Ysgol Castell Caereinion
Learning Together for the 21st Century

School Admissions

Powys County Council is the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools in the county. Castle Caereinion School’s Governing body is responsible for implementing the admission arrangements on behalf of the County Council. 

Admission Information – extracts taken from the Powys Primary and Secondary Schools  ‘Information and Admissions Arrangements’ booklet

Age of Admission
Unless other acceptable arrangements are made, a child is required to attend school full-time from the beginning of the term following the fifth birthday.  In Powys a child may be admitted to school, at the parents' request, on either a full or part-time basis from the beginning of the term of the child's fourth birthday (see chart below) provided that the school has sufficient resources of staff, accommodation and equipment.  This means that:
  
If your child is 4 betweenThey can start school in
1st January – 31st MarchThe Spring Term
1st April – 31st AugustThe Summer Term
1st September – 31st DecemberThe Autumn Term
Please note that these arrangements start in September (Autumn Term) 2010

Criteria for Admission to a School
Castle Caereinion School places will be allocated up to the school's standard number or any higher published admission number.  Should the number of applications exceed places available, the over subscription criteria will be used in determining admission.

Pupils with a statement of special education needs from Powys County Council, which names a specific school which the child should attend because their needs can be best met by that particular school and its facilities will be automatically, allocated a place.

The Authority has adopted, in order of priority, the following criteria.

a. Looked after children in Powys

b. The presence of an elder brother or sister in the school when the home remains in the allocation area of the school which applied in the year the elder child was first admitted and that the older sibling* will be on roll when the younger sibling is admitted

c. The location of the home if it is within the current allocation area of the school

d. Any special medical and social needs relating to the individual child where attendance at particular school is essential

e. The presence of a brother or sister at the school when the home is not in the original or current allocation area for the school and the older sibling will be on roll when the younger sibling is admitted.

f. The location of the home in relation to the school and alternative schools if it is outside the current allocation area of the school

* Sibling includes half-siblings, step-siblings, and foster children living in the same household.

Within each criterion, places will be allocated on the basis of the shortest walking distance to the school, in strict order of distance, up to the number of places available, the highest priority being given to the pupil living closest to the school.

The LEA supports the principle of meeting parental preferences wherever and whenever possible. However, it must be recognised that it may not be possible to comply with parental preferences if a school, in admitting a child, will be in breach of the requirement to comply with the statutory duty in respect of infant class sizes.

The Authority does not operate a waiting list system.

Application for Admission to Primary Schools
Parents can request from the Headteacher of Castle Caereinion School a copy of the Information for Parents Booklet, which contains Parental Preference and School Transport application forms.

Primary School Transport
To qualify for primary school transport, pupils must reside 2 or more miles from the nearest school, measured by the shortest walking distance, wherever practicable within existing transport routes. It should be noted that transport for qualifying pupils is only provided to the school that normally takes pupils from the area in which they live. Further information is available from the Admissions & Transport, Powys County Hall, Llandrindod Wells.

Application forms for school transport are located in the ‘Information and Admission Arrangements’ booklet.

Application forms for the provision of transport should be returned at the same time as the parental preference for primary school admission form.

Pre-School Experience 
Children can attend afternoon sessions each week during the half- term immediately before they qualify for full time education to help them with the adjustment to school life.

To continue with the adjustment to school life children (attending school in the term after their 4th birthday) will attend the morning session (9:00am to 12:00pm) only, for the 1st week. In the 2nd week they will attend the morning session and dinner time (9:00am to 1:00pm). From the 3rd week onwards they will attend full, daily sessions (9:00am to 3:30pm).

Term Dates and School Holidays
• Term dates and school holidays are determined and published by Powys County Council and we inform parents/guardians of these dates via ‘Newsletters’ home and in the ‘Governors Annual Report to Parents’. These dates can be obtained from the school office.
• The school does not promote the taking of holidays during term time but if you wish to take a holiday during term time, a holiday form must be filled in; these are available from the office.