Thinking of joining our school our school and becoming part of the Beddington Park Primary community? Wonderful!
This page aims to outline the principle things to consider and ways to move forward when applying for a place at our school. If, after reading this, you are at all unsure, please feel free to speak with Mrs Saunders, who will be able to advise you further.
Applications for Nursery places:
Applications for places in our Nursery classes should be made directly via Mrs Saunders, at the school. Applications will be prioritised according to the general criteria outlined below, and in full accordance with our Admissions Policy, available to view below:
Applications for places in Reception and Years 1 to 6:
Applications for classes other than Nursery must initially be made to your Local Authority (the authority you pay your council tax to) via their website. Here is a handy link to Sutton’s admissions page:
Applications will be prioritised according to the general criteria outlined below, and in full accordance with our Admissions Policy.
We sincerely hope that your application to join our school will be successful – many are! However, in order to ensure equality of opportunity for all, we are required to abide by certain criteria when prioritising applications. This prioritisation will come into effect when a class has a waiting list, and is relevant at point of application to the school. The full prioritisation details are listed within our Admissions Policy (see link above, and also available from the Home page, via the ‘About Us’ and then ‘Policies’ tab). In order to facilitate quick reference, we outline a summary of these criteria below:
In accordance with our Admissions Policy, no class within the school will number in excess of thirty pupils at any time (subject to the school being directed to admit over this number by the Department for Education – see notes below). Maintaining this practice ensures that each child is able to receive the very highest level of bespoke provision, and the adult to child ratios across our school remain very strong.
First Priority – Looked After and Previously Looked After children
‘Looked After’ and ‘Previously Looked After’ children are:
- Children who are registered as being in the care of the Local Authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989(a), e.g. fostered or living in a children’s home at the time the application to the school is made.
- Children who have left care through adoption (in accordance with Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002), a residence order (in accordance with Section 8 of the Children’s Act 1989) or special guardianship order (in accordance with Section 14a of the Children’s Act 1989).
Second Priority – Exceptional Social/Medical Need
Occasionally there will be a very small number of children for whom exceptional social or medical circumstances will apply which will warrant a placement at a particular school. Appropriate supporting evidence from a qualified professional (such as a doctor, medical consultant, senior social worker, senior housing officer, the police or probation officer) will be required for consideration. This evidence must confirm the circumstances of the case and must set out why the child should attend a particular school and why no other school could meet the needs of the child.
Providing evidence does not guarantee that a child will be given priority at a particular school, and in each case a decision shall be made based on the circumstances and merits of the case. This decision will ultimately be based upon whether the evidence demonstrates that a placement should be made at one particular school above any other.
In exceptional cases, the school may be directed by the Department for Education, to exceed its stated class size limit of thirty pupils in order to facility this criterion.
Third Priority – Children who have a sibling at the school
A sibling will be considered to be a brother or sister of the same parents (whether living at the same address or not), or a half brother or half sister, or an adopted or fostered brother or sister living as part of the same family unit and at the same address.
A child will be given sibling priority if they have a sibling at the school concerned at the time of the child’s admission.
Giving sibling priority maximises the opportunity for children in the same family to be educated at the same school.
If within this category there are more applicants than places available, priority then will be offered to applicants who meet this criterion on the basis of proximity of the child’s home address to the school (also see below).
Fourth Priority – Any other child, prioritised according to the distance they live from the school
Unless otherwise stated, distance will be used when any category is oversubscribed. Distance will be measured by straight line from the address point of the house of the potential pupil, to the nearest school gate which is used to enter the school for the purposes of attending classes. Where two or more pupils share priority for a place, the drawing of lots will ultimately determine which child should be given priority.
Appeals information can be found in our Admission Policy.
Appeals for admission into Reception, will be heard within 40 school days.
Appeals for mid-term admission will be heard within 30 school days.
Once again, we wish you every success in your application to join our school, and look forward to welcoming you and your child to our community!
Comments From Our Community…
My child is making excellent progress. Very happy with ethos of school. Very dedicated staff – excellent leadership team.
Very happy with my son’s development at the school. Great staff, lovely school with a lovely atmosphere.
Best decision I made.
Very pleased with my son’s progression in his speech, as this was my biggest concern coming into a new school.
He loves coming in each day.