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Dear Richmond upon Thames Borough Council,

Contained within a Public Document Pack in relation to an admissions forum meeting held on Monday 2 February 2015 is the following:

“4. Education out of a child’s chronological age group. The Code requires that all admission authorities must make clear in their admission arrangements how such a request will be considered. Schools may recall the guidance shared last term on this. A slightly revised version of the guidance to include technical changes in the revised Code will be sent to schools shortly so that changes can be implemented with immediate effect and be made to the final determined admissions arrangements for 2016 entry.”

https://cabnet.richmond.gov.uk/documents...

Please provide:
1. A copy of “the guidance shared last term” referred to
2. A copy of the “slightly revised version of the guidance” referred to
3. Copies since and to date of any subsequent guidance issued to schools

Please also confirm the dates that each version of guidance was issued to schools and whether the guidance was issued to all schools in Richmond regardless of the ‘type’ of school or only to schools for which Richmond is the admission authority.

Yours faithfully,

Michelle Melson

FOI, Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

Handle as: Official

[FOI #401779 email]

 

Our Ref: L/KU/richmond20675

 

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Our Ref: CM/richmond20675

 

Dear Michelle Melson,

 

Your request for information which was received on 19 April 2017 has been
considered.

 

Please find our response below.

 

Your request:

 

Contained within a Public Document Pack in relation to an admissions forum
meeting held on Monday 2 February 2015 is the following:

 

“4. Education out of a child’s chronological age group. The Code requires
that all admission authorities must make clear in their admission
arrangements how such a request will be considered. Schools may recall the
guidance shared last term on this. A slightly revised version of the
guidance to include technical changes in the revised Code will be sent to
schools shortly so that changes can be implemented with immediate effect
and be made to the final determined admissions arrangements for 2016
entry.”

 

[1]https://cabnet.richmond.gov.uk/documents...

 

Please provide:

1.         A copy of “the guidance shared last term” referred to

2.         A copy of the “slightly revised version of the guidance”
referred to

3.         Copies since and to date of any subsequent guidance issued to
schools

 

Please also confirm the dates that each version of guidance was issued to
schools and whether the guidance was issued to all schools in Richmond
regardless of the ‘type’ of school or only to schools for which Richmond
is the admission authority.

 

Our response:

1.    This is attached as the document labelled "Education out of
Chronological Age Group September 2014" sent to all Richmond Schools.

2.    This is attached as the document labelled "Education out of
Chronological Age Group February 2015" sent to all Richmond schools.

3.    Following the issue of the guidance in February 2015, the community
schools' admissions arrangements were the subject of an objection to the
Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) in June 2015. The OSA rightly
pointed out that as a result of the revised School Admissions Code:

o parents no longer had to provide professional evidence to support
their request to year delay their summer born child's start in primary
school;
o parents of summer born children can delay their child's start
or attend part time in Reception until they reach Compulsory School
Age in the year of entry. Previously, Richmond's arrangements stated
that parents could "request to delay”.
o Richmond should clarify arrangements for summer borns, in its
Admission Arrangements and differentiate between requests for Summer
Born Children and other requests of educating out of year group.

As a result of this challenge, the wording in the admissions arrangements
for September 2015 and Primary Admissions brochure for September 2016 were
amended and the current versions available on Richmond Council's website
reflect these changes.  Both documents are accessible via the following
links:

 

[2]http://www.richmond.gov.uk/primary_admis... page 4

 

[3]http://www.richmond.gov.uk/school_admiss...
pages 4 and 5

 

Since then, schools have been referred to these documents each year. 

 

 

I hope you are satisfied with this response.

 

If you are dissatisfied please let us know in writing, setting out your
reasons why and send to:

 

FOI & Complaints Manager

FOI & Complaints Team

3rd Floor Civic Centre

44 York Street

Twickenham

TW1 3BZ

E-mail: [4][Richmond upon Thames Borough Council request email]

 

 

 

 

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4. mailto:[Richmond upon Thames Borough Council request email]

Cynthia Muir, Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

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Dear Michelle Melson,

Apologies, please find the missing attachments.

