Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy 2017/2018


  • The number of intended admissions will be 60.
  • Primary school pupils will be admitted at the commencement of the academic year in which they become five without reference to ability or aptitude.
  • There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admissions area and for those children attending the nursery at Leverton Primary School.
  • Application to the Primary School is made through Essex County Council.

Admission Arrangements

The Governing Body of the school will consider application for admission against the following criteria and in the following order:

  1. Looked After Children*
  2. Children with a sibling^ attending the primary school
  3. Children living within the priority admissions area
  4. Children living outside the priority admissions area but within Waltham Abbey (defined as residence in the priority admissions area of one of the Waltham Abbey schools)
  5. Remaining applicants

*A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship-order will be given first priority in oversubscription criteria, ahead of all other applicants, in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014. 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 (as defined in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

^ A relevant sibling is 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 preferred school in any year group excluding the final year. Biological siblings who attend the preferred school 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.

For mid-year applications, the only variation to the definition above is the child should be attending, or has been offered a place at, the preferred school at the time of application and determination and with a reasonable expectation that the sibling will be attending at the time of admission. Biological siblings who attend the preferred school will be treated as siblings irrespective of their place of residence.

Oversubscription

  • In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight-line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority.
  • Exceptional medical circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may over-ride the above.
  • Children with a statement of special educational needs that name the school on the statement are required to be admitted regardless of their place in the priority area.

General

  • At Leverton Primary School children are offered a place at school before a child is of compulsory school age, therefore, if a parent accepts a school place during the normal admission round but asks to defer their child’s entry to school until he or she is of compulsory school age, the admission authority (the school) may agree to the parents request provided the place is taken up in the same academic year. The effect is that the place is held for that child and is not available to another child. Parents may also request that their child attends the school part time until the child reaches compulsory school age. It is strongly advised that any parent considering these options should approach the school to discuss this.
  • A waiting list will be maintained until the end of the academic year.
  • Unsuccessful applications have a legal right of appeal against the decision to refuse a place. Details of the independent appeal process will be sent to all unsuccessful applications.