Admission arrangements 2021/22

The Published Admission Number for initial entry to Carrington School in 2021 will be 210.

Applications for admission at the normal intake will be managed in accordance with Surrey’s coordinated scheme
for secondary admission. Applications for admission to Year 7 must be made by 31 October 2020.
Children with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan that names the
school will be allocated a place before other children are considered. In this way, the number of places available
will be reduced by the number of children with a statement or education, health and care plan that names the
school.
Where the school is over-subscribed for any year group, applications for entry in 2021/22 will be ranked in the
following order:

1. Looked after and previously looked after children (see Note 1)
2. Exceptional social/medical need (see Note 2)
3. Siblings (See Note 3)
4. Children for whom the school is the nearest to their home address (see Notes 4 & 5)
5. Any other children (see Note 5)
If within any category there are more children than places available, any remaining places will be offered to
children who meet that criterion on the basis of proximity of the child’s home address to the school. The distance
will be measured in a straight line from the address point of the child’s home address, as set by Ordnance Survey
to the nearest official school gate for pupils to use. This is calculated using the Admissions team’s Geographical
Information System.

1. Looked after and previously looked after children

Looked after and previously looked after children will receive the top priority for a place.
Looked after and previously looked after children will be considered to be:
• children who are in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by a local authority in
accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989(a), e.g. fostered or living in a children’s home, at the time
an application for a school is made; and

• children who have previously been in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by a local
authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989(a) and who have left that care through
adoption, a child arrangements order (in accordance with Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 and as amended
by the Children and Families Act 2014) or special guardianship order (in accordance with Section 14A of the
Children Act 1989); and

• children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to
be in state care as a result of being adopted. A child will be regarded as having been in state care outside of
England if they were accommodated by a pubic authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of
care whose sole purpose is to benefit society. The parent/carer will need to provide evidence to demonstrate
that the child was in state care outside of England and left that care as a result of being adopted.

Places will be allocated under this criterion when places are first offered at a school and the local authority may
also ask schools to admit over their published admission number at other times under this criterion

2. Exceptional social/medical need

Occasionally there will be a very small number of children for whom exceptional social or medical circumstances
apply which will warrant a placement at this particular school. The exceptional social or medical circumstances
might relate to either the child or the parent/carer. Supporting evidence from a professional is required such as a 4
doctor and/or consultant for medical cases or a social worker, health visitor, housing officer, the police or
probation officer for other social circumstances. This evidence must confirm the circumstances of the case and
must set out why the child should attend this school and why no other school could meet the child’s needs.

Providing evidence does not guarantee that a child will be given priority at this school and in each case a decision
will be made based on the merits of the case and whether the evidence demonstrates that a placement should be
made at this school above any other.

Common medical conditions and allergies can usually be supported in all mainstream schools, therefore priority
under the school’s exceptional medical criterion would not normally be given for these. In addition, routine child
minding arrangements would not normally be considered to be an exceptional social reason for placement at this
school.

We reserve the right to refer medical evidence to the local authority’s designated medical officer, where
necessary, to assist us in making a decision about medical priority for a school place.

Places may be allocated under this criterion when places are first offered at the school and the local authority may
also ask the school to admit over its published admission number at other times under this criterion

3. Siblings

A sibling will be considered to be a brother or sister (that is, another child of the same parents, whether living at
the same address or not), a half-brother or half-sister or a step-brother or step-sister or an adoptive or foster
sibling, living as part of the same family unit at the same address.

A child will be given sibling priority if they have a sibling on roll at the school and that sibling is still expected to be
on roll at the school at the time of the child’s admission.

4. Nearest school

For the normal intake to the school, the nearest school will be defined as the school closest to the home address
with a published admission number for children of the appropriate age-range, as measured by a straight line and
which has admitted children without regard to faith or boarding in the initial allocation of places in 2017, 2018 and
2019. This will be assessed using the admissions team’s Geographical Information System. Exceptions to this would
be:
• Where a faith school has changed its admission arrangements and that change has meant that they would be
expected to offer places to children who do not demonstrate a commitment to faith in future; And
• Where a new school has opened or an existing school has opened a new phase of education since 2017 and
that where school does not admit all children with regard to faith.

The nearest school may be inside or outside the county boundary.

Any applicant remaining on the waiting list after 1 September 2021 will be considered to be an application for in
year admission. After this date, when assessing nearest school, all schools with the appropriate year group will be
taken in to account.

