We have two separate Admission Policies:
- Our Nursery Admission Policy is set by the school Governors and admission to the school Nursery is conducted by the Admission Committee of the Governing Body. This committee meets twice per year as required when the set criteria are applied to completed applications.
- Our Admission Policy for school is controlled centrally by the Local Authority at Bootle Town Hall. We have adopted the Authority’s recommended policy and criteria is set and applied by the Local Authority. You will receive information from the Local Authority twelve months prior to you child starting school. Forms will be available to complete online or a paper form requested from Sefton to be completed and returned to your first preference school by a fixed date in January. Decisions regarding a school place are confirmed the following April directly from the Local Authority.
ADMISSIONS Parents considering sending their child to the school are welcome to visit at any mutually convenient time. Arrangements may be made by telephone. It is still important to register your child with the school however, information on how to apply online will be sent to you from Sefton Children’s Services.
You will receive the information twelve months prior to the start of the academic year in which your child would normally enter school. When the number of applications exceeds the places available (90 per year) the Local Authority will apply the following criteria.
Criteria 1 –
A looked after child or a child who was previously looked after and ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to adoption, residence or special guardianship order).
Criteria 2 – Sibling – Children who have a brother or sister living in the same house who are already attending Forefield Community Infant, Nursery or Junior Schools provided they will still be in attendance when the Reception place commences.
Criteria 3 – Children in the order of proximity of their homes to the school. (measured as per the Tie Breaker Clause)
Tie Breaker Clause – If it is not possible to offer places for all applications within any criteria above then priority will be given to those living closest to the school measured by the shortest walking distance from the child’s home. We will measure from the property’s address point, to the nearest school gate (using recognised routes known to the Authority at the time of measurement).
Please be aware that the number of places allocated in each criterion can change from year to year. All schools will meet their legal obligation to admit a pupil who has a statement of special educational need that names the school in his or her statement.
You will receive notification directly from the authority in April as to whether your child has been allocated a place for September.
Further information and advice can be obtained from The Admissions Section, Children’s Services, Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle, L20 7AE. (Telephone 0151 934 3590).
Parents who are refused admission to the school have a right to appeal. Details of the appeals procedure can be obtained from the Admission Section, Children’s Services Department.
In Year Admission to the Infant School
In Year Admission to the Infant School are coordinated through the Local Authority Admission Section who hold up to date information with regard to the availability of places throughout school. The Admissions Team can be contacted on Telephone: 0151 934 3590.
Dates of admission to the Infant School
The Education Act 1994 states that by Law, children become of school age at the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. In practice the great majority of children start school before that time. The agreed policy for Forefield is as follows:- Children will be taught in classes that do not exceed 30 pupils.
All new entrants have the opportunity to visit the school during the term before the child is admitted. For children who have not attended Forefield Nursery we provide a lending scheme of boxes with an educational skills bias for parents to use with their children. They visit each week for approximately six weeks to borrow a box. This acclimatizes the child to walking down the long corridor with a known adult and gives them the opportunity to mix with some of the other new children and see their teacher and classroom. Towards the end of the term children will be invited into school to spend an afternoon session to familiarise themselves with their teacher, new classroom and the layout of the building.
A Parents’ Welcome Evening is held in the Summer term to advise new parents of the entrance programme and to meet the Governors and staff. We offer workshops for parents to help prepare children for Nursery or Reception to ensure the best possible start in September.
The School Day:
The first half-term in the Reception Class is dedicated to settling the children into school so that they feel confident and competent in the new environment. Their experience of the first years of Education will be fundamental to how they view school, how they learn and how they relate to the adults and children other than their families. The pattern set up here is very likely to last for the rest of their lives. Gradual induction of young children into school will build on the achievements of other pre-school providers and the home. For the first week after admission all Reception children are part-time mornings only. Reception children do not stay over the dinner period or attend full time until their induction period is complete i.e. they are securely settled and show no undue signs of fatigue or stress.
