Parents wishing to send their child to Scott Lower School are warmly welcomed to visit the school to see our children at work, meet the staff and ask any questions they may have. Visits can be arranged by telephoning the school office on (01234 352630).
Our admission number for 2017 is 90.
Once you have applied to the Local Authority for your child’s place at Scott Lower and your child has been offered a place at our school, you will be invited to visit the school along with your child and meet the other children who will also be in your child’s class. Your child’s class teacher will also make a home visit before your child starts school. This visit enables your child to meet their teacher in the security of their own home; it also gives parents the opportunity to ask any questions they might have.
Your child becomes statutory school age the term after his/her 5th birthday. All children may attend school full-time (8.45am – 3.10pm) from the start of the academic year, in which they turn 5 years of age.
We also run a Nursery at Scott Lower; the school organises admission to the Nursery itself. In order to apply for a place at our Nursery parents need to apply directly to the school for a place. The Nursery sessions run daily from 8.45am – 11:45am. There is also the opportunity to buy lunch and afternoon sessions for a small additional cost, providing full time child care. (The 15 hours of funded child care must be used during the morning sessions).
The school has an agreed admission number of 90 for entry to the Reception year.
The Local Authority will apply the following criteria (in the rank order shown) to decide the order in which places will be allocated when there are more requests from parents/carers than the number of places available:
A ‘looked after’ child is a child who is (a) in the care of the local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
Previously ‘looked after’ children
A previously ‘looked after’ child is one who immediately after being ‘looked after’ became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. An ‘adoption order’ is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A ‘residence order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
A sibling refers to a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living at the same address. The sibling must be in the school at the time of application and be likely to remain in the school at the proposed date of admission.
A pupil’s home address will be regarded as the address of the parent/carer with parental responsibility with whom the child normally lives. This will not usually include grandparents, aunts or uncles. Where a child spends time with parents/carers at more than one address, the address used to allocate a school place will be the one at which the pupil is ordinarily resident and where the child spends the majority of the school week (Mondays to Fridays) including nights. If there is any query on the home address this will be checked against official documentation e.g. council tax bill, a recent utility bill (gas, electricity or water), a rental agreement, child benefit annual statement or family tax credit information.
Admissions above the published admission number
The Bedford Borough Admissions Forum has agreed the following exceptions which may result in the admission number for a school being exceeded.
For the normal admissions round: