Admissions

Admissions to Nursery

A child can be admitted into a nursery class at either the start of the term following the child’s third birthday or the day the child is 3 years old. This will ensure that children will have at least 3 terms in nursery education prior to entry into reception class of a mainstream school. Consistent attendance on a regular basis is expected of all children.

It should be noted that admissions to any nursery even those attached to a school does not guarantee admission to the reception class of a particular school. Parents must follow normal procedures when applying for full-time education.

The nursery class operates two part-time 15 hours Universal entitlement funded sessions per week and a limited number of 30 hour spaces are also available. These 30 hour spaces are made up of 15 hours Universal entitlement funded and 15 hours **Extended entitlement. This means that children can either attend 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions per week or where available 5 full days per week.

Parents wishing their child to attend our nursery setting must obtain and complete an application form and return it to the school office when your child is 2 or as soon after as possible. The school will endeavor to inform parents by letter of the outcome of their application at least one term before admission. If a child is offered a place parents must confirm acceptance by the date stipulated by the school. The final decision on when the child is admitted, and the allocation of afternoon or morning sessions rests with the headteacher and governing body of the school.

Please see our Nursery School Admissions Policy for more information.

Nursery Admissions Policy

The LA has delegated the admissions of nursery children to the governors who will consider applications in age order with the oldest children being given priority.

Admissions Criteria

N.B. These criteria will only apply we are oversubscribed and therefore cannot admit all of the children whose parents are applying for a nursery place.

The Governors will consider all applications in accordance with the following criteria set out in priority order. Length of time on any waiting list will not be taken into account.

Category A

In this category examples of both special educational and social need are given. There is no priority within the category but governors will take into account the severity of the child’s needs using the examples given when deciding places within this category. Children with multiple needs will be given priority.

It is anticipated that up to 20% of nursery places will be allocated to children with special educational needs whether statemented or not.

Examples of special educational needs (in no specific order) might include children with:

  • Children on the Child Protection Register, those deemed by Social Services as children at risk, or in local authority care
  • Emotional and behavioural problems
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Lack of personal interaction and stimulation
  • Physical disabilities
  • Speech and language problems
  • Visual difficulties
  • Children who are referred by the education psychological service.

Category B

In this category children with social needs may be admitted. Social need should be based on the information gained by the school as part of the application process. Children with multiple needs will be given priority.

Examples of social need which may be considered (in no specific order) might include:

  • Children who were multiple births (twins, triplets)
  • A child with a confined playspace (those living in a bedsit, top floor flat, hostel, caravan, mobile home or children with no garden)
  • A child with a parent living alone
  • A child in a large family (4 or more children)
  • A child with parents under 20 years of age
  • A child in sole care of grandparents
  • A child who has two or more siblings under 4 years of age
  • A child of parents with disabilities or a child who has siblings with disabilities
  • A child who is cared for by a “Young Carer”.
  • Children from minority ethnic groups particularly those for whom English is an additional language.
  • A child who is gifted who lacks social interaction

It is again anticipated that up to 20% of nursery places will be offered to children in category B.

Category C

A child with a brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the same family unit) who requires a significant amount of additional support.

A child who at the time of application has a brother or sister (including children living as siblings within the same family unit) on the school roll who will still be attending the school when the younger sibling joins the nursery.

Category D

Children who have already attended a maintained nursery in another LEA.

Category E

Remaining places will be allocated based on proximity to the school using the shortest radial route (straight line distance).

Application for School Nursery Admission 2019


Admissions to Main School

Dear Parents/ Carers

Please follow the links below to access our admissions arrangements.

2018 Admissions Criteria for Long Ditton Infant School

2017 Admissions Criteria for Long Ditton Infant School

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for 2019-2020

Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School are consulting on its proposed admissions arrangements for 2019-2020. The consultation period runs from 5th December 2017 until 23rd January 2018 and the relevant documentation can be viewed on the school’s website at www.longditton.surrey.sch.uk.

Summary of changes

Main School Policy

Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School proposes to change the priority admissions arrangements to the following:

1. Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children

2. Exceptional social/medical need

3. Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission

4. Children who have a sibling at Long Ditton St Mary’s Junior School which will operate a shared sibling priority for admission at the time of the child’s admission

5. Children of staff at Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School

6. Children for whom the school is the nearest to their home address

7. Any other children, prioritised according to the distance they live from the school

Definitions:

1. Looked after and previously looked after children

Defined as children under the age of 18 years who:

are registered as being in the care of a Local Authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989(a), e.g. fostered or living in a children’s home at the time an application for a school is made
have left care through adoption (in accordance with Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002), a child arrangements order (in accordance with Section 8 of the Children Act 1989) or special guardianship order (in accordance with Section 14A of the Children Act 1989).

A letter from the Children’s Services Department confirming the child’s status must be submitted at the time of application.

Places will be allocated under this criterion when first offers are made and the Local Authority may also ask schools to admit over their Published Admission Number at other times under this criterion.

2. Exceptional social/medical need

Occasionally there will be children for whom exceptional social or medical circumstances warrant placement at a particular school. In these cases, supporting evidence from a professional working with the child and/or the child’s family is required. Examples of professionals may include consultant doctors, social workers, health visitors, housing officers, the police or probation officers.

The supporting evidence must confirm the circumstances of the case, set out why the child should attend a particular school, and why no other school could meet the child’s needs.

Providing evidence does not guarantee that a child will be given priority at a particular school and, in each case, the governors will assess all the evidence and reserve the right to consult a specialist if required.

Places will be allocated under this criterion when first offers are made and the Local Authority may also ask schools to admit over their Published Admission Number at other times under this criterion.

3. Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of the child’s admission

Siblings may include a brother/sister, half-brother/sister, step-brother/sister, adoptive brother/sister or foster children living in the same family home.

Please note: this does not include the nursery, which has a separate admissions policy.

4. Children who have a sibling at Long Ditton St Mary’s Junior School which will operate a shared sibling priority for admission at the time of the child’s admission

Siblings may include a brother/sister, half-brother/sister, step-brother/sister, adoptive brother/sister or foster children living in the same family home.

Please note: this does not include the nursery, which has a separate admissions policy.

5. Children of staff at Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School

Staff must have been employed at the school for a minimum of 2 years continuously at the time the application for admission is made.

This may include step children, adoptive children, foster children living in the same family home as the member of staff.

6. Children for whom the school is the nearest to their home address

This is measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are calculated from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.

A child’s home is considered to be a residential property that is the child’s only or main residence (not an address at which the child may sometimes stay or sleep) at the closing date for applications. In the cases of shared custody, this should be where the child lives for the majority of the school week.

The nearest school will be the school closest to the home address that has a PAN to admit pupils of the appropriate age range and which admits local children. The nearest school may be either inside or outside the county boundary.

7. Any other children, prioritised according to the distance they live from the school.

See point 6 for measurement calculations.

If you wish to make any comments on the proposal, please send them to Kellie Nolan our School Business Manager, by email to knolan@longditton.surrey.sch.uk or by letter to the address below. The Governing Body will take account of responses to this consultation before determining its arrangements.

Yours sincerely,

Monica Paines

Headteacher


Additional Downloads

Admissions Consultation Letter 2017

Admissions Policy Main School 15/16

Admissions Policy Main School 17/18

Admissions Policy Main School 19/20

Admission 2019 SIF for children of staff