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Compass Primary School

Admissions

Admissions Arrangements

This section explains the application process for school places at the Academy, including Reception through to Year 6. This is based on the Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy which can be found here.

Application for school place in Reception in September 2022

All applications for a place at the Academy must be made through the Local Authority using the Common Preference Form. This can be accessed through this link – applications can be made online or by paper.

Where more than 60 applications are received the following oversubscription criteria will be applied:

Oversubscription Criteria

Following the allocation of places to pupils who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school as the appropriate provision, when there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:

a) Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children

b) Children living in the catchment area with a sibling link

c) Children of staff where that member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage in the area

d) Children living in the catchment area

e) Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling link

f) Other children

Catchment Area: The area of Wisbech enclosed by River Nene in the east; by Mile Tree Lane in the south; by Barton Road, Gadds Lane and Leverington Road in the west (but not including either Barton Road from Panswell Lane to Gadds Lane or Gadds Lane north of the old Borough boundary of Leverington Common west of the Rising Sun, or Dowgate Road from east of the Rising Sun to the junction of Little Dowgate), Dowgate Road up to and including Little Dowgate, and Sutton Road up to and south of a line drawn from the junction of Parson Drove Lane to River Nene in the north. Details of the catchment area can be found at the following web link: http://my.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/

Distance Tiebreaker

Where the Academy has more children applying than places remaining in any of the categories above, a distance tie break will be used to determine priority. Priority will be given to children who live nearest the Academy according to the shortest straight line distance.

For further information, please refer to the glossary of terms in the County Council guide for Parents, “First Steps Admission to primary school: a guide for parents” available from the Cambridgeshire County Council website: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions.  

In the case where multiple applications for the same shared dwelling occurs (e.g. Flats); a randomiser will be used to decide the priority in which the pupils within the shared dwelling, are selected in the event of a tiebreaker. Independent verification of the random allocation process will be obtained.

The distance for admissions purposes is measured using the straight-line distance from the reference point of the home, as defined by the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) to the reference point of the Academy.

Timeline for the application process

10th September 2021

Application window opens for parents/carers

15th January 2022

Application window closes for parents/carers

19th April 2022

National Offer Day

18th May 2022

Deadline for Appeals (further details of appeals timeline to be confirmed in February 2022)

If the application is unsuccessful, parents/carers will be informed as to how to submit an appeal.

In Year Applications (for a school places in Reception (after 31st December of year of entry) to Year 6)

All applications for a place at the Academy must be made through the Local Authority using the Common Preference Form. This can be accessed through this link – applications can be made online or by paper.

The Academy will consider all applications for places. Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the above oversubscription criteria will be applied. The outcome of each application will be communicated to the parent/carer within the specified timescales. If the application is unsuccessful, parents/carers will be informed as to how to submit an appeal.

Admission arrangements for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

If your child has an Education, Health and Care  Plan (EHCP) there is a separate process for your child's school admission. Further details on how to apply can be found here.

Appeal Information

Parents/carers have the right to appeal an admission decision by the Academy. All appeals are heard by the Independent Appeals Panel in accordance with the School Appeals Code (2012). Please see below link to our FAQs for further information.

Reception place for September 2022

Appeals timetable – to be confirmed in February 2022.

In-Year application

If you wish to appeal an admission decision for an in-year place, please complete the appeals form and return to http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions. For any queries relating to appeals please contact https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/local-offer/local-offer-education-and-training-5-18/preparing-for-primary-school.

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