government funded 30 hour places for eligible parents (contact HMRC Childcare Service at http://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk for more information). For parents not wishing to apply for the 30 hours funding, additional payable sessions may be available depending on space.
Applications for places must be made on a ‘Selsdon Primary Admission to Fox Cubs Nursery’ form, to be received at the school office by 31 January 2020.
Parents should be aware that attending the nursery class does not mean your child will automatically transfer to the reception class at this school. You will still need to apply at the appropriate time for a place for your child in a reception class, using the council’s Common Application Form, as described above.
If you would like to apply for a place please visit the school office, telephone 020 8657 4038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you an application form and arrange a visit.
Year 1 to Year 6 in-year Application Process
Admission to Years 1 to 6 is done through Croydon’s School Admissions department.
If you would like to visit our school before applying for a place, telephone 020 8657 4038 to arrange a visit.
Admission to school for all children is provided in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents have the right to request that their child:
Start school full-time in September with their natural academic cohort.
Start school on a part-time basis for a selected period of time or until the point of reaching statutory school age (statutory school age is the term after the child’s fifth birthday)
Defer entry. Entry can be deferred, however a child must attend school within the Reception year, entry cannot be deferred until Year 1 unless the child was born in the summer.
Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
Applications should be made directly to the local authority; Selsdon Primary School does not require a SIF.
Reception Admissions Number
The maximum number of admissions for each year is 90.
Admission of children with an Education Healthcare Plan (EHCP) that names the school will be admitted first.
Should applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below:
Looked-after children and previously looked-after children (see Note 2).
Children who have a sibling currently attending the school (see Note 3).
Where there are medical grounds (supported by documentation from a registered medical practitioner) for admitting the child to this school (see Note 4).
Proximity of the child’s home to the school, with those living nearer being accorded the higher priority (see Notes 5 and 6).
Distance will be used as a tiebreaker for each oversubscription criterion. Where distance is the same for pupils, the authority will use random allocation. This will be independently verified.
A waiting list is held for the first term of the reception year, and thereafter applicants are required to complete the local authority’s in-year application form if they wish to remain on the waiting list. In-year waiting lists are maintained for one academic year and applicants are required to re-apply for each academic year. A child’s position on the waiting list will be determined in accordance with the admissions criteria and will not take account of the date on which the application was made. A child’s position on the waiting list can go down as well as up; e.g. if a child on the waiting list moves nearer the school
Applications for a place at the school in-year must be made using the Common Application Form of the local authority where the child resides. This form must be returned to the local authority. The governors will use the same criteria to rank the application as that listed above. The offer of a place at the school will be made by the local authority on behalf of the governors. In the event of the governors deciding that a place cannot be offered, parents will be offered the opportunity of placing their child’s name on a waiting list. This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place.
Once a place has been offered by the local authority, parents will be asked to complete a supplementary information form. On receipt of this form, the school will arrange for the parents to visit the school and discuss transition from the existing school. With the parents’ permission, the current school may be contacted to gain any information which may be of use in enabling the child to settle into the new school. Confirmation, in writing, of the proposed start date will be sent to the parents.
Parents whose application for a place at this school is unsuccessful may appeal to an independent appeal panel. Appeals must be made in writing, setting out the reasons on which the appeal is made, and sent to the Mrs. Liz Parry, admissions appeals clerk, at the school address, so that it is received by the date given in the letter confirming the governors’ decision not to offer a place. Parents/carers have the right to make oral representations to the appeal panel.
Children of multiple births
Selsdon Primary will admit all the children of a multiple birth, even if this exceeds the infant class size limit.
Notes for clarification
Note 1 – Parents of children who are offered a place at the school before they are of compulsory school age may defer entry until later in the school year. The place will be held for that child and not offered to another child. However, entry may not be deferred beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year from which the original application was accepted.
