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At Cavendish Close Junior School, we have spaces for a maximum of 90 pupils in each year group. Occasionally, the school does not have enough places for every child whose parents/carers have expressed a preference.

How do I apply for a school place?

Derby City Council Admissions Service are responsible for coordinating all applications from parents for school places in our catchment area.

If you want to apply for a school place, you need to make an application to them.

Please visit the Derby City Council Primary School Admissions page for more information and ways to apply.

Admission criteria if a community and voluntary-controlled school is oversubscribed

The Council is the admissions authority for community and voluntary-controlled schools. They give priority for school places to children whose parents have applied for a place by the closing date (usually in January) at the school they would like their child to attend. If the school does not have enough places available for every child whose parents have applied for a place, DCC have to use an order of priority for admissions. These are called our ‘admissions criteria’.

The order of priority is:

  1. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. 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. Children who are both living in the catchment area served by the school and have brothers or sisters* of compulsory school age still attending the school at the time of their admission.
  3. Other children living in the catchment area at the time of admission.
  4. Children who do not live in the catchment area served by the school but who have brothers or sisters* of compulsory school age attending the school at the time of their admission.
  5. In the case of voluntary-controlled church schools, children whose parents request a place on religious grounds as stated on their application form.
  6. Other children whose parents have requested a place.
  7. Children whose parents did not request a place by the closing date.

* For the purposes of admissions, we class a brother or sister as:

  • having one or both natural parents in common
  • are related by a parent’s marriage
  • are adopted or fostered.

Note: a brother or sister must be living at the same address. Cousins are not classed as brothers or sisters.

Tie-breaker:

When choices have to be made between children satisfying the same criteria, children living nearest to the school measured by a straight line have priority. The line will be measured from the centre of the home address to the school using the national Ordnance Survey set points. If two measurements are the same, we will give priority to the child living nearest the school measured by the shortest walking route from the home address to the school’s main entrance. In the unlikely event the two walking routes measure the same distance, the place will be allocated using an independently verified random allocation process. The ‘home address’ is the address of the primary carer of the child, as shown by
who receives the Child Benefit.

Note: the ‘home address’ is the address of the primary carer of the child, as shown by who receives the Child Benefit.

We will give pupils who have a statement of special educational needs priority admission over all others when we think their needs can best be met in a particular school.

If you are not offered a place for your child, you have a right to appeal to an independent appeal panel – details from the Admissions Office.

Secondary Transfer

Children leave Cavendish Close at the end of year 6 to go to secondary school. You will receive a letter asking you to state your preference.

During the summer term Year six staff work closely with the secondary school that your child will go to, to ensure all relevant information is passed on. All children visit their new schools for one or two days induction after meeting some of their Year Seven Tutors at our school. All year 6 children may have the opportunity to visit for Extra-Curricular opportunities, such as Junior Links (Lees Brook). In addition to this, Year Six children who are identified as needing extra support with transfer are given additional visits to their next school.

Please visit the Derby City Council Secondary School Admissions page for more information.

Further information is available from Derby City Council Admissions Office, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby DE1 2FS.