Consultation on admission arrangements 2024/2025
We will be consulting on our admission arrangements for 2024/2025 through Plymouth City Council. The consultation will be live between Monday 5 December 2022 and 15 January 2023. If you wish to find out about our policy or make any comment, please visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/admissionconsultation
Below you will find admission information and links for the admission criteria to Eggbuckland Vale Primary School
Please note that the School Admission Code 2014 has required amendment to our existing admission policies. The policy is therefore amended as follows:
(i) Wherever the policy refers to a child with a statement of special education need, the same provision also applies to a child with an Education Heath Care Plan.
(ii) The definition of a looked after or previously looked after child is now replaced with the following definition: 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) at the time of making an application to a school. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).
(iii) Admission out of the normal age group: Places will normally be offered in the Year Group according to the child’s date of birth but a parent may submit an application for a Year Group other than the child’s chronological Year Group. We will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parent’s views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely. We will also take into account the views of the head teacher of the school(s) concerned. Parents must not assume that the decision of one school will transfer with the child to a different school as the decision rests with the individual admission authority. Where a place is refused in a different Year Group but a place is offered in the school, there will be no right of appeal.
SEND Admissions for children with Statements and EHCPs
All governing bodies are required by section 324 of the Education Act 1996 to admit to the school a child with a statement of special education needs that names the school. Under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014 the school named in an Education, Health and Care Plan must admit the child. This is not an oversubscription criterion. Schools must admit such children regardless of whether they have places available. Admission authorities must not imply in their published admission arrangements that they have discretion over the admission of children with statements of special educational needs or an EHCP. Children with Statements of SEND/EHCPs are not admitted through the admissions arrangements and are placed in schools through the statement/EHCP process.
Children with SEND but no Statement/EHCP It is not lawful for an admission authority to refuse admission to a child who has SEND, but has no Statement or EHCP, on the grounds of the child's challenging behaviour (except in very limited circumstances), or because it believes the child requires a statutory assessment or requires additional support. In line with the Equality Act 2010, children with disabilities are not to be treated less favourably than others in the admission process. A school should make reasonable adjustments to prevent discrimination.