The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Admissions

Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting prospect. Here at Milstead and Frinsted C of E Primary School, we offer a common sense approach to education, which places the individual firmly at the centre.

We believe that each child can only achieve their full potential if they are happy and secure in their school environment.

Our small classes, excellent academic record, rural setting and strong Christian ethos may be right for your child.

If you are wondering if Milstead and Frinsted School is right for your child, the best way to find out is to come and visit us.

Please telephone the School Office on 01795 830 241, or email office@milstead.kent.sch.uk for a convenient appointment.

Admissions criteria for Milstead & Frinsted Church of England Primary School

The Board of Trustees of The Village Academy Trust is the admissions authority for all schools within the Academy. The Board of Trustees review the PAN for each school annually as part of the policy review timetable. The Published Admission Numbers for entry to EYFS in September 2018 is 15.

Children will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. Before the application of oversubscription criteria any child with an Educational Healthcare Plan naming a specific school within the Academy will be admitted, in which event the Published Admission Number will be reduced accordingly.

The Trustees recognise and agree that each individual school within The Village Academy Trust was created to provide education for the immediate and wider community of each school. We recognise and agree that continuity of the provision of education within the family is important.

The Village Academy Trust also recognises that a distinctive Christian education provision for the communities of our Church of England schools is important. The individual admissions criteria where applications exceed the number of places available for Milstead and Frinsted Church of England Primary School have therefore been set in consultation with the local School Council in order to maintain their own distinctive Christian character and criteria for admissions within the wider Academy Trust. The Milstead and Frinsted Church of England Primary School Academy Council have chosen to express their Christian Distinctiveness by allocating places to all children inclusively, irrespective of the current practice of the Christian faith.

Our Admissions Policy and the criteria associated with it are designed to reflect those priorities, together with requirements that are statutory obligations prescribed by current government regulation. Where applications exceed the number of places available, oversubscription criteria will be applied and also used if applications within any of the individual categories exceed places available and it is necessary to decide between them:

1.      Children in care

A child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers or who is the subject of a care order. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the local authority became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. 

Reference (The Children’s Act 2004 - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2004/31/contents and The Adoption and Children Act 2002 - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002/38/contents)

2.      Current family association

A current family association applies where an older sibling is still attending the same school at the time of entry, where the family continues to live at the same address as when the older sibling was admitted or has moved to another address within two miles of the school. The term ‘sibling’ applies to children who live as brothers and sisters within the same household including biological brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers or sisters.

3.      Children with exceptional compassionate, social, medical/health or special access needs

Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to a specific school within the Academy Trust. This priority will also apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a specific connection between these needs and the particular school that parents feel would be the only school who could accommodate these needs

4.      Children of Staff at the School

Priority will be given to children of a member of staff who has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made. Priority will also be given to children of a member of staff who has been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

5.      Distance/nearness of children’s home to school

Remaining places will be offered to children according to how near their permanent residence is to the school, with those living closer to the school receiving a higher priority. Nearness of children’s homes to school is measured by KCC as the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazeteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site will be used for everybody. In the unlikely event that two or more children live at the same distance from the school and in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, then the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child is given the place. Care Engage Inspire Achieve 5 www.thevillageacademy.co.uk The Village Academy Trust uses measurements provided by the Local Authority and further information on how distances are calculated, the definition of a child’s home address, and how flats are treated for measurement of distance is available in the Admissions Booklets provided by the Local Authority.

6.     Children to be taught outside their expected year group

Children are entitled to a full-time place in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents are able to defer the date their child is admitted to the school until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which it was made. Where parents wish, children may attend part-time until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age. A child reaches compulsory school age on the prescribed day following his or her fifth birthday (or on his or her fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 December, 31 March and 31 August. Parents of a summer born child (1 April to 31 August) may choose not to send that child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted out of their normal age group – to Reception rather than Year 1. The Trustees of The Village Academy Trust as the Admission Authority, will consider such requests on a case by case basis. Parents should apply in the usual way in the year when their child would be expected to start school and then request to defer entry to the following year. Following receipt of the school’s decision, parents should apply again the following year providing the evidence that deferral was agreed. There is no guarantee of a place at a specific school in the following year as this is subject to the usual over subscription criteria.

For further information on admissions including in the event of oversubscription, please see page 6 of our Admissions Policy.

When to apply

 

The Village Academy Trust takes part in the admissions scheme of the Local Authority. Information can be found online at www.Kent.Gov.uk. Applications are usually made on-line within a specific dated window each year, however parents are able to request a paper copy from the local school. The forms are all submitted to the Local Authority who allocate places at schools each year according to the published and relevant admissions criteria.

Admissions appeals

If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in 2018 you can appeal between 16 April and 16 May 2018 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 18 July 2018.  For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.  For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.

Visiting the school

We strongly advise all parents to visit the school before applying. You are welcome to visit without an appointment at any time, although should you wish to discuss matters with the Head teacher an appointment, made by telephoning the school office, would be needed.

Once a place has been offered and accepted you and your child will be invited to visit the school on several occasions, both in school time and after school, to help integrate your child and ensure that their first day goes smoothly.

Starting school

Reception children attend school on a part tiem basis to start with, moving to full time attendance by week 3 of the new academic year at the latest. The school day begins at 8:50am and ends at 3pm for Reception and Key Stage 1 and 3:15pm for Key Stage 2.

Changing Schools

If you wish to apply for a place for an older child at Milstead and Frinsted Church of England Primary School the criteria set out above still apply.  Places will be offered provided the admission does not involve us exceeding our standard number per year group. Currently our standard number is 15. Contact the Head Teacher for further information.

Transfer at 11

Children leaving Milstead to move to Secondary education go to a variety of schools. In their final year at primary school pupils can, if parents wish, undertake the selection test for a Grammar school place (11 plus or Kent Test).  Many of the secondary schools in our area have their own entrance tests or have specific criteria for admission, details of which can be obtained direct from the schools concerned.

Useful information to help you:

OFSTED Inspection report

Admissions Policy

Performance Tables. This link will take you to our page on the DFE website which will give you information on the school, its historic performance and how we compare to other schools locally and nationally.