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Respective Functions of the Board of Governors
The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates to an Admissions Sub-Committee, which includes the Principal, the responsibility for applying these criteria/sub criteria.
The school provides 52 places on a full-time basis. Two classes operate during the following times:-
8.45 am-1.15 pm
Unfortunately, we are unable to open our doors this year to enable you to visit our school and meet the staff, however, a virtual tour will be uploaded to coincide with the application portal opening on 7th January 2021.
A timetable of pre-school admissions procedures setting out the dates by which an application is to be submitted is available at www.eani.org.uk/admissions under ‘Pre-School Admissions’. During the admissions procedure when applying the criteria punctual applications will be considered before late applications are considered.
The application procedure opens on 7 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) and an application submitted by the closing date of 29 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) will be treated as a punctual application. An application received after 12noon (GMT) on 29 January 2021 will be treated as a late application.
As the pre-school admissions procedure is in two stages the timetable also specifies the relevant dates at Stage 2 which will determine if an application is to be considered as punctual or late.
In the event that there are more applications than places the following admissions criteria will be applied in the order set down to select applicants:
and who at the time of their proposed admission will not have obtained a pre-school education place whether full-time or part-time at another school or unit or playgroup
Note: Children from ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’ means a child whose parent is in receipt of (i) Income Support, or (ii) Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or (iii) an award of Income Support which has been converted into an Employment and Support Allowance and the level of benefit remains the same, or (iv) Universal Credit. When parents apply for places for their child on this basis they must provide Benefit Verification to confirm that they are in receipt of a qualifying payment. This should be provided to the Pre-School of first preference and the application procedure for Pre-School will outline how this can be submitted.
In the case of over-subscription, at any of the above categories (1-2), the Board of Governors will apply its own sub criteria in the following order of priority:
(i) Children whose parent/guardian nominate Trinity Nursery School as their first preference;
(ii) Children who are siblings of former pupils at the school (name & date of birth of sibling(s) should be shown clearly on the application);
(iii) Children who are the eldest or only child in the family;
(iv) Children on the basis of the initial letter of the child’s surname as recorded on the child’s birth certificate in the order set out below:
Mc O’ P K U B J M Q C Z E T W D
N F S G Y Mac X L I A O R V H
The order was determined by a randomised selection of letters of the alphabet. In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surnames will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the initials of the forenames, as recorded on the child’s birth certificate, will be used.
In the event of 2 or more children tying for the final place (No 52), this will be determined by which applicant lives closest to the school. This will be measured using the walking distance on maps.google.co.uk which gives a measurement of distance from home to school.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on, or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include (whether the child has had siblings who previously attended, whether the child is the eldest or only child in the family).
Duty to Verify
In the case of oversubscription the Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on the application form. Parents should note that the provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by Nursery can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s application form
Should a vacancy arise after the Open Enrolment Admission procedure concludes all applications for admission that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30th June 2022. The Nursery will contact you if your child gains a place by this method. Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the Nursery if you wish your child’s name to be removed from the list.
** The application procedure opens on 7 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) and closes on 29 January 2021 at 12noon. An application received after 12noon (GMT) on 29 January 2021 will be treated as a late application.
Application for a pre-school place should be made to the Education Authority via the online portal at: www.eani.org.uk/admissions