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Admission & Appeals Arrangements

Admission & Appeals Arrangements

Admission Arrangements

If you are considering sending your child to Cold Harbour we invite you and your child to visit our school to satisfy yourself that it is the right school for your child. You may do this by contacting the school by phone and arranging an appointment with the Headteacher.

All children entering school for the first time start school in the Autumn term –this means that children who are five during the school year, start in September. All children start on the same day but we arrange separate starting times to make it easier for the children; by the end of September all children are attending school full time. In the summer term prior to children starting school, parents are invited to a meeting with the Foundation stage teachers and the headteacher. Children are also invited to spend a morning or an afternoon in their new class. We also have playground sessions and a Teddy bears picnic for parents and children.

Towards the end of September in the year before your child should start school, please register online at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schooladmissions to choose your preferences.

Admission of new childrenThe following criteria in order of priority will be taken into account when considering applications, all admissions are handled by the Local Authority and the school has no input in this decision:

●Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHC (Education Health Plan).

●Children who are in care includingthose who were previously in care, who immediately after being in care became subject to an adoption, or residence or special guardianship order within the last year.

●Children who live in the defined area and have a sibling on roll at the time of admission. Proof of residence will be required.

●Children who live in the defined area served by the school. Proof of residence will be required.

●Children who live outside the defined area and have a sibling on roll at the time of admission

.●Children who live outside the defined area of the school.

In the event of there being more applicants meeting any of the criteria above places will be allocated in distance order using the distance between the child’s normal home address and the school’s main entrance, measured in a straight line, using the council’s computerised measuring system with those living closest to the school receiving the higher priority.

In the unlikely event of joint oversubscription, having exhausted distance, random allocation will be used as the ultimate tiebreaker.  For applicants living in flats, the distance will be measured from the school’s main entrance to the front door of the ground floor flat underneath he applicant’s main residence. Where two or more pupils live at the same distance, the tiebreaker will be random allocation.  In order to be fair to all applicants the above criteria is strictly adhered to and all children in Reception and Year 1/2 have to be in classes of no more than 30 children. This could mean, in some cases, that children living within the reserved area will not be admitted.
We have a very high demand for places at the school and when oversubscribed the Local Authority are rigorous in following their admissions policy. If your child is turned down you may appeal to: Milton Keynes School Admissions Officer, Milton Keynes Council, Children & Families, Saxon Court, 502 Avebury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3HS.
Admission of older children
For older children wishing to transfer into the school, the size of the current year groups will be a contributing factor. We are keen to keep a balance in our class sizes and our first priority is to those children who already attend the school. A copy of the full Admissions Policy is available on request. (There will be a small charge to cover photocopying costs). All admissions however, are dealt with via a Local Authority Centralised System

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For Information on how to contact us see below:

Cold Harbour School
Highland Close
Bletchley, Milton Keynes

Phone: 01908 270 377

If you have any comments or queries please contact Mrs Julie Prosser, Business Support Manager - [email protected] or 01908 270377 Option 4 and she will be happy to help.


Our SENCo is Mrs Michelle Laskey, she can be contacted on [email protected] or 01908 270377 Option 4


Paper copy requests

If you would like a paper copy of any of the information on our school website please contact us and these copies will be provided free of charge. Postal charges may apply.


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