Admissions criteria


Criteria

  1. Looked after or previously looked after children.

 

  1. Brothers or sisters (as defined by the Local Authority) of children at Rookery School in the year of admission.

 

  1. Attendance at Rookery Nursery 

 

  1. Distance

 

Children with a statement of special educational needs

 

Any child with a statement of special educational needs is required to be admitted to the school that is named in the statement. This gives such children overall priority for admission to the named school. This is not an oversubscription criterion.

 

Definition of looked after or previously looked after children

 

A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).  In the case of previously looked after children, admission authorities may request a copy of the adoption order, residence order or special guardianship order and a letter from the local authority that last looked after the child confirming that he or she was looked after immediately prior to that order being made.

 

Sibling Definition

 

Children (siblings) with a brother or sister already at the school who will be in attendance at the time the sibling enters the school.

 

Siblings (brothers or sisters) are considered to be those children who live at the same address and either:

 

i. have one or both natural parents in common; or

ii. are related by a parent’s marriage; or

iii. are adopted or fostered by a common parent.

 

Unrelated children living at the same address, whose parents are living as partners, are also considered to be siblings.

 

Distance – Home to school measurements

 

Distances are calculated on the basis of a straight line measurement between the applicant’s home address and the centre point of the school. Birmingham Local Authority uses a computerised system called Cartology, which measures all distances in metres. Ordnance Survey supply the co-ordinates that are used to plot an applicant’s home address within this system.

 

Shared Responsibility

 

Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the week, the child’s main residence will be determined as the address where the child lives for the majority of the week. Parents may be requested to supply documentary evidence to support the address used.

 

Separating “final qualifier” applications (twins, blocks of flats etc)

 

In a very small number of cases it may not be possible to decide between the applications of those pupils who are the final qualifiers for a place, when applying the published admission criteria. For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or if the distance between the home and school is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats. If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both, or all of the children, would cause the legal limit to be exceeded, the local authority will use a computerised system to randomly select the child to be offered the final place.

 

Deferred Entry

 

Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the academic year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age.  Parents can also request that their child takes up the place part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

 

Waiting list

 

A waiting list will be held in strict oversubscription criteria order until at least the first term of the academic year.  Each child added to the waiting list will require the list to be ranked again in line with the oversubscription criteria.

 

In Year Applications

 

Applications made outside the normal admissions round (in-year admissions) should be made directly to the school. Parents/carers can apply for a place for their child at any time and to any school. 

 

On receipt of an in-year application, the school will notify the local authority of both the application and its outcome, to allow the local authority to keep up to date with figures on the availability of school places in Birmingham.

 

Appeals

 

Please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body via the School.