The following information and documents were taken from the Coventry City Council website, and can we viewed directly by following this link (www.coventry.gov.uk).
Primary School Admission
Parkgate Primary School serves children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. Parkgate also has nursery classes which admit children in the academic year before they are due to commence school.
Coventry children may be admitted to primary schools at the beginning of the school year after their fourth birthday provided they have reached the age of four by the 31 August. However, children must start school at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday.
Coventry operates a co-ordinated scheme for primary admission arrangements. This means that the Council administer applications for all maintained schools in Coventry, as well as exchanging applications with other local authorities e.g. Solihull and Warwickshire.
Application process for children starting school September 2021:
|1 September 2020||Parents can make applications online|
|15 January 2021||Closing date for applications and final date for any changes to addresses. After this date, please contact the Council's School Admission Team.|
|16 April 2021||Letters posted (by second class delivery) to inform parents of allocated school. E-mails sent to online applicants.|
|May - August 2021||Second round of allocation of places and further requests for appeals. Late applications that missed the 15 January 2021 deadline or any changes made to a submitted application will now be considered|
|May - July 2021||Appeals heard|
The Authority cannot always offer places at a preferred school. If this is the case the child's name will be automatically placed on the Waiting List for community and voluntary controlled schools. If places become available, the Authority will allocate the places in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Applicants may therefore move both up and down the list depending on whether others joining the list meet a higher ranked oversubscription criterion. Waiting Lists will remain in operation until the end of the 2020 Autumn Term. After this parents/carers will need to contact the Admissions Team by the beginning of each term if they want to stay on the waiting list for the rest of the academic year.
The Admissions Policy of the City Council in the event of over-subscription for Local Authority Community, Voluntary Controlled and Academy Primary Schools is:
All children with a statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan that name the school will be admitted before all other applicants.
- Criteria 1 - Children who, at the time of admission, are in the care of a local authority or are provided with accommodation by the authority (looked after children). Also children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted, or became subject to a residence order, child arrangements order or a special guardianship order. A looked-after child is defined in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.
- Criteria 2 - Children who live in the catchment area served by the school, who have a brother or sister attending the school provided that the brother or sister will continue to attend that school the following year
- Criteria 3 - Other children who live in the catchment area served by the school.
- Criteria 4 - Children living outside the catchment area with a brother or sister who currently attends the school provided that the brother or sister will continue to attend that school the following year;
- Criteria 5 - Children of Staff who have been employed at the school for two or more years at the time of application for the school place; or recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
- Criteria 6 - All other children
If it was not possible to meet all the requests in any of the above categories the City Council has prioritise the requests by reference to the distance. A straight-line measurement has been made from the child's home address to the centre of the preferred school site. The address used must be the child's permanent home address. The shortest measurement has highest priority.
If you are in need of more advice or guidance at any time during the admission process, you can:
- contact the school office
- Call the Council's Admissions and Benefits team on 024 7683 1613 / 1573.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org