Admissions

Admissions

As an academy, Hursthead Junior School is its own Admissions Authority. However, all admissions are managed through the Local Authority and requests for places should be made through them. The School Office staff will be happy to put you in touch with the Admissions Office and to make an appointment for you to visit the school.

If this school is your first choice but we are unable to offer your child a place, you have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Committee. Democratic Services administer Appeals on behalf of Hursthead Junior School. The timetable for appeals can be found at the link below:              

 https://www.stockport.gov.uk/admission-appeals/admissions-appeals-summer-2019

Following a public consultation during 2015, the Admissions Authority for Hursthead Junior School has agreed that, with effect from the academic year 2019/2020, the oversubscription criteria for children in attendance at Hursthead Infant School will be as follows:

A. Looked after children and previously looked after children* (See definition in the Glossary of terms in Policies and Procedures 2016-17, please visit www.stockport.gov.uk/schooladmissions )
B. Children considered to have highly exceptional medical / social reasons
C. Children in attendance at Hursthead Infants, ranked by categories D – G
D. Children who live in the catchment area* of the school and will have a sibling* at the school at the time of admission
E. Children who live in the catchment area* of the school
F. Children who live outside the catchment area* of the school and will have a sibling* at the school at the time of admission
G. Children who are any other applicant, in order of straight-line distance* measured between home and the school
H. Applications received after the closing date ordered by the criteria detailed at A – G above
* Definitions of terms used within the oversubscription criteria can be found in the Glossary of Terms document found on the School Admissions website; www.stockport.gov.uk/schooladmissions Alternatively, these definitions can be found in the Policies and Procedures 2016/17 document also located on the School admissions website.

 

Admissions Policy 2020/21

After placement of pupils who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school, places will be allocated in the following order up to the Published Admission Number (PAN) of the school:

A. Looked after children and previously looked after children (See definition in the Glossary of terms in Policies and Procedures, please visit www.stockport.gov.uk/schooladmissions )
B. Children considered to have highly exceptional medical / social reasons
C. Children in attendance at Hursthead Infants, ranked by categories D – G
D. Children who live in the catchment area of the school and will have a sibling at Hursthead Infant School or Hursthead Junior School at the time of admission
E. Children who live in the catchment area of the school
F. Children who live outside the catchment area of the school and will have a sibling at Hursthead Infant School or Hursthead Junior School at the time of admission
G. Children who are any other applicant, in order of straight-line distance measured between home and the school
H. Applications received after the closing date ordered by the criteria detailed at A – G above

The overwhelming majority of children join the school in Year 3. Their admission is preceded by several visits by the children to meet the teachers, familiarise themselves with the building and experience a typical lesson with their new teacher.  The Year 2 children will have visited the Junior School on several occasions and will have a Year 5 buddy to support them in the transition process. We have a very comprehensive programme of events for transition.

Year 3 children are grouped into three new mixed ability classes for the start of the Autumn term. Mrs Driscoll and the Year 2 team, who know the children so well, work closely with Ms Losse to establish the new classes, sharing information on friendships, ability, gender and birth date, amongst other criteria. Parents of this cohort of children will be invited to view the Junior School, meet the teaching staff and listen to an introductory talk given by the Head Teacher.

Parents who are considering applying for places at Hursthead Infant School are actively encouraged to arrange a visit to the Junior School. Prospective parents are always welcome to make an appointment to tour the school at a mutually convenient time.

Equality Act

The Equality Act defines a disabled person as ‘someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term negative effect on his or her ability to carry out normal daily activities.’

At Hursthead Junior School we promote disability equality amongst all stakeholders. It is vital to us that disabled pupils, parents and teachers are prevented from being treated less favourably than others.  We seek to consult those who are disabled through various means to gather information and views on how we can support their needs.

Admission packs contain fact-finding documentation that inform our preparations, planning and resource requirements.  Access to our premises is only a small part of our duty and parents are always welcome to discuss sensitive issues with the Head Teacher or Special Needs Co-ordinator. It is important for us to be fully informed on any matters that may affect pupils’ learning.