Admissions

Admissions Policy

Worcestershire County Council’s Information for Parents Book on Admissions and Transfers to Schools is available to view online at the local authority website.

A copy of the book is also available to view in Schools, Libraries and at your Local Worcestershire Hub.
The Information for Parents book contains full details on the application and allocation process, including the oversubscription admission criteria for each school. You are advised to read the book prior to making an application.

Please follow this link below to access the local authority website.

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How to apply for a school place in the normal round of admissions 2019/ 2020

The parents of ALL pupils resident in Worcestershire, including parents whose preference is for the catchment area school for the child’s home address, seeking a place at any First/Primary or Middle School, including any Academy, Foundation or Voluntary Aided Schools, and any School outside Worcestershire, must complete a Worcestershire LA Common Application Form (PA1) by the closing dates shown in the table below.

Applications can be made online up until the closing date, see the table below for dates.

If you do not have access to the internet Application Forms are available from the School, Local Worcestershire Hub or by request on Tel no: 01905 822700

The parents of pupils resident outside Worcestershire, but who wish to apply for a place at any Worcestershire school, must complete an application form provided by the “home” LA. (The “home” LA is defined as the Local Authority relevant to the Child’s home address). The “home” LA will ensure that the application details are passed onto Worcestershire LA for consideration in the allocation of school place.

Admissions Table

Timetable for Admissions and Transfers Intakes for September 2018

School Phase

First/Primary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools

Applications Open on

1st September 2018

1st September 2018

1st September 2018

Closing Dates

15th January 2019

15th January 2019

31st October 2018

School Offer Notification Dates 16th April 2019 16th April 2019 1st March 2019

In the few cases, where it may not be possible to offer a place at any of the preferences nominated on the application form, a place will be offered at the nearest school with available places.

The offer letter will include an acceptance/decline slip which must be returned by the date specified in the offer letter.

For pupils not resident in Worcestershire, the offer or refusal letters will be sent direct to parents by the home LA, even if it is for a school in Worcestershire.

Admissions to schools during the year outside the normal round of Admissions.

The procedure for in-year admissions for Worcestershire residents is as follows;

  • Parent/Carer to obtain an application form (CA1), if a resident in Worcestershire, from any of the following sources;
  • Child’s current school (if in Worcestershire).
  • School being applied for (if in Worcestershire)
  • Worcestershire Hub Centre (Tel 01905 822700)

Download form from website (www.worcestershire.gov.uk)

Parent/Carer to complete the application form and ensure form is counter-signed by current Headteacher (if already attending a Worcestershire School).

The parent should then forward form onto their Home Authority Admissions Team to be processed.

The Home Local Authority will co-ordinate with any relevant admission authorities on behalf of the parent to determine which is the highest ranked offer that can be made.

The Home Local Authority will write to parents, on behalf of the relevant admission authority, normally within 10 school days, of the form being received to notify of the decision. Where it is not possible to offer a place, parents will be notified of the right of an appeal, on behalf of the relevant admission authority and in most cases, an alternative school will be offered.

If there are insufficient places for all applications received at a time, then priority will be decided in accordance with the published admissions criteria for the school.

The parents of pupils resident outside Worcestershire, but who wish to apply for a place at any Worcestershire school, must complete an application form provided by the “home” LA. (The “home” LA is defined as the Local Authority relevant to the child’s home address). The “home” LA will ensure that the application details are passed onto Worcestershire LA for consideration in the allocation of school places, the “home” LA will notify of the decision – see item 4 above).

Is there a waiting list for schools that have too many applicants?

Waiting lists, are maintained by the Academy, and parents need to apply, in order to be included. These waiting lists will be maintained until the [day/month/year]. At that stage parents will need to reapply at the start of the following term if they wish to be included. Only on receipt of an acknowledgement letter from the Academy will that child be on the list.

Application letters will be destroyed at the end of the preceding term so the waiting list is accurate and active.

pdf  St Barnabas CE First & Middle School Admission Policy 2019-2020