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Primary school admissions

In-year transfers/new arrivals

In-year transfers

When a child enters primary school or transfers at 11 to secondary school, it is normally expected that he or she will continue at his or her school throughout their school career. However, we do know that there may be times when a parent feels that a transfer is needed. As a parent, please think carefully before making an in year transfer request. A change of school may not be the solution and if undertaken hastily may worsen the situation. There is clear evidence that the attainment levels of children who move schools are significantly lower than those who remain at the same school throughout their primary education. Parents considering a transfer should also take into account that if you choose to move your child transport assistance will not be available.

How to apply

If you have just moved into the city, application forms for admission to school are available.

If you wish your child to transfer schools within Coventry please contact the school your child currently attends to discuss your request with them. This will give an opportunity to resolve any difficulties with the school. If a transfer is appropriate then you will need to complete the transfer application form.

If you wish to apply for in-year admission at Christ the King R.C. Primary School, Our Lady of the Assumption R.C. Primary School, St Mary and St Benedict R.C. Primary School, you may contact the school directly for admission.

If you are currently living overseas, and are intending to move to Coventry, or have recently moved to Coventry from overseas, and require a primary school place, you will only be able to apply once you have arrived in the country and have a residential address. You will then need to contact the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service on 024 7678 7752, who will arrange for one of their officers to visit your home address, and assist you in applying for a school place.

All applications are processed in a rolling programme, which means that parents will usually wait 7 to 13 working days for a decision to be made. Around school holidays when schools will be closed and unable to view applications, this period can be longer. Further details of this can be found below.

Round

Opening date

Closing date *

Date parents can call office for outcome from

1

12 July 2018

31 August 2018

06 September 2018

2

01 September 2018

05 September 2018

14 September 2018

3

06 September 2018

13 September 2018

25 September 2018

4

14 September 2018

24 September 2018

08 October 2018

5

25 September 2018

05 October 2018

15 October 2018

6

06 October 2018

12 October 2018

22 October 2018

7

13 October 2018

19 October 2018

02 November 2018

8

20 October 2018

01 November 2018

13 November 2018

9

02 November 2018

12 November 2018

23 November 2018

10

13 November 2018

22 November 2018

04 December 2018

11

23 November 2018

03 December 2018

12 December 2018

12

04 December 2018

11 December 2018

19 December 2018

13

12 December 2018

18 December 2018

11 January 2019

14

19 December 2018

10 January 2019

21 January 2019

15

11 January 2019

18 January 2019

29 January 2019

16

19 January 2019

28 January 2019

06 February 2019

17

29 January 2019

05 February 2019

14 February 2019

18

06 February 2019

13 February 2019

27 February 2019

19

14 February 2019

26 February 2019

08 March 2019

20

27 February 2019

07 March 2019

18 March 2019

21

08 March 2019

15 March 2019

26 March 2019

22

16 March 2019

25 March 2019

09 April 2019

23

26 March 2019

08 April 2019

02 May 2019

24

09 April 2019

01 May 2019

14 May 2019

25

02 May 2019

13 May 2019

21 May 2019

26

14 May 2019

20 May 2019

07 June 2019

27

21 May 2019

06 June 2019

18 June 2019

28

07 June 2019

17 June 2019

28 June 2019

29

18 June 2019

27 June 2019

09 July 2019

30

28 June 2019

08 July 2019

18 July 2019

31

09 July 2019

31 August 2019

06 September 2019

* All forms must be received in the admissions office by 5pm on this date

Alternative schools

In some areas there is likely to be a small number of schools that have places available, particularly for some year groups. The distances your child has to travel may therefore be considerably longer. If there are places available, and you still would like a place at a particular school, your child will be placed on the waiting list for the school requested and you will have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel. There is however, no guarantee that this would be successful. For information on a schools waiting list and appeal process, please view the schools admissions policy via www.coventry.gov.uk/schoolcontactdetails.

Whatever year group your child is in, it’s important that if you are considering moving schools, you need to make sure that the school you choose is the right one for your child. The best way to find this out is to visit the school you are interested in - speak to the headteacher (with an appointment) if you can.

Transport

If you decide to move your child, the Local Authority will NOT provide free transport even if you live outside the travel limits for the school (2 miles for key stage 1 and 3 miles for key stage 2). Journeys to a new school may involve additional buses, extra costs and travelling time.

Fair Access Protocol

All Coventry schools are required to sign up to an in-year fair access protocol. The aim of this protocol is to reduce the time that vulnerable children spend out of school and to ensure that vulnerable children are admitted to Coventry schools on a fair basis, making sure that no school is asked to take a disproportionate number of pupils presenting with challenging behaviour or who have been excluded. Any children that are considered to require a school place through this protocol will be given priority over those on waiting lists and can be admitted to schools even when the school is full.

Further details of the protocol are available from the Inclusion and Attendance team webpage at www.coventry.gov.uk/attendanceandinclusion.

Application for places outside the normal age group

Where a parent/carer seeks a place for their child outside their normal age group, they must state which year group they are requesting and why they want this year group on the application form. Parents/carers will then be contacted to discuss the matter further as requests will be considered on the circumstances of each case and in the child’s best interests. Each school governing body will need to make an individual decision. There are no guarantees that such applications will be agreed. However, where the application is not agreed a letter setting out the decision and reasons for it will be provided along with any rights to appeal.

Admissions team - Primary

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 5pm, Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Email: primaryadmissions@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7697 5445

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Coventry City Council

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