How can my child be admitted to Montpelier Primary School?

There is a single point of entry to start school for children born between 1st September and 31st August in the year that they are 5. Legally children do not have to start school until the term after their 5th birthday and the school will be flexible with parents wishing to take up this option for their child.

The Local Authority is responsible for the allocation of Foundation places at Montpelier Primary School. Application forms are availabe from schools or online at  Parents will have the opportunity to decide thier first, second and their choices of primary schools for their children and will be offered a place in the spring term.

The school has a planned admission level of 90 children for each year in Foundation ( 90 in September 2019) and Key Stage 1 and 96 in Key Stage 2.

Parents wishing to transfer older children to Montpelier should also contact the Admisssion Team for information about availiablity of places. These will vary from time to time and year to year according to pupil movement.

The Local Authority has drawn up an order of priority for admissions to school, based on an area designated for each school. The order of prioity is as follows;

A child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) which names the school will be admitted. Where there are less applicants than the PAN, all children will be admitted unless they can be offered a higher ranked preference. In the event that the School is oversubscribed, the admission authority will apply the following oversubscription criteria in order of priority:

1. A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order after the 2002 Adoption Act came into force on 31 December 2005. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989);

2. A child with exceptional medical or social grounds. Applicants will only be considered under this heading if the parent/carer or their representative can demonstrate that only the preferred school can meet the exceptional medical or social needs of the child. This can be in the form of a testimony from a medical practitioner, social worker or other professional who can support the application on an 'exceptional' basis. Exceptional medical or social grounds could include, for example: § a serious medical condition, which can be supported by medical evidence § a significant caring role for the child which can be supported by evidence from social services;

3. Children with a sibling already attending the school at the time of admission. Children are siblings if they are a full, half, step, or adoptive brother or sister, and live in the same family unit and household;

4. Children whose parent is a member of staff employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage evidenced by completion of the Plymouth Supplementary Information Form;

5. Other children measured by a straight line on the map using Plymouth City Council’s electronic mapping system – the shorter the distance, the higher the priority. Measurement points will be from an internal point of the building concerned (usually the visual centre of the building). Flats are therefore taken to be the same measurement point regardless of floor of location.