1 Children with an EHCP that specifies the school as the placement school will be allocated a place through a separate procedure, in accordance with the special educational needs code of practice.
2 Looked after children or previously looked after children
To qualify for the highest priority, currently looked after and previously looked after children are defined as:
- children who are in the care of a local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989, at the time an application for a school is made;
- children who were previously looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (under the Adoption Act 1976 or Adoption and Childrens Act 2002), or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.
Governors will ask for written evidence from the responsible agencies (please refer to Richmond’s Primary Schools brochure for details of evidence required).
3 Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.
4 Paragraph 1.39 of the School Admissions Code, December 2014.
5 If you apply for a place because of medical or social needs you must explain how St Mary’s School meets your child’s special circumstances. Along with your application, you should submit supporting evidence which sets out the particular reasons why St Mary’s School is the most suitable, the difficulties that could be caused if they were to attend another school, and the link between the need and the school. This will be in the form of a report from a suitably qualified professional, such as a doctor or social worker for example. Please note that hospital appointment letters cannot be accepted as proof.