Admission Arrangements

Sefton Admission Criteria for Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools in the Southport Area.

Kew Woods Primary School’s admissions number is 60.

Where there are more applications than places available, we will apply the Admissions Criteria in the following order to allocate places:

1) Looked after children and all previously looked after children, 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 (or became subject to a child arrangements
order, or special guardianship order). *

2) Sibling – Children who have a brother or sister living in the same house who already attends
the primary school of their choice, provided they will still be in attendance at the school in
September 2022. Sibling is defined in these arrangements as step-children, foster children and
half-brothers and sisters, adopted brothers and sisters or children of the parent(s)/carer(s)’s
partner, living in the same family unit at the same address. (1)

3) Children of staff where the member of staff has been employed at a school within Southport
Learning Trust for two or more years at the time at which the admission application for the
school is made, and/or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there
is a demonstrable skill shortage. (1) Parent(s)/carer(s) must state the employee’s name on their
admission application form. Details will be validated by the school.

4) Distance – Children in order of proximity of their home to school, measured as per the tie
breaker clause shown below. (1)

Tie Breaker Clause (1) If it is not possible to offer places for all applications within any criteria then priority
will be given to those living closest to the school measured by the shortest walking distance from the child’s
home. We will measure from the property’s address point, to the nearest school gate (using recognised
routes known to the Local Authority at the time of measurement).

* A looked after child is a child who at the time of making an application to a school, is in the care of a local authority or is being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England in the exercise of their social services functions (see definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). This includes children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

Please be aware that the number of places allocated in each criterion can change from year to year.

All schools will meet their legal obligation to admit a pupil who has a Statement of Special Educational Needs that names the school in his or her educational health care plan.

Parents who require a place mid-year must apply to the Sefton Admissions Department.

Parents should contact Sefton LA regarding Kew Woods admission arrangements.



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