How to apply
Children can start Nursery in the term after their 3rd birthday so we have new intakes in September, January and April. Application forms are available on the school website or from the office and need to be completed and returned to the school. Places will be allocated in accordance to our Nursery Admissions policy.
ADMISSION POLICY 2019
- Children reach compulsory school age at the start of the term following their fifth birthday. New Horizons Children’s Academy will admit four year olds into its Foundation Stage classes, i.e. those children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015.
- Parents need to complete the Common Application Form in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme.
- Parents are not obliged to start their child at school until the beginning of the term after the child is five. Therefore, parents who have been offered a September place may ask to defer their child’s admission until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year without losing the offer of a place. Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents of children with summer term birthdays (1 April to 31 August 2015) may ask to start their child in Year 1 in September 2020 but the Reception place will not be saved. Parents will have to reapply for a Year 1 place. Parents are not able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday.
- The Published Admission Number for New Horizons Children’s Academy is 90 for Reception.
Following receipt of parental preferences, places will be offered to those children with statements of special educational needs where New Horizons Children’s Academy is named. Then, if the number of requests received via the co-ordinated scheme is more than the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:
- Children in Public Care – as defined in the Medway co-ordinated admission scheme.
- Current family association (a brother or sister in the school at the time of application and still attending in September 2019)
- Child’s health reasons. Medical evidence must be provided which demonstrates a specific health reason which requires a child to attend New Horizons Children’s Academy.
- Multiple birth children as defined in the Medway co-ordinated admission scheme.
- Nearness of child’s home to school measured using Medway Council’s GIS System.
Where criteria involves measuring distance to a child’s home, the LA’s procedures for ascertaining the shortest available safe route between home and the school will be used.
In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility or the last place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.
The casual admission process will follow LA guidelines that aim to make a casual admission placement within 10 school days.
- Parents can apply for a casual admission at any time during the school year.
- If no places are available at the time of application, a waiting list will be maintained. Names are kept in priority order according to the oversubscription criteria and not according to how long a child’s name has been on the list.
- Any place that becomes available will be offered to the child at the top of the list.
- All vacancies will be allocated as they arise.
Casual Admissions when transferring schools without moving home
If a parent wishes to transfer their child from another school without moving home, the Headteacher will contact the child’s current school to ascertain the situation so that our school is able to offer the correct support should the child be offered a place.
However, within exceptional circumstances as set out in the Admissions Code of Practice, the Academy may refuse to admit a challenging child where there are places available on the grounds that admission would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources. Children with statements of special educational needs, where the Academy is named, will be offered a place over PAN. The Academy reserves the right to discuss this with relevant agencies.
Parents/carers have the right to appeal if a place is not offered to their child. Appeals will be handled in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code and the Governing Body’s policy on admission appeals.
September 2019 entry
Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Year 7 or Reception class in September 2018 will be heard according to the following statutory timescales:
|School admissions appeals timetable|
|Offer date||Appeals lodged||Appeals to be heard|
|Primary||16 April 2019||by 15 May 2019||within 40 school days|
|After 15 May||Within 30 school days|
Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date at least 10 school days before the hearing.
A copy of the school’s statement of case will be sent to each parent/carer seven working days before the hearing.
Any additional evidence parents/carers wish to submit in support of their appeal must be sent to the clerk at least 5 working days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline may not be considered by the independent appeal panel.
You are asked to note that, if the appeal is for Year R, (or any other year in KS1) the school is bound by infant class legislation. This means that it is against the law to have more than 30 children in any one class and this number has been allocated according to the school’s over-subscription criteria. Consequently, there are only limited conditions under which an appeal may be upheld.