Casual / In Year Admissions to Featherby
Any parent can apply for a place for their child at any time to Featherby outside the normal admissions round.
Any child’s ‘point of entry’ admission will become an in-year admission if the application is received after the closure of the waiting list under the co-ordinated admission scheme (31st December each year).
Any family wishing to apply for a place at Featherby will need to complete a casual admission application form, available on request. Featherby will also accept applications on the Council’s application form (IYCAF) available on Medway In-Year Admissions.
- If it has been established, with reference to the number of places available, the published over-subscription criteria and the outcome of the academic assessment, that an offer can be made in response to an application, Featherby will formally notify the applicant family in writing.
- If it has been established, with reference to the number of places available, the published over-subscription criteria and the outcome of the academic assessment, that an offer cannot be made in response to an application, Featherby will formally notify the applicant family in writing and extending the right of appeal.
- If the information on the application form determines that the child meets the criteria for the Council’s current fair access protocols then the case must be referred to the School Services Team to arrange consideration by the Fair Access Panel.
If the number of preferences for an In-Year place within a group at Featherby exceeds the number of places available, places will be allocated under our Overscription Criteria:
- Looked after children (children in public care) and previously looked after children.
- Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care Plan that names Featherby.
- 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.