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School admission arrangements

Proposed school admission arrangements 2022-23

All schools have admission arrangements which set out how children will be admitted. This includes the admissions criteria that is used if there are more applications than school places available.

School admission arrangements are determined annually by the admissions authority. Harrow Council is the admissions authority for all community schools in Harrow. The admission authority for voluntary aided schools and academies is the governing body of the individual school.

Harrow community schools consultation

Where changes are proposed to admission arrangements, the admission authority must first publicly consult on those arrangements. Consultation must be for a minimum of 6 weeks and must take place between 1 October and 31 January of the school year before those arrangements are to apply.

Harrow is the admissions authority for all Harrow community schools. We are consulting on changes for admission arrangements for September 2022. The consultation will open 23 November 2020 and will close 8 January 2021.

The summary of the changes are as follows:

Reduction of a Published Admissions Number
All community schools have a Published Admissions Number(PAN) in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014. This is the number of school places that the admission authority must offer in each relevant age group of a school for which it is the admission authority. We are consulting to reduce the Published Admission Number for Stanburn Primary School from 120 to 90 from September 2022. We will continue to have sufficient places to meet the demand for places and this reduction in PANs is being proposed to support the school. Other minor amendments and updates to the admission arrangements and co-ordination scheme have been made for clarification.

Nursery arrangements
We are proposing to add a criterion that gives sibling priority for nursery admissions. This will mean that if an application for a place in the nursery is received and the family have a pupil already on roll at the school, from reception year  to year 6, they will be given sibling priority. This will not give a sibling priority to children, for a place at the school, if a sibling attends the nursery.

Fair Access Protocol – this is for the school to respond to and applies to all schools in Harrow.

We have received a proposal from a secondary school in the borough to change the way pupils are placed back into mainstream schools after they are permanently excluded and are ready to reintegrate back into mainstream school.  Currently we use a rota system, which is ratified by the Managed Move Panel. The proposed amendment is that the rota takes into account the capacity of each school when considering how often the school appears on the rota. Capacity in this context is determined by the size of the school's budget as assigned by pupil numbers. A higher capacity would mean the school would be asked to admit a higher proportion of excluded pupils than schools with lower capacity by increasing the frequency they appear on the rota.

Two other minor amendments have been made for clarification.

The Fair Access Protocol must be agreed by a majority of schools. We ask that schools respond to this proposal.

View the proposed admission arrangements for Harrow community schools for 2022-23

Comment
Have your say and comment on the proposed admission arrangements for Harrow community schools by completing the consultation.

If you have any questions regarding this consultation, please contact Rajeshree Parmar, Head of School Organisation, Admissions and Attendance by emailing [email protected]

 

Voluntary aided, academy and free schools consultation

The admission authority for voluntary aided schools and academies is the governing body of the individual school. The schools below propose to make changes to their admission arrangements for September 2022.

 

Alyward primary school

Aylward primary school is an academy and therefore their own admission authority.  The school are consulting on their admission arrangements as they have not consulted on their arrangements for 7 years. The Admissions Code states that: where admission arrangements have not changed from the previous year there is no requirement to consult, subject to the requirement that admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period.  Aylward are making a change, for clarification, to the title of criterion 5.

Criterion 5: Children of staff employed by the academy trust – the change to the title of this criterion has been made so that is consistent with the explanation.

If you have any comments regarding this consultation, please contact the school directly.

 

Bentley Wood high school

 

St Anselm's Catholic primary school

St Anselm’s Catholic primary school is an academy and therefore their own admission authority. The school are consulting on the change to their definition of 'Catholic'.

If you have any comments regarding this consultation, please contact the school directly.

 

The Sacred Heart Language college