Admissions

Admission Arrangements for the current year: 2019-2020

The Headteacher works closely with the LA who co-ordinate admissions to all maintained schools in Milton Keynes.  Information relating to Primary Admissions are available by visiting the following link:

https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schools-and-lifelong-learning/school-admissions

The Citizens Portal opens on 2 September 2019 for parents and carers to apply online for a primary or junior school place. The closing date is 15 January 2020 and all applications must be made before the closing date to receive a school place offer on 16 April 2020 (national offer day).

This information only applies if you want to apply for your child to start school for the first time (children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016) or infant school children moving up to junior/middle school in September 2020 (children attending an infant school who were born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013).

Please note – If your child attends a lower school in a neighbouring area and you live in Milton Keynes you can apply here for a middle school place.

In year applications. In year applications for all year groups for the school year 2019-2020 should be made directly to the school. The final decision for admitting pupils remains with the governing body.

Foundation 2 (Reception)

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

60

60

60

60

60

60

60

School Admission numbers: September 2019

The Admission number is the number of places that will be offered in the Foundation 2 (Reception) Year group for September 2019.  The table indicates the number of places in each year group.


 

Over-subscription: Children with a statement of special educational need or an Education Health Care Plan (EHC) naming Christ the Sower Ecumenical Primary School will always be offered places. In the event of there being greater demand for admission than there are places available, places will be allocated in accordance with the following over-subscription criteria:

  1. Looked-after children and children who were previously looked after, but ceased to be so because, immediately after being looked after, they became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order.
  • Note: By a “looked-after child” we mean one in the care of a local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of its social services function. An adoption order is one made under the Adoption Act 1976 (Section 12) or the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Section 46). A ‘child arrangements order is one settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live (Children Act 1989, Section 8, as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014, Section 14). A ‘special guardianship order’ is one appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian/s (Children Act 1989, Section 14A). Applications under this criterion must be accompanied by evidence to show that the child is looked after or was previously looked after (e.g. a copy of the adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order).
  1. A child with exceptional medical or social needs whose parents can demonstrate that admission to Christ the Sower is necessary for the medical and social well-being of their child and whose application is supported by a letter from a registered health professional such as a doctor or social worker.  The letter should explain particular reasons why the school is the most suitable one and any difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.  This evidence will be assessed objectively by members of the Foundation and Admissions Committee.
  1. A child with a normal home address in the defined area (see note b); Grange Farm, Medbourne, Oakhill and with a sibling (see note d) in attendance at the school at the time of application and who is expected still to be in attendance at the time of admission.
  1. A child with a normal home address in the defined area: Grange Farm, Medbourne, Oakhill, without a sibling in attendance at the school.
  1. A child with a normal home address outside the defined area but in the area of the Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership – bounded by H2 Miller’s Way in the North, H8 Standing Way in the South, the A5 in the East and the borough boundary on the West and with a sibling in attendance at the school at the time of application and who is expected still to be in attendance at the time of admission.
  1. A child with a normal home address outside the defined area but in the area of the Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership – bounded by H2 Miller’s Way in the North, H8 Standing Way in the South, the A5 in the East and the borough boundary on the West but with no sibling in attendance at the school at the time of application.
  1. Children whose normal home address is outside that of the Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership (defined in 6. And 7.) with a sibling in attendance at the school at the time of application and who is expected still to be in attendance at the time of admission.
  1. All other children.

In the case of over-subscription in any category the deciding factor will be the proximity of the child’s home to the school as measured by the nearest available route from the front door of the child’s home to the school’s nearest entrance gate with those living nearer being accorded the highest priority. The system used for measuring distance and proximity to the school will be the LA’s GIS system. In the case of two identical distances being measured, we would use random allocation in the presence of an independent witness.

In cases where there is one place available, and the next child on the list is a twin, triplet, etc., we would admit both twins (and all the children in the case of other multiple births) even if this meant exceeding the agreed admission number or the number of places available in a year group.

In accordance with the LA in-year fair access protocol places may be offered to children in urgent need as soon as possible or if appropriate they will be given to priority on the waiting list.

  • There is no automatic right of entry to the school for pupils attending the nursery at Christ the Sower School.
  • Separate admissions policies apply for the nursery and the school.

Requests from parents for places outside a normal age group will be considered carefully e.g. for those who have missed education due to ill health. Each case will be considered on its own merits and circumstances. However, cases will not normally be agreed without a consensus that to do so would be in the pupil’s best interests. The governors will ask relevant professionals for their opinion on the case. Those refused places outside the normal age group will be informed of their statutory right to appeal.

Additional notes

  1. A parent is any person who has parental responsibility for or is the legal guardian of the child.
  2. By normal home address, we mean the child’s home address; the child’s permanent address at the time the application is made; where he or she spends the majority of the school week (Monday – Friday, including nights). The School reserves the right to ask to see official documentation, such as child benefit book or medical card if there are reasons why a child does not live at his or her parents’ address.
  3. A map of the defined area is available from the school office on request.
  4. Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, stepbrother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.
  5. The School reserves the right to seek further information on the exceptional medical or social needs from the appropriate professionals.

There are established arrangements for appeals against non-admission. Details are available on request.  In the event of an unsuccessful appeal against non-admission to the school, the School will not normally consider any further application in the same school year (1 September – 31 August) unless there is a major change in circumstances (e.g. change of address).  The school maintains a waiting list for those children who are not offered a place; the order of priority on the waiting list is the same as the list of criteria for over-subscription. The waiting list will be kept for one term in the academic year of admission

This policy was revised in October 2016 and complies with all relevant Admissions Code legislation including that on infant class sizes and equal opportunities, the Milton Keynes Fair Access Protocol (Jan 2015) and the 2014 School Admissions Code.

For further information, in the first instance, please contact the Admissions Manager at the school. 

Address                           Admissions Manager,  Christ the Sower Ecumenical Primary School     

                                          Singleton Drive, Grange Farm, Milton Keynes, MK8 0PZ

Telephone                      01908 867356               

Fax                                  01908 867165

Email                              admissions@ctsmk.org.uk