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Wisbech St. Mary

Wisbech St. Mary

Church of England Academy
Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust

Admissions

Introduction

Wisbech St Mary village and the surrounding area bounded in the north by but not including Mile Tree Lane, Barton Road to the junction with Gadds Lane and Panswell Lane to Barrets Bridge, including Bartons Farm. From Barrets Bridge along White Engine Drain including Highside Road, Seadyke Bank to the junction with Murrow Lane. In the south, bounded by, but not including Mouse (Mouth) Lane, but including the northern end of Gaul Drove and Bunkers Hill. In the east by the River Nene from Cold Harbour Lane to Mile Tree Lane.

Provided there are places, the school is pleased to take any children whose parents choose to send them to Wisbech St Mary irrespective of where they live. The school particularly welcomes parents who wish to send their children to a Church school.

The Local Governing Body of Wisbech St Mary Church of England Academy is the admission authority for the School. This means that it is the Local Governing Body that sets and applies the admissions policy for the School. All decisions regarding the admission of children into the School are made by an independent committee.

Wisbech St Mary is part  of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust. Click here to view the Trust's admissions policy.

How to Apply for a place at our school

The academic year begins on the 1st September and ends on the 31st August. Children are admitted to School in the September of the academic year in which they become five years old.

All admissions are dealt with by the Local Authority Admissions team. Please contact them on 01223 699662 to get details of how to apply, pop into the school office for details or visit:  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk 

The application process for in-year applications (e.g. moving schools) is the same as outlined above. Applications must be submitted to the Local Authority Admissions team.

For further information about admissions and appeals please go to the following link: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions

or call 0345045130

Appeals Process

The parents of any child who is refused a place at Wisbech St Mary Church of England Academy has a right of appeal to an independent Appeals Panel. The panel consists of three people who are independent of the school’s Governing Body and the Local Education Authority. The panel will consider the circumstances of the case put before them and the Governing Body and parents must abide by the decision it makes.

Please note that where a child is refused a place in an infant class because of the requirement to limit class size to 30 children, parents have the right to have this decision reviewed. This process is very similar to an appeal, but the circumstances in which the panel can find in the parent’s favour are limited by law. For further information, please contact the school office or the LA Admissions Team.

For further information about admissions and appeals please go to the following link: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions

or call 0345045130

Oversubscription Criteria 

Following the allocation of places to pupils who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names the school as the appropriate provision, when there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:

  1. Children in Care, also known as Looked After Children (LAC), and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a residence order (now known as a child arrangement order) or special guardianship order.
  2. Children living in the catchment area1 with a sibling at the school at the time of admission; for definitions of measurement please see the glossary of terms in the County Admissions booklet.
  3. Children living in the catchment area;
  4. Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission.
  5. Children living outside the catchment area, but nearest the school according to the shortest straight line distance.

NB: those children with a statement of SEN / EHCP that does not name the school will be referred to the Statutory Assessment Team (SAT) to determine an appropriate place.

Where the Academy has more children applying than places remaining in any of the categories above, a distance tie break will be used to determine priority. Priority will be given to children living nearest the school by shortest straight line distance.

In-year applications

The application process for in-year applications (e.g. moving schools) is the same as outlined above. Applications must be submitted to the Local Authority Admissions team.

For further information about admissions and appeals please go to the following link: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions

or call 0345045130

Admission Arrangement for Pupils with Special education Needs or disabilities

The  admission arrangements for pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities are the same as for any other pupils and the school will endeavour to meet there specific needs. Prior to admission there will normally be a discussion with the parents, the Headteacher, and advisors to determine what these needs will be.

Reserve Lists 

When an application is refused, the child’s details are automatically placed on a reserve list for the year group, ranked according to the oversubscription criteria. As part of the co-ordinated scheme for primary admissions, the LA Admissions Team holds the initial reserve list on behalf of the governing body. Where in-year applications are received, children’s details will be held on the reserve list for a period of one term following the term for which the place was refused.

Parents will be contacted by the Admissions Team if a place becomes available for their child, but should be aware that their child’s place on a reserve list may change if an application is subsequently received that meets a higher criterion than their own.

Pre-school admissions

At Wisbech St Mary Pre-School Academy we care for children from 2 years 9 months (or if funded from the term after their 2nd Birthday) to 4 years of age.

We have availability to accommodate 22 children within the age range of 3 and 4 years of age, and reserve 3 spaces for funded 2-year olds. This is on a term time calendar.

When considering admissions, we are mindful of staff to child ratios and our facilities. We operate an inclusion and equality policy ensuring all children have access to Wisbech St Mary Pre-School irrespective of their own and their parent/carer’s gender, race, disability, religion/belief or sexual orientation.

For full details about Pre-School admissions view the policy below or enquire in the school or Pre-School office.

Contact the Pre-School directly:
Helen Wilson, Pre-School Manager
01945 410 312
preschool@wsmacademy.cambs.sch.uk