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Admission arrangements for Someries Infant School

This page sets out the admission arrangements for Someries Infant School. Someries Infant School is a Foundation School and the Governing Board is responsible for admissions to the school.

For the academic year 2020 to 2021, the school has adopted Luton Council’s admissions policy for community schools.

The following information sets out the admission arrangements for Someries Infant School for the academic year 2020 to 2021.

Our admissions policy for September 2020

From September 2021, our admissions policy is changing.

Our admissions policy for September 2021

Luton Council’s admissions policy

Luton operates a catchment area system. Parents and carers are advised of their designated catchment area school and of their right to express a preference for any school.

Pupils are admitted to Luton schools, without reference to ability or aptitude, up to the published admission number for each school.  If the number of places in a particular year group at a school is not sufficient to meet the number of applications from parents or carers, the following criteria are applied (in the order of priority given below) to determine how places will be allocated.

Priority may also be given to the admission of pupils in accordance with the In-Year Fair Access Protocol.

Admission to Someries Infant School

In accordance with the Education Act 1996, children with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan are required to be admitted to the school named in their statement or education, health and care plan. Thereafter, the priorities listed below apply.


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


Brothers and sisters of pupils attending the school or the linked junior school when the pupil starts at the school.


Pupils living in the catchment area of the school.


On medical grounds supported by medical evidence.


Children of staff who work at the School.


On the shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the main entrance[2] of the school site and the pupil’s home address[3], with those living closer to the school being accorded higher priority.

[1] An adoption order is an order under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).  A ‘child arrangements order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 as amended by section 14 of the Children and Families Act 2014.  Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

[2] The main entrance of the School means the door used to access the School’s main reception. 

[3] The home address is measured from a point at the address identified in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. 

The admissions criteria will be applied separately and sequentially until all places are filled. Priority is not given within each criterion to children who meet other criteria. If Luton Council is unable to agree a place for all applicants meeting a specific criterion, the distance criterion (priority 6) will be used as a tiebreaker. 

For infant school admissions where one twin/ child of multiple birth qualifies for a place and the other sibling(s) do not qualify for a place, both twins/multiple birth children will be promoted to the sibling criterion. This approach will also apply to siblings in the same year group who live together at the same address. 

In the event of (a) two or more children living at the same address point (for example, children resident in a block of flats) or (b) two addresses measuring the same distance from the school, the ultimate tie-breaker will be random selection, witnessed by a Luton Council officer, independent of Luton Council’s Admissions Team. 

Admission process

Luton Council will continue to use the equal preference system that was adopted for all Luton schools for September 2007 admissions.

‘Equal preference’ system

Stage 1

All first, second and third preference applications are considered equally against the schools’ admissions criteria.  At this stage Luton Council does not distinguish between first, second and third preference applications. For example, if the school has 150 places and there are 300 first, second and third preference applications all are considered equally against the admissions criteria.

Stage 2

If a pupil qualifies for a place at more than one school, the parent or carer’s highest ranked preference (that is the first or second preference on the parent or carer’s application form) will be offered. Any lower ranking offers will be disregarded. For example, a parent or carer’s first and third preferences might both qualify for a place, in which case the parent or carer would be offered their first preference, leaving the place at the third preference school available for another pupil.

Admissions timetable

Week commencing

7 October 2019

Parents of pupils born between 01.09.2015 and 31.08.2016 receive information on the starting school admissions process.

15 January 2020

Closing date for receipt of application forms.

24 February 2020

Applications from Luton residents for Luton voluntary aided and foundation schools are passed to the relevant school for consideration.  Applications from Luton residents for out of borough schools are passed to the relevant LA for consideration.

2 March to 27 March 2020

Exchange of data:

  • 2 March 2020: Luton VA and foundation schools provide the LA’s Admissions Team with a list that ranks applications against their school’s admissions criteria. Out of borough applications for Luton VA and foundation schools will be passed to the relevant admission authority as they are received.
  • Luton LA receives notification of the outcome of applications, for Luton resident pupils, for schools outside of the Borough.
  • Luton LA will notify neighbouring LAs of the outcome of applications, for a place at a Luton school, from pupils residing in their area.

15 April 2020

Allocation lists sent to schools via email.

16 April 2020

Decision letters posted to parents or carers and offer emails sent to parents or carers during the course of the working day.

May 2020

Admission appeals take place from May 2020.

If schools receives direct applications, they must inform Luton Council of the application and forward it to their Admissions Department by the closing date regardless of whether the child(ren) reside in the Luton area.

Since Someries Infant School is a Foundation School, the Governing Board is responsible for admissions to the school. However, Luton Council undertakes the processing of applications for Someries Infant School.

Application process for new reception year places commencing in September 2020

Parents or carers are encouraged to apply on-line; however, hard copy application forms are available on request. Parents or carers can express up to three preferences on Luton Council’s application form.

Applications for Luton schools from parents or carers residing outside of Luton

Out of borough applications will be processed in parallel with Luton applications. Out of borough applications will be forwarded to the relevant admission authority for the school for consideration.

Luton Council will then notify the pupil’s home council as to whether a place can be offered. 

Waiting lists

Someries Infant School holds its own waiting lists for all school applications.

Where it is not possible to agree all applications made to Someries Infant School, a list will be held by the school. A child’s name may be held on up to three waiting lists, for their three preferred schools. However, applications for a place at another Luton school should be made to via Luton Council’s school admissions department.

