Admissions to Nursery Classes/Schools for September 2014
The Council, as the Local Authority (LA) ensures the provision of nursery education within a range of schools. This can be English medium, Welsh medium or an Aided or Controlled school. Nursery provision is offered on the basis of five 2 ½ hour sessions per week during the school year 2014/2015. The sessions which your child will be able to attend will be made known to you by the headteacher as soon as possible after you have been notified about a nursery school place for your child.
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 or click on the link to view this document. 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 a particular school. Of course, every effort will be made to ensure that your child gets a place at your preferred school.
From 6 January 2014 you can apply on-line for a nursery school place for your child, using the On-line Admissions Service at www.wrexham.gov.uk. 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 21 February 2014.
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 Admitting Authority can only admit a certain number of pupils to each nursery 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 Admission Authority will apply their over-subscription criteria as published in the County Borough's Parents' Guide to Education Services in Wrexham. Parents are reminded that if their child is currently in Early Education Entitlement, there is no guarantee of a place in the nursery at that school as a separate formal application needs to be made.
If you have expressed a preference for a community, nursery, primary, or a controlled school, your application will be considered by the LA. Alternatively, if you have expressed a preference for a Catholic or Church in Wales Aided school, your application will be considered by the governing body of that school.
It will take some time for the allocation process to be completed but you will be informed by 2 May 2014 whether or not your child has been allocated a nursery place at your preferred school.
If the LA, or in the case of the voluntary aided sector the governing body of the school are unable to comply with your preference and are unable to allocate a place for your child at your preferred school, there is no formal right to appeal.
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 nursery 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 nursery education.
If your child has an older brother or sister currently registered at your preferred school, who will still be registered at the time the younger one is due to start, please note this on your application, giving the elder brother or sister’s name and date of birth.
You are reminded that transport is not provided for children of nursery school age except in exceptional circumstances. Please note, also, that admission to a nursery class at a particular school does not guarantee a place for your child in the reception class at that school, as a separate formal application needs to be made.