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Admissions Consultation


Consultation on Admission Arrangements for 2017/18

23rd November 2015 to 4th January 2016

As the Admitting Authority for Gusford Primary School, The Active Learning Trust (ALT) is seeking views on admission arrangements for the school year 2017/18.   All schools within the ALT follow the Admissions Code and the law relating to admissions. This accords with the Trust’s funding agreement with the Department for Education.

Suffolk County Council co-ordinate the admission arrangements for the normal year of entry.  From September 2015, Suffolk County Council ceased co-ordination of In-year applications, and parents wishing to apply for a school place outside of a normal year of entry should contact the school office for further information.

When a school receives a higher number of applications than it has places available an oversubscription criteria is used to determine which pupils are allocated a place. 

Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs, or an Education, Health and Care plan which names the school, must by law be offered a place at that school.

Given below is a summary of the oversubscription criteria for ALT schools.   For applications to the normal year of entry, these criteria will be applied according to the circumstances existing by midnight at the end of the closing date for applications.  For in-year applications, these criteria will be applied according to circumstances existing at the time of applications.

A:            A ‘looked after child’ or child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order.  A looked after child 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 its social services functions (see definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989.

B:            Children with a sibling attending the school at the time of application who is reasonably expected to still be attending the school at the proposed time of admission.

C:            Other children by distance from the school with priority for admission being given to those who live nearest to the school as measured by a straight line.

A more detailed explanation can be found in the Admission Arrangements document attached.

As part of the consultation process, you are entitled to give your views on the admission proposals.   You can do this by either:-

Writing to Admission, The Active Learning Trust, c/o Chesterton Primary School, Green End Road, Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 2RW, or


Responses must be received no later than noon on Monday 4th January 2016.

 To read the proposed admissions policy click this link

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