Admission Procedures for our Reception Class (children aged 4-5)
Ash Hill School's Published Admission Number is 30 children in the Reception Class. Children start in the September of the academic year of their fifth birthday.
Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 are due to start the first year of primary school (Reception class) in September 2021. Parents must apply directly to the council that you are living in at the time of application. The deadline for applying for a primary school Reception place is 15 January 2021. Transfer from Ash Hill Nursery to our Reception is not automatic. A new application must be made.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are currently unable to hold tours in school.
Usually, all children intending to start their education at Ash Hill will be integrated into school through involvement in an open afternoon visit during the summer term to get to know their teacher and become familiar with the school. The Early years Leader and Reception staff also carry out a home visit in order to build a positive relationship within an environment that is familiar to your child.
The Headteacher and Reception teacher hold a meeting in the summer term to share information with parents about the school, including: the expectations, curriculum and uniform, and also to answer any questions. In the autumn term, parents will be invited into a curriculum information meeting which explains our approaches to learning in more detail.
The usual arrangements outlined above will, of course, be subject to COVID-19 regulations in place at the time.
All applicants must fill in the Local Education Authority application form. These forms are now sent directly to Aylesbury who complete the admissions procedure. Once this has been done parents are informed by letter whether their application has been successful.
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Selection and Oversubscription Criteria
Children are admitted to Ash Hill School according to the Local Education Authority criteria.
Admission rules for Buckinghamshire community and voluntary-controlled primary schools
Once children with an EHCP are admitted then the following rules are used:
1. Looked after children and previously looked after children. (see Note1 and Note 2) 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 3)
2. Children of staff where either:
i.The member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or
ii.The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. (See Note 4)
3. Children attending a primary school linked to the school named in the list of ‘linked primary’ schools at the time allocations are made. (See Note 5)
4. Children living within the catchment area of the school. (See Note 6)
5. For the main point of entry: Siblings 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’. (See Note 7) 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.(See Note 7)
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 8 and 9) and the school's nearest open entrance gate offering the closest first. We use a straight-line distance. (See Note 10)
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. An explanation of the method of making random allocations is on the council website at: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/media/1740/random-allocation-procedure.pdf (See also Note 11 here regarding twins and multiple births)
Further information can be found on the Bucks County Council Website. If you have any problems accessing the Bucks County Council website please contact the school office.