For the September 2018 Nursery intake, the Governors will follow arrangements for entry into Oughton Primary & Nursery Schools Nursery that have been agreed by Hitchin Partnership.
Oughton Primary & Nursery School’s Nursery will operate a 1 intake system in September 2018. Places will not be held for pupils not wanting to start Nursery in September.
There will be an impact on Nursery places if parents decide to defer admission to a reception class. Parents will need to inform schools by the end of the spring term 29th March 2018 if they wish their child to remain in the Nursery instead of transferring to Reception (at Oughton or another school). If they express this wish they will keep their nursery place for an additional year and they will not need to reapply for the place. If they have not informed the school by that date their Nursery place cannot be kept open for them.
If parents do not notify the Nursery until after Nursery allocations have been released schools are under no obligation to offer a place above their normal intake number, but the child can of course join the normal continuing interest process.
Hitchin Partnership Admission Information for Maintained Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes 2018/19
The nursery admission process is changing from September 2017 for admissions for 2018 onwards. In place of a centrally controlled system which has previously been run by the local authority, nursery settings will now be operating their own admission process.
The maintained nursery schools and classes within Hitchin form part of the Hitchin Partnership. In order to provide consistency and simplify the process for parents, the partnership has agreed a timeline for admissions and a set of over subscription criteria.
Hitchin Partnership Timeline for Maintained Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes 2018/19
By end of September 2017
Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes to make nursery admission information available on their websites
HCC comms campaign to parents confirming new way of applying for a nursery school/class place, including social media.
Monday 5th February 2018
Applications open via school’s websites for Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes (online applications preferred)
Friday 16th March 2018
Applications close for Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes
Wednesday 25th April 2018
Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes meet to finalise allocations
Friday 27th April 2018
Offers made to parents (via the same method as application was made)
Friday 4th May 2018
Deadline for parents to accept/reject places
Children will be offered a nursery place to start in the autumn term of the academic year they turn 4 (falling between 1st September to 31st August). At Oughton we have 30 nursery places, providing 15 hours of free nursery education every morning.
We hold an information meeting for parents in the summer term. Children are invited to visit and to attend a couple of sessions before they start and staff will arrange home visits prior to your child starting.
The morning nursery session is from 8.45-11.45
The nursery is an integral part of the school. A separate application is needed from Nursery to main school.
Should there be more applications than places, an agreed over subscription criteria will be followed. If an application is unsuccessful, you may request to go onto the nursery’s continuing interest list and as a space arises, the criteria will be applied again.
Hitchin Partnership 0ver Subscription Criteria for Maintained Nursery Schools and Classes for the School Year 2018/19
Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school will be allocated a place in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996. Schools will also admit children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school.
Parents may state their preference as to which nursery class, school or centre they would like their child to attend in the years leading up to the child’s fourth birthday. However, if there are not enough places available, places will be allocated in the following order of priority:
a) Children looked after and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).
b) A child ‘at risk’ (or the sibling of a child ‘at risk’) who is the subject of an inter-agency child protection plan.
c) Other applicants where the following criteria are considered to determine priorities:
1) Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school.
2) Children who have a sibling at the school (including, if an infant school, a sibling at the link junior school) at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age range of the school. Note: the ‘normal age range’ is the designated range for which the school provides.
3) Any other children.
Proof of documentation to support any of the criteria above will be required.
If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule to those children. If more children qualify under criterion 2 than there are places available, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the nursery as measured in a straight line, using Google maps. Where there is a need for a tie-breaker where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example, the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be random.