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Applying For An In-Year Transfer

Applying For An In-Year Transfer From Another School

To make an ‘in-year’ application to the school from another school, parents or carers need to complete Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre’s in-year application form.

Please note that this form cannot be used to apply for Reception school place beginning in September.

In-year application form

Defined intake periods

Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Centre has three intake periods during each academic year, as follows.

Autumn Term First 3 school weeks in September
Spring Term First 2 school weeks in January
Summer Term First school week in June

However, where necessary – and subject to the availability of places – the school will endeavour to allocate places to the following children outside of its three defined intake periods:

1. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order [see note 1], including those who appear to Someries Infant School to have been in state care [see note 2] outside of England and ceased to be in care as a result of being adopted. 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 (section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
2. Children of staff [see note 3] who are employed by the school.
3. Children in the catchment area with a sibling or siblings [see note 4] already attending Someries Infant School or Someries Junior School at the proposed date of admission.
4. Children living in the catchment area of Someries Infant School.
5. Children who live outside the catchment area with siblings at Someries Infant School and/ or Someries Junior School who will still be attending Someries Infant School and/ or Someries Junior School at the proposed date of admission.
6. On the shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the main entrance [see note 5] of the school site and the pupil’s home address [see note 6], with those living closer to the school being accorded higher priority.

1. An adoption order is an order under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).  A ‘child arrangements order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 as amended by section 14 of the Children and Families Act 2014.  Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardian).

2. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accompanied by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

3. Someries Infant School regard children of staff as somebody employed to work at the school on a permanent contract for at least 15 hours per week, who meets one of the following criteria at the time of application: (1) has been in post continuously for at least 2 years; or (2) is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage. Children of staff that have given notice of resignation will not be considered under this criterion. For the purpose of satisfying these criteria, a member of staff is defined as a permanent member of the teaching staff or a permanent member of the non-teaching staff. The staff member must be the child’s parent or legal guardian and the child must be living permanently with the member of staff.

4. The terms ‘sibling’ or ‘siblings’ include natural, adopted and step brothers and sisters. It also includes fostered siblings, where foster care has been arranged by children’s social services. Other family relationships will not be considered under this criterion, including cousins.

5. The ‘main entrance’ to the school is the door used to access the school’s main reception.

6. The pupil’s home address is measured from a point at the address identified in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. A pupil’s home address is where she or he spends the majority of the school week (Monday to Friday, including evenings) with her/ his parents or legal guardian. The address of a childminder or family member who looks after the children before or after school cannot be used. If there is any query on the home address, this will be checked against official documentation.

Admission arrangements

This page sets out the admission arrangements for Someries Infant School.

Someries Infant School is a Foundation School and the Governing Board is responsible for admissions to the school.

The school will comply with all relevant provisions of the Department for Education’s School Admissions Code of Practice 2014 (‘the Admissions Code’), the School Admission Appeals Code of Practice 2012 (‘the Appeals Code’) and the law on admissions. The school will consult on its admission arrangements as may be required and/ or necessary.

This page sets out the admission arrangements for Someries Infant School for the academic year 2021/ 2022 and for subsequent years.

Our Admissions Policy

Admissions criteria

In accordance with the Education Act 1996, children with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan are required to be admitted to the school named in their statement or education, health and care plan. Thereafter, the priorities listed below apply.

1. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order [see note 1], including those who appear to Someries Infant School to have been in state care [see note 2] outside of England and ceased to be in care as a result of being adopted. 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 (section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
2. Children of staff [see note 3] who are employed by the school.
3. Children in the catchment area with a sibling or siblings [see note 4] already attending Someries Infant School or Someries Junior School at the proposed date of admission.
4. Children living in the catchment area of Someries Infant School.
5. Children who live outside the catchment area with siblings at Someries Infant School and/ or Someries Junior School who will still be attending Someries Infant School and/ or Someries Junior School at the proposed date of admission.
6. On the shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the main entrance [see note 5] of the school site and the pupil’s home address [see note 6], with those living closer to the school being accorded higher priority.

1. An adoption order is an order under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).  A ‘child arrangements order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 as amended by section 14 of the Children and Families Act 2014.  Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardian).

2. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accompanied by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

3. Someries Infant School regard children of staff as somebody employed to work at the school on a permanent contract for at least 15 hours per week, who meets one of the following criteria at the time of application: (1) has been in post continuously for at least 2 years; or (2) is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage. Children of staff that have given notice of resignation will not be considered under this criterion. For the purpose of satisfying these criteria, a member of staff is defined as a permanent member of the teaching staff or a permanent member of the non-teaching staff. The staff member must be the child’s parent or legal guardian and the child must be living permanently with the member of staff.

4. The terms ‘sibling’ or ‘siblings’ include natural, adopted and step brothers and sisters. It also includes fostered siblings, where foster care has been arranged by children’s social services. Other family relationships will not be considered under this criterion, including cousins.

5. The ‘main entrance’ to the school is the door used to access the school’s main reception.

6. The pupil’s home address is measured from a point at the address identified in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. A pupil’s home address is where she or he spends the majority of the school week (Monday to Friday, including evenings) with her/ his parents or legal guardian. The address of a childminder or family member who looks after the children before or after school cannot be used. If there is any query on the home address, this will be checked against official documentation.

Waiting Lists

Our in school procedures

Once the number of pupils reaches the admission number in each year group, a waiting list if formed. Positions on the waiting list are organised in the order of priority of the school’s admissions criteria. A waiting list for Reception, Year One and Year Two places at Someries Infant School will be held as follows:

'In-year' applications received during autumn term until the last day of the spring term (as defined by the school’s agreed academic calendar)
‘In-year’ applications received during spring term until the last day of the summer term (as defined by the school’s agreed academic calendar)
‘In-year’ applications received during summer term until the last day of the autumn term of the following academic year (as defined by the school’s agreed academic calendar)

Parents or carers will need to reapply for a place after each of these dates if they wish their child’s name to be carried forward on the waiting list.

Waiting lists are organised in the order of priority of the school’s admissions criteria. It is important to remember that the position of your child on the waiting list may change as other children are added to – or deleted from – the school’s waiting lists.

Appeals

Any pupil refused the offer of a place at Someries Infant School has the right of appeal to an independent appeals panel. Parents or carers can lodge an appeal by writing to Luton Council’s School Admissions Appeals Team at the following address: School Admissions Appeals Team, Luton Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, LU1 2BQ. Luton Council’s School Admissions Appeals Team can also be contacted by telephoning 01582 548 019 or emailing [email protected].

In respect of appeals for Reception places, where infant class size limits have been reached, an appeal panel can only offer a place where it is satisfied that:

  • the children would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had been properly implemented
  • the children would have been offered a place if the arrangements had not been contrary to mandatory provisions in the School Admissions Code and the School Standards and Framework Act 1998; and/ or
  • the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.

Our timetable for organising and hearing admission appeals

 

Type of appeal Deadline for hearing appeal
Applications made in the normal admissions round Within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals
Late applications Within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged
Applications for in-year admissions. Within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged

Visiting the School

Parents or carers are warmly encouraged to make an appointment with our School Operations Officer via the School Office if they wish to visit the school before making an in-year application for a school place.