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Admissions

The Dean Trust is the admissions authority for Dean Trust Wigan.

Dean Trust Wigan is responsible for all its own admissions although the co-ordination of admissions arrangements into Year 7 is undertaken by Wigan Local Authority.

  • Parents seeking a place for their child in Year 7 in September 2023 must include Dean Trust Wigan in ranked order of preference on their Local Authority’s Common Application Form.
  • The number of places available for admission to Year 7 in September 2023 will be 205. Places will be offered by the Local Authority on 1st March 2023.
  • Pupils will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude.

OVER SUBSCRIPTION

Where the number of applicants for admission exceeds the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to determine how places are awarded:

  • ‘Looked after’ children and ‘previously looked after’ children, as defined by the School Admissions Code (2014) and then from 1st September 2021, School Admissions Code (2021).
  • Children who will have an older sibling attending the School up to and including Year 11 at the time of the applicant’s proposed admission. This includes half/step or adopted brothers or sisters, who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit. Except when the older sibling obtained a place solely because he or she was in possession of a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Educational Healthcare Plan that names Dean Trust Wigan.
  • Children of staff at Dean Trust Wigan who have 2 years continuous service at the time of application.
  • Children who live nearest to the School, measured in a direct straight line from the child’s permanent place of residence to the main entrance of the School. This will be measured using property co-ordinates provided through a combination of the Wigan Local Land and Property Gazetteer (BS7666), other LA data and Royal Mail Postal Address Information.

When considering your child’s application, we will use the permanent home address we have for you at the closing date for applications.

If parents are separated and the child spends time at each parents’ address, the address which will be used for admission to schools is the address where the child sleeps the majority of the school nights (Sunday to Thursday) during the week in term time. Where there is dispute or equal nights are slept, parent will be asked to provide proof of the address registered with the child’s GP.

We may ask to see additional forms of evidence of your home address (photocopies are acceptable).

This may include:

  • proof of where you are registered for council tax
  • your television licence
  • wage/ salary slip
  • proof of your child tax credits

Any evidence you provide must show that the parent or main carer lives at this address. We may seek evidence by other means if the parent/carer is unable to provide sufficient proof of their residence.

We assume that you will always provide us with the correct factual information when you apply for a school place. You should be aware that any school place that has been offered on the basis of false information may be withdrawn and the place may be offered to another child.

If a successful applicant moves home between the date of allocation and the beginning of term in September 2022, the offer of the place will be reviewed. As a result of this review the offer may be withdrawn if an unsuccessful application is, as a result of the move, promoted to a higher priority on the Schools admissions criteria.

For all leasing agreements a minimum of 24 months leasing agreement is required with legally supporting documentation and also documentation pertaining to the disposal of the previous home.

Any applicant who moves address must provide evidence and legal documentation to the effect they have purchased and exchanged contracts on a property and documentation relating to proof of disposal of the previous home.

WAITING LISTS

Unsuccessful applicants may ask to be placed on a waiting list and considered for any places that may arise in the future. These places will be awarded in accordance with the criteria listed above.

These waiting lists will be maintained until 31st December 2023.

TIE BREAK ARRANGEMENTS

In the event that following the over subscription criteria points 1 – 4 above, where two or more applicants are otherwise unable to be separated for a place at the school, this will be decided through a random draw conducted and scrutinised by person’s independent from the School and from the Children, Families and Wellbeing Directorate.

FINAL TIE BREAK ARRANGEMENTS

Each random allocation event only holds for the allocation of the currently available school place.

On any waiting list the remaining applicants remain equally ranked and any further place is offered as the result of a further random exercise.

APPEALS

Under the terms of the School Standards Framework Act 1998 you have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel against any decision made by the School. Parents who wish to exercise this right must state their intention either in writing or on the school’s online form below within 28 days of receipt of notification letter.

IN-YEAR ADMISSION INTO YEARS 7-11 DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR SEPTEMBER 2023-2024

This section applies to applicants applying for places outside the normal admissions process. Parents can apply to move to any school. Typically in year school moves are a significant event in a child’s life. Parents usually move their child to another school if;

  • Your child doesn’t currently have a school place.
  • You are moving house in to Wigan from out of borough.
  • The personal circumstances for your child have significantly changed (this may include moving house within Wigan and you already have a school place at another school)

If your child is experiencing difficulties and already has a school place in a Wigan school, we strongly recommend that families work together with the current school and the local authority to resolve issues. Often, if pupils move schools without families attempting to seek resolution with their current school, this can make matters worse for the child.
Please note, in accordance with the admission code 3.10 and 3.16 If a child has significant behaviour/attendance issues at their current school/previous school Dean Trust Wigan reserves the right to refuse admission and refer the application to Wigan local authority.

Dean Trust Wigan reserves the right to withdraw a place, at a later date, if it is discovered that false or in-correct information has either been withheld or not provided in order to secure a place.

Waiting lists are maintained for these year groups and any places that become available will be awarded strictly in accordance with the School’s published Admissions Policy at that date with the nearest person being awarded the place irrespective to how long they have been on the waiting list. These waiting lists will be maintained to the end of the academic year (September – July) that your child has applied for.

All applicants for in year transfers must visit the Wigan council website and read the criteria before making an application. Applicant should then complete the In-Year Transfer form available on the council website: https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Education/Schools/School-Admissions/Moving-Schools.aspx

If an application is unsuccessful applicants have the right to appeal and this decision and this process will be explained to them at the point of refusal.

Admissions and refusals will be decided upon by at least two members of staff within Dean Trust Wigan, Senior Assistant Headteacher ABI and usually the Executive Headteacher or Head of Year.

Dean Trust Wigan reserves the right to withdraw a place, at a later date, if it is discovered that false or in-correct information has either been withheld or not provided in order to secure a place. The Dean Trust is the admissions authority for Dean Trust Wigan.

In-year transfer applications

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school as a result of an in-year transfer application will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

September 2024 entry

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Year 7 or Reception class in September 2024 will be heard according to the following statutory timescales:

School admissions appeals timetable

Offer date

Appeals lodged

Appeals to be heard

Secondary
1 March 2024
by 15 April 2024
within 40 school days
after 15 April
within 30 school days
Primary
16 April 2024 (or next working day)
by 15 May 2024
within 40 school days
after 15 May
within 30 school days

Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date at least 10 school days before the hearing.

A copy of the school’s statement of case will be sent to each parent/carer 5 school days before the hearing.

Any additional evidence parents/carers wish to submit in support of their appeal must be sent to the clerk at least 7 school days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline may not be considered by the independent appeal panel.

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