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Admission Arrangements September 2023 - Consultation


Admission Arrangements for St Philip's CE Primary Academy are currently under consultation.  Please click here to find out more information.


The consultation will run until the 31st January 2022.  To find out more about the consultation process and how you can make a contribution please visit Admissions & PAN Reduction Consultation Sept 2023 - Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (



Admission Arrangements


BDAT Admissions arrangements:


Here at St Philip's CE Primary Academy, we use Bradford Council to administer our admission arrangements.  All information regarding admission arrangements to Bradford primary schools can be found at  


Below is an outline of our admissions procedure for Nursery, Reception and in-year across the rest of the school.


All pupils will be considered for a place at St Philip's following the Bradford Council Guidelines and our Admissions Policy.  All applications from pupils with Special Educational Needs or who have a disability will be treated fairly using the same criteria as all other applications.    Please also refer to Children with Disabilities Policy on our policy page 

Nursery Admissions


Our Nursery caters for children in the Foundation Stage, between the ages of 3 and   

5 years. Parents/Carers can put their child's name on the waiting list as soon as the child is born.


It is our aim to offer all children at least 3 terms Nursery provision prior to them starting in Reception. The majority of admissions to Nursery take place over the first few weeks of the Autumn term.


Children are offered places according to their position on the waiting list. The list is divided into months to ensure that summer birthdays have equal access. The same number of children from each month’s list are offered places. (This number varies according to the number of vacancies)


Reception Places


Our Reception class caters for 30 pupils between the ages of 4 and 5 years. Children enter the academy in the academic year they become five. There is one admissions date per year, early in September (i.e. at the start of the academy year). Therefore, Parents/Carers who would like their child to be admitted to this academy during the year their child is five should ensure that they complete the necessary application form by the date stipulated on the form. Attendance at St Philip’s CE Primary Academy Nursery does not prioritise admission into Reception.


At St Philip’s Academy we have chosen the LA to be the ‘Admissions Authority’ for all admissions from Reception to Year 6. The regulations for entry to each academy, where the Admissions Authority is the LA, are published each year by the LA. Parents/Carers can receive a copy of these regulations directly from the LA.


The LA publishes a composite admissions prospectus each year, which gives information about how Parents/Carers can apply for a place in the academy of their choice. Parents/Carers have a right to express a preference for the academy of their choice and they should do so on the application form. Expressing a preference does not, in itself, guarantee a place at this academy. Application forms can be obtained from the Education Department of the LA and should be completed by the date stipulated on the forms. Please refer to:  The LA notifies Parents/Carers about the academy place as soon as all the applications have been considered.


Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan


The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is dealt with by a separate procedure.  Such children are dealt with through a separate legislative process and without reference to the oversubscription criteria below.  Children who have an EHCP which names a specific school, will normally be admitted to the school.


Criteria for Admissions


If at point of admission there are more children on the waiting list than available places we refer to the local authorities’ Oversubscription Criteria. In case of oversubscription places will be allocated to children in the following priority order:

  1. Looked after children – a child who is looked after by a local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989(b) at the time an application is made.
  2. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order
  3. Looked after children who are regarded as having been in state care outside of England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.
  4. The children of parents who are members of the Church of England or other Christian denominations.
  5. Children who have exceptional social or medical needs, supported by a written

recommendation from the child’s paediatrician/consultant or professional from Children’s Services. The letter must explain why the school is the only suitable school to meet the child’s needs and why no other school could provide the appropriate support for the child.

  1. Sisters and brothers of children living at the same address who are at present on roll at the school and will still be attending the school at the time of admission.
  2. Other children


Multiple Births


Where a parents of multiple births (twins, triplets etc) request admission and only one of the siblings can be offered a place, the remaining siblings will also be offered places above the admission number. The terms “siblings” refers to children who live with the same family at the same address. Children living with the same family e.g. foster children and step-sisters and brothers are also included. Cousins are not siblings.


Note 1: For admission under the fourth criterion, parents will be asked to demonstrate membership of the appropriate Christian denomination.


Note 2: A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is in the care of the local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in the Children Act 1989).


In Year Transfer


The LA keeps a waiting list for places in Reception –Year 6, as vacancies arise, places are allocated according to the criteria for admissions.


Tie Break


When demand exceeds places in any of the following policies, the distance between the child’s home and school, measured by a straight line distance from the Ordnance Survey address point of the home to the main entrance to the school building, will be used to decide who is given a place; those living nearest being given the available places. Where the offer of places to applicants with equi-distant addresses would lead to oversubscription, the decision of who will be offered the place will be made by random selection.

Note: ‘Home address’ refers to the child’s permanent home at the date of admission.  Where the child lives with split parents who have shared responsibility, it is for the parents to determine which address to use when applying for a primary school. Proof of residency may be required at any time during or after the allocation process.


Admission Appeals


If we do not offer a child a place at this academy, it is because to do so would prejudice the education of other children by allowing the numbers of children in the academy to increase too much.


If Parents/Carers wish to appeal against a decision to refuse entry, they can do so by applying to the LA. An independent appeal panel then meets to consider all appeals by Parents/Carers who have been refused a place at our academy and who wish to appeal against this decision. An appeal panel’s decision is binding for all parties concerned. If the appeal panel decides that we should admit a child to our academy, then we will accept this and continue to do all we can to provide the best education for all the children at our academy.  Details of appeal arrangements are set out in the School Admission Appeals Code 2014

Also, please see the updated Bradford LA Appeals Timetable document below.


The Standard Number


The Standard Number is the number of children the academy can accommodate. The standard number for our academy is 210. We keep this number under review and the governors will apply to change the number if circumstances allow.


Class Size


The maximum class size in classes is 30 children.


Bradford LA Revised Appeals 2021