If you’re interesting in applying for a place starting in September 2024, please read the Admissions Arrangements Policy 2024/2025, below.

If you are looking for a Reception place for your child, please call the school and we will be more than happy to arrange a tour for you. Similarly, if you have a child in another year group, please give the school a call and we will happily arrange a time to show you around.

For reference, the policy covering the current school year is also available under Current Admissions Arrangements Policy.

Corbett (VA) CE Primary School is a Voluntary Aided School in association with the Church Of England, serving the local community. The school provides places for children aged from 3 to 11 years old.

Admission authority

Responsibility for admissions to the school rests with its governing body.

Admission to Corbett

Children will be given the offer of a full-time place at the school from the September of the academic year within which the child becomes five. For applications in the normal admissions round for Reception, parents must complete an application via their child’s home local authority. Admissions are administered through a Co-ordinated Scheme, which is processed centrally by Staffordshire Local Authority.

Published Admissions Number (PAN) for Corbett 2024/2025

This is the number of pupils that the school can admit into each relevant age group. Corbett can admit up to 14 pupils to its Reception class.

Allocating places

If the school is not oversubscribed, all applicants will be offered a place. If the school receives more applications than the number of places available, places will be offered using the following criteria ordered below.

Oversubscription criteria

First priority will be given to children in care and children who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order), including 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.

If the number of applications exceeds the schools Published Admissions Number (PAN), the following order of priority will be used to allocate the available places:

  1. In accordance with legislation, children with an Education, Health and Care Plan which names Corbett Primary School must be admitted to the school before all other applicants are considered.
  2. Children in care and children who have previously been in care.
    Defined as: children who are (a) in care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to the school; or children who are no longer looked after by a Local Authority in England (as defined by the Children Act 1989) because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order. This includes children who were previously in state care outside of England and have ceased to be in care as a result of being adopted, and children who were adopted immediately after being looked after in England. Applications made under this criteria must be accompanied by professionally supported evidence (e.g. from a social worker). The School Admissions Code 2021 states that priority must be given to looked-after and previously looked-after children, including internationally adopted previously looked-after children (IAPLAC).
  3. Children who have a home address within the Parish of Bobbington as defined by the Staffordshire Local Authority.
  4. Children who have an elder sibling in attendance at the school and who will still be attending the school at the proposed admission date.
    Defined as: a brother or sister who lives at the same address and (a) has one or both natural parents in common, (b) is related by a parent’s marriage, (c) is adopted or fostered by a common parent, or (d) is an unrelated child who lives at the same address whose parents live as partners.
  5. Children whose home address is nearest in distance to the main gate of the school.
    Defined as a straight line measurement. This is measured by Staffordshire Local Authority’s Geographical Information System (GIS). The coordinates of an applicant’s home address are determined using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and Ordnance Survey (OS) Address Point data.

Home address

The home address considered to be the child’s is their parent’s main and genuine place of residence at the time places are allocated, i.e. where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship), the friends or relatives’ addresses will not be considered for allocation purposes.

When parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the school week, then the home address will be where the child lives for the majority of the school week. Parents will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.

Late applications

Wherever possible, application forms received after the closing date will be considered alongside those applicants who applied on time. When it is not possible, because places have already been allocated, late applicants will be considered only after those who applied by the published closing date. A late application does not affect the right of appeal or the right to be placed on a school’s waiting list.

Waiting lists

A waiting list will automatically be kept of any child who has been refused a school place. The waiting list will be kept in oversubscription order and when places become available they will be offered to the next pupil in turn. Inclusion on a waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available. A child’s position on the waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change, i.e. they can go up or down the list. The waiting list will be kept until the end of the academic year of admission. For cases in which infant class size regulations apply, the waiting list will operate until the cohort concerned leaves Year 2.

Infant class size

The requirement for the school to meet the Infant Class Size legislation may result in the refusal of catchment area or sibling applications when a class has already reached its limit of 30 pupils.

Deferred entry to Reception

Parents may request that their child be admitted to Reception class on a part-time basis, or that their child be admitted to school later in the same academic year when the child reaches compulsory school age (i.e. the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday). In effect, the place will be held for the child in Reception and is not available to be offered to any other child within the same academic year in which it has been offered.

Before deciding whether to defer their child’s entry to school, parents should visit their preferred schools to clarify how they cater for the youngest children in Reception and how the needs of these children are met as they move up through the school.

Admission outside of the normal age group

Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to school outside of their normal age group, e.g. if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of summer-born children may choose not to send their child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted outside of their normal age group to Reception rather than Year 1. These parents will need to make an application alongside children applying at the normal age, which should explain why it is in the child’s best interest to be admitted outside of their normal age. This may include information such as professional evidence as to why this is the case and why an exception should be made for the child. A decision as to whether this is an appropriate course of action will be made by the governing body. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.

Repeat applications

The governors will not consider repeat applications in the same academic year.

In-year admissions

An application should be made directly to the governing body at the school, by completing an application form available from the school office (which will determine whether a place is available in the requested year group). The governing body will notify the Local Authority of the outcome of the application. All places will be allocated according to the published admission arrangements.

Appeals procedure

Any parent has the right to appeal against a decision not to admit. Appeals should be made in writing to the chair of governors at the school address, and must set out the grounds on which the appeal is made. The appeal will be heard by an independent appeal panel. To enquire about school admission appeals for Corbett Primary School and the process for this, please refer to this page.

Fraudulent or misleading information

If the school becomes aware that a place was secured for a child on the basis of misleading or false information, it reserves the right, within the terms of the School Admissions Code, to withdraw the offer of a place or, if the child has already started at the school, to remove the child from the school roll. The school will work with the Local Authority to investigate any concerns about fraudulent or misleading applications.

School admissions: the law

The school admission arrangements comply with the following legislation:

  • The Human Rights Act 1998 confers a right to education, although this right does not extend to securing a place at a particular school. However, admissions authorities do need to consider parents’ reasons for expressing a preference when they make decisions regarding the allocation of school places.
  • The Equality Act 2010, protects people from discrimination due to the following characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
  • School Admissions Code 2021 and School Admissions Appeals Code 2012 regulate the school admissions process and legislation, including the appeals process.

Date of last review: April 2024

The current policy is identical to the forthcoming Admissions Arrangements Policy 2024/2025. See above.