Admission to Reception - September 2022
Children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 will be eligible for a place in Reception for September 2022.
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Featherby Infant School and Featherby Junior School are both schools with Academy status.
The planned admission number for 2022/2023, which has been agreed with the local authority, is 90 for Reception. The admission arrangements for Featherby are consistent with Medway Council’s Co-ordinated Scheme for Primary Admissions, to ensure simplicity for parents and carers.
Parents and carers can apply for Featherby using the Common Application Form or using the on-line facility at Medway Admissions
Places will be offered according to the Scheme.
A waiting list request form can be completed online using the Council’s website. Details will be sent with the offer letter on National Offer Day in March 2022. Using this online form, parents can request to be placed on the waiting list for Featherby if it was originally listed.
Waiting lists will be maintained by the Council until the end of the first term in December 2022 and children will be ranked in waiting lists according to the oversubscription criteria.
Any application made to Featherby that has been unsuccessful will have the right of appeal.
If the number of preferences for Featherby exceeds the number of places available, the local authority will allocate places in the following priority order:
- Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care Plan that names Featherby.
- Looked after children (children in public care) and previously looked after children.
- Children who at the time of application have a brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the same family unit) on the roll of Featherby at the time of the sibling’s admission.
- Children of staff members who have been employed at Featherby for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to Featherby is made, or, the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
- Child’s health reasons, supported by medical evidence, which requires the child to attend Featherby.
- Nearness of children’s homes.
Distance will be measured by the shortest available safe walking route between home and school as measured by the Council’s geographical information system. Those living closer to the school will receive the higher priority. The Council’s Geographical Information System measures the start point, end point and distance of each route.
In the event of two or more children having equal ranking for the last place the deciding factor will be the shortest available safe walking distance between the home address and the school as measured by the Council’s Geographical Information System and determined by the Medway local authority. Where this cannot be determined, the available place(s) will be allocated by drawing lots.
Admission of children outside their normal age group
Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health.
Requests for admission outside of the normal age group should be made to the Headteacher of Featherby, by letter or email. It would be helpful if parents or carers provide evidence to support such an application, usually with supporting evidence from an appropriately qualified medical or other practitioner.
Children with Special Educational Needs
If a child has a statement of special educational need/EHC plan, parents will express school preferences through the process organised by the Special Educational Needs Assessment Team at the Council.
Parents who do not submit a Form/online application by the closing date set by the Council must complete a paper application form and return it to the Council Admissions Team accompanied by a written explanation of the reasons for late submission.
If the Council judge the reason provided is not exceptional, the application will be held until after national offer day and will considered during the re-allocation process.
Admissions Appeals Timetable for Admissions in September 2022/23
If your child is due to start primary school in September 2022 you would have been able to appeal between April and May 2022 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by July 2022.
For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.
For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeals being lodged.
If you wish to lodge an appeal, more information can be found on their website via Medway Appeals.
Or by contacting Medway Council:
Phone: 01634 333 333 - Telephone lines open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
Write to: School services, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR