Children Looked After – definition
Children looked after by the Local Authority, including children who were previously looked after, but were then adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order). Adopted children must have been previously looked after by an English or Welsh Local Authority. Children who were not looked after immediately before being adopted, or made the subject of a child arrangement order or special guardianship order, will not be prioritised under this rule. Evidence needed – please include a letter or document from your child's social worker, advisory teacher or other professional as evidence.
Sibling - definition
Brother or sister.
Half brother or sister.
Adopted brother or sister.
Child of the parent / carer or partner.
Children looked after or previously looked after. This doesn't include children temporarily living in the same house. For example, a looked after child in a short-term foster or bridging placement.
In every case, the sibling must be living permanently in the same family home (at least Monday to Friday).
A sibling must be on the roll of Bridgewater School, or have been offered and accepted a place, at the school at the time of application (and when the applicant starts Nursery).
Particular medical and social needs to support an application
The school will consider prioritising applicants where it can be demonstrated that the child has a particular social or medical need to go to the school. A panel of staff and governors will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to Bridgewater School and must clearly demonstrate why it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.
Parents and carers who are making a social and medical need application should state their reasons on their application and send the school evidence in support of their application. Successful applications for social and medical need will include the following at the time the parent applies for a place:
* Evidence that the child or their parent or carer can demonstrate a wholly exceptional social or medical need to attend the school and that only Bridgewater School can meet the child’s social or medical needs.
* Where there are other schools nearer to the child’s home address, why each of these schools is unable to meet the child’s needs.
Recent objective evidence establishing the parent’s, carer’s or child’s social or medical need to attend the school (this may be from a GP, educational psychologist, social worker, police officer or other professional) or relevant family circumstances.
Applicants should note:
Social and medical need applications will only be considered at the time of initial application, unless there has been a significant and exceptional change of circumstances within the family since the initial application was submitted. Information received after the closing date will only be considered if there is a significant change of circumstances.
All Hertfordshire Local Authority schools are able to work with children with special educational needs and severe medical needs. It is therefore unlikely that applications on these grounds alone will succeed in demonstrating that only Bridgewater Primary School can meet the child’s needs.
In medical cases applicants must provide a clear explanation of why the child’s or parent’s or carer’s severity of illness or disability makes attendance at only Bridgewater Primary School essential.
Applications on the basis of domestic arrangements, for example child care arrangements, will NOT succeed without evidence supporting compelling social and medical reasons.
Applications under medical and social needs criteria that fail to satisfy the panel that there is a compelling social or medical need to admit the child will be processed at the next highest admission criteria.
If you have any queries regarding admissions at Bridgewater School, please contact the school office on 01442 871 231 or email email@example.com
The school determines the Nursery Admissions Policy. This policy only applies to Nursery admissions. Attendance at our Nursery does NOT guarantee a place in Reception; the two admissions procedures are independent of each other. Parents of children who are allocated a place at our Nursery will need to reapply for a school place in line with the Reception Admissions Policy, which is coordinated by Hertfordshire County Council.