LEAD Academy Trust - consultation on proposed admission arrangements for the 2015/16 school year
- Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013
The LEAD Academy Trust are consulting on the admission arrangements for the following academies:-
• Edna G Olds Academy
• Hogarth Academy
• Huntingdon Academy
• St Ann's Well Academy
• Sycamore Academy
• Warren Academy
• Windmill L.E.A.D Academy
These arrangements are for pupils who will be starting school for the first time in September 2015, or requesting admission to the School between September 2015 and July 2016. The consultation is taking place between 9th December 2013 and 07 February 2014.
The LEAD Academy Trust are responsible for offering or refusing places at these academies.
We would welcome your views on the proposed arrangements, which include changes from those agreed for the 2014/2015 school year. These changes are to:
• remove criterion 5 from the admission criteria (i.e. pupils attending the relevant academy nursery will no longer be given any priority in the oversubscription criteria); and
• increase the period of time the waiting list is kept open for Hogarth Academy and Windmill LEAD Academy from 40 school days to an all-year round waiting list in line with the other academies in the trust.
The reasons for these proposed changes are:
• In the Autumn term 2013 the Office of the Schools Adjudicator found in a number of cases referred to them that admission arrangements which included a nursery criterion did not comply with the School Admissions Code in that it failed the test of being "fair". The Adjudicator regarded it as unfair that proposed nursery criterion "may have the effect of making parents seek a nursery place which does not meet their needs or leaving them without a reception place because they need more child care than is offered." She took the view that this unfairness outweighed the educational benefits of the proposal.
• The Adjudicator also made reference to paragraph 2.16 of the School Admissions Code, which covers compulsory school age and deferred entry. She took the view that it is unfair to put any pressure on parents to enrol at the school earlier than they are legally required to. "Parents have an absolute right to wait until their child is of statutory school age before school admission. Therefore, I think if there is any part of the school's admission arrangements which results in a parent feeling under pressure to send their child to school, albeit to the nursery class, earlier than they wish and before they are legally obliged to do, then this seems to me to go against the assumption behind this paragraph of the Code, and I consider it to be unfair."
• In each case considered by the Adjudicator she also found the nursery criterion to be unfair because the admission arrangements to the pre-school "would not be lawful if used for admission to the school." She stated, "I consider that to have admission to the school in any way dependent on unregulated admission arrangements of the pre-school is unfair."
• In autumn 2011 the Local Authority consulted on arrangements for admission to community schools in the 2013/14 school year to reduce the period of time the waiting list is kept open. At that time Hogarth Primary and Windmill Primary were community schools. When the schools converted to academy status they adopted the admission arrangements agreed by the Local Authority for community schools. However, as the other academies within the trust operate an all-year round waiting list, the Academy Trust now proposes for all of their academies to operate the same waiting list arrangements. Paragraph 3.19 of the School Admissions Code states that each admission authority must maintain a waiting list for at least one term in the academic year of admission, for every oversubscribed school.
For the reasons set out in the paragraphs above it is proposed that the LEAD Academy Trust 2015/16 admission arrangements be changed to include the removal of criterion 5 from it's admission criteria (i.e. pupils attending the relevant academy nursery will no longer be given any priority in the oversubscription criteria) and to increase the period of time the Hogarth Primary and Windmill Primary waiting list is kept open in line with the other academies within the trust.
The full admission arrangements can be viewed here:
Add link to 'LEAD Academy Trust admissions policy 2015.16.PDF'
Have your say
We hope that you will view and comment on the proposed arrangements, because we wish to ensure that they meet the needs of all children and families within the area.
The easiest way to have your say is to complete the online response form:
Alternatively you can:
or write to: School Admissions Team
LEAD Academy Trust admission arrangements consultation 2015/16
Children & Families
LH Box 14, Loxley House
Nottingham NG2 3NG
The deadline for responding is 07 February 2014.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013
NEWS on holidays during term time
Latest Government Regulations & the impact at Hogarth
Amendments have been made to the Current regulations regarding term-time holiday. These came into force from the 1st September 2013. Hogarth will amend its Attendance Policy to reflect the updates but here is a brief summary to guide you for now.
PREVIOUSLY in order to apply for a holiday during term time your child had to have an attendance record above 95% and you had to provide evidence of why your request was due to “exceptional circumstances.” The Head Teacher would then consider your request individually and either agree to authorise or not authorise the holiday of up to 10 school days a year. The same process applied to extended leave.
