Types of Admissions
There are TWO other types of admission:
APPLYING FOR A NURSERY PLACE
Nursery Places Available
The school offers up to 30 nursery places each year. We admit children to our nursery class in the September following their third birthday. We do not admit children before they are three years of age. For example, a child who is three years of age in November, would not be admitted to our nursery until the following September. There are schools and other settings which do offer places at an earlier age if they have places available or have provision for children aged 2 years or older.
Manchester City Council currently funds schools to provide part-time nursery places of 15 hours provision each week. Every child in Manchester is entitled to this provision. We offer our 15 hours provision as morning sessions (8.45am – 11.45am) only. Other local settings offer 15 hours on a different basis (2.5 days, Monday morning – Wednesday lunchtime) and some offer free full-time places. The Government have announced plans to increase early years provision of all children within 1-2 years but at this time all early years settings must offer the statutory 15 hours per week.
This school offers parents the option to increase nursery provision for their child by ‘topping up’ the hours their child attends our nursery. There is charge of £10.00 per afternoon for this provision. This extends the session from 11.45am, through lunchtime until 3.00pm. This is a reasonable charge of just over £3.00 per hour which is less than that charged by most private nurseries. The charge includes lunchtime supervision but does not include lunch itself. Parents can choose to ‘top-up’ for a limited number of afternoons (minimum of 2 afternoons) and increase this during their year. Topping-up is a popular choice for parents, particularly working parents.
If you would like to apply for a nursery place, we ask you to contact us to register your child’s name up 12 months prior to their admission. It is not necessary to register your interest earlier than that because we do not prioritise places for those who register their child’s name earlier than others. There is no need, for example, to register your child at our school a few days after they are born or indeed before they are born. (We also find that some parents who register early often move out of the area within a few years and no longer need a place.) Registering your child’s name, even shortly after their birth, with us does not guarantee your child a place. Once we have your child’s details, we keep them ‘on file’ until it is time for us to send you an application form just a few months prior to admission.
Admission Dates / Registration
We accept registrations for nursery places up to two years before the date of admission. If your child was born in an academic year for which registration is not yet open, please do not register at this time. Please remember that early register does not influence your chances of getting a place. Registration up to the deadline line of 31 January each year guarantees that you will be considered for a place, according to our admissions criteria, for the following September. Application forms will be sent to you for confirmation of interest in early February following the close of registration for that year. Places are allocated according to our admissions criteria and offered in April.
Assuming you have registered, in the February before your child is due to start nursery in September, we will write to you to ask you to complete an application form and confirm that you still want a place for your child. On this form, you will need to include:
The deadline for you to return your application form is usually the Friday nearest to 15th March. If we do not receive your application by this date, we will will assume that you no longer wish to apply for a place for your child, remove your child’s name from our admission lists and potentially offer that place to another child.
As much as we would like to, we cannot offer everyone who applies a place in our nursery class. In deciding who and who does not get a place, we use the following rules or admissions criteria. We give priority to children in the following categories:
Once we have given places to children with specific needs (Category 1) or those with brothers or sisters already in school (Category 2), we then consider all the remaining applications (Category 3) by ranking them by the distance of the applicants’ address from the school. This is done by ‘straight line distance’ from school to home. The number of places available to new families is therefore dependent each year on the number of applicants we receive from families who already have children at the school. The more children there are with older brothers and sisters in the school, the fewer places there are for children who do not. This can, of course, change every year.
We are a small and popular school and as such we often receive more applications for places than are available. We only offer 30 places per year, giving priority to those children who meet the above criteria. We do maintain a waiting list for places and offer places as they become available.
Parents do not have the right to appeal for a nursery place.
We intend to make our offers for nursery places following the national offer date for reception places. We do this because we have to know who has been offered a place in our reception class before we can offer our nursery places. You should therefore hear from us by the end of April. If we are able to offer you a place, we will write to you and ask you to confirm in writing that you wish to accept the place. The offer letter will include details of the induction process for your child and how we will work with you between this stage and when your child joins us in September. During this time, you will be asked to provide original documents to prove that you and your child live at the address you have given. Where this cannot be proven, the offer of a place may be withdrawn. If we are unable to offer you a place, we will write to you explaining why we were unable to offer you a place. This is likely to be because you live too far away. All of the children who are not offered a place are placed on our waiting list in ranked order of distance. If some of those who have been offered places decline them, we will then offer available places to those on our waiting list.
It is very important that you understand that if your child is offered a place in our nursery class, that there is no guarantee that your child will be offered a place in our reception class. Reception places are allocated by Manchester City Council and having a nursery place at the school is not one of the criteria used by the City Council to allocate a child a place in the reception class. Every year, therefore, there are children in our nursery class who are not offered places in our reception class. This is often because the City Council receive applications from families who are not yet known to our school but live close to the school. A child attending another nursery (or none at all) who lives close to the school will have priority over a child who does attend our nursery but lives further away. Every year, we know that there are parents and children in our nursery class who are disappointed when they hear that their applications for a reception place have been unsuccessful. We have to say goodbye to these children as they move to another school. Parents have the right to appeal against the Council’s decision not to give them a reception place but parents must submit a very strong case in order for the appeal to be upheld. Parents are asked to submit a written appeal and attend an appeal hearing at which they should present their case to an independent appeals panel. The school cannot support parents in the appeals process.