Admissions

 

Current Spaces in school: Reception - 1 place, Year 1 - 4 places, Year 2 - 0 places, Year 3 - 2 places, Year 4 - 1 place, Year 5 - 0 places, Year 6 - 1 place.

If you would like your child to attend our school, please apply via Derbyshire County Council. (Click on the direct link). 

 

If you would like to ask any questions about our school or would like to visit prior to applying for a place please don't hesitate to contact us.

Additional Information about Admissions

The majority of children who come to our school come from Ridgeway village itself and other localities close by. For example, Ridgeway Heights, Mosborough Moor and Ford. However, we do have several children who come from further afield. All parents will receive a welcome pack as they start school. A welcome meeting is also provided for parents to meet the Head, PTA representatives and the Reception Teacher. Children will be given opportunity to play and learn in their new classroom with their future classmates.

The pupil admission number for Ridgeway Primary School is currently 15. This is the number of children admitted into our school in the year they reach 5 years old – (Reception class). However, many other children have been successfully admitted into the school through appeal hearings in order to join our Reception class. This means we are able to operate a one class per year group system. (Average class sizes are approximately 29.)

Where applications for admissions exceed the number of places, the following criteria set out by Derbyshire County Council will apply:

  • ‘Looked After Children’
  • Children living in the local parish at the time of starting
  • Children living outside the area, but who have siblings in school
  • Children whose parents request a place on religious grounds
  • Other children whose parents have requested a place

 

If a parent is unsuccessful in applying for a place they can appeal to an independent committee.

 

Parents may make a request to defer their child’s entry until later in the school year. However, entry cannot be deferred beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted.

 

The Headteacher and Governors will manage all requests for delayed and/or part-time admission as we manage other parental requests, balancing the needs of the child and the wishes of the parent(s) with the school’s capacity to accommodate those needs and wishes.

 

Further information and guidance for parents can be found at Derbyshire County Council’s website 

 Priority for places is given to children in care, children from armed service families, children who have brothers/sisters in the school and finally, based on a distance by road or path (which is passable throughout the year.) The majority of our pupils transfer to Eckington Secondary School when they leave us at the end of Year 6.

The local authority (Derbyshire County Council) is responsible for admissions and full details are given in their guide to parents. Their email address is admissions@derbyshire.gov.uk. Ridgeway Primary School is committed to inclusion. We try our very best to accommodate the needs of children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. We have an accessibility plan and a Special Educational Needs Policy in place. We have made adaptations to our school to ensure accessibility for wheelchair users. We also have two disabled toilets. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to accommodate children with a whole range of needs. We are however, not a specialist service provider and we recommend that parents visit the school to view the facilities and talk to staff to make a judgement on whether they think this is the right school for their child. Our Local Authority follows equal opportunity legislation to ensure that children with special needs and/or disabilities are not discriminated against when applying for a place at our school.