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Featherby Junior School is a junior school with Academy status. Featherby admits children from 7-11 years old and has a total roll of approximately 360 pupils. The planned admission number for [2019/20], which has been agreed with the local authority, is 90.
As an academy the Featherby governing body is the admission authority.
The admission arrangements for Featherby are consistent with Medway Council’s Co-ordinated Scheme for Primary Admissions, to ensure simplicity for parents and carers.
Parents and carers can apply for Featherby using the Common Application Form or using the on-line facility at http://www.medway.gov.uk/schoolsandeducation.aspx
Places will be offered according to the Scheme.
A waiting list request form can be completed online using the Council’s website. Details will be sent with the offer letter on National Offer Day in March 2019. Using this online form, parents can request to be placed on the waiting list for Featherby if it was originally listed.
Waiting lists will be maintained by the Council until the end of the first term in December 2019 and children will be ranked in waiting lists according to the oversubscription criteria.
Any application made to Featherby that has been unsuccessful will have the right of appeal.
If the number of preferences for Featherby exceeds the number of places available, the local authority will allocate places in the following priority order:
- Looked after children (children in public care) and previously looked after children.
- Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care Plan that names Featherby.
- Children who at the time of application have a brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the same family unit) on the roll of Featherby at the time of the sibling’s admission.
- Child’s health reasons, supported by medical evidence, which requires the child to attend Featherby.
- Children that already attend Featherby Infants and Nursery School
- Children of staff members who have been employed at Featherby for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to Featherby is made, or, the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
- Nearness of children’s homes.
Distance will be measured by the shortest available safe walking route between home and school as measured by the Council’s geographical information system. Those living closer to the school will receive the higher priority. The Council’s Geographical Information System measures the start point, end point and distance of each route.
In the event of two or more children having equal ranking for the last place the deciding factor will be the shortest available safe walking distance between the home address and the school as measured by the Council’s Geographical Information System and determined by the Medway local authority. Where this cannot be determined, the available place(s) will be allocated by drawing lots.
Admission of children outside their normal age group:
Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health.
Requests for admission outside of the normal age group should be made to the Headteacher of Featherby, by letter or email. It would be helpful if parents or carers provide evidence to support such an application, usually with supporting evidence from an appropriately qualified medical or other practitioner.
Casual in-year admissions:
Any parent can apply for a place for their child at any time to Featherby outside the normal admissions round.
Any child’s ‘point of entry’ admission will become an in-year admission if the application is received after the closure of the waiting list under the co-ordinated admission scheme (31st December each year).
Any family wishing to apply for a place at Featherby will need to complete a casual admission application form, available on request. Featherby will also accept applications on the Council’s application form (IYCAF) available at http://www.medway.gov.uk/pdf/Casual%20Admissions%20form%202016.pdf.
If it has been established, with reference to the number of places available, the published over-subscription criteria and the outcome of the academic assessment, that an offer can be made in response to an application, Featherby will formally notify the applicant family in writing.
If it has been established, with reference to the number of places available, the published over-subscription criteria and the outcome of the academic assessment, that an offer cannot be made in response to an application, Featherby will formally notify the applicant family in writing and extending the right of appeal.
If the information on the application form determines that the child meets the criteria for the Council’s current fair access protocols then the case must be referred to the School Services Team to arrange consideration by the Fair Access Panel.
Children with Special Educational Needs:
If a child has a statement of special educational need/EHC plan, parents will express school preferences through the process organised by the Special Educational Needs Assessment Team at the Council.
Parents who do not submit a Form/online application by the closing date set by the Council must complete a paper application form and return it to the Council Admissions Team accompanied by a written explanation of the reasons for late submission. If the Council judge the reason provided is not exceptional, the application will be held until after national offer day and will considered during the re-allocation process.
Appeals resulting from Year 3 applications for admission in September 2018 will be heard according to the following timetable where appeals are submitted on time:
Appeals lodged by:
Appeals to be heard by:
16th April 2018
11th May 2018
13th July 2018 (40 school days)