Children are admitted to school during the academic year (1st September - 31st August) in which they attain their fifth birthday. Children living within the priority admission area of Woodham Walter Primary School (a map is available for viewing at the school) will be given priority for admission after the needs of ‘Looked After’ children have been satisfied. The governing body cannot however, necessarily guarantee a place to all priority admission area applicants.
Published Admission Number 2017/2018: 17
Number on roll: 102
Applications received (all preferences) Sept 2016: 82
In 2016 the last child was admitted under criterion: 4
There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area.
In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:
The admission will be allocated according to the following criteria (in order):
i) Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children (as defined on page 14 of the Primary Education in Essex 2017/2018 booklet);
ii) Children with a sibling attending the school at the time of application and admission;
iii) Children living in the school priority admission area (map available at the school);
iv) Remaining applications.
* Note - Definition of a ‘Sibling’
Woodham Walter Primary School has adopted the Essex LA definition of a ‘sibling’ as follows:
“a child living in the same family unit, in the same family household and address as a child who attends the preferred school or partner school in any year group excluding the final year. This includes brothers, sisters, adopted brothers and sisters and step brothers and sisters. In addition, biological siblings, in any year group excluding the final year, will be treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence."
Deferred Entry to Reception
All Reception Year children, (other than those moving into the school priority admission area during the course of the academic year), who have been offered and have accepted a place at Woodham Walter Primary school, will be admitted during the Autumn Term.
Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in the school year. Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child. Parents would not however be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted.
Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. For parents opting to take up a part time place this would be mornings only.
Where parents choose to defer entry, the school may reasonably expect that the child would start at the beginning of a new school term/half term.
Applications for places should be made on a common application form and forwarded to the LA by the common closing date. The process for application will be in line with the information published by the LA.
In order that the school may track the outcomes for all families that have nominated Woodham Walter as the preferred school, prospective parents are asked to continue to register their children’s details on the school database.
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Parents of children who have not been allocated a place at Woodham Walter Primary School can appeal against the decision. Full information on this procedure can be obtained from Essex LA; the LA will establish arrangements for appeals against non-admission to be heard by a fully independent panel. The school will agree any changes to its admission arrangements with the Secretary of State for Education.
Details of admissions and appeals arrangements will be published annually.
A waiting list, ranked in distance order, will be kept by Essex LA until the end of the first week of the autumn term and thereafter by the school indefinitely.
Visiting the School
Prospective parents are always welcome to visit the school. However, it is suggested that they contact the school office for an appointment with the headteacher, who will be pleased to show them around and provide further information.
Accessibility and Equality
At Woodham Walter CofE (V/C) Primary School, disabled pupils are admitted according to the guidelines for the admittance of any other pupil. The school follows the Local Authority/Governing Body Admissions Policy, which will not allow sex, race, colour, religion, or disability to be used as criteria for admission. In accordance with The Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Governing Body of this school undertakes its statutory duty to meet the special needs of all of their pupils. Section 161(4) of The Education Act (concerning the equal opportunities of access to the curriculum and equality of treatment) is dealt with under the School’s Equal Opportunities Policy, a copy of which is available at the office for those who wish to read it. We are continuing to make alterations to the school buildings and the grounds to ensure that there is access for everyone.