Children without a school place
All applications outside the normal admissions round must be considered as a matter of urgency. We have a policy called Fair Access Protocol to ensure that children without a school place, particularly those deemed vulnerable, are found a place as soon as possible. The protocol exists for those who cannot obtain a place through normal admissions procedures.
In most cases a formal decision to offer or refuse a place must be made and notified within 10 working days.
Fair Access Protocols exist for those children who cannot obtain a place through normal admissions procedures, as outlined within the In-Year co-ordination arrangements, to ensure that:
- access to education is secured quickly for children who have no school place but for whom a place at a mainstream school or alternative provision is appropriate
- all schools in an area admit their fair share of children with challenging behaviour, including children excluded from other schools
- local authorities and schools work together in partnership to improve behaviour, tackle persistent absence and help support improving behaviour partnerships
- balance is struck between finding a place quickly, when the place might be in an undersubscribed school or one facing challenging circumstances, and finding a school place that is appropriate for the child
- no school, including those with places available, is asked to take a disproportionate number of children who have been excluded from other schools or who have challenging behaviour or who are known to have a history of behavioural problems.
Definition of challenging behaviour
In consultation with the Cambridgeshire Secondary and Primary Heads Inclusion Groups, a Cambridgeshire definition of challenging behaviour has been agreed as follows:
A child with challenging behaviour in Cambridgeshire will be identified as such in the following circumstances:
- a child subject to a managed move, or
- a child identified at significant risk of permanent exclusion.
The School Admissions Code (2012) has identified as vulnerable the following categories as a minimum:
- children from the criminal justice system or Pupil Referral Units who need to be reintegrated into mainstream education
- children who have been out of education for two months or more
- children of Gypsies, Roma, Travellers, refugees and asylum seekers
- children who are homeless
- children with unsupportive family backgrounds for whom a place has not been sought
- children who are carers
- children with special educational needs.
How we can help
The Admissions Team can provide further support if you cannot find the answer to your question within these pages.
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0345 045 1370
Fax: 01223 727 941