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Reception Admissions

Applications for places at Birkenhead High School Academy in Reception will be made in accordance with Wirral Children’s Services co-ordinated admission arrangements and will be made on the Parental Preference Form, provided and administered by Wirral Children’s Services.

Consideration of applications for entry into Reception

The agreed admissions number for Reception is 48.

Applications for places for Reception can be made for girls who turn 5 between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017. Parents of girls in the Nursery must apply for a place in Reception using the Parental Preference Form. Applications should be sent to Wirral Local authority by the closing date set out in the Wirral composite Admissions Prospectus.

Girls will be offered places in Reception to start in September. However parents and guardians of girls reaching compulsory school age between March and August can defer admission until the following January, if preferred. Nonetheless, applications must be made on the Parental Preference Form on the dates set out above.

Where fewer applications than places are received, the Academy will offer places to all those who have applied. If the Academy is oversubscribed it will allocate places in accordance with the procedure set out below. Girls with statements of special educational needs will be admitted where the Academy is named in the statement.

Oversubscription procedure

Where Birkenhead High School Academy is oversubscribed in Reception the Academy will allocate places using the following criteria which are listed in priority order:

a) Girls who are in public care (Looked After Children) on the date at which the relevant applications for admission are made, and who a local authority has confirmed will continue to be looked after by it (in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989) at the time they are admitted to the Academy;

b) Girls at the Academy’s Nursery or the Nursery of the predecessor school, BHS;

c) Girls who, on the date of admission, will have an older sister, including step, half, adopted or fostered sister enrolled at the Academy (or who were enrolled in Reception and upwards at the predecessor school, BHS, and will continue to be so enrolled in September 2013.

Where in categories b) and c) there are more applicants than there are places available, places will be allocated on a random basis. Any remaining places will be allocated on a random basis to girls applying from across the Wirral and beyond.

In the event of oversubscription in Reception, the above procedure will be open to scrutiny by an appropriately qualified external consultant appointed by the GDST Academy Trust board.

For full details see Birkenhead High School Academy Admission Policy 2017 - 2018

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