Consultation on Admissions Policy 2019-20
Heatherlands converted to Academy Status on 1 November 2017. The school is consulting on clarifying its oversubscription criteria and its home-to-school distance measurement wording. There are no changes to how the policy works and it remains in line with the local authority’s proposed policy. Heatherlands consultation will remain open until 31 December 2017. If you wish to respond please write to the school marking it for the attention of The Clerk to the Governing Body. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your response.
If you are a prospective parent you should telephone the school office to arrange an appointment to view the school. A member of staff will be pleased to show you and your child around and answer any queries you might have. Alternatively you may wish to attend one of the school’s open mornings held in October and November. We follow the Borough of Poole's Admissions Policy. A firm offer of a place is usually made in April.
If your child is refused a place you are entitled to appeal to an independent appeals panel. Please contact the school office for more information. We have an extensive pre-school and induction programme that is detailed in our Early Years Policy. This is available for inspection on request.
Parents of children already at another school, who wish to transfer to Heatherlands, are advised to speak to their present Head Teacher first. A visit can then be arranged by telephoning to make an appointment.
Arrangements for the Admission of Pupils with Disabilities
As stated in the admissions policy, places are offered to all applicants irrespective of gender, religion, ethnicity or country of origin, disability or academic ability. The policy also states that in line with the SEN Code of Practice, the Governors are legally required to admit a child with a statement of special needs issued by the local authority. Therefore a pupil with disability faces no disadvantage with regards to admission to the school. If a child with disability seeks admission to the school, we would ask you to give as much information as possible in advance regarding their disability in order to ensure that reasonable adjustment has been made by the time the child was admitted.
Steps Taken to Prevent Disabled Pupils Being Treated Less Favourably than Other Pupils
The school has an accessibility plan which is regularly monitored and updated and which takes into account the delivery of curriculum, physical accessibility and communication. Staff are aware of their responsibility to make reasonable adjustments and to ensure that disabled pupils are not treated less favourably. Staff training is arranged as appropriate.
Transfer to Other Schools
When your child leaves us at the end of Year 6 they will transfer to a local Secondary School. There will be detailed information and help for you and your child during their final year to ensure a smooth transfer to the next stage of their education.