Our Admissions Procedure
Salford Academy Trust is responsible for determining the Academy’s Admission Policy. In undertaking this responsibility, the Trust will be guided by the requirements of the law and will conform fully to the admissions code. The admissions oversubscription criteria have been created so as to ensure fairness, transparency and ease of operation to minimise appeals.
The planned admissions number for Reception will be 60.
Priorities for Admissions
The Academy will admit children with a statement of special educational needs naming the Academy. We will then allocate the remaining places in accordance with this policy.
Where more applications are received than there are places available, applications will be considered in accordance with the Academy’s published oversubscription criteria following the order stated below:
Where the number of applications for the Academy received during the normal admissions round exceeds the admission number of the school, or an admission limit set higher than the admission number, then admission will be determined in accordance with the following priority of admission criteria:
1. Looked after children as defined by section 22 of the Children Act 1989 and former looked after children. This includes children who have ceased to be looked after because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.
2. Children in Need - as defined by the Children Act (1989) i.e. those who are unlikely to achieve or maintain or have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining a reasonable standard of health or development or a child/children whose health or development would be further impaired without the provision of services of the Local Authority. Applications under this criterion would need to be supported by an appropriate professional stating that attendance at a particular school is essential.
3. Medical reasons. If claiming medical reasons, parents/carers must provide evidence from the doctor that the child has a medical condition which means that admission to the Academy is essential.
4. Older brother or sister in attendance at the Academy at the date when the pupil is to be admitted. This includes step-children and foster children living with the same family at the same address. Other children may be considered under the sibling criterion provided proof is available to demonstrate that the children are permanently resident at the same address as part of the same family unit. The Trust accepts that in some family units children may not be natural brother or sister.
5. Distance from the Academy. This will be measured in a straight line (as the crow flies) from the child's permanent home address to the front entrance of the Academy.
The child’s ordinary place of residence will be deemed to be a residential property at which the person or persons with parental responsibility for the child resides at the closing date for receiving applications for admission to the Academy.
Where parental responsibility is held by more than one person and those persons reside in separate properties, the child’s ordinary place of residence will be deemed to be that property at which the child resides for the greater part of the week including weekends.
If the Academy cannot differentiate between the applications within criteria 2-5 a random allocation tie-breaker will be applied. This may be required for example, where applicants reside in the same block of flats or are children of a multiple birth living at the same address.
The Academy will operate a waiting list for each year group. This will be maintained by the Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.
Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
Applying for a place at Marlborough Road Academy
At Marlborough Road Academy, we try to accommodate all children who want to come here, although places will be offered in line with the above admissions criteria. We can accept up to 60 children in the Nursery class and 60 into the Reception class each year.
Children currently in another primary school can be admitted to Marlborough Road Academy at any appropriate age but will only be admitted at certain times throughout the year. The in year admission dates are as follows:
First week after October Half Term holiday
First week of Spring Term (January)
First week after February Half Term holiday
First week of Summer Term (April)
First week after Whit Half Term (June)
Whilst children are waiting to be admitted, they will be given work to complete at home and will visit the school at pre-arranged times to help them integrate into their new class.
Children moving into the area and not currently in a school will be admitted as soon as a place becomes available.
Admission to the Nursery Class
Marlborough Road Academy is on the boundary of the Salford Education Authority. When applying for a place you complete the Salford Application form for entry. You can apply online at www.salford.gov.uk/apply-for-a-primary-place
Children can be admitted to the Nursery when they are 3 years old or if they will reach this age before 31 August in the year they are admitted.
Admission applications should be made through the Salford Admissions Team for the September intake. Information and application packs will be available from late October in the year before the September intake.
The deadline for applications is usually the middle of January. Places are announced via letter or email usually during the middle of April. You will normally be given at least 10 working days to let the Local Authority know whether you want to accept this offer. If you do not respond within this timescale the place may be offered to another child.
Late applications will only be dealt with once all other applications have been allocated and accepted.
A place in the Nursery class does not guarantee a place in the next class, Reception, as all parents must re-apply for a Reception Class place.
Admission to the Reception Class
Marlborough Road Academy is on the boundary of the Salford Education Authority. When applying for a place you complete the Salford application form if you pay your council tax to Salford City Council and the Manchester application form if you pay your rates to Manchester City Council. You can apply online at www.salford.gov.uk/apply-for-a-primary-place or http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500321/primary_school_admissions
Children transfer into the Reception class at the end of the Nursery year when they are 4 years old.
In Year applications for all year groups
Usually, children transfer through the year groups until they are 11, when they normally move to a local secondary school.
If you would like your child to attend Marlborough Road Academy you should first contact the school for information, and complete an application form. A copy of the form 'In Year Admissions' can also be found to the left of this page and can be sent to us using the 'Admissions Application Form Upload'. We will then contact you regarding your application
The Academy will allocate a place in the required year group if one is available. If a place is not available your name will be placed on a waiting list at Marlborough Road Academy and your application will be referred to the Local Authority and you will be sent a list of schools that do have places available.
Arrangements for the Admission of Pupils with Disabilities
Most children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities will not be disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010. The admission of pupils with disabilities is considered in the first instance in the same way as non-disabled pupils. Further considerations are made in the light of need and accessibility. In practice we ensure that classroom and extra curricular activities encourage the participation of all pupils, including those having special educational needs or disabilities. Staff organise resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all pupils.
How to appeal if a place has been refused
If you are not offered a reception place at the school you have the right to appeal against the decision.
The law on infant class sizes states that no five, six or seven year olds should be in a class of more than 30 pupils; the circumstances where an appeal committee can uphold an appeal for these year groups are therefore limited.
The Department for Education publishes a guide for parents on school admissions and appeals. The guide explains the school admissions and appeals processes; what parents can expect from the admissions system; how to object to unlawful arrangements and how to find further information and support.
This Policy should be read in conjunction with the Salford publication “Choosing a school in Salford” which is available from the school; can be downloaded from www.salford.gov.uk/primary-schoolapply.htm; or can be requested by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org