Bishop Aldhelm's CE
Loved by God; United in Learning
Our website provides information about many aspects of our school and we are always pleased to meet parents/carers who are considering sending their child to our school and to show them around. If you wish to do this please contact our school office to make an appointment.
Our Admissions Policies detail the ethos of our school and list the oversubscription criteria which we use if there are more applications for places than we have available. They also explain how to apply for a place at our school.
We are a Church of England School and three of the oversubscription criteria are for children who regularly go to church and worship there. If you decide to apply for a place on this basis you must also submit a Supplementary Information Form. The Form is designed by the Borough of Poole and contains, in one Form, all the oversubscription criteria used by all the Poole schools (different schools have different criteria).
The Supplementary Information Form can be downloaded from this page. Alternatively, you are welcome to collect a paper copy from our school reception. Please feel welcome to contact us if you want any guidance about this process.
The Borough of Poole’s School Admissions Team produces a Parents’/Carers’ Guide to School Admissions each year. This details all of the schools in Poole and has the oversubscription criteria for each of them. This document can be accessed on the Borough of Poole website (http://www.boroughofpoole.com/education-and-learning/school-and-colleges/school-admissions/) or viewed at the Admissions Team office in the Dolphin Centre in Poole (telephone 01202 261936).
The Admissions Policy and Supplementary Information Form for 2022-2023 are applicable for parents/carers applying for a place for their child/children during the 2022-2023 school year which their child will take up between 1st September 2022 and 31st August 2023.
The Admissions Policy and Supplementary Information Form for 2021-2022 are applicable for parents/carers applying for a place for their child/children during the 2021-2022 school year which their child will take up between 1st September 2021 and 31st August 2022.
The Admissions Policy and Supplementary Information Form for 2020-2021 are applicable for parents/carers applying for a place for their child/children during the 2020-2021 school year which their child will take up between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021.
If your child is refused a place at our school you have a right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. This is known as an Admission Appeal.
There are two distinct types of admission appeal.
Appeals can be made when applications for a place at our school are made:-
(a) in the ‘normal admissions round’ (that is for places in the normal year of entry which is our Reception or Foundation year) or
(b) as ‘in-year applications’ (that is applications made part way through a school year or in September but not those to the normal year of entry to the school as they are covered in (a)
The appeal process is regulated by the 2012 Admission Appeals Code of Practice produced by the Department for Education. This sets out in Section 2 the arrangements that must be followed with appeal hearings.
Paragraph 2.1 requires a timetable to be set which:-
(a) includes a deadline for lodging appeals which allows appellants at least 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to prepare and lodge their written appeal;
(b) ensures that appellants receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing;
(c) includes reasonable deadlines for appellants to submit additional evidence, for admission authorities to submit their evidence, and for the clerk to send appeal papers to the panel and parties;
(d) ensures that decision letters are sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.
These are in place and are applied whenever an appeal is made.
Paragraph 2.3 sets out the times within which appeals must be heard:
(a) applications made in 'the normal admissions round' ... appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals;
(b) late applications made 'in the normal admissions round' ... appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged;
(c) applications for 'in-year admissions' ... appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
The Legal and Democratic Services Unit of Poole Borough make the necessary arrangements to convene an independent panel to hear the appeal.
If you wish to appeal you need to write to the 'Clerk to the Governors (Admissions)' at our school. Details of what you need to do will then be sent to you.
If your child has been refused a place to start in September 2021 at Bishop Aldhelm’s C.E Primary School and you wish to appeal, please be aware of the following:
Offer letters posted to parents/carers on
National Offer Day by Local Authority 16 April 2021
Deadline for acceptance of offer
By parent/carer 30 April 2021
Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal 18 May 2021
Appeal Hearing Dates Between 8 June and 30 July 2021
As a general rule the school considers that children attending the school should normally be placed with their own age group, and be educated for the majority of the time with their age peer group. The school believes that this is in the best interests of the child and it is also the Borough of Poole’s policy. Parents do however from time to time seek places for children in a lower or higher age group. Such requests may be made for a variety of reasons, for example where a child has moved to the area from abroad, or has missed schooling due to illness, or has a marked talent or ability. In these cases differentiation of the curriculum and/or additional support within their age group should usually address the particular circumstances.
The School Admissions Code requires school admission authorities to provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can request that their child attends part-time until they reach compulsory school age, or that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the same academic year or, in the case of summer born children (ie those born between 1 April and 31 August), that their child is admitted to Year Foundation one year later than their chronological age would normally determine. However again, as a general rule, the school does not encourage delayed admission as it does not believe that this is in the best interests of the child unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The School Admissions Code requires admission authorities to consider such requests and to take account of the circumstances of each case. The approach that we take is set out in our ‘Policy For Responding To Parental Requests For Admission To A Year Group Different To That Determined By Their Date Of Birth, Including Delayed Admission To Reception For Summer Born Children’.