Admissions Criteria

Admission Arrangements for Yardley Primary School 2017-18

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan are placed in schools through the arrangements set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years. Children who have a SEN Statement or EHC Plan naming a school will be allocated a place to that school, even if that school is full.

Admission Criteria for children without SEN Statements or EHC Plans

If the number of applicants without statements of educational needs naming the school is higher than the number of places available, the following rules are applied in the order of priority set out below to decide who will be offered a place.


The admission criteria for the academic year 2018 in order of priority, are:

1. Looked After Children or children 'at risk'

 Children who are looked after by a local authority in accordance with Section 22 Children Act 1989 or were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order.

A child is ‘at risk’ if they are currently on or subject to a Child Protection Plan. 


2. Medical or social reasons

 Applications will only be considered under this category if they are supported by a written statement from a doctor, social worker, psychologist or other relevant independent professional. The information must confirm the exceptional medical or social need, and demonstrate how the specified school is the only school that can meet the defined needs of the child.

For conditions affecting the child’s ability to walk we will normally only give priority under this category for an application for Yardley if it is the nearest school to the child’s home.

Circumstances cannot be taken into account unless information is provided at the time of application and failure to provide such information at that stage may affect whether or not the child is allocated a place at the preferred school.

In the first instance, a check will be made to ensure the evidence submitted demonstrates that the exceptional medical or social reason confirms that the school is the only school that can meet the defined needs of the child. In most circumstances, submitted requests do not meet this criteria.

For requests which include sufficient information to enable a thorough assessment, these are viewed by an appropriate panel including senior officers and professionals (e.g. GP, social worker, education professional).


3. Siblings

Sibling means a full, half, step, foster brother or sister living as part of the family unit. In all cases, the brother or sister must be living as part of a family unit with and at the same address as the child for whom the application is being made. Cousins, aunts or uncles are not siblings.


4. Children of members of staff

Children of members of staff who have been employed at the school for more than 2 years at the time at which application for admission is made, or who are recruited to fill vacant posts for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.


5. Distance

Distance is measured from the child’s permanent address to the main gate of the school:

Distance is measured using a straight line from the address (using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer) of the child’s permanent home to the main gate of the school.

All distances will be measured in miles using a computerised mapping system called Routefinder GIS.

If more than one applicant lives in a multi-occupancy building (for example, flats) priority will be given to the applicant whose door number is the lowest numerically and/ or alphabetically.

Where two or more applicants (who are not from multiple births) are found to live exactly the same distance from the school, a lottery tie-break draw will take place with the assistance of a third impartial party.

All distances will be measured using this system, which is the only one that will be used in the allocation of school places by Waltham Forest School Admissions Service.


Multiple births

If the last child to be offered a place is one of multiple births, all multiple birth siblings will be admitted to the school as ‘permitted exceptions’ to the infant class size legislation which limits infant classes to no more than 30 children.



If your child does not gain admission to Yardley you have a right of appeal.