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Admissions Policy

ADMISSIONS POLICY

Governor : Finance and Strategy Sub-committee

Governor Implementation Check. Date: March 2017

 

 

 

Governor Implementation Check EYFS Date: March 2017

 

 

Policy Review by Governors: Date March 2017

 

 

 

Date of next Implementation review: March 2018

 

 

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STEEPHILL SCHOOL

Admissions Policy

Including EYFS, before and after school care

 

Steephill School is a mixed ability school and is committed to supporting children of all abilities and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities which are possible for us to reasonably support without affecting the learning of other children in the School. Details of this are in the SEND Policy.

 

We welcome all faiths and ethnicities and seek to provide a cohesive community. We therefore start our admission process by welcoming you into the School for a tour and discussion with the Headteacher on a personal basis. Applications from all children, including siblings will be considered as below.

 

Starting at 3 years old into Pre-School

Most of our children start in the Pre-School from age 3 and following the tour of the School you can then register your child. This costs £50 and is non-refundable as there is considerable work in the admissions process. As your child reaches between 2 years old and 2 and a half we will arrange a programme designed for us to get to know you and your child and for you to get to know us:

A home visit and/or

A visit to the Nursery/Pre-School your child currently attends

Questionnaires for you

Questionnaires for your child’s Nursery/Pre-School.

If age appropriate, a morning session at Steephill is arranged for your child.

 

On successful completion of the above, a letter offering your child a place will be sent unless there are any behavioural or learning difficulties which will seriously affect other children’s learning.

On acceptance, a retainer, currently £1000, will be requested and further information will be exchanged between us and you. This retainer is returned to you when the child leaves the School or if a term’s notice is given in lieu and all outstanding fees and monies due are paid in full. In the term before your child is due to start you and your child will be invited in for familiarisation.

 

Starting at 4 years old into Lower I (Reception)

Some children may start at 4+ and therefore may miss Pre-School and enter directly into Lower I (Reception). The format will be the same as above, the visits being as soon as possible if the child is already over 3 years old.

 

Starting at 5+ years old

Following your tour of the School, children entering the school in years 1 to 6 will be invited in to spend a day with us. There is no formal testing but this day allows both the School and yourself an opportunity to discuss any issues. A reference is also sought at this stage from the child’s present school. On successful completion of both of these a letter offering your child a place will be sent unless there are any behavioural or learning difficulties which will seriously affect other children’s learning.

 

On acceptance, a retainer will be requested and further information will be exchanged between us and you. If your child is not starting straight away your child will be invited in for familiarisation prior to the start date.

Oversubscription

If the class is full then you can apply for a place on the waiting list. If a place becomes available the admission process will be as above. Siblings will take priority over others on the waiting list.

 

Documentation

We will require 2 forms of identification from each parent.

Acceptable identification:

A passport AND driving licence

If only one of these is available then a copy of a recent (in the last 3 months) utility bill or bank statement is acceptable as the second form of identification.

 

The School constantly assesses pupils for academic and social progress and there may be occasions where a child has difficulty in accessing the Schools’ curriculum or has not got an appropriate peer group within the School. Full consultation with the parents takes place throughout their child’s education and if necessary help will be given to find an appropriate school either at primary or secondary level.

 

Bursaries

Bursaries may be awarded to families who encounter severe financial difficulties and may apply for means-testing under our Bursary Policy.

 

Discipline

The Headteacher is responsible for the care and good discipline of pupils while they are in the charge of the School or its staff, and for the day to day running of the School and curriculum. Pupils are expected to behave with respect and good manners to those whom they meet both in School and in the community, to follow the School rules of appearance and dress and show proper respect for the environment.

 

Discipline is exercised in accordance with the School’s Behaviour Policy which incorporates the values held important to the School community. The policy stresses the importance of kindness, consideration and courtesy to everyone and the Rules for Life are used to exemplify the importance of these values.

 

Exclusions (see Behaviour Policy)

In extreme cases where a child’s safety or a member of staff’s safety is threatened or behaviour has been continually uncontrollable or threatening the child could be excluded. It is expected that the exclusion will be after consultation with the parents, intervention by the Pastoral staff and discussions with the pupil. An exclusion may be expulsion or suspension depending on the circumstances.

 

Suspension is the requirement for a child to be excluded from the School for a certain period of time decided by the Headteacher.

 

Expulsion is the requirement for a child to be excluded from the School forever. In this event neither the child nor the parents have a right to a reference from the School, although the School may agree to finding the family another school. The Headteacher will not expel a child without consultation with the Chairman of the Board of Governors.

 

 

 

In unusual circumstances the School may feel the need to exclude a parent or third party.

 

 

CB/ML MARCH 2017

 

 

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