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Staffordshire County Council are responsible for our admissions for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Sixty statutory school children can be admitted each academic year.
In accordance with the Authority’s policy, priority is given to those children who live in the catchment area, to those who have older siblings at the school and to those where ease of access is measured by the shortest walking route. Prospective parents are offered a visiting day in the term prior to the school year in which a pupil starts full time education. Details of the Admissions Policy are available on the Staffordshire County Council website please click the link below.
Applications must be made on official forms and allocations are made by the School Admissions Office.
School Admissions Office and Transport Service
2 Staffordshire Place
Telephone 0300 1118007
You can apply online from 1 November 2016. The closing date for applications is 15 January 2017.
“The school is part of REAch2 Academy Trust. REAch2 Trustees have determined a Trust-wide admissions policy for 2018/19, following a public consultation in line with the national admissions code. Please download our 2018/2019 admissions arrangements Scientia Academy Admission Arrangements for 2018-19
Scientia Admissions Key Stage 2
Scientia Academy handles its own admissions for Key Stage 2 and currently has Year 3, 4 and 5 classes we will be expanding to Year 6 in September 2017.
Applicants are required, to provide their name and address and the name, address and date of birth of the child including any documentary evidence in support of the application. Parents must apply directly at Scientia Academy for a place in Year 3 – 5 (Key Stage 2) where your application will be held on a waiting list until a place becomes available. Any previous applications made in Key Stage 1 with Staffordshire County Council are automatically added to the Key Stage 2 waiting list if a place was not availible at the time. At present we follow the same procedures as Staffordshire County Council in accordance with the Authority’s policy for Key Stage 2 admissions. Scientia Admissions Arrangements 2017-2018
Current Key Stage 2 2016/2017 – Consists of Year 3, a two-form entry of 60 places, Year 4 & 5 are of mixed ability made up of 30 children.
Key Stage 2 2017/2018
Year 3 = 60
Year 4 = 60
Year 5 & 6 Combined = 30
Scientia Nursery Admissions
Scientia Academy handles its own admissions for Nursery places, application forms are available from September for the following academic yearly intake. You will be informed of your place on the waiting list as soon as you submit your application form. In order to qualify for a place in September your child needs to be 3 years old before the 31st of August.
Admission Arrangements for Nursery Places at Scientia Nursery Academy for Academic Year 2017/2018
The Application process will open from September 2017 and parents will be placed on a waiting list for admission in either January or September intake depending on child’s age . Parents will be informed of their place on the waiting list. Please either print the form off or come in to school and obtain a Nursery Admission form from Helen in the office.
Parents will be informed of the decision week beginning 8th May 2017.
Children whose date of birth falls between 01/09/2013 to 31/08/2014 can apply for their child to start in September 2017.
Children whose date of birth falls on or after the 01/09/2014 can apply for their child to start Nursery at the start of the next term following their child’s 3rd birthday.
If the total number of application forms received for admission to the Nursery exceeds the number of available places, then the following order of priority will be used to allocate the available places.
- Children whose date of birth falls between 01/09/2013 to 31/08/2014.
- Children in care and children who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order)
- Children who satisfy both of the following tests:
- Test 1: the child is distinguished from the great majority of other applicants either on their own individual medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances. Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application). This report must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child’s health to attend Scientia nursery rather than any other nursery.
- Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of nursery and the individual child, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the specific economic or social circumstances of the parent/carer, and be supported by a professional report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application), e.g. social worker, justifying why it is better for the child to attend Scientia nursery rather than any other nursery.
- Test 2: the child would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend the preferred nursery setting. Hardship means severe suffering of any kind, not merely difficulty or inconvenience, which is likely to be experienced as a result of the child attending a different school. Applicants must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any likely hardship at the time of application.
- Children who have an elder brother or sister in attendance at the school and who will still be attending the school (or affiliated junior school) at the time of the proposed admission date.
(For admission purposes, a brother or sister is a child who lives at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parents marriage; are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners.)
- Other children arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the nursery setting, determined by a straight-line measurement.
|From September 2016||Nursery Application form to be submitted to Scientia Academy.|
|Deadline for nursery applications for September 2017. Monday April 3rd 2017||The closing date for applications.
Applications received after this date may not be considered until those who have applied on time have been dealt with.
|Week beginning 8th May 2017||Parents / Carers informed of decision.
Letters offering a place will be posted using 1st class mail.
There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to Scientia Nursery.
Admissions will be processed by Scientia Academy
Attendance at a particular Nursery school will not guarantee admission to any particular primary school. Parents must make a separate application for admission to primary school at the appropriate time.
In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names a particular school as being the most appropriate to meet the child’s needs must be admitted to that school. This will reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.
Children in Care means children who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making the application.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supportive information required in order for the application to be assessed against the published admissions criteria, Scientia Academy will not seek to obtain this information on behalf of the applicant.
The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent/carer’s main and genuine principal place of residence at the time of the allocation of places i.e. where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship) the friends or relatives address will not be considered for allocation purposes.
Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the school week, parents will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.
If a place is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’s normal and permanent home address then that place is likely to be withdrawn.
If there are a limited number of spaces available and we cannot distinguish between applicants using the criteria listed, such as in the case of children who live in the same block of flats, then the child or children who will be offered the available spaces will be randomly selected. This process will be independently verified.
Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria stated above and not based on the date their application was received. If places become available after the offer date they will be offered according to the child at the top of the waiting list. Waiting list will be kept until the end of the Autumn Term of admission.
A child’s position on a waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change during the year, i.e. they can go up or down the list since each added child will require the list to be ranked again in line with the oversubscription criteria listed above.
There is no statutory right of appeal for admission to Scientia Nursery Academy. Any disputes over the administration of the policy will be dealt with by Scientia Academy complaints procedure.