The School Standards and Framework Act (1998) enables you to express a preference for the junior school you would wish your child(ren) to attend. To help you to do this, the Local Authority (LA) has to publish certain information about its schools and policies, which, together with the prospectus that the school has prepared, will help you state your preference.
Copies of the County Borough's Parents’ Guide to Education Services in Wrexham are available for reference purposes at the Authority's offices, schools and at public libraries. If you wish to visit a school prior to expressing your preference, you should arrange an appointment with the headteacher. You will then be able to express your preference on the basis of the information contained in these documents and on the basis of any visit(s) you have made to the school(s).
Please note that the law does not allow you to choose a school for your child, merely to state a preference for your child(ren) to attend at a particular school. Of course, every effort will be made to ensure that your child gets a place at your preferred school.
From 30 September 2013 you can apply on-line for a junior school place for your child, using the On-line Admissions Service.All you need is your email address in order to make an on-line application from your home computer.
By producing a library card you can also use the facilities at Contact Wrexham and Wrexham Library to make your on-line application. If you prefer to complete a paper application form this can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
The closing date for applications is 29 November 2013.
Late applications will be dealt with after those that have been received on time, it is therefore very important for you to meet the deadline referred to above.
The LA can only admit a certain number of pupils to each junior class and will only admit pupils up to the admission number, this number is shown in the school list in the Parents' Guide to Education Services in Wrexham.
If there are more applications made than there are places available at your preferred school, the LA will apply their over-subscription criteria as published in the County Borough's Parents' Guide to Education Services in Wrexham. Where the local infant and junior schools are separate schools, parents should not assume that there is an automatic transfer as a separate formal application needs to be made.
It will take some time for the allocation process to be completed but you will be informed by 21 March 2014 whether or not your child has been allocated a place at your preferred school.
If the LA is unable to comply with your preference and is unable to allocate a place for your child at your preferred school, you will have the right to make representations to an independent Appeals Panel.
If you wish to appeal you should write to the Head of Lifelong Learning, Lambpit Street, Wrexham, LL11 1AR. For pupils with statements this procedure is dealt with by The Pupil Support Officer, who is based at Lambpit Street and can be contacted on (01978) 297401.
Occasionally, issues relating to a child’s ‘home address’ are brought to the LA’s attention after school places have been allocated. In such cases, the LA is obliged to carry out further investigations concerning a child’s ‘home address’ and in doing so, may ask parents/carers to provide official documentation as evidence confirming a child’s ‘home address’. Parents/carers are advised that a child’s school place may be lawfully withdrawn if the information given on their application is subsequently found to be fraudulent or misleading. The consequence of this could be that there may no longer be a place available for the child at their next nearest school. If two parents cannot agree which school/schools they prefer, they must seek independent legal advice, and if necessary an appropriate court order, before submitting a single application to the LA.
If you feel that there are special circumstances you wish to bring to the Authority’s attention, please note them on your application. If your child has a disability, which could affect his/her progress and participation in school life, please note this on your application and provide any supporting evidence, for example a letter from a registered health professional such as a doctor or social worker.
If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs, the LA will try its best to allow your preference of junior school but it has to make sure that the school can meet your child's needs fully. After your application has been received, a Local Authority Officer will write to you and may wish to arrange a meeting to discuss your child's junior education.
If your child has an older brother or sister currently registered at the preferred school, who will still be registered at the time the younger one is due to start, please note this on your application, giving his/her name and date of birth.
Admission to community junior schools is governed by the Authority's Admissions Policy. Please note that, should you choose a school other than the nearest junior school, the Authority will not be in a position to provide transport for your child(ren) and consequently it will be your responsibility to make and pay for such arrangements. Details about the Transport Policy are set out in the County Borough's Parents' Guide to Education Services in Wrexham.
Should your circumstances change and you need to change your preference of school but have already returned the admission form, please contact the Admissions Office on 01978 297401.
The Junior Admissions Pack is available to download in the following format:
Tel: 01978 297401
16 Lord Street
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