Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy 

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The admissions authority for Darrick Wood Infant and Nursery School is Darrick Wood Infant Academy Trust. Darrick Wood Infant Academy Trust adopts all procedures in accordance with the DFE Admission Code.

Primary Admissions

Age of Admission

In line with legislation, all children will be permitted to start in reception in the September following their fourth birthday.

Delayed (Summer Born) Applications

Delayed entry is when a child starts Reception Class at the beginning of the academic year in which they turn six years (when their peers will be in Year 1.) This is sometimes termed as ‘out of cohort’ or ‘out of peer group’. The Head teacher, the Academy Trust and the school’s Governing Body will consider applications for delayed entry in exceptional circumstances, taking account of the needs of the child and the impact on the school. The application must be made writing by the child’s parent/carers to the Head teacher or Chair of Governors. The request must be supported by documentation confirming that the child has learning delay or difficulty and their social maturity is well below that of his or her peers. Requests must be made no later than 16th November 2018 to enable a decision to be made before the closing date for normal age group admission in September 2019 on 14th January 2019. There is no mandatory requirement for requests to be met. The Head teacher may also meet the parent/carers to discuss the request further as part of the decision process.

Parent/carers are advised strongly to fully consider the needs of their child, including their social, emotional or physical development, before requesting delaying entry and whether any additional needs of the child may be exacerbated by the delay in starting school. Darrick Wood Infant & Nursery School has an inclusive, differentiated and enriched curriculum for all children. The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) states that “We know that, on average, deferred entry is not in the interests of summer-born children. IFS research has compared the performance of children who start school across areas of England which operate different admissions systems. We find that deferred entry to school does not close the gap in educational attainment between those born at the start and end of the academic year. In fact, on average, those born later in the year benefit slightly from starting school at the beginning of the academic year with their older peers, rather than joining them up to a year later. This is because the benefit of additional time in school more than outweighs the disadvantage of starting school slightly younger.” (http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/6856 cited 12th December 2014) Parent/carers also need to be aware that when a child is taught out of cohort this may not be accepted by any new school applied for later on, including at secondary transfer.

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