The arrangements for the admission of children into the nursery and reception years are made by the admissions section in the Local Authority.
Places in schools are limited by the physical space in the school. Each school has an admission number which is based on the size of the school. If the number of pupils requiring places is more than the admission number then not every child will be successful in getting a place. This is what we mean when a school is said to be ‘oversubscribed’. If the school is oversubscribed the places will be allocated using the following admission criteria:
- Looked after children and all previously looked after children, including those children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. This includes children who have ceased to be looked after because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order. (Parents/carers of all previously looked after children will need to provide a photocopy of the relevant order with the application form).
- Children in need as defined by the Children Act (1989), ie those who are unlikely to achieve or maintain or to have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining a reasonable standard of health or development or a child/children whose health or development would be further impaired without the provision of services by the Local Authority. Confirmation of the child’s needs will be required from their social worker.
- Brother or sister in attendance at the school (Reception – Year 5 only. Year 6 are considered for in year applications only) at the date when the pupil is to be admitted. This includes stepchildren and foster children living with the same family at the same address. Other children may be considered under the sibling criterion provided proof is available to demonstrate that the children are permanently resident at the same address and part of the same family unit. (The authority accepts that in some family units the children may not be natural brothers and/or sisters).
- Children living nearest to the school. The distance will be measured in a straight line using LLPG (Local Land and Property Gazetteer) information to measure the distance between the address point (including flats) of the child’s home address and the centre of the school in miles. Those children whose home address is closest to the school will be those who get priority for places.
If you would like to apply for a place for your child to attend Bridgewater, or for further information and a copy of the admissions booklet, please contact:
2nd Floor Unity House,
Salford Civic Centre,
Telephone: 0161 778 0415