Admissions Policy - 2015/16 - page 13

Great TorringtonSchool AdmissionsPolicy
2015-16
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GREATTORRINGTONSCHOOL
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Protocol for Admissionof childrenwith
ExceptionalMedical or Social Need
2015-16
1.
Background
1.1
As part of the Co-ordinated Schemes of Admission operated by Devon County Council,
parents of secondary age children will be invited to express preference for the school they would
like their child to attend, together with reasons for preference on theCommonApplication Form (for
Devon residents, D-CAF3).
1.2
In a small number of cases, a preference for Great Torrington School
will be because a
parent feels that
there is „exceptional medical or social need‟ for their child to attend the School
and not another school
.
1.3
The „exceptional‟ nature of these cases denotes that theywill be individual in circumstance,
however, exceptional need could include:
A seriousmedical condition, which can be supported bymedical evidence;
Thedeathof aparent associatedwith another school;
Significant caring responsibilities that
canbe supportedbySocial Services;
Where one or both parents or the child has a disability that may make travel to a school
further awaymore difficult.
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1.4
It is intended that this protocol may pre-empt some admission appeals where it is
considered that exceptional justification to attend Great Torrington School
can be demonstrated
beforeapplications areprioritisedandprocessed.
1.5
It is expected that professional evidence from a social care, medical or education expert,
independent of the family would be provided that
provided a reasoned and unequivocal opinion
that the child would suffer a significant detriment
specifically
by not being admitted to Great
TorringtonSchool.
2.
Practice
2.1
Where a parent cites exceptional need, or whereGreat TorringtonSchool
feels the reasons
given by a parent for preferring the School on their application form could be considered as such,
the protocol will apply.
2.2
Where a parent feels the nature of the supporting evidence is of particular sensitivity, he or
shemay submit that evidence direct toGreat TorringtonSchool. TheSchool will advise the LA that
evidence has been received but not its content.
3.
Admissions in theNormal Round
3.1
Common application forms that indicate exceptional need will be discussed with the Trust
by Devon‟s Admissions Manager. Further information may be sought from the applicant if
necessary.
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These examples arenot meant tobe exhaustive or exclusive. Neither should it be assumed that similar
circumstanceswould affect different children and families in the sameway.
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