The Local Authority decides which pupils are admitted to the School. Priority is given to children of families who live within our priority area, and pupils who have a brother or sister in school. Parents apply to the City Education Department by completing an Admission Form requesting a place at Spinney Hill and the Local Authority will make the final decision whether a place is available or not. Families have the right to appeal against any decision made by the Education Department.
If you would like to visit the school to see how we work, please telephone or call in to the Reception Office and we will arrange a convenient time to meet and show you the work of the school. Many of our staff speak community languages and, if you wish, they will show you around.
Please read the local authority guidance below and also the Starting School Booklet and our school admissions policy.
Determined Admissions Arrangements for 2016/2017
Spinney Hill Primary School’s Published Admission Number (PAN) is 90 with the exception of Y1 where there is a bulge number of 120
The following arrangements will apply to admissions to schools for the academic year 2015/16.
Closing dates for applications and offer dates
In accordance with the School Admission Code (2012) the closing date for applications for entry to Year 7 in secondary schools will be 31 October 2016 and for entry to Reception at primary/infant schools will be 15 January 2017. Offer letters for secondary places will be sent on 1 March 2017 (National Offer Day) and offer letters for primary places will be sent on 16 April 2017 (National Offer Day) unless these dates fall on a weekend in which case it will be the Monday following.
Oversubscription criteria for community maintained primary schools and voluntary controlled primary schools
1. Children in the care of a Local Authority or who were previously in the care of a Local Authority. (See note 1)
2. Children who are on the ‘list of children subject to child protection plans’ and need to attend an alternative school to avoid the abuser.
3. Children who are both living in the catchment area served by the school and have brothers or sisters still attending the school at the time of their application and admission. Siblings must be attending the same school but not nursery. (See note 2)
4. Other children living in the catchment area at the time of application and admission.
5. Children who do not live in the catchment area served by the school but who have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of their admission. Siblings must be attending the same school but not nursery. (See note 2)
6. Children whose parents are basing their applications on religious convictions. (NB this criterion is only used for St Barnabas Church of England Primary School - voluntary controlled).
7. Children of parents / carers fleeing ‘Domestic Violence’. (Subject to verification by a senior Social Worker or current City Council procedures for housing reallocation in cases of recognised domestic violence).
8. Other children whose parents have requested a place.
9. Children whose parents did not request a place by the closing date.
Tie-break: Within each criterion priority will be given to the children who live closest to the school. Distance will be measured on a straight line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the GEO CODE reference point for the child’s home address to the GEO CODE reference point for the school. In the unlikely event that two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the city council who is not involved in the administration of school admissions.
Multiple births: If the final place available at a school is offered to a twin or triplet and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s) at the same school.
Note 1: 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 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 residence order or special guardianship order.
Note 2: By siblings we mean a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or a child of the parent / carer’s partner and in every case the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address.
To apply for a place online, please click on the following link:
We have one nursery class with 52 part time places. You can put your child's name on the nursery waiting list at any time, but they will not be admitted before the academic year in which they reach their fourth birthday. Please remember to bring your child's birth certificate with you when you come to apply. Priority is given to children whose families live in our priority area and pupils who have brothers and sisters in the school. If you do live out of our priority area and do receive a place in our nursery, there is no guarantee that your child will automatically be admitted to the main school.
Staff will visit you at home before your child starts school to talk to you and your child about life in Spinney Hill Nursery. We have produced a separate booklet called 'Welcome to Our Nursery' which we will give to you when we visit you. It outlines the nursery routines and the things you need to know to help your child make the most of this foundation stage of their education.
PLEASE - Always see your child right into the nursery and come inside to collect them. Not only is this safer, it also provides an opportunity for you and the staff to get to know each other. Please also make sure that all doors and gates are closed to ensure the safety of the children.
We have staff working in the nursery that are able to talk to many of our children in their home language, and all the staff aim to foster home-school links by working in partnership with parents and carers.