Admissions Application 2017/18

LOSTOCK HALL ACADEMY CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS - 2017/2018

Published Admission Number (PAN) 170 pupils

The criteria to be used to allocate places when the Academy is oversubscribed are:

1. Children in public care at the time when preferences are expressed and who are still in public care at the time of their admission to school, and those who have been previously looked after (see note (i) below); then

2. Children for whom the Governors accept, based on the written opinion of professional experts that there are exceptional medical, social or welfare reasons associated with the child or family that are directly relevant to Lostock Hall Academy; then

3. Children who have a parent who will have been an employee of the Academy for a continuous period of at least two years prior to the date of the pupil’s admission to the school.

4. Children with older brothers or sisters (including adopted and fostered siblings, step siblings and those living as siblings in the same family unit) attending the Academy at the date of the younger child's admission.

5. Children living within the Academy's geographical priority area (GPA) (see note (ii) below).

6. Children living outside the Academy's geographical priority area (see note (ii) below).

7. If there are more children in any of the individual categories than there are places remaining, then those children who live nearest to the school by a straight line (radial) measure will have priority. The distance is measured using a geographical information system and the measurement is taken from the centre point of the Academy to the centre point of the home (see note (ii) below).

Notes

(i) Priority

The highest priority will be given to looked after children1 and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted2 (or became subject to a residence order3 or special guardianship order4). Further references to previously looked after children in the School Admissions Code means children who were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.

1 A 'looked after child' is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

2 Under the terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. See section 46 (adoption orders).

3 Under the terms of the Children Act 1989. See section 8 which defines a ‘residence order’ as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live.

4 See section 14A of the Children Act 1989 which defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

(ii) Residence

A child's permanent address is the one where they normally live, sleep and go to school from. Where a child lives with one parent for part of the week and another for the rest of the week only one address will - 2 -

be accepted for a school admission application. This will normally be the one where the child wakes up for the majority of school days (Monday to Friday). Proof of residence may be requested at any time throughout the admissions process, including after admission.

(iii) Late Applications

Applications for school places that are received late will not necessarily be dealt with at the same time as those received by the set deadline. The reasons for the late application may be requested and where these are not exceptional the relevant admission criteria will be initially applied to all others received on time. The late application will be dealt with after this process has been completed.

(iv) Waiting List

Our Waiting List is compiled in accordance with our Admissions Criteria. Parents of children who are not admitted can request to have their names placed on the waiting list. This waiting list will operate for the whole of the autumn term before being abolished.

(v) In-year Admissions

Children will not normally be able to start school other than at the beginning of the term unless they have been offered a place from the Waiting List into Year 7, moved into the area or there are exceptional circumstances.

GEOGRAPHICAL PRIORITY AREA

The parish of Farington (most of) and the Bamber Bridge area to the west of the A6 (Station Road and Chorley Road). Also the Walton le Dale area to the east of the A6 up to the M61 and M6 motorways to the west.

From the border of Cuerden parish follow the M6 northwards to junction 30 with the M61. Follow the M61 northwards to the Preston boundary (which bisects junction 31). Follow the Preston boundary eastwards and then southwards down the Penwortham and Farington parish boundary. Follow the Farington parish boundary southwards then turning westwards passing over Earnshaw Bridge until meeting Wheelton Lane. Head northwards up the middle of Wheelton Lane then westwards up the middle of Centurion Way to the parish border with Cuerden. Follow the parish border round to meet the M6 at junction 30.

A map is available in school to illustrate the GPA.

TRANSPORT

For pupils from non low income families5 Lancashire County Council (LCC) has a statutory duty to meet the cost of travel for those pupils who reside three miles or more (measured by the shortest walking route) from the school and where an admission to a closer school is not available. For pupils from low income families travel costs will additionally be paid by LCC if our school is one of the three nearest schools to your home and the distance is between two and six miles. If you are in doubt over the distance between your home and the school or your entitlement to travelling expenses please check with the Area Education Office. This allowance is the sole responsibility of Lancashire County Council and may be subject to change by them. In respect of home to school journeys, the school is not liable to make any payments for travelling expenses or to provide transport.

5 Low income families are deemed to be those families receiving the maximum amount of working tax credit or the children are eligible for free school meals.

Admissions Information

For admissions information please refer to www.lancashire.gov.uk and search of School Admissions.