Admission Arrangements – Middleton Primary School
The Governing Body is responsible for the admission of pupils into Middleton Primary School and admits 90 pupils into Foundation. All applications for places are made on the Milton Keynes Local Authority Common Application Form.
Parents should note that for Milton Keynes’ schools including academies there is no automatic right to a place at the catchment area school.
It is essential that application forms are completed and returned by the deadline date.
If you make an application for a school which is not your local school and subsequently are not allocated a place, there is no guarantee that primary education will be available for your child at the catchment area school/academy.
Procedures for Admission into Foundation
Although Middleton Primary School will decide admissions, the Local Authority (LA) as required by the Department of Education (DfE) coordinates the admissions arrangements for all schools/academies’ in Milton Keynes and will communicate all admissions decisions to parents.
Procedures for applying to Middleton Primary School are explained in the "Admission to Primary Schools in Milton Keynes – A Guide for Parents and Carers" handbook. Parents should make themselves familiar with this information and take particular note of the definitions provided, dates and deadlines. The Common Application Form is the only form that will be accepted. The timeline for admissions will be in line with that of the "Co-ordinated Primary School Admissions Milton Keynes LA Scheme" as published in the parents’ handbook. No forms will be accepted at the school. Any application for a place at Middleton Primary School received after the published date for return will only be considered after all prior applications have been looked at in line with the above.
Middleton Primary School is required to comply with the infant class size rules which requires that each reception, year 1 or year 2 class must have no more than 30 children with a qualified teacher.
Children who have a statement of special educational needs naming Middleton Primary School will be given priority for admission within the normal admission round.
Where there is oversubscription the following criteria will be used to allocate places:
1. A looked after child or previously looked after child.
2. A sibling at the school who is expected to be on roll at the time of admission of the younger sibling and the place of residence is within the catchment area of the school.
3. The child’s place of residence is within the catchment area of the school and there is no sibling.
4. There is already a sibling at the school who is expected to be on roll at the time of admission of the younger sibling and the place of residence is outside the catchment area.
5. Distance from the school to the place of residence.
Oversubscription Criteria: Distance Tie- Breaker
In the event of there being more applicants meeting any of the criteria above places will be allocated in distance order using the distance between the child’s normal home address and the school’s main entrance, measured in a straight line, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system with those living closest to the school receiving the higher priority.
The catchment area for the school is: Middleton, including Milton Keynes Village and Oakgrove.
Monkston and Monkston Park, shared with Monkston Primary School for pupils in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 only.
“Looked After Child”
A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
“Previously Looked After Children”
In the case of previously looked after children, a copy of the adoption order, residence order or special guardianship order and a letter from the Local Authority that last looked after the child confirming that he or she was looked after immediately prior to that order being made will be required.
Foundation relates to pupils starting school for the first time i.e. pupils who were born between 1st September 2010 and 31st August 2011 may start school in September 2015.
A sibling is a brother or sister, which for admission purposes means brothers and sisters of whole or half blood or any other child (including an adopted child) who permanently resides at the same address and for whom the parent also has parental responsibility.
In cases where there is one remaining place available and the next child on the waiting list is one of a twin, triplet or other multiple birth groups, the following will apply:
- Both twins would be admitted (or all the siblings in the case of multiple births) even if this goes above the admission number of the school.
In accordance with the Admissions Code, the Local Authority will hold a waiting list for those pupils starting school for the first time on behalf of Middleton Primary School until the end of the autumn term 2015.
This relates to all admission to Middleton Primary School in Foundation to Year 6 except for the initial September entry into Foundation which is explained above.
For further information, including an application form, please see the document at the end of this page.
Verbal or telephone applications will not be accepted. Where no place is available, the applicant will be advised in writing and informed of their right to request an independent appeal.
Middleton Primary School will not hold a waiting list for in-year applications.
In-Year Admissions – how places are allocated
For a place to be available for an in-year admission then the number for the relevant year group will have to have fallen below the admission number. When this occurs, the place will be allocated strictly in accordance with the process and definitions of the oversubscription criteria as set out in this document.
Places that become available will be allocated to those applicants who meet the relevant criteria for the year group and who are currently in the application process. For the purposes of in year admissions, the applicants in the application process are considered to be:
- those who have applied and whose applications have not yet been determined;
- those who have returned their forms for an independent appeal to the Clerk of the Independent Appeals Panel and are awaiting a date for the appeal to be heard.
Applicants who have not pursued their applications by returning the relevant forms by the relevant, stated deadline will not be considered to be part of the process.
There are established arrangements for appeals against non- admission to the school. All children refused a place have the right of appeal. Details of the appeals process will be provided to those applicants who are unsuccessful.
For further advice and information please contact Middleton Primary School:
Middleton Primary School
Noon Layer Drive
Telephone: 01908 604851
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – www.middletonschool.org