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Admissions Policy 2016/2017

Severn View Primary Academy Admissions Arrangements for Academic Year 2016/17

Academies Enterprise Trust is the Admissions Authority for the Academy.

These arrangements are established in accordance with Annex 1 of the Academy‟s Supplemental Funding Agreement. 

Admission Number

Severn View Primary Academy has an agreed Published Admission Number (PAN) of 30 for 
entry into Reception. The Academy will accordingly admit at least 30 pupils in the relevant 
age group each year if sufficient applications are received. All applications will be admitted if 
30 or fewer apply.
Children with a statement of Special Education Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan
Any child with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care 
Plan (“EHC”) is required to be admitted. This gives such children overall priority for 
admission to the named academy. This is not an over-subscription criterion.

Looked After Children

Any child that is Looked After or previously Looked After is required to be admitted to the 
Academy. This gives such children overall priority for admission to the named school. In the 
case of previously looked after children, admission authorities may request a copy of the 
adoption order, residence order or special guardianship order and a letter from the local 
authority that last looked after the child confirming that he or she was looked after 
immediately prior to that order being made.

Admission of Summer Born Children for Reception Entry for Severn View Primary Academy 

The Governing Body of Severn View Primary Academy acknowledges the updated advice from the Department of Education that, parents/carers of “summer born” children (born between 1 April and 31 August) may request to start the Reception Class of a school a whole academic year later. The Governing Body will make a decision on behalf of Severn View Primary Academy. We follow the Local Authority process which states that parents can only apply for a Reception place at a school once and must apply for a place during the standard application process timeline for their chronological year group, stating their reasons for requesting deferred entry to the following year. The Governing Body will decide whether the deferred entry can be approved for the school.

Normal Admission Round

The term ‘normal admissions round’ refers to all applications for admission to the main year of entry of the school i.e. Reception for Infant and Primary Schools. Applications made during the normal admissions round will be made in advance of the academic year in which the child is due to start at the new school. Children are entitled to a full-time place, however, may attend part-time until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age.


Over-subscription Criteria

If the Academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with Statements of Special 
Educational Needs where the school is named in the Statement. Priority for admission will 
be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:
1. Looked after children or a child who was previously looked after.
2. Children who will have siblings attending the academy at the time the applicant child is 
admitted. A sibling is defined as a brother, sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother 
or sister, stepbrother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer‟s partner and in every 
case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address.
3. Children with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the 
ordnance survey address point of the child‟s home address (including flats) to the 
ordnance survey address point of the academy, using the Local Authority‟s 
computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the academy receiving the 
higher priority.

Operation of waiting lists

Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the coordinated admission scheme, the 
Academy will operate a waiting list. Where in any year the Academy receives more 
applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end 
of the first school term. This will be maintained by the Academy and it will be open to any 
parent to ask for his or her child‟s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an 
unsuccessful application. Places from the waiting list will be offered in the priority order set 
out above, not in order of the date applications are made.

Late applications

Application forms received after the closing date will be considered alongside those 
applicants who applied on time wherever possible. Where it is not practicable because 
places have already been allocated, or are shortly to be allocated, then late applications will 
be considered only after those applicants who applied by the published closing date.

In Year Admissions

The Academy will co-ordinate their own in year admissions and an application made outside 
the normal admissions round (in-year admissions) should be made directly to the Academy. 
Parents/carers can apply for a place for their child at any time and to any school. On receipt 
of an in-year application, the school will notify the Local Authority of both the application and 
its outcome, to allow the Local Authority to keep up to date with figures on the availability of 
schools places within their authority.

Fair Access Protocols

The Academy works in accordance with the in-year Fair Access Protocols held by the Local 
Authority; should a vulnerable child within the protocols require a place at the Academy, they 
will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.

Tie breaker

If it is necessary to use a tie-breaker to distinguish between two or more applications, a 
distance criterion will be used. We will give priority to the applicants who live nearest to the 
school as measured by a straight line from the front door of the home of the applicant to the 
front door of the main reception of the school site that was on the original application for a 
place.

Appeals

Academies Enterprise Trust as the Admission Authority delegates the responsibility for appeals
back to the Academy/Local Authority. Parents who wish to appeal the decision of the 
admissions authority to refuse their child a place at your Academy may apply in writing to the 
Academy where appeals will be heard by an independent panel. 

The Academy can be contacted at the following address:

Ms Claire Wirth, Principal

Severn View Primary Academy

Bisley Old Road

Stroud

Gloucestershire

GL5 1NL

Tel: 01453 766328

Fax: 01453 764228

Definitions
Sibling
A sibling is defined as a child who has a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister or 

stepbrother or stepsister living in the same family unit in the same family household and 

address who attends the Academy in any year group excluding the final year. Biological 

siblings who attend the Academy in any year group excluding the final year will also be 

treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence. Children residing in the same 

household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.

Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and sisters include children with the same natural parents living at the

same address children with the same natural parents living at different addresses (e.g. due 

to separation of natural parents) half- brothers/sisters living at the same address step –

brothers/sisters living at the same address - children living as part of the same family unit 

with their parents/guardians at the same address.

Looked after child
A 'looked after child' (1) or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after 

being looked after became subject to an adoption (2) child arrangements order (3) or special 

guardianship order (4).

(1) 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 (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the 

time of making an application to a school.

(2) This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 

12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children 

Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).

(3) Under the provisions of s.14 of the Children and Families Act 2014, which amend

section 8 of the Children Act 1989, residence orders have now been replaced by 

child arrangements orders.

(4) See Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 which defines a „special guardianship 

order‟ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child‟s special guardian 

(or special guardians).

Adoption Order
An adoption order is an order under Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. 

Residence Order
A residence order is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with 

whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989. Section 14A of the 

Children Act 1989 defines a „special guardianship order‟ as an order appointing one or more 

individuals to be a child‟s special guardian (or special guardians). 

Residence/resident
Residence is defined as the normal family address where the child resides. The

qualifications date is the closing date for applications under the co-ordinated admissions

scheme (where families change normal address after the closing date but before the

allocation process has finished this can be considered under the review procedure). Where

parents live at separate addresses and have joint custody, the address used will be the one

where the child spends the main part of the school week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night

inclusive). Childcare arrangements involving relatives‟ addresses do not qualify as normal

family addresses for this purpose unless there is a court Residence Order in place.

Exceptional Medical and Social Grounds
Children who the academy accepts have an exceptional medical or social need for a place at 

one specific school. Applications will only be considered under this category if they are 

supported by a written statement from a doctor, social worker or other relevant independent 

professional. The information must confirm the exceptional medical or social need and 

demonstrate how the specified school is the only school that can meet the defined needs of 

the child. This includes children in need, as determined by Section 17(10) of the Children 

Act 1989.
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