Catchment, Admissions & Accessibility

Catchment

Holmer Green Junior School is a county maintained co-educational school serving the village of Holmer Green and the part of Hazlemere which lies north-west of Western Dene.

To check the catchment area visit this link Here.

Admissions

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Holmer Green Junior School is a community school serving the village of Holmer Green and the part of Hazlemere which lies north-west of Western Dene.

Parents wishing to visit the school are warmly welcomed, although a telephone call to arrange a mutually convenient time would be appreciated. A meeting is arranged in the summer term for parents of new pupils joining the school and all pupils are invited to spend some time with us before they start.

Buckinghamshire Council is responsible for the school’s allocation and application and can be found here Buckinghamshire Council school admissions link. The admissions number is set at 60 per year group and the School’s Governing Body applies the following criteria in order of priority if places are oversubscribed:

Once places have been allocated to children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (Statement of Special Educational Needs), the remaining places will be allocated in the following order:

Rule 1- Looked After children.

Rule 2- Children who have exceptional medical or social needs, which can only be met at that school, supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional person.

Rule 3- Children living within the catchment area of the school.

Rule 4- For the main point of entry: Siblings of children who are attending the school or a ‘linked primary’ school in Year R to Year 5 at the time the allocations are made (April 2021), and are expected to be on the school roll or linked school roll at the time of the proposed admission, or who have already been offered a place to start in the current academic year at the school or a ‘linked primary’ school.

For immediate in year admission after the normal point of entry:  Siblings of children who are in Year R to Year 6 at the time of admission to the school.

Rule 5- Children attending a primary school linked to the school named in the list of ‘linked primary’ schools at the time allocations are made (April 2021). This rule does not apply to those applying for a place in Reception.

Rule 6- Once the above rules have been applied, then any further places will be offered in distance order, using the distance between the family’s Normal Home Address and the school’s nearest entrance gate, offering the closest first. We use straight line distance.

Where a school can take some, but not all, of the children who qualify under one of these rules, we will give priority to children by taking account of the next rule (or rules) in the numbered list to decide who has priority for places.

For example, places are offered to catchment siblings before children living in the catchment area without siblings. In each case, distance is used to prioritise which children should be offered places.

If it is not possible to decide between two applicants who are equidistant then in all cases including flats and apartments, where addresses are equidistant an independently scrutinised random allocation will be made to allocate the final place.

Further information on admissions and an explanation of the terms used in the admissions policy can be found on the Buckinghamshire Councils website www.buckscc.gov.uk/admissions

On admission to our school pupils are arranged into classes which, as far as possible, are equal in ability and number.

Admission Appeals 2022

19 April 2022 Primary Allocation Day
Date TBC, 12 noon Late Transfer Appeals Deadline – completed appeal forms must be received by the Appeals Team

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Date TBC, 12 noon Primary Appeals Deadline – completed appeal forms must be received by the Appeals Team by

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Date TBC Primary and Late Transfer Admission Appeals heard
At least 14 calendar days prior to appeal Parents will be sent notice of when the appeal will be considered by the Appeal Panel.
At least 14 calendar days prior to (the Stage One part of) the appeal Extra evidence deadline – parents should ensure that any additional documents/ information in support

of their appeal is received by the Appeals Team (by email preferably) by this date or it may not be

considered by the IAP

At least 14 calendar days prior to (the Stage One part of) the appeal hearing Deadline for admission authority to submit its written case to Appeals Team
At least 7 calendar days prior to appeal Case papers are sent to parents, admission authority and panel members
No later than 7 calendar days of  the appeal decision (or, in the case of multiple appeals, no later than  7 calendar days of the last appeal decision for that school) Decision letter is sent to parents and admission authority

If Appeals are submitted after the deadlines, Appeal Panel decisions may be delayed.

If parents are refused a school place on a date which is not the relevant National Allocation Day (i.e. 2 March for secondary schools and 16 April for primary schools) and they want to appeal, they should submit their appeal form so that it is received by the Appeals Team within 28 calendar days of the date on which they were notified of the refusal.

Accessibility

We aim to make our school accessible to all pupils, and governors monitor the accessibility of the school on a regular basis.

Most of the school is accessible to wheelchair users and those with walking difficulties. There are four steps between the hall and the Year 5 and 6 classrooms, however a disabled platform lift has been installed to improve accessibility. Two year groups, currently year 4 and 5, have their classrooms on the second floor.

The ground floor girls’ toilets have both been fitted with automatic doors and both have a disabled toilet to improve accessibility and facilities for disabled pupils.

Holmer Green Junior School has installed additional safety features for children and adults with hearing impairments, including adding a visual alarm system to the existing fire alarm system.

Please inform the school of any accessibility issues before visiting to enable us to accommodate you or your child’s needs.

Click click on the following link for the Accessibility plan

ACCESSIBILITY POLICY & PLAN 2021