Note 2 – Looked-after children are defined as ‘children in public care at the date on which the application is made’. Previously looked-after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order, immediately after being looked-after. If an application is made under the ‘looked-after’ criterion, it must be supported by a letter from the relevant local authority children’s services department and/or relevant documents.
Note 3 – A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half-brother or sister, step brother or sister, foster-brother or sister or adopted brother or sister whose main residence is the same address as the child for whom the school place application is being made. This criteria does not include siblings on the roll of the nursery class.
Note 4 – All schools have experience in dealing with children with medical needs. In a very few exceptional cases, however, there may be reasons why a child needs to attend a specific school. If you feel there are exceptional reasons for your child to be considered for a priority placement at our school, you must indicate this in the section provided in your application, and complete the medical form which is available online at: http://www.croydon.gov.uk/education/schools-new/school-admissions/howto-apply/school-place-home or you can obtain a paper version from our office, or by contacting the council on 020 8726 6400), setting out the reasons to support your case.
All requests for priority consideration on medical grounds must be supported in writing by a doctor or consultant, and this must make clear that it is our school you are making a special case for, the reason why it is necessary for your child to attend our school in particular, and the difficulties it will cause for your child to attend another school.
It is for you to decide how to support your case and what documents to provide, but these must be submitted, together with the completed medical form and supporting statement by the GP/consultant, by the closing date of 15 January 2020. The admissions team is not responsible for contacting professionals for information about your case. Any decision will be based on documents you submit by the closing date.
The local authority, using guidance received from Croydon’s admissions panel (this is comprised of professionals from health and education), will decide whether an application for our school is to be prioritised on medical grounds, in light of the medical evidence submitted by the parent for their child to attend our school. Claims for priority of admission on medical grounds will not be considered if submitted after a decision on the original application has been made.
Applicants who submit supporting information on medical grounds will not be advised whether their application is likely to be successful prior to the offer of places on 16 April 2020. If evidence is received after the closing date of 15 January 2020, it will not be taken into account until after places have been offered on the 16 April 2020.
Note 5 – ‘Home’ is defined as the address where the child normally resides as their only or principal residence.
Addresses involving child-minding (professional or relatives) are excluded. There have been occasions when parents/carers have tried to use false addresses to obtain a place at a school. To prevent this happening, Croydon Council undertakes checks using an address verification tool called DataTank. If after these checks have taken place, we cannot be satisfied that the address is the parent and child’s normal place of residence, the parent/carer will be asked to provide further proof of their home address. In this instance two forms of address verification will be required; solicitors letter confirming completion of contract or a tenancy agreement along with a recent utility bill in the applicant’s name.
If the parents/carers are found to have used a false address or deliberately provided misleading information to obtain a school place, the offer will be withdrawn. Should there be doubts about the address to be used parents/carers may be asked to provide evidence concerning the child’s normal place of residence. This could include a court order stating where the child should live during the course of the week. The local authority would expect that the parents/ carer with whom the child is normally resident receives the child benefit for the child.
If parents/carers have more than one property they may be required to provide proof of the normal place of residence for the child.
Note 6: Distance will be measured in a straight line from the centre of the pupil’s main home to our main school entrance, using the local authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school, receiving higher priority. For shared properties – e.g. flats – the centre will be taken from the centre of the building.
Distance measurements can be obtained using various internet sources however these do not replicate the system used by Croydon Council. Additionally, the distance measurement which can be obtained from the Croydon website using the ‘Find It’ link on the home page will not always be identical to that of the measurement obtained using the Croydon school admissions measuring tool (known as GIS) as the ‘Find It’ link is set up to measure to a range of council facilities, and is not set up to measure for school admission purposes, that is from the centre of a house/building to the designated main entrance of a school. It also does not give measurements to three decimal points.
Note 7 – Child-minding cannot be taken into account when allocating places.
Note 8 – Parents of children attending our nursery class must apply for a reception class place in the usual way. These children are not guaranteed a reception place at our school.
All applications are considered strictly in accordance with a school’s admission criteria. Unless otherwise stated, children on the roll of our nursery class are not given priority admission into a reception class.
