Published Admission Number:                          15

There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area.

In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:

  1. Looked After Children and previously looked after children (as hereinafter defined) 2. Children with a sibling attending the school
  2. Children living in the priority admission area
  3. Children living outside the priority admission area but within Waltham Abbey (defined as residence in the priority admission area of one of the following schools: High Beech CE Primary, Leverton Primary, Upshire Primary, Waltham Holy Cross Primary and Hillhouse Primary schools);
  4. Remaining applications.

In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority.

The following information applies:

Looked After Children

A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order will be given first priority in oversubscription criteria ahead of all other applicants in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

Children with statements of special educational needs

Children with statements of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that name the school on the statement / plan are required to be admitted to a school regardless of their place in the priority order.

Age of Admission

Essex County Council’s policy is that children born on and between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 would normally commence primary school in Reception in the academic year beginning in September 2019. As required by law, all Essex infant and primary schools provide for the full-time admission of all children offered a place in the Reception year group from the September following their fourth birthday.

Therefore, if a parent wants a full-time place for their child from September (at the school at which a place has been offered) then they are entitled to that full-time place. Parents can defer the date their child is admitted to school until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in the school year.

The law does not require a child to start school until the start of the term following their fifth birthday. Compulsory school age is reached at that point. Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child. The parent would not however be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which the original application was accepted.

Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Any parents interested in taking up a part-time place initially should contact the school for further details as to what this would entail.   Where parents choose to defer entry, the school may reasonably expect that the child would start at the beginning of a new school term / half term.

Where a parent of a ‘summer-born’ child (1 April – 31 August) wishes their child to start school in the autumn term following their fifth birthday, they will need to apply for a place at the correct time for the normal admission round for the following academic year. The process to be followed is defined in detail in the ‘Primary Education in Essex’ booklet. Supporting evidence from relevant professionals working with the child and family stating why the child must be placed outside their normal age appropriate cohort should be submitted. The Academy Trust will decide whether the application for a Reception place will be accepted or whether it will be treated as an application for a Year 1 place, the child’s normal age appropriate cohort.  Further details are provided in the ‘Primary Education in Essex’ booklet.  If the application for a Reception place is not accepted this does not constitute a refusal of the place and there is no right to an independent statutory appeal.

Applying for a place at the school

The application process is in accordance with the Local Authority’s co-ordinated scheme for primary admissions and involves completion of the Common Application Form – either online or by paper.    All applications for a place at the school must be submitted via Essex County Council.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2019.

Offers of places will be sent on 16 April 2019