Thomas Estley Community College

Parents

Admission Policy

Principle

The principle governing admissions is that we should provide for the planning and establishment of
effective structures, procedures and practices which ensure continuity and progression in learning.

Purpose

The purpose is to ensure that as much as possible is done to secure smooth and trouble free
admission to the College. To achieve this, it is essential that parents are clear about College
practice and provision.
Terms used in this statement of College Policy are defined as follows:

Catchment Area

The catchment area of the College is a geographical area, the boundaries of which are determined
by the local authority, Leicestershire County Council. Places for secondary education are made
available at the College for all children living within this area subject to the College’s IAN.

Indicative Admission Number (IAN)

This number is set by the local education authority (Leicestershire County Council) and applies to
each year group. It is calculated on the amount of available floor space, and, where appropriate,
the provision of specialist accommodation. The current IAN is 254 / capacity 759.

From September 2016 the IAN is to be capped at 180.

Practice and Provision

The College Governing Body follows the Admissions Policy of Leicestershire County Council as
the maintaining local authority.

At present, the College does not select students for entry on the basis of ability. The College student population is comprehensive, all ability and well balanced.

In addition, College practice and provision have been developed in collaboration with local schools
and colleges in the area. This statement of policy therefore amplifies the County Council and
other College Policies applied in the local context.

Prospective parents are positively encouraged and given opportunities to visit the College.  Formal
meetings and Open College sessions during the working day are arranged each year for this
purpose.  Individual and small group requests are also met by arrangement with the Senior
Leadership Team.

Priority for admission is obviously given to the child(ren) of those parents who live in the College
catchment area as currently designated by Leicestershire County Council. This includes the
villages of Broughton Astley, Cosby and Whetstone which is a shared catchment with Leysland High School.

The College is always happy to consider application from parents who reside outside this
catchment area.

The College receives a number of these each year. This provision of places is made up to the
College Planned Admission Limited (See below: Particular Provision in Special Circumstances).
Additionally, it is essential that ALL pupils, regardless of home location, should conform to the
expectations and standards of behaviour set out in the College code of Conduct and published in
the College Prospectus.

All out of catchment admissions (for details, see below) go through the normal induction procedure
for parents and students.

Applications late in the College year will involve a discussion with the Senior Leadership Team to
consider in detail the relevant circumstances of the admission.
Should parents wish to transfer child(ren) from another Leicestershire school or college, then the
College will always consult the school/college for relevant background information before making a
decision about entry. Parents need to confirm such requests with the Allocations Section of LCC
Education Department.

Leicestershire County Council do not normally support the cost of transport for those students who
travel from outside the catchment area to a school or college. Please refer to their transport policy, updated regularly, to see its application to individual cases.

Applications from parents who have a child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs are
considered carefully. Leicestershire County Council, as the local authority, has the right of
direction for these students. Due regard has to be given to the level of support and resources that
can be offered to such students in the context of the overall provision within the College.

Particular Provision in Special Circumstances

Out of Catchment Applications

Parents considering an out of catchment application are advised and strongly encouraged to visit
the College.

All out of catchment applications are dealt with by the Allocations Section of the Access and
Welfare Unit in the Education Department of Leicestershire County Council.
The College has to give priority for admission to the children of those parents who live within the
catchment area up to its Planned Admission Limit.

Over and above this priority, decision about out of catchment admissions are made depending
upon spaces being available and according to the following criteria:

  • Children who are in public care and those children who were previously looked after children
  • Pupils who live in the catchment area
  • Pupils who will have an older brother or sister attending the same school at the same time
  • Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested. (Professional documentation confirming the situation must be submitted with the application)
  • Pupils who will have attended a feeder school for at least two years before the time of transfer
  • Pupils transferring to High School who will have an older brother or sister attending the linked Upper School at the same time
  • Pupils basing their application on religious belief
  • Pupils living nearest to the school measured in a straight line distance (home to school front gate)

Only the local authority (Leicestershire County Council) can confirm secondary school places to
pupils, whether the child lives in the catchment area or otherwise.

Applications from Parents of Pupils who are Excluded or Disaffected

Each case is considered after consultation with the previous school/college and any other
agencies involved.

It is the policy of the College to consider the well-being of all its students. The Principal and
Governing Body would always consider the impact a child with proven difficulties would have on
the existing College population.

The Principal and Governing Body also take into consideration the level of support offered by the
local authority and all other agencies to ensure a successful transfer to a new school/college and
to help with problems of integration into a new environment. The local authority’s hard to place
protocol applies to such students and their placement.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review

This Policy undergoes ongoing monitoring by the Principal and the College Governing Body. This
is done in association with partner Primary Schools and other Secondary Schools/Colleges in the
family.

On the basis of this evidence, evaluation is undertaken by the Principal and local Heads.

In this way the Policy undergoes continuous development.

Equality Monitoring

Thomas Estley Community College’s commitment to equality and diversity means that this policy,
via an Equality Impact Assessment, has been screened in relation to the use of gender-neutral
language, recognition of the needs of disabled people, promotion of the positive duty in relation to
race, age, disability and avoidance of stereotypes.

Based on the Equality Impact Assessment findings, this policy is judged to be of low impact
against the equality strands of Race, Gender, Religion, Disability Sexual Orientation and Age. A
copy of the Equality Impact Assessment of this policy is available from the Principal’s PA.

This Policy is available in alternative formats on request. If you think we can improve the fairness
of this Policy, please contact the individual who has responsibility for its update.

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