Joining Our School (Admissions)

Admissions Policy 2016/17

Lessness Heath Primary School is an Academy. The Primary First Trust is responsible for decisions on admissions to the school. Children born from 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012 will be admitted to Reception classes in September 2016. The number of Reception places for the academic year 2016/2017 will be 90.

The school will admit pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan naming the school, where the school has agreed that it can meet the child’s needs. Where there are fewer applicants than the number of places, all will be admitted. Where there are more applicants than places available, the school will apply the following oversubscription criteria, in this order:

1. Children in public care (looked after children) or children who were previously in public care immediately before being adopted or subject to a child arrangements order or special
guardianship order.

2. Children with a medical need that makes it essential for the child to attend Lessness Heath Primary School. Evidence of the medical condition must be submitted at the time of application. An opinion may be sought from a medical adviser before a place is awarded.

3. Siblings of children who will be attending Lessness Heath Primary School at the time the child is due for admission to the school. This priority does not include brothers or sisters due to transfer to secondary school in the next academic year. For this priority, brother or sister includes a full brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, or step/half brother or sister living at the same address. Where in an allocation of places, children who are twin, triplets or from other multiple births would qualify for fewer places than the number of children, all will be treated as siblings and therefore accorded the sibling priority.

4. Children whose parent or sibling has a medical condition, or where there are significant social or domestic circumstances, that would result in significant hardship if the child did not attend Lessness Heath Primary School. Evidence must be submitted at the time of application. An opinion may be sought from a medical adviser or other professional before a place is awarded.

5. Children living closest to the school, based on the distance measured as a straight line from the home address to the nearest pupil entrance. Measurements will be provided by the London Borough of Bexley in accordance with its home to school distance measuring policy. Home will be taken as the address at which the child lives with the parent or legal guardian who is also the main carer, defined as the parent eligible to receive child benefit and child tax credit, at the time of application.
Further advice on school admissions can be obtained from Bexley Council: schooladmissions@bexley.gov.uk.