Consultation on admission arrangements 2018/19
We will be consulting on our admission arrangements for 2018/19 through Plymouth City Council. The consultation will be live between 19 December 2016 and 29 January 2017. If you wish to find out about our policy or make any comment, please visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/admissionconsultation
Salisbury Road Primary is a community school and all admissions, including in-year admissions, are dealt with through a common application form submitted to the Local Authority. The admissions procedure to Plymouth schools is clearly explained in the ‘Starting School in Plymouth’ parents’ guide that is published by Plymouth City Council.
For children looking to make an in-year admission, further information about application procedures can be found on the Plymouth Schools’ Admissions website at http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/primaryadmissions and in the ‘In-Year School Admissions Parents’ guide’.
The Local Authority uses the following criteria for admissions:
- Children living in the school’s designated area with a sibling who will be attending the school at the time of admission.
- Other children living in the school’s designated area.
- Children living outside the school’s designated area, but with a sibling who will be attending the school at the time of admission.
- Other children living outside the school’s designated area.
Admissions are ultimately the responsibility of Plymouth City Council and in case of doubt, the Education Section at the Area Office will advise you.
At present, Salisbury Road Primary has two admission dates for children joining the Foundation Stage: these are in September and January.
The Induction Process
We aim to make the transition into school as smooth as possible for both children and parents/carers. At Salisbury Road, we run a successful transition programme to ensure that our new families are made to feel welcome and valued additions to our school community. Once we receive confirmation of our new Foundation intake from the Local Authority, you will be invited to attend a number of meetings and information sessions during May, June and July. These will include:
- A welcome meeting and the opportunity of a tour of the school with the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher;
- An open afternoon and the opportunity to visit the Foundation Stage setting with your child and to ask any questions that you may have about the school;
- An information session about the structure of the Foundation Stage;
- A presentation on ‘Play, Reading, Writing and Number in the Foundation Stage’;
- Foundation Stage teaching staff visiting children in their nursery settings.
Initially, in September, the children will attend school for mornings only during the first two weeks of term to allow them to adapt to their new environment before starting full time in the third week. During this period, you will be invited to an open morning to discuss how well your child is settling in and given the opportunity to have lunch with your child and to sample our lunch time menu.
Admission authorities must set (‘determine’) admission arrangements every year. Where changes are proposed to admission arrangements, the admission authority must first publicly consult on those arrangements. If no changes are made to admission arrangements, they must be consulted on at least every seven years.
Consultation must be for a minimum of eight weeks and must take place between 1 November and 1 March of the year before those arrangements are to apply. For example: for arrangements that apply to applications in 2014 (entry in September 2015), consultation must be completed by 1 March 2014. This consultation period allows parents, other schools, religious authorities and the local community to raise any concerns about proposed admission arrangements.
If you would like to know about the proposed admission arrangements for our school for 2015/16 and 2016/17 please visit the Plymouth City Council website at www.plymouth.gov.uk/admissionconsultation.