Someries Infant School’s waiting list is organised in the order of priority of the admissions criteria outlined above; it is not based on the date the application was added to the list.

For the new Reception school intake, names will be held on the waiting list until 31 July 2021; however, applications received in the summer term 2021 will remain on the school’s waiting list until July 2022. Parents will need to reapply for a place at Someries Infant School after this date if they wish their child’s name to be carried forward on the school’s waiting list.

For all other year groups, unsuccessful in-year applications received from the start of the autumn term 2020 until the end of the spring term 2021 will be placed on the school’s waiting list until 31 July 2021. Applications received from the start of the summer term 2021 to the end of the academic year will be placed on the school’s waiting list until 31 July 2022.

Waiting lists are organised in the order of priority of the school’s admissions criteria. It is important to remember that the position of your child on the waiting list may change as other children are added to – or deleted from – the school’s waiting lists.

Home address

For the purposes of allocating places in the normal admissions round (that is the initial allocation of places for reception intakes) where a school is oversubscribed, the pupil’s catchment area will be determined by their home address as at the closing date for applications.

Children who gain a place at a school because their parents or carers have provided Luton Council a false home address will have their place withdrawn.

Late applications

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered in the initial allocation of places, except in very exceptional circumstances. 

Where parents or carers have submitted an application form before the closing date, but then seek to change their preference after the closing date, this late expression of preference will be treated as a ‘late’ application and will not be considered in the initial allocation of places.

Deferred entry

Someries Infant School admits children into its reception classes in the September prior to the child’s fifth birthday.  Parents or carers can choose to defer their child’s entry to school or take up the place part-time until he or she is of compulsory school age, providing this place is taken up within the same academic year and they are not on roll at an alternative school. 


  • children born between 01.09.2015 and 31.12.2015 can defer their place until January 2021
  • children born between 01.01.2016 and 31.08.2016 can defer their place until April 2021

Parents or carers cannot defer their child’s entry beyond the dates given above. Parents or carers of children born between 01.04.2016 and 31.08.2016, who would like their child to start year one in September 2021 would need to reapply for admission at a later date. These applications would be treated as an ‘in-year’ admission request and parents or carers would need complete a hard copy application form which are available on request from the school. A place would only be offered if there were vacancies in the year group.

Parents and carers can also request that their child attends on a part-time basis until they reach compulsory school age.

Parents or carers wishing to defer their child’s entry to school or request that their child attends school on a part-time basis until they reach compulsory school age must put their request in writing to the Head Teacher, ideally within 21 days of being offered a school place.

Admission of children outside of their normal age group

Parents or carers seeking a place for their child outside of the chronological age group should submit their written case to Luton Council. Parents or carers should include information regarding the child’s academic, social and emotional development; and whether they have previously been educated outside of their normal age group. If the child has been born prematurely, parents or carers should include these details in their application. Applications will be discussed with the head teacher(s) of the preferred school(s) and other relevant local authority professionals.  Luton Council will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of each case and parents or carers will be informed of the reasons for the decision in writing. 

Publication of admission arrangements

Luton Council will publish information booklets for parents on the admissions process. An interpreter service is available to assist parents or carers. Assistance can also be provided for hearing or visually impaired parents.

Relevant area

The current relevant area for admissions consultation purposes is all admission authorities within Luton, neighbouring councils and all admission authorities within a three-mile radius of Luton.



The term ‘siblings’ includes both natural, adopted and step brothers and sisters.  It also includes fostered siblings, where foster care has been arranged by Children and Family Services.  Other family relationships such as cousins will not be considered under this criterion.

Medical grounds

This refers to the health of the child for whom a place is being requested and for whom the requested school is the most suitable in the area to meet the child’s medical needs.  It must relate to a recognised medical condition for which the child is receiving treatment.  Medical evidence must be provided to substantiate the claim.  The medical evidence will be sent to the Health Authority for advice in determining whether the child should be prioritised on medical grounds with regard to admission to the requested school.

Children of staff

Luton Council regards children of staff as someone employed to work at the School on a permanent contract for at least 15 hours per week, who meets one of the following criteria at the time of application:

  • has been in post continuously for a least two years; or
  • is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.

Children of staff that have given notice of resignation will not be considered under this criterion.

For the purposes of satisfying these criteria, a member of staff is defined as a permanent member of the teaching staff, or a permanent member of the non-teaching staff. 

The staff member must be the child’s parent or legal guardian and the child must be living permanently with the member of staff.

Home address

The local authority regards a pupil’s home address as where she or he spends the majority of the school week (i.e. Monday to Friday, including nights) with her/ his parent or legal guardian. The address of a childminder or family member who looks after the child before or after school cannot be used.  If there is any query on the home address this will be checked against official documentation.

Catchment Areas

Details of catchment areas can be found on the Council’s website at

Catchment area lists are also available from the Council by telephoning the Admissions Helpline on 01582 548016.

Admission number

Someries Infant School has a pupil admission number of 60 pupils in its September 2020 reception year intake.

Visiting the school

The school hosts a series of structured school tours for parents and carers applying for a Reception place for their child throughout October and November of each academic year. These are publicly advertised and can be booked online. The school does not host additional tours outside of the published dates.

Further information