Admissions Arrangements

Dormanstown Primary Academy has adopted the local authority’s policy for admissions and applications for places at Dormanstown Primary Academy will be made in accordance with the ‘Co- ordinated Admission Arrangements’ which forms part of the Local Authority’s (LA) published admission arrangements.

Applications must be made on the common application form (CAF) which is provided by the Local Authority.  Full details can be found by clicking the following link:-  co ordinated admissions scheme.

Any parent wishing to consider Dormanstown Primary Academy for their child can contact Dormanstown Primary Academy for an appointment.

Please note that this process is for mainstream classes only. Parents and carers wishing to apply for places in the SEND classes must speak to the SENDCo in their current school, who is responsible for applying for a place.

Appeals Guidance

Parents / carers, if they wish, have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel if they are dissatisfied with an admissions decision of the Academy. The appeal panel will be independent of the Academy. The arrangements for appeals will be in line with the School Admission Appeals Code published by the Department for Education. The decision of the panel is binding on all parties.

Parents can only appeal once for any academic year unless there has been a change in circumstances relevant to the application.

School admission appeals timetable

In-year transfer applications:

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school as a result of an in-year transfer application will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

September 2022 entry

Applications for Reception places for September 2022 must be submitted to the Local Authority by January 14th 2022. Parents will be informed of the decision no later than the 15th April 2022. Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September 2022 will be heard according to the Local Authority statutory timescales. Final decisions will be made during June/July following panel hearings.

Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date at least 10 school days before the hearing.

A copy of the school’s statement of case will be sent to each parent/carer 5 school days before the hearing.

Any additional evidence parents/carers wish to submit in support of their appeal must be sent to the clerk at least 7 school days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline may not be considered by the independent appeal panel.

Admissions for children under statutory school age

We manage our own admissions for children under statutory school age.  If you would like to apply for a nursery place for your child, please contact the school on 01642 483696 or call into reception for an application form. You are welcome to visit the school to view the nursery facilities and discuss your child’s needs with the Head of Academy.

Nursery Admissions

We have a well resourced nursery with places for  65 places (39 children morning and 26 children afternoon). Children are admitted on or after their third birthday as places become available. When the nursery is full a waiting list is maintained by Dormanstown Primary Academy and if a place becomes available it is offered based on the following criteria:

  1. The child lives within Dormanstown Primary Academy catchment area
  2. The child lives out of Dormanstown Primary Academy catchment area, but has brothers or sisters already in Dormanstown Primary Academy
  3. The child lives out of Dormanstown Primary Academy catchment area

Please note: there is no guarantee that all children will automatically be given a place in reception.
There will be opportunity for you and your child to visit the nursery prior to admission, when you will be given all relevant information.

Nursery – Reception Transition

Children transfer from nursery to reception each autumn term. All places are allocated by the Local Authority prior to starting. Parents must make a formal application and the criteria above are used to prioritise the allocation of places.

We are keen to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. There is a planned programme of visits to the reception class, opportunities to take part in assemblies, academy lunchtimes and other general academy routines prior to admission. Parents will be invited to a number of short meetings to share information before their children start in reception. These visits are very important so please be aware that you will be required to attend before your child is admitted to Dormanstown Primary Academy.

Redcar and Cleveland Admissions Guide
DPA Admissions Policy 2022-23
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