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Statutory Information

ECM Trust

School Admissions

Going to a new school is a very important step for your child. At Laithes Primary we want to make the process of applying for a school place as easy as possible for all parents and carers.

You can apply online for your child’s admission but at the moment, online applications can only be made for children starting primary school for the first time or for secondary school.

If your child is already attending a school in Barnsley and you wish to transfer schools.

Detailed admissions, appeals and transfer information is available here.

Please contact school admissions if you have any questions

01226 773689 / 773677 / 773588 / 773502 or via email at admissions@barnsley.gov.uk

Our school admissions policy can be found here:Admission Policy EMC Laithes Primary School 2023-24

If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, they’ll be ready for starting school in September 2022.

Before you apply for your child a place, please look at the information in the Barnsley booklet Admission to School - Academic Year 2022 - 2023 - Advice to Parents.

Applying for a place before 15 January 2022

For your child to start primary school in September 2022, you need to apply for a place before the deadline of 15 January 2022. You must apply online for your child to start primary school.

  • View the BMBC guide to applying on the parent portal.
  • If you are unable to apply online please contact school admissions and they can provide support and guidance.  If you are still unable to complete an online application then we can supply a paper form however you will receive your offer by post and not via email on offer day.

Applying for a place after 15 January 2022

You can still apply online for a place by clicking the link above.  If applying after the closing date, your application will be processed after 19 April 2022.

Summer born children 

A child reaches compulsory school age on the prescribed day following their fifth birthday.  The prescribed days are 31 December, 31 March and 31 August.

However, the School Admissions Code requires school admission authorities to provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday although there are alternative options for parents who do not feel their child is ready to start school before compulsory school date.  You can read more information in the delayed admissions leaflet and arrangements for summer born children

You can take a look at the government’s guidance for parents of summer born children, this is for parents who may be considering delaying their child’s start in reception. This guidance is intended to help you to make an informed decision about what would be right for your child. It explains the process for requesting admission outside of age group and sets out information on the options available to you and the steps you need to take to arrange a delayed admission for your child.

Additionally, children born in the Summer Term (1st April to 31st August) are not required to start school until a full year after the point at which they could have been admitted ie.  the September following their fifth birthday;  the point at which other children in their age range are commencing Year 1.                                                 

Parents of summer born children may, therefore, submit a request for delayed admission to Reception Year group, rather than year 1, for any school within the Authority.    A decision must be taken by the relevant admission authority based on the circumstances of the case and in the child’s best interests.

Filling in your application if you live in Barnsley

You can include up to three schools on your application, which you should rank in order of your preference – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Your preferences can include any primary school in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield or Kirklees.  If the school you prefer is outside Barnsley, it’s always best to get in touch with the council in that area to check what their admissions criteria are. Use these links to their admissions web pages for more information.

If you’re applying for a place at a voluntary aided school, you’ll need to complete the school’s supplementary information form and attach any documents they ask for. The form is available from primary schools or from School Admissions.

Once you’ve filled in your form stating your preferences, hand it in to your first preference school or send it to School Admissions. Make sure the school gives you a receipt for your application, which you need to keep. 

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