Admissions

Please follow the link below to watch a recent video featuring  Debbie Ormerod, Lancashire County Council Access and Entitlement Manager.

https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/schools/apply-for-a-school-place/starting-primary-school/?page=3#videotoptips

Within the clip, Debbie is offering her professional advice and guidance about the school admissions process.

If you are considering moving your child to us from another school, the open letter below may be helpful. 

 

ADMISSIONS POLICY

Please see our Admissions Policy for information regarding the Determined Admission Arrangements for a place at St Lawrence CE Primary School. 

The document includes the following information:

  • How to apply for a place at the school
  • Admission Criteria in the event that there are more applicants than places

At St lawrence CE Primary School we welcome families of all faiths and cultures. Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. We do not have an open day as such, as we prefer to show prospective parents around during a normal working day. Please contact us to arrange an appointment so that you can be sure of our full attention. Due to the current Covid situation, we are deferring any visits until after half term.

IN YEAR ADMISSIONS

If you are considering moving your child to St Lawrence CE Primary School, please telephone the school office on 01772 862664 or email bursar@st-lawrence.lancs.sch.uk to check availability.

Should we have no availability in your child’s cohort, we will offer to keep his/her details on our waiting list and will contact you should a place become available. 

Places are then allocated as per the following admissions criteria which are listed in order of priority:

1.    (a)  Children in public care and previously looked after children.      

This includes any "looked after child", “previously looked after children” and any child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. .  ‘Looked after’ means that the child was (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.

(b) Children with special medical or social circumstances affecting the child where these needs can only be met at this school.

Professional supporting evidence from a professional, e.g. a doctor, psychologist, social worker, is essential if admission is to be made under the criterion for special medical or social circumstances, and such evidence must set out the particular reasons why the school is question is the most suitable school and the difficulties which would be caused if the child had to attend another school.

2.         Children whose parents live within the ecclesiastical parish of Barton St Lawrence. A map showing the boundaries is available in school.

3.         Children whose parents live outside the parish

(a)  Children who have a sibling attending the school on the date of application and on the date of admission. Siblings include step, half, foster, adopted brothers and sisters living at the same address.

(b) Children of staff who have been employed in the school for the whole of the two years prior to the closing date for applications, or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. This applies to all staff, full and part time, who are employed by the governing body.

(c)  Children with a parent/guardian worshiping in St Lawrence Church, Barton. "Parental worshiping" is normally taken to mean a minimum of monthly attendance at church at public worship for at least 12 months prior to 1st September 2021. In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.

(d) Children with a parent/guardian worshipping in a church in membership of Churches Together in England. "Parental worshiping" is normally taken to mean a minimum of monthly attendance at church at public worship for at least 12 months prior to 1st September 2021.  In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.

The governors will request confirmation of this from the relevant member of the clergy or church officer. The list of Churches can be found on the Churches Together in England website at cte.org.uk. Lists are taken as on 1st September 2021. Churches in membership of the equivalent bodies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are equally accepted.

(e) Other children.

TIE BREAK

Where there are more applicants for the available places within a category, then the distance between the Ordnance Survey address points for the school and the home measured in a straight line will be used as the final determining factor, nearer addresses having priority over more distant ones.  This address point is within the body of the property and usually located at its centre. Where two addresses have the same distance, or  the cut-off point is for addresses within the same building, then the Local Authority's system of a random draw will determine which address(es) receive the offer(s).

APPEALS FOR ROUTINE ADMISSIONS
Where the governors are unable to offer a place because the school is over subscribed, parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel, set up under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998, as amended by the Education Act, 2002.  Parents should notify the clerk to the governors at the school by 30th April, 2022.  Parents will have the opportunity to submit their case to the panel in writing and also to attend in order to present their case.  You will normally receive 14 days’ notice of the place and time of the hearing.

For further information, please refer to the Admission Policy for the relevent year of admission. 
 

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