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Turner Morehall Admissions Consultation 2020/2021 Entry

Admissions Consultation 2020/2021 Entry

Morehall Primary is part of Turner Schools, a multi-academy Trust (or MAT) operating four schools in the Folkestone area. Academy schools act as their own admissions authorities.

The Trust would like to change its admissions policies, for the 2020/2021 intake, by adding staff children as a priority to the oversubscription criteria.

This is something that has been requested by Trust employees, consistent with the continually improving reputation of Trust schools. In addition, we seek to achieve consistence across the Trust in its admissions policies.

Current oversubscription criteria in admissions policy

The current oversubscription criteria, as detailed in the school’s admissions policy, are as follows:

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admissions of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

a) Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.
b) Children with a sibling of school age living at the same address, including step and foster siblings, for whom a place has been awarded.
c) Children who attend other schools within the Trust.
d) Children eligible for the service premium. Evidence of eligibility will need to be submitted with the application. See notes below on eligibility.
e) Proximity (in the event of one of more applicants tying after application of criteria (a-d).

Tie-break policy:
If we reach our admission number in any of the above criteria, we will apply the following Tiebreak approach to determine who is admitted:
Nearness of children’s homes to school: the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school is measured in a straight line using National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.
Children living in blocks of flats will be deemed to reside at the same address and equidistant from the School. Random allocation will then be used as a tie-break to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and the School is equidistant in any individual case. However, if children of multiple birth (e.g. twins and triplets) are tied for the final place, those siblings will be admitted over PAN.

Proposed change to admissions criteria

The Trust would like to add the additional criterion of staff children as a priority before the proximity criterion is applied.

Oversubscription criteria
When the school is oversubscribed, after the admissions of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

a) Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.
b) Children with a sibling of school age living at the same address, including step and foster siblings, for whom a place has been awarded.
c) Children who attend other schools within the Trust.
d) Children eligible for the service premium. Evidence of eligibility will need to be submitted with the application.
e) Children whose parents work as permanent staff members at the School being applied to, in either or both of the following circumstances:
i) where the 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
ii) the member of staff is recruited to the Trust to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
f) Proximity (in the event of one of more applicants tying after application of criteria a-e).

Tie-break policy:
If we reach our admission number in any of the above criteria, we will apply the following Tiebreak approach to determine who is admitted:

Nearness of children’s homes to school: the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school is measured in a straight line using National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.

Children living in blocks of flats will be deemed to reside at the same address and equidistant from the School. Random allocation will then be used as a tie-break to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and the School is equidistant in any individual case. However, if children of multiple birth (e.g. twins and triplets) are tied for the final place, those siblings will be admitted over PAN.

A full version of the proposed policy is available below:

Public consultation
Although Academy schools can decide their own admissions criteria, we are required to publicly consult before changes can be made. Schools that wish to make changes for the 2021/22 intake have to consult between 1 October 2019 to 31 January 2020.

The Trust is carrying out a six week consultation in time for the 31 January deadline. The consultation will commence on Wednesday 18th December 2019 and close on Wednesday 29th January 2020.

Responses should be sent directly to the Trust addressed to the Chair of the Board of Directors, either by post to:

4 Westbrook House
58-60 Shorncliffe Road Folkestone
Kent CT20 2NQ

or by email to:

[email protected]

All responses received by midnight on Wednesday 29th January will be considered by the Trust.