NOW Head Teachers still have the discretion to grant leave during term time BUT only in “Exceptional Circumstances” and NOT for the purposes of an annual family holiday.
Any holiday taken during term time will now be UNAUTHORISED and Parents and Carers could be issued a penalty notice and fined £60 (if paid within 21 days) or £120 (if paid within 28 days)
There is no clear guidance from the Government on clarifying what are “Exceptional Circumstances,” it is up to the Head Teacher’s discretion. However, “special” or “exceptional” circumstances are likely to be unique and/or one-off situations that are unlikely to happen annually for a family.
Hogarth will no longer offer “Holiday Request Forms”
A form can be obtained from the School Office for a “Request for Leave” during term-time. This will have to be supported by a personal letter outlining the “exceptional circumstances” for the Head Teacher to consider. A meeting may also be required from the school to support your request.
Thank you for your support and cooperation and look out for further updates and guidance.
2nd September 2013
Welcome to all new parents/carers and children and welcome back to those we know already! I hope that you had a good summer, I am sure that you will be pleased to get into routine with your child/ren.
This term will be another busy one. We continue to work to tackle the development issues that Ofsted left us with in December 2012. The Summer SATs saw some very pleasing outcomes for our ex Year 6 pupils with the best Key Stage 2 SATs Hogarth has ever had. The Senior Management Team and myself will continue to monitor teaching & learning and drive improvement hand in hand with the Governors. Jane Melboure (HMI) will visit again in October to undertake some development work with us too.
PARENTS/CARERS COMMUNITY and ENGAGEMENT
Many thanks to all of you who took the time to complete and return the Parent/ Carer questionnaire. I undertook the analysis over the holiday and it will be uploaded shortly to the school website for you to read. The staff and I are pleased to know that so many of your children (97%) enjoy coming to Hogarth and that 97% of you are happy with the progress that your child/ren is/are making. There were so many positive comments as you will read for yourselves. The purpose of the questionnaires is to also identify where we need to improve. Some of the key areas are:
- Provide more after school activities for younger Key Stage 1 pupils
- Offer activities/events for Parents/Carers who work
- Provide more details about the Behaviour Management systems/ strategies that we employ and about our management of Special Educational Needs (not always relevant if your child does not have such needs – this may be why people couldn’t make a judgement)
- Provide opportunities for parents/carers to come into school in the working day.
Summer term 2013 saw staff inviting parents/carers into Hogarth to participate/view activities and the feedback given was very positive. This was and continues to be part of the development work which I prioritised in the Summer. I met with groups of you at the Pavilion seeking ideas and hope to be able to put some of these into action this year. Firstly, each class teacher will be writing to you shortly to invite you to a meeting for all parents/carers as a group to attend. The classteacher will talk to you about the year; what your child will be facing; what the expectations are. This first meeting is key and I urge you to attend as part of your commitment to a successful year for your child/ren. Secondly, Allyson Magill who many of you know from the Pavilion parenting/coffee meetings (PIP etc) will be working more in the main school with teachers and you to further develop parent/carer engagement. Over the term you will again be invited into school/Foundation to see for yourself and perhaps participate in your child’s learning. These sessions will begin on 11.9.13 so keep an eye out for the invite!
YEAR OF READING
Reading is such a key skill. We have decided to make this academic year a Year of Reading. We are aware that we need an injection of new resources and to this end we shall be seeking your help to raise funds via a Sponsored Read event to be held on 3rd October 2013. Mrs Harris will be writing out to explain more details in the near future.
Claire Patala will continue to facilitate a range of Adult (parent/carer) learning in conjunction with NCN (Lynn Wilson). Last year those of you that accessed this found the “Keeping up with the children” family learning really helpful – particularly with helping with homework! Please look out for an invite to a meeting at the Pavilion where we will tell you more. There will also be some publicity on the playground once we know what Lynn Wilson of NCN can offer us. These courses will be open to all, but places will be limited in number. Siema Malik and Liz Woodrow will also be increasing their role in supporting parent/carer activities at the Pavilion this year.
