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Admission Arrangements Proposal 2023/24

Consultation on admission arrangements for Westdale Junior School 2023-2024

Period of consultation: 17 November 2021 to 4 January 2022

The DFE Admissions Code requires admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period. The Code outlines who must be consulted.

We invite you to give your views about the proposed admission arrangements for Westdale Junior School for 2023-2024.

Background information

Admission authorities

As an Academy we are known as our own admission authority and are therefore responsible for our own admission arrangements.

Admission arrangements including oversubscription criteria

All schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including information about what happens if there are more applications than places available (oversubscription criteria).

All admission authorities must include the oversubscription criteria in their arrangements. The criteria must be reasonable, clear, objective, procedurally fair, and comply with all relevant legislation, including equalities legislation.

It is for admission authorities to decide which criteria are most suitable for the school according to the local circumstances.

Nottinghamshire community and voluntary controlled schools have defined catchment areas and children living in these areas have higher priority for places than children outside of catchment. This supports parents who wish their children to attend a local publicly funded school. Details of catchment areas are available at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/schoolcatchment-areas

This does not prevent parents who live outside the catchment area of a school, or even outside Nottinghamshire, from expressing a preference for that school.

Children living in the catchment area with a brother or sister (sibling) attending the school are given priority over other children living inside the catchment area. Children living outside the catchment area with a brother or sister attending the school are given priority over all other children living outside the catchment area.

What is included in the consultation?

Westdale Junior School is consulting on one area for the admission arrangements 2023-2024.

Proposal 1 – In Year Waiting List

We are proposing to keep an in-year waiting list for Westdale Junior School. At present if an applicant applies for a place in-year, and we do not have the capacity to offer a place, the details of this applicant are not kept, therefore if a place becomes available at a later date we are unable to contact them to let them know. We propose keeping these details on a live waiting list so that if a place becomes available we can contact whoever is at the top of this list to offer the place.

No other changes are being proposed.

Who do we consult with?

We will be seeking the views of the following groups:

parents of children between the ages of two and eleven

other people in the relevant area who may have an interest in the proposed admission arrangements

all other admission authorities within the relevant area

all community and voluntary controlled schools in Nottinghamshire

chairs of governing bodies of Nottinghamshire schools

admission authorities in neighbouring local authority areas • all registered early years providers within Nottinghamshire

You can give your views on the consultation between 17 November 2021 to 4 January 2022

Anyone can comment on the arrangements. If you wish to respond, you can do this up to 4 January 2022 by:

emailing office@westdalejuniors.co.uk or using the contact form on our website www.westdalejuniorsco.uk

The School Admissions Code 2021 (1.48) states that the full proposed admission arrangements must be available on the website for the duration of the consultation period.

What happens after the consultation closes?

All responses received by 4 January 2022 will be considered. The Westdale Junior School Local Governing Body will make a decision taking into account a range of information, including the consultation responses. All admission authorities have to agree the admission arrangements that are most suitable according to the local circumstances.

Determining admission arrangements 2023-2024

Admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools must be agreed

(determined) by Nottinghamshire County Council by 28 February 2022 even if there have been no changes from previous years.

Publication of determined arrangements 2023-2024

Once Nottinghamshire County Council has determined their admission arrangements, they will be available on the public website for the whole offer year (the academic year in which offers for places are made). Local authorities must publish on their website by 15 March 2022.

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