 

Kind regards,

Cynthia Muir

FOI & DPA Officer, FOI & DPA Team

Serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

020 8891 7175

[1][email address]

[2]www.richmond.gov.uk / [3]www.wandworth.gov.uk

 

 

 

From: Cynthia Muir On Behalf Of FOI
Sent: 16 May 2017 16:56
To: '[FOI #401779 email]'
Subject: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
2000/ Environmental Information Regulations 2004

 

Our Ref: CM/richmond20675

 

Dear Michelle Melson,

 

Your request for information which was received on 19 April 2017 has been
considered.

 

Please find our response below.

 

Your request:

 

Contained within a Public Document Pack in relation to an admissions forum
meeting held on Monday 2 February 2015 is the following:

 

“4. Education out of a child’s chronological age group. The Code requires
that all admission authorities must make clear in their admission
arrangements how such a request will be considered. Schools may recall the
guidance shared last term on this. A slightly revised version of the
guidance to include technical changes in the revised Code will be sent to
schools shortly so that changes can be implemented with immediate effect
and be made to the final determined admissions arrangements for 2016
entry.”

 

[4]https://cabnet.richmond.gov.uk/documents...

 

Please provide:

1.         A copy of “the guidance shared last term” referred to

2.         A copy of the “slightly revised version of the guidance”
referred to

3.         Copies since and to date of any subsequent guidance issued to
schools

 

Please also confirm the dates that each version of guidance was issued to
schools and whether the guidance was issued to all schools in Richmond
regardless of the ‘type’ of school or only to schools for which Richmond
is the admission authority.

 

Our response:

1.    This is attached as the document labelled "Education out of
Chronological Age Group September 2014" sent to all Richmond Schools.

2.    This is attached as the document labelled "Education out of
Chronological Age Group February 2015" sent to all Richmond schools.

3.    Following the issue of the guidance in February 2015, the community
schools' admissions arrangements were the subject of an objection to the
Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) in June 2015. The OSA rightly
pointed out that as a result of the revised School Admissions Code:

o parents no longer had to provide professional evidence to support
their request to year delay their summer born child's start in primary
school;
o parents of summer born children can delay their child's start
or attend part time in Reception until they reach Compulsory School
Age in the year of entry. Previously, Richmond's arrangements stated
that parents could "request to delay”.
o Richmond should clarify arrangements for summer borns, in its
Admission Arrangements and differentiate between requests for Summer
Born Children and other requests of educating out of year group.

As a result of this challenge, the wording in the admissions arrangements
for September 2015 and Primary Admissions brochure for September 2016 were
amended and the current versions available on Richmond Council's website
reflect these changes.  Both documents are accessible via the following
links:

 

[5]http://www.richmond.gov.uk/primary_admis... page 4

 

[6]http://www.richmond.gov.uk/school_admiss...
pages 4 and 5

 

Since then, schools have been referred to these documents each year. 

 

 

I hope you are satisfied with this response.

 

If you are dissatisfied please let us know in writing, setting out your
reasons why and send to:

 

FOI & Complaints Manager

FOI & Complaints Team

3rd Floor Civic Centre

44 York Street

Twickenham

TW1 3BZ

E-mail: [7][Richmond upon Thames Borough Council request email]

 

 

 

 

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stored or monitored, or disclosed to authorised third parties, in
accordance with relevant legislation.

References

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1. mailto:[email address]
2. http://www.richmond.gov.uk/
3. http://www.wandworth.gov.uk/
4. https://cabnet.richmond.gov.uk/documents...
5. http://www.richmond.gov.uk/primary_admis...
6. http://www.richmond.gov.uk/school_admiss...
7. mailto:[Richmond upon Thames Borough Council request email]

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