Applying for a place at our school
Nottingham City Council Admissions and Exclusions
All of our admissions are co-ordinated by the Local Authority, this includes children who are due to start to school for the first time (Early Years Foundation Stage) and those who are moving schools (Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One or Key Stage Two).
You can apply for a school place on-line via the Nottingham City Council website.
Children starting to school for the first time
For children who have not yet reached statutory school age, we do encourage parents and carers who are keen for their child to attend our school to complete a ‘Register of interest’ form which is available from the school office. Whilst completion of this form does not in any way guarantee that your child will be offered a place, it does assist us greatly with our planning and it also means that you will be invited to our ‘Open Morning’ when you will have an opportunity to tour the school and begin to understand how the transition arrangements work. We also share information of families who feature on our Register of Interest with the Local Authority so that we can be sure that no-one has ‘slipped through the net’.
In terms of the ‘golden nuggets’ with regard to applying for a school place these are as follows:
- Be sure to meet the deadline set by the Local Authority for submission of your application. Applications which are received after the deadline date are not considered until all ‘on-time’ applications have been assessed. In recent years we have been oversubscribed very early on in the process.
- Make sure that you understand the Admissions Policy of all schools to which you may be applying. Seek clarification from the school on any areas necessary. For South Wilford School, if you are unsure whether or not you reside within or outside the Ancient Parish of Wilford please seek written confirmation from the school. A copy of our Admissions Policies for 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 and a map of the Ancient Parish of Wilford are featured below.
- If you apply to South Wilford School for a ‘faith place’ (see Admissions Policy for further details) it is incumbent upon you as the applicant to ensure that a faith reference is sought by the school, provided by the faith leader and subsequently received by the school within the timeframe stipulated.
- Never preference just one school on your application thinking that if you have only stipulated one school you will be guaranteed a place. Ensure your preferences are ranked per instructions on the application form.
- Make time to visit a number of schools, you will soon begin to get a feel for your likes and dislikes. Choosing a school is very similar to buying a house, you will conclude at a fairly early stage whether or not it would suit your child.
Children who have reached statutory school age but who wish to move to South Wilford school
These are referred to as ‘in-year’ transfers and they occur for a variety of reasons e.g. families who move into the area, issues which cannot be resolved satisfactorily with the existing school etc. Again these applications are administered by the Local Authority but it is advisable to contact the school at an early stage to arrange to visit, meet with the Headteacher etc. Applications are assessed on an ongoing basis alongside whole school pupil numbers, Key Stage numbers and Year Group numbers. If places are available, offer letters are issued by the Local Authority. Where places are not available, names are added to our waiting list.
Finally, the whole process for obtaining a school place appears very complex! You only need to telephone or call into the school and we will happily assist you in any way we can.
Nottingham City Council School Admissions Department Contact Details
School Admissions Team
Children & Adults
Nottingham City Council
LH Box 14
Telephone: 0115 841 5568