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In-year admissions for a school place at Someries Infant School

To make an ‘in-year’ application to the school for a year group that has already started, parents or carers need to complete Someries Infant School’s in-year application form. In-year application forms are available on request from the school or can be downloaded below.

Click here to download our in-year application form

Completed in-year applications should be returned directly to the school. Alternatively, you can complete the online application form at the bottom of this page.
 

Someries Infant School has three intake periods during each academic year, as follows:

Autumn term

First 3 school weeks in September

Spring term

First 2 school weeks in January

Summer term

First school week in June

However, where necessary – and subject to the availability of places – the school will endeavour to allocate places to the following children outside of its three defined intake periods:

1.

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 the social services functions (section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989).

2.

Pupils without a school place who have moved into Luton from outside of the borough or from abroad.

3.

Children with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan where Someries Infant School is named in their statement or education, health and care plan.

4.

Children who are already attending a school within Luton and who are wishing to transfer to Someries Infant School because their home address is further than two miles from their current school and it would not be reasonable for them to remain at the current school because of distance alone.

All other applications will be considered on an individual basis.


[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 guardian (or special guardian)

Luton Council is responsible for coordinating in-year applications for Luton’s community schools. If, at the same time as applying for a place at Someries Infant School, parents or carers are seeking consideration of a place at another school, they should complete Luton Council’s in-year application form and return this form directly to their Admissions Department. Luton Council will then liaise with all of the schools listed as a preference to ascertain which (if any) preferences can be met. If a pupil qualifies for a place at more than one school, the parent or carers highest ranked preference will be offered and any lower ranking offers will be disregarded.


Admission arrangements

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.

The school will comply with all relevant provisions of the Department for Education’s School Admissions Code of Practice 2014 (‘the Admissions Code’), the School Admission Appeals Code of Practice 2012 (‘the Appeals Code’) and the law on admissions. The school will consult on its admission arrangements as may be required and/ or necessary.

This page sets out the admission arrangements for Someries Infant School for the academic year 2021/ 2022 and for subsequent years.

Our admissions policy


Admissions criteria

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.

1.

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 the social services functions (section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989).

2.

Children of staff[2] who are employed by the school.

3.

Children in the catchment area with a sibling or siblings[3] already attending Someries Infant School or Someries Junior School at the proposed date of admission.

4.

Children living in the catchment area of Someries Infant School.

5.

Children who live outside the catchment area with siblings at Someries Infant School and/ or Someries Junior School who will still be attending Someries Infant School and/ or Someries Junior School at the proposed date of admission.

6.

On the shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the main entrance[4] of the school site and the pupil’s home address[5], with those living closer to the school being accorded higher priority.

For the purposes of allocating places in the normal admissions round for Reception year, 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 stated a false home address will have their place withdrawn.

Catchment area details can be found here.


[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 guardian (or special guardian)

[2] Someries Infant School regard children of staff as somebody 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: (a) has been in post continuously for at least 2 years; or (b) 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 purpose 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.

[3] The terms ‘sibling’ or ‘siblings’ include natural, adopted and step brothers and sisters. It also includes fostered siblings, where foster care has been arranged by children’s social services. Other family relationships will not be considered under this criterion, including cousins.

[4] The ‘main entrance’ to the school is the door used to access the school’s main reception.

[5] The pupil’s home address is measured from a point at the address identified in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. A pupil’s home address is where she or he spends the majority of the school week (Monday to Friday, including evenings) with her/ his parents or legal guardian. The address of a childminder or family member who looks after the children before or after school cannot be used. If there is any query on the home address, this will be checked against official documentation.


Visiting the school

Once the number of pupils reaches the admission number in each year group, a waiting list if formed. Positions on the waiting list are organised in the order of priority of the school’s admissions criteria. A waiting list for Reception, Year One and Year Two places at Someries Infant School will be held as follows:

‘In-year’ applications received during autumn term

until the last day of the spring term (as defined by the school’s agreed academic calendar)

‘In-year’ applications received during spring term

until the last day of the summer term (as defined by the school’s agreed academic calendar)

‘In-year’ applications received during summer term

until the last day of the autumn term of the following academic year (as defined by the school’s agreed academic calendar)

Parents or carers will need to reapply for a place after each of these dates if they wish their child’s name to be carried forward on the waiting list.

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.


Visiting the school

Parents or carers are warmly encouraged to make an appointment with our School Operations Officer via the School Office if they wish to visit the school before making an in-year application for a school place.