National Schools Admission Code, September 21
In line with the changes and additions made to the National Schools Admission Code, September 21, our admissions arrangements for Sept 22/23 and onwards follow and comply with these changes.
Consultation For First Time Admissions for 2024/2025
Discovery Trust is its own admissions authority as prescribed in the National Admission Code 2021, and it is our responsibility to consult on any proposed changes to our admissions criteria. We seek to change our admission policy for those families applying for a school place in our primary and junior schools in the academic years 2024/2025.
We have now launched our public consultation period and are pleased to share the below consultation and admissions policy proposals with you. The public consultation will run for six school weeks, between Monday 14November 2022 and Tuesday 10 January 2023.
We would like to invite you to participate and share your views via our online feedback form using link below:
Alternatively, any comments can be emailed to email@example.com
Please could all responses be returned by Tuesday 10th January 2023.
Published Admissions Number
The school admits 60 pupils per year group at First Time Admissions (FTA). This is known as the Published Admission Number (PAN).
For FTA, Year 1 and 2, the school PAN is capped to 60 in line with Infant Class Sizes.
To view our Catchment Area, please click here
We hold numerous Open events, some just for families and some with your children,
To arrange a visit to the school, please contact the school office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should your child secure a place at the school, we work closely with your child’s infant/previous school to learn more about your child to enable them to get the best start possible to our school. Families will be then invited to attend pre-transition sessions in the Summer Term before your child starts full time education in our Year 3 cohort in the following Autumn Term.
First Time Admissions
All Discovery Schools have a single start for first time admissions at the start of the autumn term for children aged four years of age.
Children are offered a school place from four years of age, the autumn term following their fourth birthday. However, statutory school age is from the first term following their fifth birthday.
This means that:
- A child turning 5yrs in the autumn term must start school no later than the start of the Spring term.
- A child turning 5yrs in the spring term must start school no later than the start of the summer term.
- A child turning 5yrs in the summer term must start school no later than the start of the Autumn term. Please see more information in sections 11 and 12.
Making a First Time Admission Application (FTA)
Arrangements are made in accordance with the Local Authority’s First Time Admissions Coordinated scheme. This means families must apply to the Local Authority where they live using the Common Application Form before the January 15th closing date for submissions.
Families’ who are resident in other areas must apply through their home Local Authority. It is recommended that families also contact the Local Authority which the desired school is located to discuss applications.
Families are encouraged to list three choices of schools on the application form including the catchment school for that area. Contact your Local Authority to find out your catchment school(s). The closing date for first time admission applications is the 15th January (national closing date).
Families will be informed by their Local Authority of the place given to their child on the 16th April (National Offer Day) or the next working day.
The easiest way to apply for a school place at a Discovery Schools is to apply online. To apply online or speak to the Admissions Service at your Local Authority, please use the contact details below:
At the point of first-time admission, if there are more requests for places than available, places will be allocated up to the PAN in accordance with the priority oversubscription criteria.
A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order.
Pupils that live in the catchment area of the school.
Pupils that have an older sibling attending the school at the same time, regardless of if they live in the catchment area or not.
Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested. (Professional documentation confirming the situation must be submitted with the application).
Children of staff at the school.
Pupils living nearest to the school measured in a straight-line distance (home to school front gate).
**Full details of the priority criteria can be found in the full admissions policy above.
Mid-Term (In-Year) Applications
Discovery Trust Schools within Leicester City Council participate in full with the Local Authority’s coordinated scheme for Mid-Term (In-Year) applications. Click here to read the full policy outline.
To discuss a visit to our school, please contact the school office.
Should you wish to make an application to the school, parents must make an application via the Local Authority where they live using the Common Application Form.