Reception admission arrangements 2018-19

Goldfinch Primary is a Foundation School and therefore the Governing Body is the admission authority. The Governors have agreed to follow the Wandsworth Local Authority procedures and admits Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children to Goldfinch Primary in the following priority order:

1. Children looked after and those who ceased to be children looked after because they were adopted, or because they became subject to a residence order or a special guardianship order (note 1);

2. Children with a professionally supported, exceptional medical or social need for a place at Goldfinch Primary, as decided by the Governing Body of the School (note 2);

3. Brothers and sisters of children on the roll of the school on the date of admission (note 3);

4. Distance from the School measured as a straight-line distance from home to school, and as measured by Wandsworth Council’s Geographical Information System (notes 4 and 5).

1. A child looked after is a child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989. An adopted child is defined by section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A residence order is defined by section 8 of the Children Act 1989. A special guardianship order is defined by section 14A of the Children Act 1989.

2. Applications made on exceptional medical grounds must be supported by a current letter from a specialist health professional. Applications made on exceptional social grounds must be supported by a current letter from a social worker or other care professional working with the family. The letters must give reasons why the child’s condition or circumstances make it necessary for the child to attend the school and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend an alternative school. If this information is not provided by the application closing date, the application will not be considered under this criterion until after the first round of offers.

3. A sibling is a full brother or sister, a step/half brother or sister living at the same address, a child who is living as part of the family by reason of a court order, or a child who has been placed with foster carers as a result of being looked after by a local authority.

4. The straight-line measurement used to prioritise applicants for admission commences at the location of the property determined by the National Land Planning Gazeteer and terminates at the central point of the school site as determined by Wandsworth Council’s Geographical Information System. Measurements by alternative systems and/or to other points will not be taken into account in any circumstances. Where applicants have identical distance measurements, priority amongst them will be determined at random. Places will be allocated according to distance from the school and not the borough children live in.

5. The only permanent address of the parent/guardian with whom the child is living on the closing date for applications will be used for this purpose. A childminder’s address will not be accepted. A parent/carer may be asked to provide evidence to verify that an address is permanent. The Council should be informed of any change of address as soon as it becomes effective.

6. There is no automatic right of transfer from the nursery class to the reception classes within the same primary school. If there are more applications than places available, priority will be based on the above criteria alone.

In Year Admission Arrangements
Application for In Year Admission must be made to Wandsworth Council on the Council’s in year application form. The Council will refer the application to the school which will inform the applicant whether or not a place can be offered and advise the Council of the outcome. The criteria above will used in determining whether a place can be offered.