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Admissions Policy

Eastling Primary School
Admissions
Reviewed: January 2019
By: Chair of Governors
Next review date: January 2020

Introduction
The Governing Body of Eastling Primary School applies the regulations on admissions fairly and equally to all those who wish to attend this school. The school follows the Kent Admissions procedures.
We are an inclusive school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities.
Published Admissions Number (PAN)
The current PAN for our school is 15 children to be admitted in the academic year that they are 5 years old. However, parents have the right to appeal for a place at Key Stage 2 which may increase class size to beyond 30 if upheld.
Admission arrangements
The school takes part in the admissions scheme using the Common
Application Form (RCAF) of Kent LEA. Parents are encouraged to go on line to apply or collect the application form from school and fill it in, expressing their preferences. The forms are then submitted directly to the school who allocate places according to the relevant admissions criteria. The school will then inform the LEA when the place has been accepted.
Admission arrangements for a child to our School are in accordance with those published by the Local Authority which are, in priority order, as follows:
• Looked after children – children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care
• Current family association e.g. elder brother/sister at School
• Health, Social and special access reasons (for which a medical certificate may be needed)
• Nearness of a child’s home to School
The only restriction we place on entry is that of number. If the number of children applying for entry exceeds the places available, the LA will enforce the procedure set out above in order to determine whether a child is accepted or not. It is the LA’s wish to allow parents the right to have a place at the school of their choice. However, this is not always possible, due to the excessive demand on the school places available

Notification and Appeal
Parents are advised of the school allocated to them by the LEA. They can then accept the offer or request their child be reallocated to another school.
Parents have the right to appeal against a decision to the LEA if they wish.
This will then go to an independent School Admission Appeal panel, whose decision is binding for all parties.
Visits
We encourage all parents and children to visit the school prior to starting. For Reception children there is a transition policy where the children visit the school and parents have the opportunity to meet with the class teacher before children start in September.
In-Year Admissions
Eastling Primary School now co-ordinate all in-year admissions and allocates the place if available. KCC will be kept informed of numbers on roll.
The school will operate a waiting list if required.
Telephone contact number for Primary Admissions: 03000 412121
E-mail – kentinyearadmissions@kent.gov.uk
Please refer to the LA guidance for more details on admissions to our school.
www.kent.gov.uk/ola
Review
This policy will be reviewed annually with the Admissions Authority in the light of any changed circumstances in our school or the local area.
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