Is your child starting school in September 2022?

If your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018, you will need to apply for a school place for September 2022. We would be delighted to welcome you to The Ferns Primary Aademy!

We know that choosing a school for your child is a big decision – it can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking time for children and parents alike!  We understand it can be a daunting process for parents, especially those who are going through this process for the first time - we are here to support families to ensure this important decision is the right one for each child’s learning journey.

We would encourage you to look at the different sections across our website as they contain a wealth of useful information about life at The Ferns. Our Explore our Academy page includes an interactive map and a virtual tour of our academy by Miss Slater, our Academy Head.  While this video was made to showcase our academy at a time when COVID-19 restrictions meant we couldn’t hold tours, it still gives a flavour of our wonderful academy.  You are, of course, also welcome to contact us with any specific enquiries you may have.

The Ferns Primary Academy also has places for Year 3 for children moving on from an infant school.  As a primary school, children in Year 2 automatically have a place in Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to 6) however, if you are looking for a junior school place, we are able to offer a limited number of places in Year 3.  Please contact our academy office for more information about transferring at the end of Year 2.

Starting School - Information for Parents

Come & Visit!

We are so proud of our academy and warmly invite new families to visit us to experience first-hand the welcoming, inclusive and encouraging learning environment we offer.  A school is more than an Ofsted report and to get a true sense of a school it is always best to visit during a normal working day.  For this reason, we are happy to accommodate tours of our academy at mutually convenient times.  Please contact the academy office on 01276 31554 or to book a tour.

We look forward to meeting you.

How to apply

You can apply for a school place for September 2022 between 1st November 2021 and 15th January 2022.

You can find further information about school admissions and apply online here or you can call 0300 555 1377. Please also contact the academy office as we would be glad to help you with the admissions procedure.

The Ferns Primary Academy has a Published Admissions Number (PAN) of 30 for initial entry (Reception Class).  We are able to offer a limited number of places in Year 3. Please contact our academy office for more information about transferring at the end of Year 2.

The Kite Academy Trust is the admission authority for all its academies. The allocation of school places at initial entry (Reception Class) is co-ordinated by the Local Authority Admissions Team in accordance with our published admission arrangements (see below).

Once places have been offered by the Local Authority, any waiting list for places will be ranked according to our oversubscription criteria and managed by The Ferns Primary Academy.

Admissions Arrangements 2022

Admissions Appeals

Supplementary Information Form (Children of Staff)

Moving schools?

Applying for a place at a school during the academic year and outside of the normal round of admissions (as described above) is called an ‘in-year admission'.  An in-year admission may be made, for example, if you move house and your child can no longer attend their current school. Any parent can apply for a place at The Ferns Primary Academy at any time.

In-year admissions are co-ordinated by the Local Authority on our behalf.  Further information can be found here.  Applications should be made using the online application portal.

Guidance on the application process can be found here.  Please also contact the academy office as we would be glad to help you with the admissions procedure.

Upon receipt of an in-year application, the Local Authority will process the application as quickly as possible, usually within 15 working days of receiving your fully completed application form. Where an application is refused, there is the right to appeal. Details of how to appeal can be found below.

Where an applicant is offered a school place following an in-year application, and the offer is accepted, arrangements will be made for the child to start school as soon as possible, particularly where the child is out of school.

Admissions Arrangements 2021

Right to Appeal

All parents have a right to express a preference for the school they would like their child to attend.  The admission authority must offer a place at that school unless there is a legal reason for refusing a place.  All parents have the right to appeal against any decision made by or on behalf of an admission authority as to the school their child attends under legislation produced by the Department for Education (DfE).  Further information about the appeals process can be found here.

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