Admissions Policy

From September 2006 Essex Local Authority have coordinated arrangements for Reception admissions to all primary schools within its jurisdiction. Parents of three or four year old children are able to apply for schools using the common application form which can be downloaded from the Local Planning & Admissions website stating their preference for Holland Park School. The process for application will be in line with the information published by the Local Authority.

boy_blackParents submitting late applications (after the published closing date) should be aware that they will be given a lower priority and will be dealt with in the first round of offers after all on time applications, unless there is evidence to show that the application could not reasonably have been made on time.

The school’s Approved Admission Number is 60 and this will be the number of intended admissions for the year commencing September 2017 until August 2018.

The school will admit Rising Fives full time in the Autumn Term to the published admission number. Parents have the option to request that their child attends part time initially, which can be agreed with the school. For parents opting to take up a part time place, this would be mornings only. Parents also have the option to defer school entry to the start of the term following their child’s fifth birthday, as informed in the booklet ‘Primary Education in Essex’. All offers of places in any year group are limited to the academic year to which the offer is made.

There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the primary admissions area. In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the the following criteria in the order given:

i)   A ‘Looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after, but immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order will be given first priority in oversubscription criteria ahead of all other applicants in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014. A ‘Looked after child’ which is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of the social services functions (as defined in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989);

ii)  Children who have siblings i.e. brothers or sisters who attend the school in any year group, excluding the final year;

iii)  Children who, at the time of consideration, can prove that they reside in the priority admission area of the school (a map is available at school).

iv)  Remaining applications.

In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, with those living closest being given the highest priority. (Straight line distance from home to school will be used to prioritise applicants, using the LA mapping system.

(In the unlikely event of two applicants with an identical distance competing for a single place at the school, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by a member of the Governing Body of the School not involved in admissions, with the exception of twins, triplets etc.)

(Proof of address will be required for all applications under criteria ii) to iv). For proof of address requirements, please contact the school office).

(Where the school is named on a Statement of Special Educational Needs, the Local Governing Body has a duty to admit the child to the school).

Children that attend The Chase Nursery at Holland Park will not receive a priority application and all applications will be processed using the criteria listed above.

The relevant Governors’ Committee will consider applications for Reception admissions, for the subsequent year and according to the L.A. Co-ordinated List. (If you receive an offer for a place at the school, please contact the School Office as soon as possible). The Committee will also meet each term, if required, to consider any late in-year applications. The school maintains a continuous Waiting List.

For mid-year applications, a mid-year application form needs to be completed and can be downloaded from the Local Authority Planning and Admissions website: who will apply to the schools you list, including Holland Park Primary School, on your behalf. A copy of the application form can be requested from:

School Planning and Admissions
Essex County Council
P.O. Box 4261
Chelmsford, CM1 1GS

Tel: 0845 603 2200.

For mid-year applications, offers must be accepted within 14 days of the date the offer was received, otherwise the application will be deemed to have lapsed.

Further applications and the School Waiting List will be considered as places at the school become available. Any child not admitted will be placed on the Waiting List where they will be ranked in the appropriate year group according to the same criteria as apply to new applicants.

The school will establish arrangements for appeals against non-admissions which are independent. Details of admission and appeal arrangements will be published each year. However, applicants should note that the Government’s policy to limit class sizes in Key Stage 1 classes have restricted the grounds on which appeals can succeed.

January 2017