The policy and regulations for Admissions are determined by the Local Authority in consultation with all of its schools. As required by the Education Reform Act 1988, the standard number of places for Cippenham Nursery School, which is reviewed annually, has been set at 156 part time places. That is 78 morning places & 78 afternoon places.
If spaces are available, we are able to admit children in the term after their third birthday. Cippenham Nursery is able to offer children 15 hours per week, term time only.
The offer of places for September will coincide with the Local Authority offer of Reception class places, normally end of Spring or early Summer term.
The offer of places for January will take place in the Autumn term.
The offer of places for April will take place in the Spring term.
Children must attend for at least a term.
If applications exceed the number of available places, Cippenham Nursery School will apply the following criteria in making allocations in the following order;
Priority will be given to:
1. Children with special educational, medical or social needs including looked after children. (Applications on these grounds will have to be supported in writing by the relevant professional involved, such as a Social Worker or GP etc.)
2. Children who are four before the following September (Children must have a third birthday before the 31st August of the qualifying year)
3. Children with a sibling at the same nursery school when the child is due to be admitted. (A sibling is a brother or sister, which for admission purposes means brothers and sisters of whole or half blood, or any other child (including an adopted child) who permanently resides at the same address and for whom the parent also has parental responsibility.)
4. Children who live closest to the school (a straight line on a map from the parental home to the school is used to calculate the distance.) We regard the parental home address to be where the child spends the majority of their school week, Monday to Friday, including nights. Evidence of address is required and may take the form of a utilities bill or council tax bill confirming name and address.
When filling remaining places mid-term, we use the previous term’s waiting list first.
Please note the following:
• Places can only be offered to children resident in other LAs once children resident in Slough have been offered a place
• Applications can be made at any time from birth.
• Cippenham Nursery School can admit children each term if places are available.
• Parents will be asked for the child’s birth certificate and proof of address.
• Unsuccessful applicants will be considered with the next group of applicants.
• It should be noted that a place in Cippenham Nursery does not automatically guarantee a place at Cippenham Infant or Cippenham Primary Schools.
It should be noted that we are unable to permit pupils to continue with any allocated place at Cippenham Nursery School beyond the end of the current scholastic year (ended July), in which they turn four years old. E.G. child turns four years old between September and August of an academic year, the place ends at the end of the summer term for that academic year.
This aspect of the admissions policy allows Cippenham Nursery School to operate in line with the admission age and criteria for Reception Classes at Infant Schools within Slough Borough.
Outside of Slough Borough:
Parents of children who choose schools from outside Slough Borough should be aware that this may mean that their child’s place at Cippenham Nursery School may end a term or more prior to their child being admitted to Reception Class in an Infant School. As such Cippenham Nursery School recommends that all parents who choose schools outside Slough Borough familiarise themselves with admission age and criteria for their local education authority.
Where a pupil has been on a long term absence and fails to return on the agreed return date and no mitigating circumstances, such as illness certified by a Doctor, have been offered, schools have the power to remove the child from the school roll. If the child does not return on the agreed date the school will contact the family by phone and if there is no reply a letter will be sent.
Pupils returning to a Slough school, who have been taken off roll will be re-admitted to the school only if the school has a place available. Where a place is not available, the parents must apply for a place at an alternative school. The Admissions team can be contacted on for advice on where there are vacancies on 01753 875728.
Any appeals or queries regarding this process should be put in writing to the Chair of Governors at Cippenham Nursery School, St Andrews Way, Cippenham, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 5NL.
The governing body is responsible for ensuring that the school complies with legislation, and that this policy and its related procedures and strategies are implemented. The designated committee of the Governing body, in this instance the Admissions Committee, have responsibility for monitoring & reviewing the on-going impact of this policy.
The Headteacher is responsible for implementing the policy; for ensuring that all staff are aware of their responsibilities and are given appropriate training and support.
• Slough Borough Council’s Extended Leave Policy for Pupils
Date approved by the Governing Body : 26th June 2013.
Signed: S Arthur (Chair of Governors) R Clark (Headteacher)
The Admissions Policy is a statutory policy and is reviewed annually:
Next Review Date: June 2014.