How we consider applications for every age group and select pupils for places

Valley Gardens Middle School is its own admissions authority. However, the school’s admissions procedures are still handled by North Tyneside Local Authority for application into year 5 each year.

The school has a pupil admission number (PAN) of 180. Once applications are completed, the local authority applies its criteria for ranking pupils and allocates pupils to our school.The local authority then retains the job of allocating any further places if any vacancies arise.

In subsequent year groups (years 6-8), where vacancies occur, the school is responsible for offering places. In order to do that, the school keeps an expression of interest list. The pupils on this list are not ranked on a first come first served basis, but using the same ranking criteria that the local authority use for their ranking process. The criteria used are :

  1. In accordance with the Education Act 1996, children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs are required to be admitted to the school named in the statement and with effect from September 2014 those children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Thereafter the following oversubscription criteria will apply. Oversubscription Criteria

  2. Looked after children in the care of a local authority or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. See Note 1 below.

  3. Pupils who live within the catchment area of the school (pupils in this category with a sibling link (an older brother or sister) who will be attending the school in September 2016 will be given priority).

  4. Sibling link (an older brother or sister ) to include adoptive siblings, half siblings, step siblings and long term fostered children residing at the same address and who will be attending the school in September 2016.

  5. Shortest distance measured as a straight line from a single fixed central point of the home address (including flats) to the central point of the school using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer and the Council’s Geographical Information System (GIS) system.

NOTE 1 A looked after child is a child who is in the care of a local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time the application for admission to school is made and whom the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the date of admission. An adoption order is an order made under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 A residence order is an order outlining the arrangements as to the person with whom the child will live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 A special guardianship order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians.

What parents should do if they would like to apply for a place for their child

If you would like your child to attend Valley Gardens Middle School, you will need to fill in an application form which are available from the Local Authority’s website at the link below :

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What are our oversubscription criteria?

The planned admission number (PAN) for Valley Gardens Middle School is 180.

Where the school receives more applications than places available the following admission criteria are used to decide on admission to the school.

The School operates an equal preference system for processing parental preferences. In accordance with the Education Act 1996, children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs are required to be admitted to the school named in the statement and with effect from September 2014 those children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Thereafter the following oversubscription criteria will apply.

Oversubscription Criteria

 

  1. Looked after children in the care of a local authority or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. See Note 1 below.

  2. Pupils who live within the catchment area of the school (pupils in this category with a sibling link (an older brother or sister) who will be attending the school in September 2016 will be given priority).

  3. Sibling link (an older brother or sister ) to include adoptive siblings, half siblings, step siblings and long term fostered children residing at the same address and who will be attending the school in September 2016.

  4. Shortest distance measured as a straight line from a single fixed central point of the home address (including flats) to the central point of the school using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer and the Council’s Geographical Information System (GIS) system. N.B The above distance measurement will also be used as a ‘tiebreaker’ within each criterion, if necessary. In the case of flats if there is more than one home address with the same measurement the flat with the lowest number will be offered the place. In all other cases of the same measurement, random allocation will be used.

NOTE 1 A looked after child is a child who is in the care of a local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time the application for admission to school is made and whom the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the date of admission. An adoption order is an order made under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 A residence order is an order outlining the arrangements as to the person with whom the child will live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 A special guardianship order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians.

How parents can find our more about our admission arrangements from the local authority

Click on the picture below to visit the North Tyneside Admissions page on their website.

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Alternatively you may find the information you are looking for in the Local Authority’s essential guide :

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http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/378/admission-arrangements

 

 

Admission Policy for Middle and High Learning Trust Schools in North Tyneside 2016-17

Admission Information can be found in the PDF files below, please follow the links.

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Admission policy for Middle and High Learning Trust Schools in North Tyneside 2016-17

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Determined School Admission Arrangements context for Trust Schools websites 2015

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Determined Admissions Policy for Middle and High Trust Schools School September 2018

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Determined Co-ordinated Admission Scheme MIDDLE AND HIGH 2017 (Appendix 2)

Admission Appeals

In accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code, the governing body as the admission authority for Learning Trust Schools and Academies must set a timetable for organising and hearing education appeals.

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Education Appeals Timetable 2016/17

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