Admission and Transfer Policy
The local authority is responsible for school admissions. To find out more about the process please visit the local authority website
The admissions criteria for Cambridgeshire schools is as follows;
Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the school will be admitted. NB. Those children with a statement of special educational needs that does not name the school will be referred to STAR Team to determine an appropriate place.
1. Children in Care, also known as Looked After Children (LAC), and children who were looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a resident order or special guardianship order;
2. Children living in the catchment area with a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
3. Children living in the catchment area;
4. Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
5. Children living outside the catchment area who have been unable to gain a place at their catchment
area school because of oversubscription;
6. Children who live outside the catchment area, but nearest the school as measured by a straight line.
Children start at the school in September of the academic year in which they reach their fifth birthday and leave in the July following their eleventh birthday. This means that we have children in the Reception class who are a year older. The teacher is very used to working with this, and this is not an issue for the children. The current number on roll is 103. Our published admission number is 15 in each year group.
Visiting in advance of registration
We would always advise that you visit the school prior to registration. This will enable you to meet the staff and the children. It will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have regarding the education of your child. Please telephone the school to arrange a visit. Our office manager will be happy to arrange a convenient appointment. It is a good idea for your child to visit too. This does not have to be at the same time. We are always happy to show you around so that you can see it for yourself.
Priority is given to the admission of children within the designated catchment area; this is determined by the Local Education Authority, but largely comprises the village of Parson Drove and its surrounding area. If you are outside of the catchment areas and places are available, then your request will be met. If there are more applicants than places the following criteria will be applied:
The closing date for admissions is usually 30th April. Parents/Carers are however encouraged to register as early as possible in the academic year before the child is due to enter. Children are normally admitted to Alderman Payne Primary School in September of the academic year in which the child will be five years old. If you are not admitted to the school and wish to gain a place there is an appeal process which our Office Manager will be happy to advise on.
It is important to us that children come to school happy and willingly. Arrangements for our youngest children are flexible in the first few days, this allows for the children who are very young , get very tired or exhibit particular needs to be given time to settle.
Each Reception intake will be considered separately and parents will be informed at the initial visit to the school; this takes place in the previous summer term.
In the September following their eleventh birthday the children will transfer to Secondary school. Children from Alderman Payne Primary transfer to a variety of secondary schools according to parental preference. We make the transfer as easy as possible for all our children, encouraging visits and visitors from all the secondary schools in the area.
Occasionally children transfer during their primary education. We maintain links with all of the primary schools in the Wisbech area. We make the transfer as smooth as possible. Where transfer follows a grievance of any kind we will always try to encourage parents to ensure that this is settled before the transfer takes place. This is very important for the child who will be aware of any concerns that may have arisen.
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