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Whitehouse Primary School, 2 Doagh Rd, Newtownabbey

Nursery Criteria for September 2019

 The criteria for Nursery places for September 2019:  

Respective Functions of the Board of Governors and the Principal in relation to admissions.

The Board of Governors will determine the Admissions Criteria. The criteria will be applied by the Principal who may, if necessary, refer to an admissions sub-committee.

Admissions criteria to be used in the event of the school being oversubscribed. The criteria are listed in order of priority.

Children will be admitted according to the following statutory criteria:

Children who are resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission to the school;

1. Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances in their final pre-school year i.e. born between 2 July 2015 and 1 July 2016 (inclusive);

2. Children not falling within sub-paragraph (1) in their final pre-school year; and who at the time of their proposed admission will not have a pre-school education place, whether full-time or part-time, at another school or any other premises.

Note: Children from ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’ means a child whose parent is in receipt of (i) Income Support, or (ii) Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or (iii) an award of Income Support which has been converted into an Employment and Support Allowance and the level of benefit remains the same, or (iv) Universal Credit. When parents apply for places for their child on this basis they must have their application form stamped by the Social Security /Jobs and Benefits Office to confirm that they are in receipt of a qualifying payment. This should then be sent by the parent directly to the provider of first preference.

Sub-criteria

In the event of oversubscription on the application of a statutory criterion the sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down.

a. Children whose parents cite Whitehouse P.S. Nursery Unit as their first preference setting. (Second preferences will be selected before third or subsequent preferences etc.)

b. Children who have a sibling (half sibling, step sibling, foster sibling) attending Whitehouse Primary School (Primary 1 to Primary 7) when applications are being processed.

c. Children who have a sibling (half sibling, step sibling, foster sibling) attending Whitehouse Primary School Nursery Unit when the applications are being processed.

d. Children with a sibling (half sibling, step sibling, foster sibling) applying for, or been offered, a place in the Primary Department in September 2019.

e. Children of staff members and school Governors.

f. Children with a sibling (half sibling, step sibling, foster sibling) who were former pupils of Whitehouse Primary School (Primary 1 to Primary 7).

g. Children who live nearest to the school as decided by a straight line digital measurement using the post code address of their normal residence to the post code address of Whitehouse Primary School & Nursery Unit. Whitehouse Primary School & Nursery Unit will use the Northern Ireland Portal for Geographical Information (GI) decision making tool, Spatial N.I., to determine distances.

h. In the event of two or more children living the same distance from the school, rank order will be determined on the basis outlined below:

i) Final selection will be on the basis of the initial letter of the surname as it appears on the birth certificate with pupils being selected in the order set out below. The order was determined by a randomised selection of letters generated by www.miniwebtool

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Where surnames begin with the same letter, the second and, if necessary, subsequent letters will be used for admission using the same randomised selection of letters.

ii) Where children have the same surname, the initial letter of the first forename, as it appears on the birth certificate will be used for admission using the same randomised selection of letters.

iii) Where no priority can be established by this means (e.g. ‘Alan’ ‘Alanna’) the child with the shorter first forename will be prioritised for admission.

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria, is stated on the application form or attached to it.

 

          * This is a summary of the full criteria.  Copies of the full criteria are available upon request from the school office.