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Dear Parents and Carers

We hope this website will be useful to you. It shows how staff, parents and governors of the Academy are working together to try to provide the very best for the families we serve.

We are a Church of England Primary Academy seeking to serve the local community.

We do this by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.

One of our strengths is the wide range of backgrounds and cultures from which our families come. We are determined that each child should feel valued and recognised as an individual but also that each one should feel a sense of belonging to our community.

We are proud of our reputation as a friendly and happy Academy and our confirmation from Ofsted that we are an “outstanding” school. We want our children to enjoy their work and to achieve the highest standards in all aspects of their lives.

Parents are always welcome in the Academy. If you have any questions about this booklet or about your child’s education, we will be pleased to discuss them with you.

Yours sincerely

Rev. Karen CribbCath Thomas
Chair of Governors Headteacher

Starting at Porter Croft

Porter Croft is an Anglican Voluntary Academy in which the Governing Body is the Admission Authority and responsible for admissions. It is guided in that responsibility by the requirements of the law, the school trust deed, by advice from the Sheffield Diocesan Board of Education and its duty to the community.

The admission number for Foundation 2 is 30 and children will be admitted during the Autumn terms following their 4th birthday. Where parents wish to defer entry or request that their child attends part time, the request will be considered where it appears to be in the best interests of the child. All children will be admitted by the term following heir 5th birthday – compulsory school age.

Before children start at the Academy, parents/carers are invited to meet the staff and other children, and a welcome pack is given to the children and parents at this visit. Parents are also offered a home visit by the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant. Worried children cannot learn, so we aim to make the transition from home to our Academy or from pre-school education to our Academy, as smooth and friendly for the child, parents and staff.

Older Children

Parents who wish to enrol their children to older year groups should contact us, as we will always be pleased to meet with you. Sheffield Local Authority will co-ordinate in year transfers for Porter Croft C of E Primary Academy.

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Admissions Policy

Last Updated 2014

Admission Policy 2017-2018

SHEFFIELD DIOCESE BOARD OF EDUCATION 

Introduction

Porter Croft CE Primary Academy is a Church of England converter Academy in the Diocese of Sheffield. It is maintained by Koinonia Academies Trust.

The Academy provides a distinctively Christian education for children aged 4 to 11 years.

Historically, Anglican schools were parish schools providing education for the community in accordance with the principles of the Church of England. Thus the majority of Sheffield Diocesan schools were established to provide education for the children of the parish within a Christian context. The two aims of being ‘distinctively Christian’ and ‘serving the local community’ are reflected in the Academy’s admission criteria.

Porter Croft is a converter Academy in which the Governing Body is the Admission Authority and responsible for admissions. It is guided in that responsibility by the requirements of the law, the Academy trust deed, by advice from the Sheffield Diocesan Board of Education and its duty to the community.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the Guide for Parents.

The admission number for 2017-2018 is 30 and children will be admitted during the Autumn term following their 4th birthday. Where parents wish to defer entry or request that the child attends part time they should speak to the Head Teacher. All Children will be admitted by the term following their 5th birthday –compulsory school age.

Please contact the Academy if you need help in completing the Common Application Form or Supplementary Information Form

Making an Application

  1. Applications are made on the Common Application Form
  2. To support your application to Porter Croft CE Primary Academy, please complete the Supplementary Information Form. This is not an application form for admission to the Academy but will be used by the Academy when applying the admissions criteria.
  3. The Common Application Form should be submitted by January 15th 2016 along with the Supplementary Information Form (if applicable).
  4.        4.    Sheffield Local Authority will co-ordinate in-year transfers for Porter Croft CE Primary in 2017-18.

Criteria For Admission

Children who have a statement of special educational need and the Academy is named as the most appropriate education setting for the child will be admitted

Oversubscription Criteria

Where there are more applications for admission than the published admission number, the Governing Body/Admissions Committee will apply the following criteria in strict order of priority:

Looked After Children.