5. Home address

The child’s home address excludes any business, relative’s or childminder’s address and must be the child’s
normal place of residence. Where the child is subject to a child arrangements order and that order stipulates that
the child will live with one parent/carer more than the other, the address to be used will be the one where the
child is expected to live for the majority of the time. For other children, the address to be used will be the address
where the child lives the majority of the time. In other cases, where the child spends an equal time between their
parents/carers, it will be up to the parent/carers to agree which address to use. Where a child spends their time
equally between their parents/carers and they cannot agree on who should make the application, we will accept
an application from the parent/carer who is registered for child benefit. If neither parent is registered for child
benefit we will accept the application from the parent/carer whose address is registered with the child’s current
school or nursery.

We will not generally accept a temporary address if the main carer of the child still possesses a property that has
previously been used as a home address, nor will we accept a temporary address if we believe it has been used
solely or mainly to obtain a school place when an alternative address is still available to that child. All distances will
be measured by the computerised Geographical Information System maintained by Surrey’s admissions team.

6. Tie breaker and the admission of twins, triplets, other multiple births or siblings born in the same academic year

Where two or more children share a priority for a place, e.g. where two children live equidistant from a school,
random allocation will be used to determine which child should be given priority.

In the case of multiple births, where children have equal priority for a place, random allocation will be used to
determine which child should be given priority. If after the allocation one or more places can be offered but there
are not sufficient places for all of them, wherever it is logistically possible, each child will be offered a place.
Where it is not logistically possible to offer each child a place the child(ren) ranked the highest will retain their
offer and the applicant will be advised of their right of appeal and informed about waiting lists.

7. Waiting lists

Where there are more children than places available, waiting lists will operate for each year group according to the
oversubscription criteria for the school without regard to the date the application was received or when a child’s
name was added to the waiting list.

Waiting lists for the initial intake will be maintained until the last day of the summer term 2022 when they will be
cancelled. Applicants who wish a child to remain on the waiting list after this date must write to the school, stating
their wish and providing their child’s name, date of birth and the name of their child’s current school. After the
end of the summer term, applicants whose children are not already on the waiting list but who wish them to be so
must apply for in-year admission. Waiting lists for all year groups will be cancelled at the end of each academic
year.

8. In-year admissions

The following applications will be treated as in-year admissions during 2021/22:

• Applications for admission to Year 7 which are received after 01 September 2021
• All other applications for admission to Years 8-11
Where there are more applications than places available, each application will be ranked in accordance with the
published oversubscription criteria for each school.

9. The admission of children outside of their chronological year group

Applicants may choose to seek a place outside their child’s chronological (correct) year group. Decisions will be
made on the basis of the circumstances of each case and what is in the best interests of the child concerned.
• Applicants who are applying for their child to have a decelerated entry to school ie to start later than other
children in their chronological age group should initially apply for a school place in accordance with the
deadlines that apply for their child’s chronological age. If, in liaison with the headteacher, governors agree for
the child to have a decelerated entry the place cannot be deferred and instead the applicant will be invited to
apply again in the following year for the decelerated cohort.
• Applicants who are applying for their child to have an accelerated entry to school, ie to start earlier than other
children in their chronological age group, must initially apply for a school place at the same time that other
families are applying for that cohort. If, in liaison with the headteacher, governors agree for the child to have
an accelerated entry, the application will be processed. If it is not agreed for the child to have an accelerated
entry, the applicant will be invited to apply again in the following year for the correct cohort
Applicants must state clearly why they feel admission to a different year group is in the child’s best interest and if
they wish, provide what evidence they have to support this. More information on educating children out of their
chronological year group and the process for making such requests is available at
www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions.

10. Home to school transport

Surrey County Council has a Home to School Transport policy that sets out the circumstances that children might
qualify for free home to school transport. Generally, transport will only be considered if a child is under 8 years old
and is travelling more than two miles or is over 8 years old and travelling more than three miles to the nearest
school with a place. Transport will not generally be provided to a school that is further away if a child would have
been offered a place at a nearer school had it been named as a preference on the application form, although
exceptions may apply to secondary aged children whose families are on a low income if they are travelling to one
of their three nearest schools and to children whose nearest school is out of County but over the statutory walking
distance.
Eligibility to transport is not linked to the admission criteria of a school. Some schools give priority to children who
are attending a feeder school, but attending a feeder school does not confer an automatic right to transport to a
linked school. In considering admission criteria and school preferences it is important that applicants also consider
the home to school transport policy so they might take account of the likelihood of receiving free transport to their
preferred school before making their application.
A full copy of Surrey’s Home to School Transport policy is available on Surrey’s website at www.surreycc.gov.uk or
from the Surrey Schools and Childcare Service on 0300 200 1004.

Click here to apply via Surrey County Council admissions.

If you would like a tour of the school, please contact Ms L Fish, lfish@carringtonschool.org