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CONSULTATION ON VARIATION OF ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2019

The Governors of The Weston Road Academy propose to amend the admissions arrangements of the Academy. 

The Current Admission Arrangements Oversubscription Criteria is:

The Academy’s current oversubscription criteria gives priority to:

1 Looked after and previously looked after children;

2 Children who have an elder sibling in attendance at the Academy, who will still be attending at the proposed admission date;

3 Children living within the catchment area of the Academy;

4 Children who satisfy two tests relating to exceptional medical and/or social reasons

5 All other children in order of priority according to how near their home address is to school, determined by a straight-line measurement.

Proposed Admission Arrangements Oversubscription Criteria is:

1 Looked after and previously looked after children;

2 Children who have an elder sibling in attendance at the Academy, who will still be attending at the   proposed admission date;

3 children of staff in either of the following circumstances: a) where the 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, or; b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage;

4 Children living within the catchment area of the Academy;

5 Children who satisfy two tests relating to exceptional medical and/or social reasons

6 All other children in order of priority according to how near their home address is to school, determined by a straight-line measurement.

Reasons for the Proposal

To assist with attracting and retaining staff, the Academy is consulting on the addition of an oversubscription criterion in line with paragraph 1.39 of the School Admissions code (December 2014, DfE), which states that the school may give priority to the children of staff in the circumstances detailed above. The Academy aims to ensure that the arrangements continue to uphold the vision and ethos of the Academy and comply with all relevant admissions law. 

If there are more than 3 staff children applying in any year the priority will be given to those either in a post or being recruited to a post which has the highest degree of a demonstrable skills shortage as indicated by local and national recruitment trends. In the event of a tie-break on this priority the next priority will be decided by distance to the school as detailed elsewhere in this policy. Once 3 staff spaces have been filled according to these rules children of staff would have no greater priority than other children.

Timeframe for Consultation

Monday 2nd October 2017: Opening date of the consultation period

Sunday 12th November 2017:Closing date of the consultation period

Tuesday 12th December 2017: Formal determination of admission arrangements by the Governing Body at Full Governing Board Meeting.

28th February 2018: Deadline for providing determined admission arrangements to Staffordshire County Council School Admissions  

1st September 2019: Effective date of admission arrangements

What Happens Next - How to Respond

The Weston Road Academy is inviting views on its proposed admission arrangements for the 2019 intake and, in particular, the change outlined above. Please send any comments you have (preferably by email) to: 

Mrs A Farnell

The Weston Road Academy

Blackheath Lane

Stafford

ST18 0YG

Email: afarnell@westonroad.staffs.sch.uk

Please note that the deadline for comments to be submitted is Monday 13th November 2017.

Proposed Admissions Policy - effective for admissions for September 2019 onwards.