CHS South Admissions Policy September 2022

The school has an admission number of 240 for entry in Year 7.

 

The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number(s) for the relevant year group are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied.

 

Application process

Applications for CHS South will be made through the Manchester Local Authority (LA) Co-ordinated Admissions Process. Information about the application process and access to the online application form will be sent to parents / carers by the relevant Local Authority. Further information about the school can be obtained through the school website: www.chssouth.org.uk

 

All parent/carers are required to apply to their home Local Authority regardless of where the school/academy they are applying for is situated. Manchester residents will apply to Manchester Local Authority. The Local Authority will liaise with other Admission Authorities in Manchester and other Local Authorities where required. Manchester Local Authority will inform parent/carers of the outcome of their application.

Further information on Admission Applications is available from www.manchester.gov.uk/admissions and can be requested by phone on 0161 245 7166. Manchester Local Authority’s Integrated Admissions Service can be contacted at the address below.

 

Admissions Service

Manchester City Council,

P.O. Box 532,

Town Hall,

Manchester,

M60 2LA

 

Or

[email protected]

 

The closing date for applications will be 31st October 2021 at 5:00pm. Any admission forms received after the closing date will be processed as late applications.

 

All applications will then be processed by the Admission Authority, applying the oversubscription criteria below if necessary. All parents will be notified of the outcome of the application process by 01 March 2022.

 

Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.

2. Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs or those of their parents. Each application must include evidence, from a medical specialist or social worker of the child’s/parent’s need and why they must attend this school rather than any other, based on those needs. If evidence is not submitted to the LA with the application, a child’s or parent’s medical or social needs cannot be considered.

3. Priority will next be given to the siblings of pupils attending the school at the time the application is received, where an older sibling is in Year 11 siblings will not be prioritised under this criterion.

4. Other children

 

Tie-break

If in categories 2-4 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child living closest to the school will be given priority for admission. Distance is measured from the centre point for a home to the centre point for the school as defined by the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system.

 

Random allocation undertaken by the local authority will be used as a tie-break in categories 2-4 above to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and the academy/free school is equidistant in any two or more cases.’

 

Late applications

All applications received after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants the school is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.

 

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To do so parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission out of normal year group is being requested.

 

When such a request is made, the academy trust will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the headteacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.

 

Waiting lists

The school will operate a waiting list. Where the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the first term after the beginning of the school year. This will be maintained by the Academy Trust and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

 

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.

 

Appeals

All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

 

Appellants should contact Independent School Appeals Service, PO Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA by 28/03/2022 for information on how to appeal. Information on the timetable for the appeals process is on our website at www.chssouth.org.uk

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