Note 9 – Twins/triplets or other multiple births for admission into an infant class
If you are applying for twins, or children from a multiple birth, and there is only one place available at our school, legislation allows us to admit them all i.e. all siblings from a multiple birth. The government school admissions code does state that infant classes must not contain more than 30 pupils with a single school teacher, but the code considers multiple birth to be an ‘exceptional circumstance’ and they can be admitted in excess of the published admission number.
Admission of children outside their normal age group
Parents of summer born children can request admission outside of their normal year of entry so that their child starts school in Reception when they would ordinarily be starting or transferring to year 1.
It is the expectation of our school that a child is educated alongside his/her age equivalent peers, in almost all cases. We would strongly advise that all children enter into their normal year group. The responsibility for addressing individual educational needs lies with the school through an appropriately differentiated and enriched curriculum.
Parents may request that their child is exceptionally admitted outside their normal age group. The governing body will decide whether or not the individual child’s circumstances make this appropriate on educational grounds.
All decisions will be made on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parent’s views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely.
Parents have the right to delay school start until children reach compulsory school age, at which point a decision should be made whether it is the child’s best interest to enter reception or year one. There is no statutory barrier to children being admitted outside their normal age group, but parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular age group.
School will take account of the child’s individual needs and abilities and to consider whether these can best be met in reception or year one. It will also involve taking account of the potential impact on the child of being admitted to year one without first having completed the reception year. The views of the Executive Headteacher will be an important part of this consideration.
It is helpful, but not necessary for parents to submit supporting evidence from professionals.
In some cases parents may have professional evidence that it would be appropriate for them to submit, for example, when a child receives support from a speech and language therapist. However, there is no expectation that parents will obtain professional evidence that they do not already have. We will still consider requests that are not accompanied by professional evidence. In such cases the supporting information might simply be the parent’s statement as to why they have made their request.
Parents must consider the impact of a child being educated with children of a different age both within primary school and at transition to secondary school where admissions outside the cohort cannot be guaranteed. (see FAQ below)
Applications for places should be made to the Croydon’s School Admissions Department (www.croydon.gov.uk); Selsdon Primary School does not require a supplementary form.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – DEFERRED ENTRY
What should I consider when deciding to place my child outside their normal age group?
When your child makes the transition to secondary school or transfers to another primary school in-year the admissions authority of the new school is not required to automatically agree for a child to be placed outside of their normal year group and may decide they will only offer a school place for the normal year group. Admission authorities are required to make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case.
If I want my summer born child to be admitted to the reception class in the September following their fifth birthday (outside of the normal year group), how do I go about arranging this?
You must make a request to Croydon Council, and to us, this should be done prior or during the application process for your child’s normal year group. You must also make an application to Croydon local authority for a school place in the correct year group. This will ensure you are not disadvantaged for a preference school place in the event your request is refused.
If your request is accepted, your application for the normal year group will be closed and you will be required to apply in the usual way the following year, along with the cohort of applicants for that year group. Your application will not receive priority over or above any other applicant for this year group and your application will be considered in line with the published admission criteria with all other applicants for the year group you are applying.
Do I need to provide any documentation when I make a request for my summer born child to be admitted outside of their normal year group?
We will require an explanation from you, along with evidence from a relevant professional, documenting:
Whether delayed social, emotional or physical development is adversely affecting you child(ren)’s readiness for school.
In the case of children born prematurely, they may have naturally fallen into the lower age group if they had been born on their expected date of birth.
The needs of your child and the possible impact on them of entering later in the year or entering year 1 without having first attended the reception class.
What should I do if I am unhappy with an admission authority’s decision about which year group my child will be admitted to?
Parents who are refused a place at a school for which they have applied have the right of appeal to an independent admission appeal panel. You do not have the right of appeal if you have been offered a place and it is not in the year group you would like. However, you may make a complaint under the school’s complaints procedure.