Admissions Arrangements for Academic Year 2022/23

Leigh Academies Trust is the Admissions Authority of the Academy. Applications for places will be  made in accordance with Kent County Council’s co-ordinated admissions scheme and timetable. 

Admission number 

Dartford Primary Academy has an agreed Published Admission Number (PAN) of 90 pupils for entry in reception. The Academy will accordingly admit 90 pupils in the relevant age group  each year if sufficient applications are received. All applicants will be admitted if 90 or fewer  apply. 

Oversubscription criteria 

If the Academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and  Care Plan where the Academy is named in the Statement or Plan, priority for admission will be  given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order. 

  1. Children in Care and previously Looked After Children 

A Child in Care is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority or (b) being provided with  accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Care functions (Section 22(1) of  the Children’s Act 1989). A previously looked after child means such children who were adopted (or subject to child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after and those children who appear to the admission authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A child is regarded as having been in state care outside of England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.

  1. Sibling(s) 

A brother or sister in the same Academy at the time of entry where the family continue to live at the  same address as when the sibling was admitted – or – if they have moved – now live in a property that  is nearer to the Academy than the previous property as defined by the ‘Nearness’ criterion’ (Point 5  below). For this criterion brother or sister means children who live as brother and sister in the same  house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, step-brothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters. Children residing in the same households as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will  not be treated as siblings. If siblings from multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) apply for the Academy  and the Academy would reach its Published Admission Number (PAN) after admitting one or more, but before admitting all of those siblings, the Academy will offer a place to each of the siblings, even if doing so takes the Academy above its PAN. If the admissions are to Year R, and so result in a breach of class size legislation, the additional pupil(s) will be treated as “excepted” for a period of one year, in  line with the School Admission Code. 

  1. Child of a teaching staff member 

The child of a member of staff who has been employed at the academy for two or more  years at the time at which the application for admission to the academy is made, or who has been recruited to fill a vacant post at the academy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. For this criteria ‘child of a teaching staff member’ means a child who lives in the same house as the member of staff, including a  natural son or daughter, an adopted child, stepson or daughter, or foster child. Children residing in the  same households as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be eligible under this criterion.  If children come from multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) and the Academy would reach its Published  Admission Number (PAN) after admitting one or more, but before admitting all of those children, the  Academy will offer a place to each of the children, even if doing so takes the academy above its PAN.  If the admissions are to Year R, and so result in a breach of class size legislation, the additional pupil(s)  will be treated as “excepted” for a period of one year, in line with the School Admission Code. 

  1. Health and Special Access Reasons 

Medical and social reasons will be applied in accordance with the Academy’s legal obligations, in  particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose medical  or social reasons mean they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend the Academy. Equally  this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’, medical or social needs means that they  have a demonstrable and significant need to attend the Academy. Such claims will need to be  supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner, and submitted  at the time of application. 

  1. Nearness of children’s homes to the Academy 

We use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the Academy, measured in a  straight-line using National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a defined point within the child’s home to a defined point within the Academy as  specified by NLPG. The same address point on the Academy site is used for everybody. These straight  line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the Academy with  those living closest being given priority. If more than one applicant lives in a multi-occupancy building (e.g. flats) priority will be given to the applicant whose door number is the lowest numerically and/or  alphabetically. Where parents live at separate addresses, and have joint custody, the address used will be the one where the child spends the main part of the academy week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday  night inclusive). 

Applications eligible under criteria 1 – 4 are each ranked in order of proximity of the child’s home to  the Academy, using the method given in criterion 5. 

Deferred entry for infants 

Where an offer has been made, the academy will provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can choose to defer the date their child is admitted to the academy until later in the academy year, but not beyond the start of the term after their child reaches compulsory school age and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the  academy year. Where parents wish, children may attend part-time until later in the academy year,  but not beyond the start of the term after their child reaches compulsory school age. 

Admission of children outside their normal age group 

Requests for admission outside of the normal age group should be made to the Principal as early as  possible in the admissions round associated with the child’s date of birth. This allows the Academy and  admissions authority sufficient time to make a decision before the closing date. Parents are not  expected to provide evidence to support their request; however, where provided, it must be specific  to the child in question and may include medical or Educational Psychologist reports. There is no legal  requirement for this medical or educational evidence to be secured from an appropriate professional; however, failure to provide this may impede the Academy’s ability to agree to a request for admission  outside of the normal age group Parents are required to complete an application for the normal point  of entry at the same time, in case their request is declined. This application can be cancelled if the  Academy agrees to accept a deferred application for entry into Year R the following year. Deferred  applications must be made via paper CAF to the Local Authority, with written confirmation from the  academy Principal. Deferred applications will be processed in the same way as all applications for the  cohort in the following admissions round, and offers will be made in accordance with the Academy’s  oversubscription criteria. 

Fair Access Protocols 

The Academy works in accordance with the in-year Fair Access Protocols held by the Local Authority.  Should a vulnerable child within the protocols require a place at the Academy, they will take  precedence over any child on the waiting list. 

Tie breaker 

If it is necessary to use a tie-breaker to distinguish between two or more applications, a distance  criterion will be used. Priority will be given to the applicants who live nearest to the Academy as  measured in a straight-line using National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data.  Distances are measured from a defined point within the child’s home to a defined point within the  Academy as specified by National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG). The same address point on  the Academy site is used for everybody. In the event that two or more children in all other ways  have equal eligibility for the last available place at the Academy, names will be issued a number and  drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place. 

Operation of waiting lists 

Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the coordinated admission scheme, the  Academy will operate a waiting list. Where in any year the Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until 31st December 2023.  This will be maintained by the Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her  child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application. Places from the waiting list will be offered in the priority order set out above, not in order of the date  applications are made. The waiting list will be re-ranked each time a child is added or removed and before the offer of any place. 

Appeals 

Leigh Academies Trust, as the Admissions Authority, delegates the responsibility for  administration of appeals to the Academy. Parents who wish to appeal the decision to refuse  their child a place at the Academy may appeal in writing to the Clerk to Governors c/o the  Academy. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.