Category: Primary Schools

Primary School Admissions: How To Apply

For those children due to transfer to Primary School in September 2019, the online systems for applications is now open.

You will need to apply for a Primary School place if your child was born between: –

1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015.

The Application Process:

  • Apply online November 2018 (there is no need to complete a paper application once an online application has been submitted).
  • The deadline for applications is 15th January 2019
  • Emails will be sent on 16th April 2019, confirming your child’s place, after 9am.

How To Apply:

You can apply online here

You are able to create an account, add your child and add 3 school preferences.

Once your school preferences have been created and submitted, they are available for the Local Authority to view.

Online applications are treated in exactly the same way as a paper applications received by post, however, online applications have the additional benefit of providing an email acknowledgement of your application so you have the extra peace of mind that your application has been received.

Making Changes To Your Application

Once your application has been submitted you will need to contact the Admissions Team at admissions@bury.gov.uk or on 0161 253 6474 if you wish to make any changes.

Notification Of Primary School Allocation

At the end of the Admissions application period, the Local Authority will begin allocating school places to children and notifications will be sent out via email on 16th April 2019.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions regarding the online admissions process you can contact the Local Authority on 0161 253 6474 or email us as admissions@bury.gov.uk

How To Appeal

If your child does not receive their first choice, you are entitled to appeal the decision.  Further details regarding the appeals process can be found here

Primary School Admissions: what to do if you don’t get your first choice

Are you one of the nervous parents anxiously awaiting National Offer Day on Monday 16th April?

After 16th April you will be able to view your child’s allocated school, by logging into your account here.  Emails will also be sent confirming school allocations after 9am.

First Choice School Offer

If you are happy with your child’s chosen school, you must respond to the offer, in line with the instructions on the offer letter. Local authorities will inform schools of the offers that have been accepted.

 

If You Are Not Offered Your First Choice

If your child has not been offered your first choice, you have the right to appeal.  Take a look at the appeals process below.

 

Appealing the decision

Your appeal is likely to be more successful if:

  • A mistake has been made in the allocation of places according to the admissions criteria and your child would have received that place, or;
  • That the decision to refuse admission was ‘unreasonable’ in the circumstances of the case. ‘Unreasonable’ is a very high threshold for an appeal to be successful. It is defined as ‘a decision which is so outrageous in its defiance of logic or of accepted moral standards that no sensible person who had applied his mind to the question could have arrived at it’.

 

Appeals Process

You can appeal a decision about a reception class to any school using the online appeals system here

Please bear in mind: –

  • You must complete an appeal form for each school you are applying for.
  • You should give the reasons for wanting a place at each school. A statement will be prepared showing why the Local Authority/ School Governors have not been able to offer a place.
  • Your form and the Local Authority/ Governors statement will form the basis of the consideration by the Appeals Panel. You will be invited to the meeting to discuss your case with the Panel. A Local Authority representative or representative of the Governors will also be invited. The Panel will make their decision based on the information available to them at the meeting.
  • If it is necessary for you to go to the Independent Appeals Panel, further information will be sent to you by the Democratic Services Section of the Council who arrange the appeals meetings. Once the panel has made their decision, there is no further right of appeal.

 

 

You can find further information on admissions in Bury here

If you have additional questions about the admissions process you can contact Bury Council on 0161 253 6474.

 

Sources:  bury.gov.uk