Admission Procedures for our Reception Class (children aged 4-5)
Ash Hill School's Published Admission Number is 30 children in the Reception Class. Children start in the September of the academic year of their fifth birthday.
Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 are due to start the first year of primary school (Reception class) in September 2021. Parents must apply directly to the council that you are living in at the time of application. The deadline for applying for a primary school Reception place is 15 January 2021. Transfer from Ash Hill Nursery to our Reception is not automatic. A new application must be made.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are currently unable to hold tours in school.
Usually, all children intending to start their education at Ash Hill will be integrated into school through involvement in an open afternoon visit during the summer term to get to know their teacher and become familiar with the school. The Early years Leader and Reception staff also carry out a home visit in order to build a positive relationship within an environment that is familiar to your child.
The Headteacher and Reception teacher hold a meeting in the summer term to share information with parents about the school, including: the expectations, curriculum and uniform, and also to answer any questions. In the autumn term, parents will be invited into a curriculum information meeting which explains our approaches to learning in more detail.
The usual arrangements outlined above will, of course, be subject to COVID-19 regulations in place at the time.
All applicants must fill in the Local Education Authority application form. These forms are now sent directly to Aylesbury who complete the admissions procedure. Once this has been done parents are informed by letter whether their application has been successful.
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Selection and Oversubscription Criteria
Children are admitted to Ash Hill School according to the Local Education Authority criteria.
Once places have been allocated to children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (Statement of Special Educational Needs), the remaining places will be allocated in the following order:
Rule 1- Looked After children.
Rule 2 - Children who have exceptional medical or social needs, which can only be met at that school, supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional person.
Rule 3 - Children living within the catchment area of the school.
Rule 4 - For the main point of entry: Siblings of children who are attending the school or a ‘linked primary’ school in Year R to Year 5 at the time the allocations are made (March 2019), and are expected to be on the school roll or linked school roll at the time of the proposed admission, or who have already been offered a place to start in the current academic year at the school or a ‘linked primary’ school.
For immediate in year admission after the normal point of entry: Siblings of children who are in Year R to Year 6 at the time of admission to the school.
Rule 5 - Children attending a primary school linked to the school named in the list of ‘linked primary’ schools at the time allocations are made (March 2017). This rule does not apply to those applying for a place in Reception.
Rule 6 - Once the above rules have been applied, then any further places will be offered in distance order, using the distance between the family’s Normal Home Address and the school’s nearest entrance gate, offering the closest first. We use straight line distance.
Where a school can take some, but not all, of the children who qualify under one of these rules, we will give priority to children by taking account of the next rule (or rules) in the numbered list to decide who has priority for places.
For example, places are offered to catchment siblings before children living in the catchment area without siblings. In each case, distance is used to prioritize which children should be offered places.
If it is not possible to decide between two applicants who are equidistant then in all cases including flats and apartments, where addresses are equidistant an independently scrutinized random allocation will be made to allocate the final place.
Further information can be found on the Bucks County Council Website. If you have any problems accessing the Bucks County Council website please contact the school office.