The initial school day (Reception children only)
8.50am to 12.00 noon
The Reception teachers also hold informal workshops with parents normally in the second week of your child starting school to advise on literacy teaching and phonics, mathematics and general information with regard to Reception routines, the curriculum, Key Worker roles and assessment using the Early Years’ Profile.
Please click here to view our school day timetable/ admissions timetable.
Sefton Admissions Schemes
Sefton Local Authority Co-ordinated Admissions Schemes and Determined Admission Arrangements for Sefton Local Authority Schools and Academies for 2021-22 has now been published on the Sefton Website.
These include the Primary and Secondary admission schemes, which provide the application and allocation framework and associated deadlines, as well as the admission numbers and policies for Sefton Local Authority Schools and Sefton Academies. These can be accessed on the Sefton Council website via this link
Nursery Admissions Policy
NURSERY ADMISSION POLICY
There are sixty two places available for Nursery admissions per year. 26 morning and 26 afternoon places available plus 10 30 hour places.
There will be two intakes: September and January (subject to the availability of places).
Children will be admitted to the Nursery in the term following their third birthday.
September intake: Children must be three by the 31st August
January intake: Children must be three by the 31st December
Parents are requested to complete an application form to indicate a preference for a morning or an afternoon place. For parents wishing their child to receive ‘wrap around care’ from All Saints Ventures, priority will be given to an afternoon placement at Forefield Community Infant & Nursery School Nursery to accommodate this. Every effort will be made to accommodate choice but it cannot be guaranteed.
Morning placement 26 places available
Afternoon placement 26 places available
30 Hour Offer 10 places available
Nursery children who are admitted in January and are accessing over 12 months of Nursery Provision will automatically hold their place for the following Nursery September intake. If your child is receiving an afternoon placement when admitted in January you will have the option of requesting a morning placement for September if a place is available. Parents will be contacted at the end of the Spring Term to request this.
Nursery children are required to attend the full allocation of 5 sessions per week (1 session per day Monday – Friday)
In the event of the Nursery being over subscribed a priority order will be operated as indicated.
- The school will have a Nursery waiting list.
- The names from completed application forms will be entered on the waiting list as and when the parent registers the child.
- The waiting list will be ordered according to age. Priority is given to those children who have reached the age of 3 by the 31st Should that list exceed places available then the following criteria will be applied in the following order.
A looked after child or a child who was previously looked after and ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order).
Sibling – Children who have a brother or sister living in the same house who are already attending Forefield Community Infant & Nursery School or Forefield Junior School provided they will still be in attendance when the nursery placement commences.
Children in the order of proximity of their homes to the school. (Measured as per the Tiebreaker Clause)
Tie Breaker Clause
If it is not possible to offer places for all applications within any criteria then priority will be given to those living closest to the school measured by the shortest walking distance from the child’s home. The Local Authority will measure from the property’s address point, to the nearest school gate (using recognised routes known to the Local Authority at the time of measurement).
Please be aware that the number of places allocated in each criterion can change from year to year.
We will meet our legal obligation to admit a pupil who has an Education Health Care Plan that names the school.
The Governors reserve the right to delay entry to children where there is evidence that the child is not ready for such an environment.
In the event of our Nursery being oversubscribed, children will be placed on a Reserve List. This will be ordered according to the above criteria. If a place becomes available, school will contact the parents of the child whose name is first on the Reserve List.
The Reserve List is not a waiting list as a new request from another parent for a child’s name to be placed on the reserve list can result in other children being moved further down the list for a place according to the admission criteria.
Right of Appeal
As nursery provision is non-statutory the school’s decision will be final and there is no formal right of appeal. However, the Headteacher will be happy to discuss any concerns parents may have about the allocation of places.
Application forms can be obtained from the school office.
Closing date for applications:
September 2019 intake: Friday 8th February 2019 (12 noon)
January 2020 intake: Friday 8th November 2019 (12 noon)
Parents will be notified of places by:
September 2019 intake: Friday 22nd March 2019
January 2020 intake: Friday 22nd November 2019
Reviewed September 2018