Admissions to schools out of chronological age

Claire Thornton made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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Dear Kent County Council,
I would like to know the number of admissions made out of chronological age group for primary schools in Kent. Particularly how many summerborn children successfully applied to Kcc for admission to reception at 5 each year from 2012 to present day inc how many children have been granted permission to apply for a reception place next year.
I'd like to know how many of those are for maintained schools.

I'd also like a full list of schools that have supported admission outside of chronological year for a summerborn child.

Also I'd like all communications sent from Kcc to headteachers or minutes of any meetings , outlining the new 2016 admissions policy and how they should handle and process such requests.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs clayson

Kent County Council

Dear Mrs Clayson


Thank you for your email below.


Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 14th October 2016 (20 working days from date of receipt).


We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/16/1495 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.


Best regards,


Kirsty-Leigh Robertson| Information Access Officer | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone |
Phone 03000 418301 | Fax 03000 420303 |


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Dear Ms Thornton


Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to admissions. I am pleased to
provide the response below:


The table below shows the number of pupils that applied on time for a
Reception year place for each of the last five Offer Days whose date of
birth lay between April and August of the previous academic year’s
standard admissions age range.


Year of Entry No. of 'summerborn' Year R
2012 0
2013 0
2014 1
2015 12
2016 24


Requests for a school to accept a preference for a summerborn child
applying to start in Reception in the academic year after they turn 5 are
made directly to schools. We ask that parents provide a copy of a school’s
written confirmation of acceptance when the applications for Primary
schools are made. As the process for applying for Primary schools has not
yet begun for the 2017/18 Reception intake, we do not have any numbers for
how many application we will eventually process.


For entry to Reception in 2016, 18 preferences were for schools for which
Kent County Council was the Admissions Authority and 10 were for schools
that are their own Admissions Authority.

For 2015, the numbers were 15 and 6 respectively.

The application in 2014 was withdrawn from consideration by the parent.


The list below is of the schools for which out of year group summerborns
have had preferences processed from their applications over the last five


Bean Primary School

Beaver Green Primary School

Bidborough Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Birchington Church of England Primary School

Brook Community Primary School

Cage Green Primary School

Canterbury Primary School

Capel-le-Ferne Primary School

Castle Hill Community Primary School

Claremont Primary School

Darenth Community Primary School

Fleetdown Primary School

Fordcombe Church of England Primary School

Garlinge Primary School and Nursery

Goudhurst & Kilndown Church of England Primary School

Grove Park Primary School

Hampton Primary School

Hamstreet Primary School

Herne Bay Infant School

Lady Joanna Thornhill Endowed Primary School

Lamberhurst St Mary's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary

Littlebourne Church of England Primary School

Mereworth Community Primary School

New Ash Green Primary School

Oakfield Community Primary School

Otford Primary School

Penshurst Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Rosherville Church of England Primary Academy

Sevenoaks Primary School

Shears Green Infants' School

St Anselm's Catholic Primary School

St Crispin's Community Infant School

St Thomas' Catholic Primary School (Sevenoaks)

Temple Grove Academy

Tenterden Infant School

Tunbury Primary School

Wells Free School

West Hill Primary School

Whitfield Aspen School

Wincheap Foundation Primary School

Woodlands Infant School


Attached is the guidance provided by Kent County Council to schools
regarding the 2014 Admissions Code (produced by the Department for
Education) which includes a section related to ‘Summer Born Children and
Admission Outside of Expected Year Group’. No new policy has been
introduced since.


Please note:


We are only able to report on applications where at least one school has
accepted a request to educate out of year group. Where a parent was unable
to gain agreement from any school they approached there will be no
application in the relevant admissions process. So the numbers in the
table only represent those “granted permission to apply”.


The numbers in the table do not match those further down because the table
contains the number of application accepted (1 per child) and the latter
section refers to the preferences on those applications (up to 3 per
application for Primary admissions).  


If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/16/1495.


If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]


Yours sincerely


Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |



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