Admission Criteria for the Academic Year 20/21

OPEN ENROLMENT – ADMISSIONS CRITERIA 20/21

Enrolment No: 26 (Full-Time)  9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Enrolment No: 52 (Part-Time) Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon session: 12:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

(Attendance for all sessions is 5 days per week)

Age Range: 3-4 year olds

OPEN ENROLMENT – ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

Respective Functions of the Board of Governors and the Principal in relation to admissions.
The Board of Governors will determine the Admissions Criteria. The criteria will be applied by a Sub-Committee of the Board of Governors. Admissions Criteria
A timetable of pre-school admissions procedures setting out the dates by which an application is to be submitted is available at www.eani.org.uk/admissions under ‘Pre-School Admissions’. During the admissions procedure when applying the criteria punctual applications will be considered before late applications are considered.The application procedure opens on 7 January 2020 at 12 noon (GMT) and an application submitted by the closing date of 30 January 2020 at 12 noon (GMT) will be treated as a punctual application. An application received after 12noon (GMT) on 30 January 2020 will be treated as a late application. As the pre-school admissions procedure is in two stages the timetable also specifies the relevant dates at Stage 2 which will determine if an application is to be considered as punctual or late.

Admissions criteria to be used in the event of the Nursery School being oversubscribed. The criteria are listed in order of priority.
Children will be admitted according to the following statutory criteria:
1. Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances in their final pre-school year i.e. born between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 (inclusive);
2. Children not falling within sub-paragraph (1) in their final pre-school year;
and who at the time of their proposed admission will not have a pre-school education place, whether full-time or part-time, at another school or any other premises.
Note: Children from ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’ means a child whose parent is in receipt of (i) Income
Support, or (ii) Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or (iii) an award of Income Support which has been converted into and Employment and Support Allowance and the level of benefit remains the same, or (iv) Universal Credit. When parents apply for places for their child on this basis they must have their Benefit Verification stamped by the Social Security/Jobs and Benefits Office to confirm that they are in receipt of a qualifying payment. This should then be sent by the parent directly to the provider of first preference.

Sub-criteria for children in their pre-school year: In the event of oversubscription on the application of a statutory criterion the sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down.
Full Time Places:
a. Children will be admitted in accordance with the preference for Ashgrove Nursery School as detailed on the application form i.e. those whose form indicates this Nursery School as first preference provider will be selected before those whose form indicates this Nursery School as a second or subsequent preference provider; second preferences will be selected before third or subsequent preferences etc.
b. Children/grandchildren of a permanent employee or current Governor of this Nursery School by the closing date ofapplication.
c. Children living in BT36 or BT37
d. If still oversubscribed, children will be selected on the basis of the initial letter of their surname (as entered on their current birth certificate) in the order set out below:
T, X, H, K, Y, F, I, Q, E, N, P, S, Z, R, M, D, G, C, U, L, A, B, O, J, V, W
(This order was determined by a randomised selection of letters generated by www.random.org).
 In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in alphabetical order.birth certificate) will be used.
 In the event of two or more identical names, selection will be made according to the one whose parents’ home is nearest to this Nursery School as decided by walking distance from home to school using Google maps.
 In the event of two identical surnames, the alphabetical order of the initial forename (as detailed on the child’s current birth certificate) will be used.
 In the event of two or more identical names, selection will be made according to the one whose parents’ home is nearest to this Nursery School as decided by walking distance from home to school using Google maps.

Part Time Places:
a. Children who have indicated a part time place in Ashgrove Nursery School as their first preference.
b. Children who have been unsuccessful in their first preference full time application for a place in Ashgrove Nursery School and have indicated a part time placement in Ashgrove Nursery School as their second preference.
c. Children whose form indicates a second preference for a part time place in Ashgrove Nursery School will be selected before those whose form indicates a third or subsequent preference; third preferences will be selected before fourthor subsequent preferences etc.
d. Children/grandchildren of a permanent employee or current Governor of this Nursery School at the closing date of application.
e. Children whose brothers and sisters, half-brothers/half-sisters, step brothers/step sisters, foster brothers/foster sisters have attended this Nursery School within the past 7 years(full name, dates of attendance must be stipulated on application form).
f. Children living in BT36 or BT37
g. If still oversubscribed, children will be selected on the basis of the initial letter of their surname (as entered on their current birth certificate) in the order set out below:
T, X, H, K, Y, F, I, Q, E, N, P, S, Z, R, M, D, G, C, U, L, A, B, O, J, V, W
(This order was determined by a randomised selection of letters generated by www.random.org).
 In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in alphabetical order.
 In the event of two identical surnames, the alphabetical order of the initial forename (as detailed on the child’s current birth certificate) will be used.
 In the event of two or more identical names, selection will be made according to the one whose parents’ home is nearest to this Nursery School as decided by walking distance from home to school using Google maps.

Duty to Verify
Applicants should note that for this Nursery School Parents/Guardians will be required to produce not only their child’s birth certificate to their first preference provider but also produce proof of the child’s home address and post code in the form of an up to date utility bill to support their application (6 months maximum). This must be provided by 12 noon on Friday 7th February 2020.
The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by the school will result in the inability of the school to offer a place/the withdrawal of a place.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents/Guardians should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the Nursery School’s Admission Criteria is stated on the application form or provided as supporting evidence for it by the deadlines detailed.
Priority will be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission to Ashgrove Nursery School.

Criteria for children not in their final pre-school year
Should places remain after the application of the above criteria to children in their final pre-school year, places will be allocated strictly in accordance with chronological ages beginning with the eldest child. These places will not be allocated until the second stage of the admissions procedure as outlined on the Education Authority website www.eani.org.uk and are most likely to be  afternoon Part Time places (12:15pm – 2:45pm).

Waiting List Policy – Relevant until 30 June 2021
If you had applied to Ashgrove Nursery and had not been allocated a place in our school following the Open Enrolment Process, your child’s details will automatically be placed on the Waiting List. Parents do not need to reapply.
Ashgrove Nursery School’s policy on the consideration of applications after the Open Enrolment Admissions procedure has been completed is that should a vacancy arise, Governors will:
– Apply the original criteria to all pupils remaining on the waiting list.

Parents whose child is offered a place at this stage, will be notified by letter by the Principal who has been delegated
responsibility by the Governors for this role.

Parents whose child is offered a place at this stage, will be notified by letter by the Principal who has been delegated responsibility by the Governors for this role.

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