  1. Children with special medical or social circumstances where these needs can only be met at this school. This is not about educational needs. Professional supporting evidence must be provided if admission is to be made under this criterion. A professionally qualified person such as a medical doctor, psychologist or social worker must set out the particular reasons why the Academy is the suitable one for the child and the difficulties which would be caused if the child had to attend another school or Academy
  2. Children who have an elder brother/sister (see definition 1) attending the Academy at the time of anticipated admission
  3. Children of parents/carers (see definition 2) who reside in the parish of St. Mary’s, Bramall Lane or St. Augustine’s, Brocco Bank and regularly (see definition 3) attend the parish church of St. Mary’s or St. Augustine’s.
  4. Children who reside in the parish of St Mary’s, Bramall Lane or St. Augustine’s, Brocco Bank and regularly (see definition 3) attend the parish church of St. Mary’s or St. Augustine’s
  5. Children of parents/carers who reside in the parish of St Mary’s, Bramall Lane or St. Augustine’s, Brocco Bank and regularly attend a Christian denomination participating in ‘Churches Together in England’(see definition 4 )
  6. Children who reside in the parish of St Mary’s, Bramall Lane or St. Augustine’s, Brocco Bank and regularly attend a Christian denomination participating in ‘Churches Together in England’.
  7. Children who reside outside the parish of St Mary’s, Bramall Lane or St. Augustine’s, Brocco Bank and regularly attend a Christian denomination participating in ‘Churches Together in England’
  8. Children who reside in the parish of St. Mary’s, Bramall Lane, or St. Augustine’s.
  9. All other children Should the admission number be reached mid-category, applications in that category will be prioritised on the shortest distance measured in a straight line from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the Academy, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the Academy receiving higher priority.

Tie Break

In the event of two or more children living equidistant from the Academy, the place will be decided by drawing lots. The first name drawn will be offered the place.

Definitions

Definition 1 -Brother/Sister

Brother or sister refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address

Definition 2- Parent/Carer

A parent/carer is any person who has parental responsibility or care of the child. Where admission arrangements refer to ‘parent’s attendance at church’ it is sufficient for just one parent to attend.

Definition 3 – Regular Church Attendance

Regular attendance by parents/carers is defined as attendance at a Church of England church or another Christian denomination participating in ‘Churches Together in England’ for at least once a month over the last 12 months.

Regular attendance by children is defined as attendance at a Church of England church or another Christian denomination participating in Churches Together in England’ at least once a month over the past 6 months.

Parents/carers whose application is based on attendance at a church of Christian denomination should submit the Minister of Religion Reference Form available with the Common Application Form.

Definition 4 – Churches Together in England 

Please refer to the website for an up to date list. www.churchestogether.net

Definition 5 – Looked After Children

A ‘relevant looked after child’ is a child looked after by the Local Authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time an application for admission to the Academy is made and who the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the time when he/she is admitted to the Academy. A previously looked after child is a child who was adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order immediately following having been looked after.

Definition 6 – Place of residence – The child’s ordinary place of residence will normally be a residential property at which the parent or person or persons with parental responsibility for the child resides at the closing date for receiving applications for admission to the Academy.

Where parental responsibility is held by more than one person and those persons reside in separate properties, the child’s ordinary place of residence will normally be the property at which the child resides with the parent or person or persons with parental responsibility for the greater part of the week.

Late Applications

Late applications will be dealt with in accordance with the LA scheme.

Waiting List

Names of children will automatically be placed on the waiting list for this Academy when the child has been refused admission.

  1. A vacancy only arises when the number of offers to the Academy fall below the admission number.
  2. The waiting list will be established on the offer day.
  3. The waiting list is determined according to the Governing Body’s priority of admission over subscription criteria.
  4. Following the offer day, should an application be received for the Academy where the pupil has a higher priority, as determined by the admissions criteria for a place at the Academy, they will be placed on the list, above those with a lower priority.

False Information

  1. Where the Governing Body has made an offer of a place at this Academy on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from a parent, which has effectively denied a place to a child with a stronger claim to a place at the Academy, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.
  2. Where a child starts attending the Academy on the basis of fraudulent and intentionally misleading information the place may be withdrawn depending on the length of time that the child has been at the Academy.
  3. Where a place or an offer has been withdrawn, the application will be re-considered and a right of independent appeal offered if the place is refused.   Applications outside of the normal admissions round.  Applications outside the normal admissions round will be with in accordance with the LA scheme.

Appeals against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission

  1. If a place is not offered at the Academy parents have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel formed in accordance with the legislation.
  2. Parents who intend to make an appeal against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission must submit a notice of appeal in accordance with the requirements of the Appeals Code. Details of the appeals procedure will be sent to parents by the local authority. Appeals should be addressed to Democratic Services, Sheffield City Council, Town Hall, Sheffield S1 2HH.
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