The published admission number is 60 places in each year of entry into Reception for September 2016 and onwards. The school will admit up to this number each year to the Reception year and when full the school will have 420 pupils on roll.
In accordance with the law, children with statements of Special Educational Need (or with an Education Health and Care Plan) will be admitted to the school where the Local Authority has specifically named Watling Park School as the most appropriate placement.
In the event of there being greater demand than there are places available to the school, places will be offered using the following oversubscription criteria in keeping with the Admissions Code 2012:
- Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children. This category includes children in the care of the Local Authority as defined in the Children Act 1989 or children who have previously been looked after and immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, child arrangements order or a special guardianship order. Applications made under this criterion must be accompanied by details of circumstance and professionally supported evidence.
- Children with a sibling at the school at the time of admission.
- Children of staff at the school where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
- Proximity to the school. This will be measured by the straight line distance from the pupil’s home, to the main entrance point of the school using a GIS computerised mapping system.
In the event that two or more children live at the same distance from the school, the tie breaker will be random allocation, where the supervised drawing of lots by an independent responsible person of good standing will be used to decide which child(ren) will be allocated the remaining place(s).
An independent appeals panel will be constituted to hear appeals. All relevant information will be made available to applicants and published on the school website.
The Admissions Policy for 2016/17 can be downloaded via the following link – Watling Park Admissions 2016-17