Mercia Learning Trust has determined admission arrangements for Totley Primary School for the 2018/2019 academic year. In recognition of increasing pupil numbers in the Dore and Totley catchment areas and with a joint commitment to providing access to local school places, the leadership of Totley Primary, Totley All Saints and Dore Primary Schools consulted on sharing school catchment areas. This means that all addresses within the previous separately defined catchment areas for these schools (parish boundaries in the case of Totley All Saints) will have “catchment” priority status for the three schools. If parents ensure that they use all three preferences, this should give parents a higher chance of obtaining a place at one of the schools.
The Trust will retain the Local Authority’s oversubscription criteria as follows:
- Looked After Children and previously Looked After children
- Catchment area & Sibling (where the sibling is attending at the point of admission)
- Catchment area
- Sibling (non-catchment)
- Other applications
The above criteria will only be applied if the school is oversubscribed.
For any admission category that is oversubscribed there are two further stages consideration.
A. Exceptional medical, social or special educational needs
Where exceptional medical, social or special educational needs are demonstrated and supported by a professional, an application may be prioritised by the Admission Committee (AC) but only within its admission category. It is the parent’s/applicant’s responsibility to provide supporting evidence.
The parent/applicant must supply sufficient supporting evidence from relevant professionals at the time of the original application, for the Authority to consider whether an individual case constitutes exceptional circumstances to be prioritised. In any event, the evidence must support the view that the child must attend the school applied for and that they could not have their needs met at any other school.
Applications will only be submitted to the Admission Committee for further consideration if they are accompanied by supporting evidence.
In circumstances where exceptional circumstances are not demonstrated, the final tie-breaker will be the distance from the home address to the school building. This is a straight line measurement from the home address to a designated point at the school building.
Where the remaining place could be made for a number of children living equidistant from the school the determination of the single offer will be made by random allocation:
The random allocation will:
i) be independently supervised by a representative of the Legal and Governance Service;
ii) take place on a date and time notified in advance to the participating parents so that they can attend as witnesses.
For families of service personnel with a confirmed posting to their area, or crown servants returning from overseas to live in that area, the Authority will allocate a place in advance of the family arriving in the area provided the application is accompanied by an official letter that declares a relocation date and a Unit postal address or quarteringarea address when considering the application against their oversubscription criteria. The Authority will not refuse a service child a place because the family does not currently live in the area
A waiting list will be maintained until 31 December 2018 for transfer to separate junior schools (Year 3) and transfer to secondary schools (Year 7). A waiting list will continue to be maintained for the full academic year for admission to Reception, i.e. until 31 August 2019. The waiting list is ranked in line with the published oversubscription criteria.
Any objections to the admission arrangements for entry must be referred to the Schools Adjudicator.
The Office of The Schools Adjudicator