The Admissions & Transport team deal with the arrangements for all bulk admissions and bulk transfer applications and as the local authority is responsible for all community and voluntary controlled schools the team will also process in year applications for these types of schools. Schools situated in Bath & North East Somerset can be viewed using the links below. We can provide advice about schools, information about your right of appeal, if the school you prefer is full, or information about home to school transport.
Starting Primary, Junior or Secondary School for the first time (often known as Bulk Admissions) This covers children who are either starting school for the first time, transferring from an infant to junior/primary school or transferring from a junior/primary school to a secondary school. Any application for a school place for a bulk admission or transfer must be made to the Local Authority in which you live even if you are wanting a place at a school situated in a different Local Authority area. For further information about the bulk transfers groups please see the relevant sections below.
Please note, schools are not able to make an offer of a school place when it is an application for a bulk transfer group. As mentioned previously all requests for places must be made to your home Local Authority who will deal with your request as part of the co-ordinated admission arrangements.
In Year Admissions
This covers requests for a place in an existing year group at schools within Bath & North East Somerset. All applicants regardless of their home address must send their application form directly to the admission authority of the individual school. Bath & North East Somerset is the admissions authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools whereas for academy, voluntary aided and foundation schools it is the academy trust/governing body of the school concerned. See section below for further information regarding In Year Admissions and the separate primary and secondary application forms.
Occasionally parents may consider that their child needs to be taught outside their chronological year group. Generally speaking it is recommended that children are educated within the appropriate year group for their age however, individual cases can be considered in line with the delayed accelerated admissions policy. Most requests to delay a child's admission to school come from the parent/carers of Summer Born Children. Please note that parent/carers of Summer born children do not have a right to enter their child into a different year group, they simply have a right to request that their child is considered for education outside their year group.
As mentioned in the delayed accelerated admissions policy cases will only be agreed where exceptional circumstances apply and professional agreement has been reached that joining a lower year group is in the best interests of the child. In view of this the Local Authority would always recommend that parent/carers of Summer born children make a reception application for their child's normal point of school admission (i.e. when they are 4 years old) as when reception places are offered there is an option for parent/carers to defer their child's start date to later in that academic year (January or April). However, if a place is not taken up by April it will be lost. Without professional agreement to a delayed admission any Summer born child who did not start school when they were eligible to do so would be joining a school in Year 1 and not in Reception. Parents would have to make a separate In-Year application for their child and there is no guarantee that a place at a preferred school will be available.
To talk to someone about school admissions, contact us on 01225 394312. Due to high volume of applications currently received the telephone lines are only open Monday to Thursday from 2.00pm to 5.00pm and Friday 2.00pm to 4.30pm. Facsimile: 01225 394296. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at: School Admissions and Transport Service, PO BOX 25, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 IDN.
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