Admission Arrangements
 

The admissions policy of this school complies with current policy in West Sussex. Admission to the school is co-ordinated by the Pupil Admission Team based in Horsham. 

Parents have the right to choose whether their spring or summer born child attends school full-time or part-time in the autumn term that they can start school. Fairway will continue to offer advice to help parents make the decision that is right for their individual child. Parents still have a right to defer entry to later in the academic year and a place will be held open at the school for that child in that intake year.  

The information below has been taken form the West Sussex County Council website and links on the website take you to more detailed information if appropriate. To access the website go to  https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/school-places/

 

Before you apply

This information only applies if you want to apply for September 2019 for:

·         your child to start primary or infant school (Reception year)

·         your child to start Year 3 at junior school as they are in Year 2 at infant school

If your child needs a school place in a different year group or at another point in the year, you need to apply to move schools.

 

Before applying for your child's school place you must read the Information for parents booklet for your area. It provides all the information you need to know about the application and allocation process.

 

The Information for parents: Starting at school 2019/20 booklet and the Information for parents: Transferring from infant school to junior school 2019/20 booklets  are available  on the West Sussex website .

You can find out about a school by:

·         visiting schools - most have open days you can attend

·         reading the school's Ofsted reports

·         checking school league tables - these includes exam results.

 

It is the responsibility of parents or carers to apply for a school place. You do not need to have a letter from the County Council.

 

Find your catchment area school

To find out which school is your catchment school you can use the tool on the West Sussex website.  If you want your child to be considered for a place at their catchment school you must include this as one of the 3 preferences on your application.

Apply for a place

You can apply if your child is due to start school, or transfer to junior school, in September 2019. A link to the online admissions system will be available from 9.00am on Monday 1 October 2018. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 January 2019.

Important things to remember when applying

·         You can apply for up to three different schools. You must rank the schools in order of preference. The first school should be the one you would most like your child to go to.

·         We advise you use all three preferences and enter your catchment school as one of your preferences.

·         If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools. 

·         If you are moving house during the application process read the Information for Parents booklet for advice.

 

Start applying from

Deadline for applying

Offer date

1 October 2018

15 January 2019

18 April 2019

 

 

Unable to apply online?

If you do not have access to the internet please contact the school office.,

If you choose to apply by post it is your responsibility to make sure it is submitted before the application deadline.  Forms need to be sent by recorded delivery.  The Admissions Office are not responsible for forms lost in the post and no missing forms can be investigated without evidence. The Admissions Office will not acknowledge that we have received your form.

Applying after the closing date

Applications close on Tuesday 15 January 2019.

Information about applying after that date will be made available on the West Sussex website.

 

Offer dates

If you apply online before the national deadline of Tuesday 15 January 2019, we will email you on Tuesday 18 April 2019. Emails will be sent throughout the day, so we can't give you an exact time.

If you apply on a paper form before Tuesday 15 January 2019, we will send your offer by second class post on Tuesday 18 April 2019.

Any application received between Wednesday 16 January and Friday 15 February 2019 is out of time and your preferences will only be considered after the applications that were received on time. We will send your offer by second class post on Tuesday 18 April 2019.

Any applications received after Saturday 16 February 2019 are late and outside the normal admissions round. They will not be processed until after Wednesday 22 May 2019. You will receive a letter after this date.

 

What happens next

If we cannot offer your child a place at any of your preferred schools, we will offer a place at your catchment school, if available. 

Or, if your catchment school is full, you will be offered a place at a school nearest to your home with an available place. For this reason we advise you include your child’s catchment school as one of your three preferences.

You have the right to appeal against a decision not to offer your child a place at your preferred school and to place them on a waiting list. The process is explained on the West Sussex website..

Please keep the Pupil Admissions Office advised of any changes to your child’s circumstances (change of name, address, school etc.) to assist in the forward planning of school provision for West Sussex. Further details can be found on the West Sussex County Council website.

 

The Pupil Admission Team is based at:

Pupil Admissions Office,

County Hall North, Chartway, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1XH

Telephone: 03330 142903         Email: admissions.north@westsussex.gov.uk

Website: www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions 

 

If you live outside West Sussex and wish to apply for a place, you must apply through your home LA. 

 

Applying for a place outside this time scale

If you move into a catchment area outside this time scale there is no guarantee that a place will be available at the local school. You are advised to contact the Admissions Office at West Sussex directly to discuss the availability of places. You will be asked to supply proof of your child’s age and proof of your new address.  When you are offered a place you will be expected to take up the space within approximately 10 school days. 

 

SEND School Places

Most children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities attend a mainstream school or college.

We try to arrange special educational needs placements earlier in the year than other pupils, so that we can take account of specific needs and the preferred choice of school or college.

 

If an EHC Plan or Statement of SEN is held

You should have already been contacted by our Special Educational Needs Assessment Team (SENAT), who are responsible for making placements.

If you already have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN), you can express your preference for the school or college to attend by contacting SENAT.

 

If an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment has begun, you should apply online with your mainstream school or college preference.

By week 16 of the assessment process, we will decide whether an EHC Plan will be made.

If a draft EHC Plan is issued, the Special Educational Needs Assessment Team will liaise with you about your preferences. You can then ask them to consider a place at a special school or a special support centre.

 

Transport

Transport matters for children attending this school are dealt with by the Transport Co-ordination Group based in County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RF. They can be contacted on 01243 753530 or school.transport@westsussex.gov.uk. 

Details of the transport provision can be found on the West Sussex County Council website. 

 

Transfer to Junior School 

In your child’s final year at Fairway Infant School (Year 2) you will automatically be sent details of how to apply for a place at Junior School.  This will be sent out via the school.    Online applications can be made from October in the year your child is in Year 2 for entry to Junior school (Year 3).

For the purposes of Admissions Fairway and Copthorne Junior Schools are “linked schools”.  This means that pupils in Year 2 at Fairway should  be offered at place for Year 3 at Copthorne CE Junior School, although this will depend on the number of other applications considered against the school’s admissions criteria.

Parents and carers are responsible for making sure they apply for a place at Junior school and meet the deadlines set by their Local authority. 


 


For the purposes of Admissions Fairway and Copthorne Junior Schools are “linked schools”.  This means that pupils in Year 2 at Fairway should  be offered at place for Year 3 at Copthorne CE Junior School, although this will depend on the number of other applications considered against the school’s admissions criteria.

Parents and carers are responsible for making sure they apply for a place at Junior school and meet the deadlines set by their Local authority.