Admissions to Reception at Infant/Primary School for September 2014
The School Standards and Framework Act (1998) enables you to express a preference for the Infant/Primary 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 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 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 reception 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 Admitting Authority can only admit a certain number of pupils to each reception 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 nursery, there is no guarantee of a place in reception at that school as a separate formal application needs to be made.
If you have expressed a preference for a community infant, 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 21 March 2014 whether or not your child has been allocated a 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, you will have the right to make representations to an independent Appeals Panel.
If you wish to appeal in the case of a community or voluntary controlled school, you should write to the Head of Lifelong Learning, Lambpit Street, Wrexham, LL11 1AR. For a Catholic school or a Church in Wales aided school, any appeal should be referred to the Clerk of the Governors of the school. The relevant addresses are to be found in the County Borough's Parents' Guide to Education Services in Wrexham. 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) 298991.
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 infant/primary 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 primary 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 or voluntary controlled primary/infant schools is governed by the Authority's Admissions Policy. Please note that, should you choose a community or voluntary controlled school other than the nearest primary/infant 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.