ACADEMY CONVERSION CONSULTATION
As I indicated to you in the Summer term 2013, the Governors and I are continuing to make progress with our application to convert to Academy status and join the L.E.A.D. Academy Trust, along with Huntingdon, St. Ann’s, Sycamore, Windmill, Edna G and Warren (in Nottingham). Formal consultation starts this week and you will receive a separate letter inviting you to attend a meeting designed for this purpose (18.9.13 at 2pm or 6pm). This is an amazing opportunity for us; primarily to ensure improved opportunities for our pupils and we hope in turn , outcomes. Over recent years we have struggled to offer what we would wish to offer our children. The budget has become increasingly harder to manage and we are in desperate need of improvements in our indoor and outdoor learning environments as the building ages and resource needs increase. Staff Development has become limited again through financial constraints and this is even more significant with our Ofsted outcome. The staff and I would welcome the opportunity to gain the benefits from being part of a larger Academy structure, whilst still retaining our own character and what makes Hogarth “special” to so many past and present. I sincerely hope that you will also see this as a positive move and one which will secure the sustainability of our community at Hogarth.
DATES and EVENTS
The staff and I met up on 30th August and determined a series of dates for the Autumn term which I know you will want to note down. I am including these below for you:
- 2.9.13 – Pupils return to Foundation Stage/School; Academy CONSULTATION commences
- 4.9.13 – Allyson Magill commences additional work at Hogarth
- Week beginning 9.9.13 – Parent/Carer meetings with classteacher – expectations of the Year (Staff to notify you by separate letter)
- Week beginning 16.9.13 – Parent/Carer meetings for RAP/AfA meetings – separate letter of invite will be sent if relevant
- 18.9.13 – Consultation meeting for Parents at 2pm
- 30.9.13 – Hogarth Pavilion working group meeting 9am
- 3.10.13 – Experience Harvest visit to St Ann with Emmanuel – Years 1 & 2
- 3.10.13 - Sponsored Read event day (more details to follow)
- 3.10.13 – Bikeability for Year 6 commences
- 4.10.13 – INSET closure (New Curriculum development) Academy Consultation closes
- 7.10.13 – School/Foundation re – open
- 10.10.13 - Experience Harvest visit to St Ann with Emmanuel – Year 3
- 15.10.13 - Experience Harvest visit to St Ann with Emmanuel – Year 6
- 16.10.13 - Experience Harvest visit to St Ann with Emmanuel – Years 4 & 5
- 17.10.13 – HARVEST FESTIVAL ASSEMBLY at 10am
- 18.10.13 – Break–up for Half Term ( Potential Academy Conversion date 1.11.13 )
- 4.11.13 – Re–Open
- 2.12.13 – INSET closure
- 3.12.13 – Re open
- 4.12.13 – Key Stage 1 Christmas Evening Production 6pm
- 5.12.13 – Key Stage 1 Christmas Production Matinee 2pm
- 11.12.13 – Foundation Stage 1 & 2 Christmas Production matinee 2pm
- 12.12.13 – Foundation Stage 1 & 2 Christmas Production morning 10am
- 17.12.13 – Foundation Stage 1 & 2 Party pm
**Please note other class’ end of term activities to be determined and details to follow )
- 19.12.13 – GOLD AWARD assembly 9.15am
- 19.12.13 – 2.30pm Carols by the Willow (parents/carers to join us)
- 20.12.13 – Carol Concert 10am
- 20.12.13 – BREAK UP
Re open for Spring term 2014 on 6th January 2014.
I look forward to seeing you over this term and hope that it is a good year for us all, particularly your children.
Extended Schools News
- Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013
A wide range of courses for parents of the school and local community are available, please contact Claire on 9150106 for details
20th September 2013
Possible Courses for Parents
I write to let you know what is available to you in the Pavilion if you wish, I would need at least 8 parents to engage in these courses before they can run so please tick all that you would be interested in - the courses are FREE to those on means tested benefits and low cost to others.
Hair Styling for Beginners
Beauty and Make up
Asian Bridal Make up/Henna
Emergency First Aid
Food Safety Level 2
Health and Safety Level 2
Movement to Music
Tracing your Family Tree
Computing for Beginners including internet and email
Paediatric First Aid
Cake or cupcake decorating
Create your own pamper products
Painting (watercolours, acrylics, Chinese brush)
Sketching and drawing
Sewing- Bag making/cushion making
Intro to French
Intro to German
Intro to Spanish
Intro to Italian
British sign language for beginners
Coping with stress
Building Self confidence
Mood and Food
Goals and motivation
Managing challenging behaviour
Relaxation ad meditation
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the courses further please do not hesitate to contact me.
Extended Schools Co-ordinator