Sharneyford Primary School

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Admissions Policy
Lancashire's online application form for school admissions is a quick, easy and secure way of applying for your child's place at primary school. You can amend your application right until the deadline date. You will get an email acknowledgement once your application is submitted. Applying online also means that you can access your school offer slightly earlier than the offer letter arriving.

In Lancashire, all children who have their fifth birthday between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021 may start school in September 2020 if their parents / carers wish. All applications must be submitted by Wednesday 15th January 2020 and offers of primary school places will be issued by second class post on 16 April 2020. For those who apply on line, offers are available to view on the morning of the offer date.

At Sharneyford Primary School, our admissions number for each year group is 10In cases where this number is exceeded, the usual Local Authority selection process applies.  If a child does not receive a place in the first instance, an appeals process is available.

Details of the Lancashire School Admissions Procedures and Appeals Process can be found at and search for 'school admissions'  (Admissions)

The Lancashire policy for admission to Community and Voluntary Controlled primary schools for 2014/15 is listed below:-

Parents are asked to express preferences for three primary schools. Published criteria are used to decide which children should be offered the available places. In primary schools an equal preference scheme has been introduced to comply with the Schools Admission Code, whereby three parental preferences are given equal status and will be considered equally against the admissions criteria.

When a school is oversubscribed on parental preferences, then the following priorities apply in order:

1.    Children in public care at the time when preferences are expressed and who are still in public care at the time of their admission to school, and those who have been previously looked after, then

2.    Children for whom the Local Authority accepts that there are exceptional medical social or welfare reasons which are directly relevant to the school concerned, then

3.    Children with older brothers and sisters attending the school when the younger child will start, then

4.    Remaining places are allocated according to where a child lives. Those living nearest to the preferred school by a straight line (radial) measure will have priority

The distance criterion which will be used as the tie breaker if there is oversubscription within any of the admission criteria is a straight line (radial) measure.  If the Local Authority is unable to distinguish between applicants using the published criteria (eg twins or same block of flats) places will be offered via a random draw.

Geographical Priority Areas (GPAs)
Straight line measures were introduced from 2011/12 for criterion 4 to make the school admission process more transparent for all parents. In certain localities this could disadvantage some families in relation to accessing a place at their local primary school. GPAs have been introduced at the following 3 primary schools:-

LONGSANDS CP SCHOOL – the area north of Sandy Brook, east of Eastway (B6241), south of Savick Brook and west of the M6 motorway.

COTTAM CP SCHOOL – the area north of the Lancaster Canal, east of Sidegreaves Lane, south of Hoyles Lane and west of Tom Benson Way (B6241).

MOSS SIDE CP SCHOOL – the areas north or Moor Road (B5249) and Southport Road (A581), east of the railway line, south of Longmeanygate and west of Schleswig Way (B5253) – running south to Leyland Lane and meeting Southport Road.

Families with children living within the stipulated GPA have prior consideration for a place at the relevant school under criterion 4 – ahead of other applicants under criterion 4 with children living outside of the GPA.

This is a summary of the admissions policy. Please refer to the 'Information for Parents booklet and area inserts for full policy details.

Other admissions
You may wish to move to our school due to a change in circumstances. Please contact us to find out if a place is available in your child's year group. If so, we will happily arrange a tour and we will answer any questions you may have.

Where a parent wishes their child to be admitted to school during the academic year, the headteacher will need to contact the head of the child's current school.  Headteachers usually agree to allow children to move from one school to another on the first day of a new term. (ie. after the summer, after Christmas or after Easter.)  If the change of school is due to moving house, or there are other exceptional circumstances, mid-term admissions can be considered.

Sharneyford Primary School

Todmorden Road, Bacup OL13 9UQ

Andrea Holt