New Year 7 Learners: Transfer Day - Monday 9th July 2018
Dear Year 7 Learner
Wootton Park School is full of anticipation for the coming year and the further building of our school community. The current learners are very much looking forward to welcoming you to WPS. You may not know anyone when you start but we are confident you will very quickly make new friends and therefore should not be concerned about this.
To help you settle in and to get to know us, we would like to invite you to Wootton Park School on Monday 9th July from 9am to 3pm. You will spend the day becoming familiar with the school environment and taking part in a range of activities designed to give you an introduction to life in Year 7. The day will also help you to build friendships with each other, and meet the staff before you start in September 2018
- Please arrive for 9am at the Sports Pavilion car park. Here you will be met by staff and learners, registered and enter the school site.
- You should wear your normal primary school uniform. If the weather is hot, please do not forget your sun cream and school cap.
- Bring with you a pen and some trainers to wear for the sporting activity.
- If you have yet to return your registration paperwork this must be received before as it contains essential consent forms and medical information. Learners without the correct forms may not be allowed to join the day.
- Learners are asked to bring a suitable packed lunch with them.
- At the end of the day with us you will be escorted to the Sports Pavilion to be picked up by your parent(s)/carer(s) at 3pm. If you are walking home, your parent/carer will need to give permission.
New EYFS Learners: Transfer Day- Tuesday 10th July 2018
Transfer Day is an exciting day where your child will get to experience the Reception base with other members of their class exclusively to themselves. There will be two sessions available on this day, one morning and one afternoon.
Transfer Day allows children the opportunity to build valuable links with the staff as well as developing a sense of security at school. These sessions will last for 2.5 hours and children will attend by themselves.
Morning sessions will take place between 09:00 – 11.30 (Group A) and afternoon sessions will take place between 12:45 – 15:15 (Group B).
These sessions have been allocated by the school and details of which session your child will be attending is enclosed within your pack.
We opened in 2016 with two Reception classes of 30 children each and four Year 7 classes of 30 children each and grow by adding two more Reception classes and four more Year 7 classes each year until we reach our full capacity of 1,260 pupils when the first pupils reach Year 13 in 2022.
Wootton Park School uses the Local Authority (LA) co-ordinated admissions process and is within the LA admissions booklet.
The Admissions Policy reflects that of the Local Education Authority (Northamptonshire County Council) and meet all requirements of the national Schools Admissions Code, Appeals Code and admissions legislation.
Published admission numbers:
- Reception – 60 places
- Year 7 – 120 places
Our school will accordingly admit up to these figures in the relevant age group if sufficient eligible applications are received. All eligible applicants will be admitted if a smaller number than the agreed admissions number applies to Reception or Year 7 applications. The school will not select by ability and welcomes applications from parents of all children. If the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs where the school is named in the Education Health and Care Plan or Statement, priority for admission will be given to those children that meet the criteria set out below, in the priority order shown:
- Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became the subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or a special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is a) in the care of the local authority or b) being provided with accommodation by the local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
- Pupils with an older sibling continuing at the primary section of the school at the time of the admission of the younger child. Pupils with an older sibling attending the secondary section of the school at the time of the admission of the younger child. Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.
- Children of Wootton Park School staff. Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
- Children by distance from the school. Where time is spent between two addresses the home address is the address the child normally lives, sleeps and goes to school from on the majority of school nights (Sunday – Thursday.) Proof of residence can be requested at any time.
Home address means the permanent residence of the child at the 31st October in the year prior to admission.
If the admission number is exceeded within any of the criteria, priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the home address to the address point of the school on a straight line basis. Should two distances be the same, a process of random allocation will be used.
Priority will be given under this criterion to children living nearest the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the home address to the address point of the school on a straight line basis.
Where a child lives on a boat, distance will be measured from the authorised mooring point. If the family is itinerant, the mooring point will be that used on the closing date for the receipt of applications.
Wootton Park School: Admission Policy 2018-19 is available here
Right of Appeal
All applicants refused a place, regardless of the reason, have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Code. Parents should lodge their appeal with Northamptonshire County Council.
Details of this process are contained on Northamptonshire County Council’s website together with the deadline dates.
Each year admissions authorities are required to carry out a consultation to ensure that any proposed changes in schools' published admission numbers (PANs) or oversubscription admission criteria can be subject to a process of open consultation.
The consultation period for changes for 2019 intakes ran from Monday 13 November to Friday 12 January 2018.
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