School Admissions for Reception Class – September 2020
We are delighted to welcome you and your family to our school.
Given the current situation and the closure of all schools, induction will be a little different this year. At the time of writing it looks unlikely that we will be able to provide transition sessions and visits. We will of course keep you informed.
Please find the “First Day Checklist” pack below. This contains information and forms which we will require to be completed and returned in September when your child starts school.
Admission Cover Letter
Reception Welcome Pack
Child Information Sheet
School Template – Pupil Data Collection
E safety agreement
EYPP Eligibility – application Letter
First Day Check List
National Infant Fruit scheme Form
School Holidays 2019-2020-2021
School Uniform Ordering Online
Statutory Framework For Early Years
School Admissions Procedure
Shincliffe CE Primary school has an admissions limit of 30 pupils per class from Reception to Year 6. Details about admissions can also be found in the school prospectus.
We are committed to meeting the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We would ask parents to discuss the identified needs with the school prior to starting so that appropriate intervention and support can be planned and implemented. Advice from the LA or other agencies may be requested to ensure the school can meet any needs appropriately.
Children will usually attend the nearest appropriate school for their home address. However, some parents may wish their children to attend a different school. County Durham try to comply with parental requests wherever space is available in the requested school.
In summary the Admissions Criteria is:
- Children in Public Care
- Medical Reasons: Pupils with very exceptional factors directly related to school placement. Applications under this criterion should be supported by written evidence from a doctor
- Family Links: Pupils who have a sibling already attending the preferred school
- Distance: Pupils who live nearest the preferred school, measured by the shortest walking distance
If Shincliffe School is full parents may ask the Admissions Department at County Hall, Durham to add their child’s name to the waiting list. Names can be added to the waiting list at any time. When pupil numbers fall below the admission limit, children will be admitted from the list according to the priority order set out in the published criteria and not the length of time on the waiting list. Vacancies may arise at short notice and families on the waiting list should be prepared to take up a place as soon as it arises.
If it has not been possible for Shincliffe CE School to offer a family a place for their child then the parents have the right to appeal against the decision of the Authority
Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary and Secondary Admissions brochure produced by Durham County Council and further information can be found in the school Admissions Policy and the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Policy and Equality Policy that can be found in the School Policies section of our website.
Applying for a school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of SEN
Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (or Statement of Special Education Needs) follow a different admission and transfer process for a new school. Please continue to complete Durham County Council’s parental preference form, as part of the admission process to a new school. You continue to have a right to request a particular school and this will be considered alongside the information that we have about your child’s special educational needs. The information would have been provided as part of the Education, Health and Care assessment or following the review meeting.
Shincliffe CE Primary School prides itself in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child.