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Admissions

Responsibility for Reception and In -Year admissions currently lies with the Hertfordshire education authority. Please see the Hertfordshire Admissions page for more information on how to apply for a place at Ashtree School.

Information will be sent from County Hall to your home address during the first term of the school year before your child is due in to school. Parents considering sending their child to the school are welcome to visit by appointment.

Children with a Statement of Special Educational need which names the school will be allocated a place in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996. Schools must also admit children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school.

Parents may state their preference as to which nursery class, school or centre they would like their child to attend in the years leading up to the child’s fifth birthday.

However, if there are not enough places available, places will be allocated using the County admission rules in the following order of priority:

  1. Looked after children looked and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).
  2. a child ‘at risk’ (or the sibling of a child ‘at risk’) who is the subject of an inter-agency child protection plan.
  3. other applicants where the following criteria are considered to determine priorities:
    1. Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school.
    2. Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age-range of the school. Note: the ‘normal age range’ is the designated range for which the school provides.
    3. Any other children.

If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule to those children. If more children qualify under criterion 2 than there are places available, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the nursery as measured in a straight line.

Where there is a need for a tie-breaker where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example, the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be random.

Applications to the Nursery for September for 2016 will be dealt with by schools. In the event of the Nursery being oversubscribed we will allocate places in line with the above criteria.

The following criteria is applied to the allocation of a morning or afternoon session in the Nursery.

  1. Pupils with DSEN or Children Looked After
  2. Parents with work commitments which mean they cannot bring their child to one or other of the sessions
  3. Parents with childcare arrangements which mean they cannot bring their child to one or other of the sessions
  4. Ensuring there is a balance (as far as is possible) of boys and girls in each session
  5. Ensuring that each session has an equal balance of children attending it

The school reserves the right to operate Nursery for one daily session only, if pupil numbers require this.