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Admissions

Admission Applications

The school’s process for admission applications are handled by Bucks County Council.  Full details can be found on the admissions page of the Bucks County Council Website.

If you need to apply for a school place mid-way through a school year, details can be found on the Bucks County Council in-year admissions page.

Visiting the school

The school holds open mornings each November for parents to meet the Headteacher and have a tour of the school. If you would like to attend one of our open mornings, please contact the school office for further details.

Should parents be unable to attend one of the open mornings, please contact the school office to make an alternative appointment with the Headteacher for a tour of the school.

Once a place has been offered, your child will have the opportunity to visit his or her class and new teacher, before the new term starts.

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Admissions

For Nursery admissions, including places for two year olds, please see our Nursery admissions page for full details.

Children start school at the beginning of the academic year in which their fifth birthday falls. All children come to school full time from September.

The admission number for Lane End Primary School is 30. This figure represents the maximum number of children that can normally be admitted to the school for the first time in any one academic year.  In the event of the number of requests for admission exceeding the number of places available, the criteria laid down by the County Council will be followed. Admission forms and the ‘Guide for Parents, Admissions to Buckinghamshire Schools’ may be requested from the school office. In exceptional circumstances, the entry of children from the catchment area may be deferred.

Buckinghamshire Admission Rules for County Primary Schools

1. Looked after children (See note 1)

2. Children who have exceptional medical or social needs, which can only be met at that school, supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional person. (See Note 2)

3. Children living within the catchment area of the school (See Note 3).

4 For the main point of entry: Siblings (See Note 4) of children who are attending the school or a ‘linked primary’ school in Year R – Year 5 at the time allocations are made, and are expected to be on the school roll or linked school roll at the time of the proposed admission, or who have already been offered a place to start in the current academic year at the school or a ‘linked primary school’. For immediate in year admission after the normal point of entry: Siblings of children who are in Year R to Year 6 at the time of admission to the school.

5. Children attending a primary school linked to the school named in the list of ‘linked primary’ schools at the time allocations are made. (A list of linked primary schools is attached)

6. Once the above rules have been applied then any further places will be offered in distance order; using the distance between the family's Normal Home Address (See Notes 5 and 6) and the school's nearest open entrance gate offering the closest first. We use a straight line distance. (See Note 7)

7. Where a school can take some, but not all, of the children who qualify under one of these rules, we will give priority to children by taking account of the next rule (or rules) in the numbered list to decide who has priority for places.

8 If it still not possible to decide between two applicants who are equidistant then an independently scrutinised random allocation will be made to allocate the final place.

(See also Note 8 below regarding twins and multiple births) 

Explanation of Terms used in the Admission Rules

Note 1: Definition of Looked after children

For admissions purposes 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). This covers accommodated children and those who are in care under a Care Order/interim order. This can include: living with family or friends, in foster care, a children's home, residential school, special school or in supported lodgings.

This includes children who were previously looked after and immediately after being looked after became the subject of an adoption, residence order or special guardianship order as set out below.

Other definitions:

residence order: is an order setting the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the children's Act 1989 special guardianship order: 'an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child's special guardian (or special guardians) under Section 14A of the Children Act 1989.

Note 2: Exceptional Social and Medical process

A panel comprising education professionals will consider the applications under this rule on receipt of information from the parent to indicate strong reasons for the child attending a particular school. When making an application parents should send evidence from an independent professional person (this might be a doctor, health visitor, or Education Welfare Officer, for example) who knows about the child and supports the application to the school. It must clearly show why the school is the most suitable and any difficulties if alternate schools were offered. The panel will consider which children can be considered under this rule prior to each admission round.

Note 3: Primary School Catchment Areas

The primary school catchments can be viewed at: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/schooladmission/

Note 4: Definition of sibling

A sibling is a brother or sister. For admission purposes we mean one of two or more individuals who have one or more parent in common, or any other child (including an adopted or fostered child) who lives at the same address and for whom the parent also has parental responsibility or, (in the case of a fostered child) delegated authority.

We will only consider a pupil in a primary school as a ‘sibling’ if he or she is attending, in the specified year groups, the school or a linked primary school at the time the allocations are made or, for in-year admissions the time of admission), or has been formally offered a place at the school in the operation of the Coordinated Primary Admissions Scheme. In all cases they are expected to still be at the school at the time of proposed admission.

Note 5: Definition of parent

This is as defined in law (the Education Act 1996) as either:

• Any person who has parental responsibility (defined in Children Act 1989) for the child or young person; or

• Any person who has care of the child or young person.

Note 6: Definition of normal home address (more detail is available in the guide)

This is the child’s home address. This must be where the parent or legal carer of the child live together unless it is proved that the child is resident elsewhere with someone who has legal care and control of the child. The address should be a residential property that is owned, leased or rented by the child’s parent(s) or person with legal care and control of the child.

To avoid doubt where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week or month, the address where the child lives will be determined by:

1) Confirmation of the registered address to which Child Benefit is currently being paid, or, if child benefit is not received then the address from which the child in question is registered with the doctor.

2) If 1) above is not applicable then the parent with whom the child spends the greater proportion of the school week from Sunday evening to Thursday evening.

Note 7: Definition of home to school distance

The straight line distance definition: is 'the distance from the address point of the pupil’s normal home address, as set out by Ordnance Survey, to the nearest open school gate available for pupils to use'.

As part of the computer system we use for school admissions there is a program that measures the ‘straight-line’ distance from the nearest open school gates to the child’s normal home address.

The point we measure to at the child’s normal address is determined by the Ordnance Survey ADDRESS-POINT which is an Ordnance Survey data product that provides a National Grid coordinate and a unique reference for each postal address in Great Britain that is on the Royal Mail’s Post Office Address File (PAF®).

The PAF contains postal address data and includes premises such as buildings or permanent mobile and park homes, plus other features such as temporary buildings and houseboats.

Where Service families or families or other Crown Servants, who often move within the UK and from abroad are posted to the area, we will allocate school places in advance of the family move if you provide an official government letter declaring a relocation date and an intended address. A unit postal address or quartering area address will be sufficient if there is not a new home address. Where Service families are returning to live in a property they already own, evidence of ownership will be needed.

Please provide evidence by 30 January (Secondary allocation) 15 February 2016 (Primary allocation) to be included in the first allocation round

Note 8 Multiple births – twins, triplets etc

In cases where there is one remaining place and the next child on the waiting list is one of a twin, triplet or other multiple birth group then both twins (or all the siblings in the case of multiple births) will be admitted and whilst that child is in the class they will be an excepted pupil under the Schools Admissions (Infant Class Sizes) (England) Regulations 2012 which permit Key Stage 1 class sizes to exceed 30 following the admission of a twin for as long as necessary until a child leaves the class at which point the class size will remain at the lower figure.