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Winterbourne Boys’ Academy

A Platanos Trust School

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Our Address

  • Winterbourne Boys’ Academy
  • Winterbourne Road
  • Thornton Heath
  • Surrey CR7 7QT

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Admissions Policy

1. Admissions process

The academy is a three (3) form of entry junior school for boys aged 7–11 years. The Platanos Trust is committed to continuing the present admissions policy for the academy with respect to its character and age range.  The following arrangements with respect to admissions from September 2016 onwards will apply to all applications.

The academy will accordingly provide for the admission of 90 pupils into Year 3 each year if sufficient applications for entry are received. Where fewer than 90 applications are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the academy to all those who have applied.

The academy participates in the Local Authority co-ordinated admission procedure and all deadlines within that should be adhered to by applicants.

2. Priority admissions

As according to the Admissions Code, children with statements of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan naming the school will be admitted. The school will also give top priority to applications on behalf of children in, or previously in, public care (‘looked after children’) residing with the primary carer with the relevant documentary evidence.

3. Oversubscription

If the number of applications to the Academy is higher than the number of places available, the allocations will be made as according to the oversubscription criteria as set out in the order below.

  1. Children in the care, or previously in the care, of a Local Authority (‘looked after children’; see Note 1 below). Children with a SEN Statement or EHC Plan with supporting evidence naming the school are automatically admitted.
  2. Children attending Winterbourne Nursery and Infant School at the time of application.
  3. Siblings: children with a brother who is in attendance at Winterbourne Boys’ Academy or at Winterbourne Nursery and Infants School at the time of enrolment of the new pupil (see Note 2).
  4. Medical: children with serious medical reasons for needing to attend the Academy. Supporting evidence should set out particular reasons why the Academy is the most suitable and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. The medical reasons must be verified by a GP or consultant and declared at the time of application if known at the time (see Note 3).
  5. Distance: priority will be given to pupils living nearest to the Academy as measured in a straight line (see Notes 4, 5 and 7).

4. Waiting lists

The academy will operate a waiting list for each year group. Where in any year the academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the academic year. This will be maintained by the Academy Trust and it will be open to any parent/carer to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria above.

5. Admissions outside of the normal age group

Parents/carers may, under certain circumstances, request that their child be admitted to a year group outside of their normal age group (e.g. children born in the summer term admitted to reception a year later after their fourth birthday). The Academy Trust is the admission authority for considering such requests and will decide whether the individual circumstances make it an appropriate arrangement on educational grounds.

Parents/carers must consider the impact this may have and must submit evidence of support from a relevant professional. Once a year group has been identified, the same oversubscription criteria will be applied.

Please contact the school for further information and refer to the separate policy.

6. Making an application

Parents/Carers resident in Croydon must ensure that they complete the Local Authority (Croydon) Common Application Form (CAF). This is now frequently completed online. Please ensure that we are clearly listed as one of the preferred schools on the CAF. All CAFs must be submitted to the home borough.

Applying to us from another borough other than Croydon. Parents/Carers resident in another borough are welcome to apply to our school for their child. Please contact your home borough for a CAF and instructions on how to apply to a school in a different borough.  Ensure that we are clearly listed as one of the preferred schools. You should also contact Croydon and request an admissions booklet, which will contain further information such as entry arrangements.

Supplementary Information Form (SIF). All parents/carers must also complete the SIF and return this directly to our school office. This can be obtained from Croydon or direct from our school office.

An electronic copy of the SIF can be downloaded from the links below.

Click here (pdf).

Click here (word).

For 'In-Year' applications (i.e. applying to join the school in the middle of the academic year) please contact the school office directly.

7. Appeals

Appeals against admission decisions are heard by an Independent Admissions Appeal Panel and will be in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code. An appeal against a refusal of a place must be made within 20 school days of the date of the refusal letter.

Note 1

‘Looked-after children’ are defined as children in public care at the date on which the application is made.

‘Previously looked-after children’ are all children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order, immediately after being looked after. If an application is made under the ‘looked after’ criterion, it must be supported by a letter from the relevant Local Authority Children’s Services Department and/or relevant documents

Note 2
Winterbourne Boys’ Academy is a boys’ school. A sibling is therefore defined as a brother, half- brother, step-brother, foster-brother or adopted brother whose main residence is at the same address.

Note 3
Claims for priority of admission on medical grounds will not be considered if submitted after a decision on the original application has been made.

All requests for priority consideration must be supported in writing by a doctor or consultant. It must be made clear in the professional support the reason why it is necessary for the child to attend this school in particular.

Note 4
"Home" is defined as the permanent address where the child normally resides as their only or principal residence. Addresses of child minders, business or relatives cannot be considered.

Parents/carers will be asked to provide documentary evidence to confirm an address and parental responsibility. The Academy should be notified of changes of address immediately. Failure to do so could result in the child being denied a place at the Academy.

Note 5

Child's permanent address. The child's address should be that of the child's permanent place of residence. A business address, work place address, or child-minder's address will not be accepted. A relative's or carer's address can be considered ONLY if those person(s) have legal custody of the child. In these circumstances, evidence of legal custody/parental responsibility, i.e. a court order must be supplied.

Note 6

Change of address. Changes of address can be considered only where the Academy receives either a letter from a solicitor confirming the exchange and completion of contract for the new place of residence, or a copy of the new tenancy agreement stating commencement date.

Note 7
Distance will be measured in a straight line from the centre of the pupil’s main home to the designated main entrance, nominated by the Academy, with those living closer to the Academy receiving higher priority. For shared properties e.g. flats, the centre will be taken from the centre of the building.

Note 8
Child-minding arrangements cannot be taken into account when allocating places if the Academy is oversubscribed.

Note 9

Tiebreaker: In the event of oversubscription and applicants cannot be separated by the above admissions criteria (even after taking into account distance), then the place will be allocated by random allocation.

Note 10

Shared custody. If parents share custody of a child, only one address must be provided in the application. It must be the address where the child normally resides, and the applying parent must prove the child's residency at this address, e.g. relevant court documents or the address where the child benefit is payable. If the child resides with each parent for an equal amount of time each week we will treat the address at which the child benefit is payable as the normal place of residence.