Aycliffe Community Primary School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Pupils and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day.
Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights.
Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Article 13: Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
Article 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources, and governments should encourage the media to provide information that children can understand. Governments must help protect children from materials that could harm them.
We recognise that all pupils are equal regardless of cultural or ethnic background, religion, social circumstances, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability. The curriculum and whole ethos of the school demonstrates that diversity is understood, is welcomed and appreciated within the school. Equal opportunities means that all children have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum with which all pupils can engage and achieve.
Information on Admissions is available at:
We encourage all parents to visit us before applying for a school place. Applications are made using the In Year Casual Application form. Once complete, this form must be returned to our school office.
What happens next?
The school will process all applications. If there is a place available, it will be offered and a start date agreed. If there is more than one application for an available space, the school’s oversubscription criteria will apply (see below) and the place will be offered to the eligible child. If no places are available, you will be informed and asked whether you wish your child to be placed on the waiting list. In this case, the school will make contact if a place becomes available. Parents also have the right to appeal against the refusal of a school place. For more information please see the Appeals section below.
Entry into Foundation Stage
There are 20 places for new entrants in the Foundation Stage each year. Class sizes in Key Stage One are not permitted to exceed 30.
The oversubscription criteria for all community primary schools are as follows:
Before the application of oversubscription criteria, children with a statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan which names the school will be admitted.
If the number of preferences for the school is more than the number of spaces available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:
• Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority
• Current Family Association
• Health and Special Access Reasons
• Nearness of children's homes to school
In the event of any of the above criteria being oversubscribed, priority will be given based on distance as described above with those closest being given higher priority. In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.
Parents of children who have not been offered a place at the school may ask for their child’s name to be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list will be operated using the same oversubscription criteria listed above. Placing a child’s name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available. This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place. It is possible that when a child is directed under the Local Authority’s Fair Access Protocol they will take precedence over those children already on the list. The Waiting list will be re-ranked, in line with the published oversubscription criteria, every time a child is added.
Where an offer has been made, the school will provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can chose to defer the date their child is admitted to the school until later in the school year, but not beyond the start of the term after their child reaches compulsory school age and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year. Where parents wish, children may attend part-time until later in the school year, but not beyond the start of the term after their child reaches compulsory school age. If you are considering this for your child, please discuss this with the headteacher.
Request for admission outside of birth year
Requests for admission to Foundation Stage outside of the normal age group should be made to the Headteacher as early as possible in the admissions round associated with that child’s date of birth. This will allow the school and admissions authority sufficient time to make a decision before the closing date. Parents are not expected to provide evidence to support their request to defer their application, however where provided it must be specific to the child in question. This might include medical or Educational Psychologist reports. There is no legal requirement for this medical or educational evidence to be secured from an appropriate professional, however, failure to provide this may impede a school’s ability to agree to deferral. Parents are required to complete an application for the normal point of entry at the same time, in case their request is declined. This application can be cancelled if the school agrees to accept a deferred application for entry into Foundation Stage the following year. Deferred applications must be made via paper RCAF to the Local Authority, with written confirmation from each named school. Deferred applications will be processed in the same way as all applications for the cohort in the following admissions round, and offers will be made in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Further advice is available at www.kent.gov.uk/primaryadmissions.
Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with sections 88 and 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made and include your child's name, address, date of birth, the name of the school you are appealing for along with reasons for wanting a place at the school. You may include supporting documents if you wish. Parents also have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel. Further information is available at www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places.
Appeals should be made to the appeals team at Kent County Council at . Or Appeals Team, Room 2.24, Sessions House, Maidstone.