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Oakley Vale Primary school

Admissions

This section explains the application process for school places at the Academy, including Reception through to Year 6. This is based on the Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy which can be found here.

Application for school place in Reception in September 2022

All applications for a place at the Academy must be made through the Local Authority using the Common Preference Form. This can be accessed through this link – applications can be made online or by paper.

Where more than 60 applications are received the following oversubscription criteria will be applied:

Following the allocation of places to children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school as the appropriate provision, when there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:

  1. Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children.
  2. Children who live in the linked area* and who have a sibling link.
  3. Other children who live in the linked area*.
  4. Children of staff where that 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, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage in the area.
  5. Other children who do not live in the linked area* and who have a sibling link 
  6. Other children.

* The linked area comprises the Oakley Vale Estate. A map is available from the school upon request.

Distance Tiebreaker

Where there are more applications in any one category, applications will be prioritised on the distance from the child’s home to the main entrance of the school. (This will be determined by the Local Authority using theirstandard method as described in the published information to parents). Measurements are carried out in a straight line based on a straight-line basis from the child’s home to the address point of the school. In the case where multiple applications for the same shared dwelling occurs (e.g. Flats), a randomiser will be used to decide the priority in which the pupils within the shared dwelling are selected in the event of a tiebreaker. Independent verification of random allocation will be obtained.

Timeline

10th September 2021

Application window opens for parents/carers

15th January 2022

Application window closes for parents/carers

19th April 2022

National Offer Day

18th May 2022

Deadline for Appeals (further details of appeals timeline to be confirmed in February 2022)

If the application is unsuccessful, parents/carers will be informed as to how to submit an appeal.

In Year Applications (for a school places in Reception (after 31st December of year of entry) to Year 6)

All applications for a place at the Academy must be made through the Local Authority using the Common Preference Form. This can be accessed through this link – applications can be made online or by paper.

The Academy will consider all applications for places. Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the above oversubscription criteria will be applied. The outcome of each application will be communicated to the parent/carer within the specified timescales. If the application is unsuccessful, parents/carers will be informed as to how to submit an appeal.

Admission arrangements for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

If your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan or a statement of special educational needs (SEN) there is a separate process for your child's school admission. Further details on how to apply can be found here.

Appeal Information

Parents/carers have the right to appeal an admission decision by the Academy. All appeals are heard by the Independent Appeals Panel in accordance with the School Admissions Code (2012). Please see below link to our FAQs for further information.

Reception place for September 2022

Appeals timetable – to be confirmed in February 2022.

In-Year application

If you wish to appeal an admission decision for an in-year place, please complete the appeals form and return to admin@oakleyvaleprimary.org. For any queries relating to appeals please contact admin@oakleyvaleprimary.org.