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Admissions - Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I come and look around the School.

Of course you can.

Annual Open Evening

This is our main event for parents and children.  It is scheduled for Thursday 29 September 2016

Open Morinings

We have a number of Open Mornings throughout the year. These are an ideal opportunity to have a tour of the school on a normal working day. Upcoming dates are: 

Wednesday 14 September, Friday 16 September, Tuesday 20 September, Thursday 6 October, Monday 10 October, Tuesday 11 October, Friday 14 October and Wednesday 19 October 2016.

Thursday 11 May, Monday 5 June, Wednesday 14 June and Tuesday 27 June 2017.

Further dates will be published on our website when available.

If you’d like to visit on an Open Morning, then please ring or email the school to reserve a place.

2. What is your catchment area?

Our school does not have a catchment area.

Admissions to our school are ranked according to our oversubscription criteria which are summarised below.  The full policy can be found in our documents and policies section.

In accordance with the 1996 Education Act the allocation of school places for children with an Educational Health Care Plan, EHCP, (formerly known as Statement of Special Educational Needs) will take place first. We will then allocate the remaining places in accordance with our admissions policy. 

The oversubscription criteria are listed in the order that they are applied.

Oversubscription Criteria (for entry in September 2016 onwards)

A. The child is, or has previously been, in the care of the Local Authority (see note 1).

B. Children of members of staff provided that they have been employed for a minimum of two years at the time of application and/or are recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.

C. There is a brother or sister (see note 2) on roll at the school at the time of application.

D. The distance from the child's home address (3) to the school. Priority will be given to the child living nearest the school (see note 4).

Words marked with a number, for example 1, 2 and 3 are explained separately in the definition and notes section of our policy (see the full policy for definitions).

If the distance criterion is not sufficient to distinguish between two or more applicants for the last remaining place then a lottery will be drawn by an independent person, not employed by the school or working in the Children's Services Department at the Local Authority.

Please see the full policy for further details. This is available through our website or a copy can be requested from our school reception.

3. I live in Stamford/Peterborough/Bourne/Spalding will I get a place?

This depends on the distance that you live from our school.

It is difficult to predict where the distance criterion will finish each year. The distance is affected by several factors, including the number of children living in the locality and the choices made by other applicants.  Past mileage is not necessarily an indicator of future driving distances.  Every year is different.  On average (over the last 5 years) the driving distance, on offer day, has been 10.282 miles.

Year Driving distance on offer day (miles) Published Admissions Number (PAN)
1 March 2010 9.9 232
1 March 2011 11.912 232
1 March 2012 10.638 232
1 March 2013 11.545 260
3 March 2014 10.321 260
2 March 2015 7.860 261 (270 places offered)
1 March 2016 11.047 261

The distances quoted are for the last place offered on the 1 March each year.  There are two further rounds of allocations, at the end of March and at the end of April each year, when families living further from the school may be offered places.  Once all allocations are complete, places will continue to be offered throughout the summer term as places become available.

4. I live in Peterborough/Cambridgeshire (or another county). Can I apply?

Yes you can.

Living in a different county does not affect your right to apply. Your application will be ranked according to our oversubscription criteria (explained in question 2).  Lincolnshire residents do not get priority over residents in other counties.

To apply, you should complete the online application form provided by your Local Authority. This application form will give you the option to apply for schools in Lincolnshire.

If you have difficulty completing the form, please contact your Local Authority or our School Admissions Manager for advice and help.

5. Can my child travel to school on a bus?

The town has good public transport links.

The school does not provide any transport. Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) is responsible for providing home-school transport for eligible students.

Each school in Lincolnshire has its own transport area.  If you live within our transport area, and meet the LCC criteria (see LCC website for more details), then you could be entitled to transport to our school. This is usually a bus pass on a designated route.  These buses drop off and collect from the school.

If you live at an address outside our transport area, your sons and daughters can still attend our school, but transport will be your responsibility.  Many students travel on buses as fare-paying passengers.

All decisions on granting home-school transport are made by Lincolnshire County Council, not the school.  

All queries should be directed to the home-school transport team.

An online application form is available at:

Web:

www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/schools/school-transport

Tel: 01522 782020 (8am to 6pm, Mon to Fri)

Email:

SchoolTransportApplications@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Bus routes and providers do change. Current services available are;

Stamford - Deeping Delaine route 203
Peterborough – Deeping Delaine route 101 Stagecoach route 12
Bourne - Deeping Delaine route 203
Spalding - Deeping Coach of Langtoft service S36

6. When is the deadline for applying?

Usually noon on 31 October (please check your Local Authority, some do differ).

7. Does it matter which order I put schools on the application form?

Absolutely.

It really is important that you put your favourite school down as your first preference. The Local Authority will try to place your sons and daughters into your school of choice. If they have to give you a lower preference school then you will go onto the waiting list for the school you prefer.  In addition, you have a right of appeal for higher preference schools.

8. When will I hear if I have a place?

On the 1 March 2017.

If you have applied on line you will be able to log-on and view your offer. If you have applied using a paper form you will receive a letter in the post. The letter could arrive on, or after, 1 March.

9. What do I do if I don't get a place?

If you are not able to get a place for your child in the school of your choice, you have the right to an independent appeal. 

Please see the section on Appealing for a School place for details of the Year 7 appeal timetable and how to appeal for a school place:

Appealing for a school place

 

10. Where can I get further information?

Our school website and the Lincolnshire County Council websites have lots of information, including our full admission policy.

www.lincolnshire.gov.uk

If you have any questions or concerns, our Admissions Manager will be happy to help.

Email:

sbairdparker@deepingschool.org.uk

Tel: 01778 342159