In Year Admissions
We manage our own in year admissions and can allocate your child a place at the school on receipt of a completed in year application form. If we are full in that year group, we will need to refuse your application. You will then receive information from Somerset Local Authority, who are the Admission Authority, about how to appeal and what other school places are available locally.
Where an application has been refused in any year group, the child will be placed on a waiting list. This will be kept strictly in order of over-subscription criteria by the Local Authority, as the Admission Authority, and the child will remain on the waiting list until the end of the academic year in which the application was refused. Parents are responsible for informing the Admission Authority of any changes in their circumstances, which could affect their place on the waiting list.
Applying to start school
Up-to-date and detailed information on applying to start school in September can be found on the Local Authority Admissions website: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/education-learning-and-schools/choosing-a-school/apply-to-start-school/
At Blackbrook, there is a planned admission level of 34 children in each year. In accordance with County guidelines the over-subscription criteria apply if the number of application exceeds the number of places on offer- see document below.
We are limited in Key Stage 1 by the Government legislation which does not allow us to have more than 30 Key Stage 1 children in the same class. With an intake of 34 children in each year group this means that we have to split the three Infant year groups across four classes to meet this legislation.
After much careful discussion the Governors of this school agreed that the criteria for allocating the children will be done based on age with the eldest children in each year group being moved on to the next class. This provides us with classes of below 30 children in each of the four classes. The only exception to this policy would be if a child would be better placed in a different class for educational reasons.