ST MICHAEL'S C OF E PRIMARY

Admissions

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. To register for a place, please contact the school office. 

St. Michael's CofE Primary Academy Admissions Policy 2021-22

Reception Admissions

Applications for Reception are made online and more information on how to do this can be found below:

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20119/school_admissions/1786/apply_for_reception_primary_school

Oversubscription Criteria

If the number of applications for a particular year group exceeds the number of places available the following criteria will be used:

Priority 1: children who are looked after or immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangement order or special guardianship order. This includes any child / young person who is subject to a Full Care Order, an interim Care Order, accommodated under Section 22(1) of the
Children Act 1989, is remanded or detained into Local Authority accommodation under Criminal Law or who has been placed for adoption.

Priority 2: those who have a sibling at the school at the date of admission.

Priority 3: those who live closest to the school.

In-Year Transfers

If you would like to make an application for your child to transfer to our school part way through the year, you will need to download and complete the below form. The completed form should be returned to the school office by email together with your child's original birth certificate or passport and a gas/electricity or council tax bill dated within the last 6 months.

In Year Application for a Change of School

The email to return the form to is enquiry@stmich21.bham.sch.uk

Appeals

The local authority (LA), or the admission authority, must inform a parent of the decision to refuse their child a place at a school they've applied for.

They must tell parents:

  • Why admission was refused
  • About their right to appeal
  • The deadline for lodging an appeal
  • Contact details for making an appeal
  • How to make an appeal, including setting out their grounds for appeal in writing

Admission authorities cannot limit the grounds on which appeals can be made.

This is set out in paragraph 2.5 of the school admissions appeals code.

 

Temporary regulations came into force in April 2020 to amend the School Admission Appeal Regulations 2012, to help admission authorities carry out appeals during the pandemic.

These temporary regulations will now remain in force until 30 September 2022.

The key provisions in place until 30 September 2022 include:

  • Flexibility with panel hearings - when it's not safe to meet face-to-face (in line with government guidance), hearings can take place remotely by telephone or video conference, or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing
  • Amendments to deadlines - appellants must now be:
    • given at least 28 calendar days’ written notice of a deadline for lodging an appeal
    • given at least 14 calendar days’ written notice of an appeal hearing (although appellants can waive their right to this in writing)
    • sent a decision letter within 7 calendar days of the hearing (or in the case of written submissions only, within 7 calendar days of the appeal panel making a decision), wherever possible
  • Relaxation of rules around panel member numbers - if 1 of the 3 panel members withdraws (temporarily or permanently), the panel can continue with and conclude the appeal as a panel of 2

See this DfE guidance for more detail.

Appeals Timetable 

Appeal applications should be made in writing to the Chair of Governors for any Church of England Birmingham school which is its own Admissions Authority (any Academy or Voluntary Aided school). Please ask the school/Academy for an Appeal Form. You must give written reasons for your appeal. For any other type of school, application should be made to the Local Authority within which the school is situated.

Once an appeal has been lodged, appellants will receive at least 14 calendar days written notice of their appeal hearing date (although appellants can waive their right to this). Appeal papers will be sent to all parties at least 5 calendar days prior to the appeal hearing.

If you would like to submit additional evidence prior to the appeal hearing, you should ensure that this is submitted to the Appeal Clerk at least 7 calendar days prior to the appeal hearing. Decision letters will be sent within 7 calendar days following the hearing, where practicable.

Admission Appeals for children due to start Infant, Junior or Primary School in September 2022
If your child is due to start Infant (Reception entry), Junior (Year 3 entry) or Primary School (Reception entry) in September 2022, you may appeal if you were refused a place at one of your preferred schools.

 

Application period starts - Friday 1 October 2021

Closing Date for applications -  Saturday 15 January 2022

National Primary Offer Day – Tuesday 19 April 2022.

Deadline for lodging appeals – Wednesday 18 May 2022

Appeal hearings for appeals submitted on time - Wednesday 20 July 2022

Round closes (applications need to be made using In-Year application directly to the school) - Sunday 31 July 2022

Term starts - Monday 5 September 2022 

 

Please note that it may not be possible to hear late appeals before the start of the new school year in September 2022.

In-year Admission Appeals
If your child has been refused a place at one of your preferred schools (primary or secondary) outside the normal round of admissions (ie at any time other than as above), you may appeal within 28 calendar days of the refusal of the place. Your appeal will, where practicable, be heard within 30 school days of being lodged. In-year Appeal applications must be made in writing to the Chair of Governors for the school.


Please ask the school for an Appeal Form.

Further Information

For further advice on admissions visit:

Birmingham Local Education Authority Admissions