Admissions

Our admission policies detailed below show you how we allocate places at Helmsley School. If you have any questions about admissions please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can apply for a place in school by visiting the North Yorkshire Local Education Authority website.

Admission to Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools

ORDER OF PRIORITY:

First priority:

Children with a statement of special educational needs which names the school.

Note: this relates only to children who have undergone statutory assessment and for whom a final statement of special educational needs (SEN) has been issued.

Second priority:

Children and young people in Public Care for whom the school has been expressed as a preference.

Third priority:

Children we believe have special social or medical reasons for admission.

Note: we will only consider applications in this category if they are supported by a professional recommendation from a doctor, social worker or other appropriate professional which says that it is essential for the child to go to this school and no other.

Fourth priority:

Children living within the normal area of the school who have listed it as their first preference.

Note: if we cannot meet all first preferences, we will give places to children who already have brothers and sisters (in all cases brothers and sisters would include stepbrothers and stepsisters living at the same address) at the school, and then to those living nearest to the school.

Fifth priority:

Children living in the normal area of the school who have listed it as a preferred school but whose higher preferences elsewhere have not been met and where a place elsewhere would "prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources." (In other words, the education of the pupils at other schools could be affected if those schools are already full, or if the other schools are too far away for the child to go to without unreasonable travel time or costs)

Note: we will consider applications in order of preference (second, then third, fourth and fifth).  If there are not enough places for all the children in one of these preference groups, we will give places to children who already have brothers or sisters at the school, then to those living nearest to the school.  If there are not enough places for all those with brothers and sisters, we will give priority to those with brothers and sisters living nearest to the school.

Sixth priority:


Children from outside the normal area of the school who have a brother or sister at the school.

Note: we will consider applications in order of preference.  If there are not enough places for all those with brothers and sisters at the school, we will give priority to those living nearest to the school.

Seventh priority:


Children from outside the normal area who live closest to the school using the nearest available walking route.

Note: once we have given places to all those children from outside the normal area of the school who have brothers and sisters, we will give the rest of the places to those living nearest to the school.

Distance measurements are based on the nearest walking route that a child can walk with reasonable safety, accompanied as necessary.  We usually make the measurements using an electronic mapping system.

We may be able to give your child a place at a school that does not serve the local area you live in.  In this case, you will normally be responsible for travel arrangements and the costs of your child’s travel to and from school.

Infant Class Sizes - Class sizes for Key Stage 1 (infants) must not be greater than 30 pupils at the start of any academic year.  The Authority will, therefore, need to take this into account when allocating places in reception/infant classes.

Admission to Community and Voluntary Controlled Nursery Schools

ORDER OF PRIORITY:

First priority:

Children with a statement of special educational needs naming the school concerned.

Second priority:

Children who are recommended by the Director of Social Services, including children in the care of a local authority, or by the appropriate designated medical officer.

Note: we will only consider applications in this category if they are supported by a recommendation from a doctor, social care worker or other appropriate professional which says that it is essential for the child to go to the preferred school and no other.

Third priority:

Children from homes with poor housing conditions or overcrowding, or from a background which could affect the child’s normal educational development.

Note: this should be supported by the recommendation of a doctor, social care worker or other professional.

Fourth priority:

Children within the normal area of the school, giving priority to the oldest children first.

(NB For the purposes of the Nursery, the normal area of the school will be deemed to be greater than the normal school admissions area. This is due to the sparcity of nursery provision within the surrounding area. This area will be reviewed as and when new settings become available)

Fifth priority:

Children from outside the school’s normal area, giving priority to those whose home is nearest to school first.

Admissions are determined on a termly basis and parents will be notified once a place becomes available. Once the Nursery reaches capacity places will be offered as and when they become available according to the priorities outlined above

Arrangements for prospective parents/children to visit school

At Helmsley C.P. School we believe in forming a partnership with parents for the benefit of their children. Prospective parents are invited to visit school and to enrol their child/ren on the school’s admissions list by contacting Mrs. H. Feather, our Finance and Administrative Officer, or Mr. T. Hiley Headteacher. 

NURSERY: Children are admitted termly into the Nursery. (Please refer to the criteria for admission above) The school hosts an initial meeting for parents during the term before their child is due to start when details of the induction process are explained and opportunities to ask questions made available. Following this meeting the children themselves are invited to come into nursery for a series of familiarisation visits (a separate nursery prospectus is available on request.

RECEPTION: Those children who are to continue their education at Helmsley will automatically transfer into our Reception class. The school hosts an evening meeting for parents at this important time in order to clarify the next step in their child’s education. The school arranges induction sessions for future reception children internally. Not all our reception children will have come through our nursery classroom: the school will make every effort to ensure that the parents of such children are invited to our induction meeting and that the children will be included in the induction process.

JOINING SCHOOL MIDYEAR: We welcome those children and parents who have moved into the Helmsley area midway through an academic year for whatever reason. We would encourage any parent thinking of registering their child at Helmsley CP School to make contact with Mrs Feather at the school office or Mr T. Hiley, Headteacher. The office telephone number is 01439 770783.

Our School’s maximum admission limit for the Reception Class is 25 for the academic year 2005/2006. The government are pledged to keep class sizes in Key Stage One (The Infants) to below thirty, but there is no fixed number attached to any other year group.