Admissions For Year 5
Admissions for the start of Year 5 is conducted by the Admissions Department at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
St Ives Road
Tel.: 01628 683870
- Opening date - Friday 9 September 2022
- Closing date - Monday 31 October 2022
- Extended deadline for exceptional circumstances - Tuesday 15 November 2022
- National Offer Date - Wednesday 1 March 2023
- Processing of late applications begins - Thursday 2 March 2023
- Deadline to respond to a school place offer - Wednesday 15 March 2023
- Deadline for late applications to be submitted to be considered in the second round - Wednesday 15 March 2023
- Offers to late applicants and allocations from waiting lists for all applicants - From Tuesday 4 April 2023.
Admissions Arrangements for 2023/2024 entry
Windsor Learning Partnership (the school Trust) will comply with the requirements of the Funding agreement and the School Admissions Code and recognises that its ‘relevant area’ is the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
A. Number of Places & Applications
The number of Year 5 places available for September 2023 entry (the 2023/2024 school year) will be 180. If you are a parent resident in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, applications for September 2023 entry should be made via the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead co-ordinated admissions scheme (for more details see the ‘school admissions’ section of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council website, www.rbwm.gov.uk). If you are a parent resident outside the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead application should be made through your home Local Authority’s Admissions Scheme.
B. Admissions Over-subscription Criteria
If there are fewer applications than there are places available for Year 5 entry in September 2023, everyone who applies will be offered a place.
Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school will be allocated a place at the school in accordance with their statutory entitlement.
If there are more applicants than there are places available after the admission of students with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, the following criteria will be considered, in order, to determine who will be offered a place:
- Children who are Looked After or were previously Looked After – A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, child arrangements order, or special guardianship order. (See Note 1)
- Children with exceptional medical or social reasons for requiring the school – Where the parent or carer can demonstrate wholly exceptional medical or social requirement for attendance at Dedworth Middle School and that attendance at no other school will suffice. (See Note 2)
- Children who live in the ‘designated appropriate area’ AND who have a sibling at the school at the time of application and who is expected still to be on roll at the school at the time of admission. (See note 3 for home address, note 4 below for definitions of ‘designated appropriate area’ and note 5 for the definition of sibling)
- Children living in the ‘designated appropriate area’ of the school. (See note 4 below for definitions of ‘designated appropriate area’)
- Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of application and who is expected still to be on roll at the school at the time of admission. (See note 5 below for definition of sibling)
- Children who attend a feeder school – all Windsor First schools, Wraysbury Primary School or Datchet St Marys Primary School.
- Children whose parents have selected the school for co-educational reasons when the local alternative is a single sex school.
- All other applicants.
Tie-breakers: If more applications are received in any one criterion than there are places available the following tiebreaker will be used:
- Priority will be given to those applicants who live closest to the school. The distance will be measured in a straight line from the address point of the student’s house as determined by Ordnance Survey to the address point of the school using Local Authority’s GIS system. In the event of two or more children living at the same distance from the school then random allocation will be used to prioritise applicants where necessary. The names will be drawn and the whole process scrutinised by persons who are independent of the Academy Trust.
Children of multiple births: In cases where there is only one place available at the school and the next child on the waiting list is one of a twin, triplet or other multiple birth group, both twins (or all the siblings in the case of other multiple births) would be admitted, even if this meant that the school would admit in excess of the admission number.
C. Notification and Acceptance of Places
In accordance with the co-ordinated admissions policy, on 1st March 2023 The Local Authority will make the formal offer of a place to parent or carers on behalf of the School Trust.
The onus is on parents to contact the Local Authority by their specified date to either accept or decline the offer of a place, using the acceptance form issued with the offer letter. This will in no way affect parents’ right to appeal for a place at another school. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council will write to all parents who have not accepted or declined an offer giving them a further seven days. If no response is received a further letter will be sent to advise that the place has been withdrawn. Unaccepted places will be allocated to other applicants.
D. Appeals Procedure
Parents can choose to appeal against the decision of the school trust not to offer their child a place at the school. Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council administer any admissions appeals on behalf of the school trust. To appeal against the decision not to offer their child a place, parents must complete the appeal forms that are available on the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council website www.rbwm.gov.uk or from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council Admissions Team (01628 683870). To be considered in the first round of appeals, the notice of appeal must be received by the Council by the specified date.
The appeal will be heard by an independent appeals panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admissions Appeals Code. Parents will receive written notification of the date and time of their appeal hearing, which they can attend to explain their case. If they wish, parents may be accompanied by an adviser or friend. Following the appeal, the Clerk to the appeals panel will write to parents with the decision.
E. Waiting List for the Incoming Year 5
Parents / carers can ask for their child’s name to be put on a waiting list for the school. The waiting list will be maintained by The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council Admissions Team on behalf of the school trust from the offer date (1st March 2023) until 31st August 2023. From 1st September 2023, the waiting list will be managed by the school.
The waiting list will give priority in accordance with the admissions criteria. Any places that become available will be filled in priority order from the waiting list or late applicants. Whenever a new applicant is added to the waiting list, the list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
F. Late Applications to year 5 for September 2023
If a parent has missed the application cut off date for applying for a place in Year 5 in September 2023 for their child (cut off date was 31st October 2022), they must contact the admissions team at RBWM to complete a late application form.