Admissions criteria for a nursery place

Please note: these criteria apply to community and voluntary controlled schools only. Please consult the admissions booklet for criteria for voluntary aided schools and academies.

As far as possible, the school admissions team will try to offer your child a place at your preferred school.

Places in schools are limited by the physical space in the school. Each school has an admission number which is based on the size of the school. If the number of pupils requiring places is more than the admission number then not every child will be successful in getting a place. This is what we mean when a school is said to be 'oversubscribed'.

If the school is oversubscribed the places will first be allocated to children with an Education Health and Care Plan naming the school and then the remaining places will be allocated using the following admission criteria:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children - This includes children who have ceased to be looked after because they have been adopted or become subject to a child arrangements order (formerly a special residency order) or special guardianship order.
  2. Children in need - as defined by the Children Act (1989), ie those who are unlikely to achieve or maintain or have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining a reasonable standard of health or development or a child/children whose health or development would be further impaired without the provision of services of the local authority. Applications under this criterion would need to be supported by an appropriate professional stating that attendance at a particular school is essential. Please see below for further information.
  3. Brother or sister - In attendance at the school (reception to year five only. Year six siblings are only considered for in-year applications) at the date when the pupil is to be admitted. This includes stepchildren and foster children living with the same family at the same address. Other children may be considered under the sibling criterion provided proof is available to demonstrate that the children are permanently resident at the same address and part of the same family unit. The authority accepts that in some family units the children may not be natural brothers and/or sisters.
  4. Children living nearest to the school - The distance will be measured in a straight line using Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) information to measure the distance from the address point of the child's home address to the centre of the school in miles. Those children whose home address is closest to the school will be those who get priority for places. Please see below for further information regarding St John's CE Primary School.

Oversubscription

Where there are more children in one particular criterion than the number of places available, places will be allocated to the children whose home address is nearest the school. The distance will be measured in a straight line using LLPG information to measure the distance between the address point of the child's home address and the centre of the school in miles. Those children whose home address is closest to the school will be those who get priority for places.

In the event of a tie, where two or more pupils' home address is the same distance from the preferred school and only one place is available, random allocation will be used. This will be carried out by an independent person. Eligible names will be placed in a hat. One name will be drawn from the hat and the remaining place will be offered to that person. This process for random allocation also applies to the waiting list where two or more pupils are eligible for one vacancy and live the same distance from the preferred school.

No child can automatically transfer from nursery to a reception class. Where a school has more applications than places available in the reception class, they must be allocated using the published admission criteria. Children who have attended the nursery will be considered on the same basis as those who have not.

Children in need

In Salford, children who would be eligible for this criterion are those who are at level 3 and have ongoing social worker involvement, and all at level four on the 'Thresholds of needs and response in Salford'. For children resident in other local authorities, contact will be made with the child's social worker to confirm that the child's level of need falls within these boundaries of the Salford thresholds. Salford LA must have confirmation of an applicant's level of need from an appropriate professional before they will be considered under this criterion.

St John's CE Primary School

As this school operates over a split site, for admissions to all year groups the distance measurement will be made to the centre of the school building on the Daisy Bank Avenue site.

Multiple births

If there is a situation where only one place is available and the next children to be offered are siblings of a multiple birth, all the siblings will be offered places.

Nursery places

Priority for places will be given to children resident within the local authority of Salford. This includes all children whose parents pay their council tax to Salford City Council. If places are still available, then these will then be given to children outside of the local authority of Salford whose parents pay council tax to another local authority/council.

Salford City Council's policy states that parent/carers will not be allowed to take two part-time nursery places for their child, thus limiting the number of places available.

Allocation of full or part-time places in nursery classes

Some schools allocate full and part-time places in the nursery class. This decision is the responsibility of the governing body who should be able to justify to a parent the reason for the decision, ie full-time places are given to the older pupils first.

Traditionally this has affected the following schools: Broadoak Primary School, Light Oaks Infant School, St Philips RC Primary School, St Lukes RC Primary School and St Marks CE Primary School. This can change from year to year so you should contact the school to confirm details before making your application. If you qualify for the 30 hour working parent nursery funding and take a part time (15 hour) place in a school nursery, you can claim the remaining 15 hours of your funding with a private provider or childminder. 

No places will be allocated in nursery classes to children who have not reached the age of three by 1 September in the admission year.

The child's home address

The child's home address is considered to be the child's parent/carer(s) place of residence, that is to say, where they are normally and regularly living. If parents are separated and the child spends time at each parents' address, the address which will be used for admission to schools is that of the main carer. The main carer is determined as the parent who is in receipt of child benefit. If a child is resident with friends or relatives for reasons other than guardianship, the friend or relative's address will not be considered.

Temporary addresses

The authority may at its discretion consider as genuine a child's temporary address within the UK where, for example, the child is living with his/her parent/carer(s) in temporary accommodation due, for example, to their parent/carer(s) working commitments, whilst they are seeking a permanent address in the same area. If the parent/carer(s) main address has changed temporarily, for example where a parent/carer resides with extended family during a period of sickness or takes up temporary accommodation due to building or renovation work, then the parent/carer(s) address remains that at which the parent/carer(s) was resident before the temporary residence began.

Change of address

Any permanent change in address must be notified in writing or by email to the Admissions Team as soon as possible. It will not be possible to make any changes to the home address for allocation purposes after 15 March as school offers will be finalised. However, please still inform the admissions team of changes of address after this date so that offer information can be sent to the correct address.

Where a change of address occurs after the closing date and before 15 March, the local authority will consider a change of preferences to be on-time only where the change of address is over two miles from the previous address (measured from address point to address point in a straight line). Where the change of address is under two miles any changes of preference will be considered as a late application. Any change of preferences resulting from a change of address after 15 March will be considered as a late application.

Admission of children from overseas

All children of compulsory school age (five to 16 years) in the UK have a right of access to education. However, where a child is in the UK for a short period only, for example less than half a term, it may be reasonable to refuse admission to a school.

Children who hold full British Citizen passports (not British Dependent Territories or British Overseas passports), have a passport endorsed to show a right of abode in the UK or are European Economic Area nationals normally have unrestricted entry to the UK. An application for a school place will be accepted for such children even though they may not be resident in the UK at the time of application. The application may however be processed on the basis of the overseas address.

Other children from overseas do not generally have automatic right of entry to the UK. An application for a school place will not therefore be accepted until they are resident in the UK. Proof of residency such as an endorsed passport or entry visa will be required with the application.

Waiting lists

Children who are not offered a nursery or reception place for the September intakes at their preferred school will be placed on the school's waiting list. The waiting list will be maintained only for the statutory period (until 31 December). Should any places become available they will be allocated in accordance with Salford local authority's published admission criteria.

As children are added to the waiting list, the list will be re-ranked in accordance with the published admission criteria. This means that children can move both up and down the waiting list.

After 31 December, if a parent wishes their child to continue to be considered for a school place, they will need to reapply for a place using the procedure for in-year admissions.

Looked after children, previously looked after children and children who come under the fair access protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.

There are no waiting lists for in-year admissions.

This page was last updated on 1 September 2017

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