Trust Admission Arrangements
Admissions into ECM Trust schools are processed by the Local Authority.
The year before your child becomes of school age, the Admissions Department of the Local Authority will send out an application form and advice booklet to you in the post. Children are admitted to the mainstream classes at the start of the school years in which they are 5 years old. Visits are organised for the children to ease transition from home, playgroup or nursery to the mainstream school.
Application forms for admission to school can be found in the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Handbook which is distributed from school. Please see this advice booklet for instructions on how to complete the form and what to do next. An electronic copy is attached below, along with a link to the admissions site for further information:
If the number of applications at the school exceeds the number of places available, the following criteria are used by the Local Authority to allocate places:
• First, Children in Public Care
• Second, children who have a statement of special educational needs/EHCP with the school named on the statement
• Third, children with brothers and/or sisters attending the school at the time of admission.
• Lastly, the distance between the child’s normal place of residence and the school is measured in a straight line on the map; the closest addresses gain places until the school is full.
When school is full, applicants may be refused. In such cases parents have the right to appeal via the Education Committee.
In the absence of an appeal, parents will be expected to approach another school with an admission request.
All decisions regarding the admission of children to the school are the responsibility of the Local Education Authority.