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Admissions Policy 2015/16

The admissions policy for Halley House School will satisfy requirements of the School Admissions Code, the School Admissions Appeals Code and admissions law. Our admissions process will be inclusive, open, fair and transparent.

The published admission number is 60 places in each year of entry into Reception from September 2015. The school will admit up to this number each year to the Reception year and when full the school will have 420 pupils on roll.

In accordance with the law, children with statements of Special Educational Need (or with an Education Health and Care Plan) will be admitted to the school where the Local Authority has specifically named Halley House School as the most appropriate placement.

Where there are fewer applicants than places available all applicants will be admitted. In the event of there being greater demand than there are places available to the school and after the admission of children with a statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan that names the academy, places will be offered using the following oversubscription criteria in keeping with the School Admissions Code 2012:

  1. Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children. This category includes children in the care of the Local Authority as defined in the Children Act 1989 or children who have previously been looked after and immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, residence, child arrangements order or a special guardianship order. Applications made under this criterion must be accompanied by details of circumstance and professionally supported evidence.
  2. A child subject to a Child Protection Plan for whom Halley House School is their nearest school.
  3. Children with a sibling at the school at the time of admission. The term ‘sibling’ includes an adopted, half or step child permanently living in the same family unit or a foster child permanently living in the same family unit whose place has been arranged by the social service department of the Local Authority.
  4. Children of staff at the school.
  5. Proximity to the school. This will be measured in a straight line from the address point of the pupil’s home to the main entrance point of the school site using a GIS computerised batch mapping system.


  1. A child looked after is a child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. An adopted child is defined by section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or section 12 of the Adoption Act 1976. A residence order is defined by section 8 of the Children Act 1989. A child arrangement orders is defined by section 14 of the Children and Families Act 2014. A special guardianship order is defined by section 14A of the Children Act 1989.
  2. Priority to children of staff will be given in either or both of the following circumstances:
    (i) Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission is made; and/or
    (ii) The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  3. Proximity of the child’s home to the school, with those living nearer being accorded the higher priority, will also serve to differentiate between pupils in criteria 2-5 if there are more applicants than available places under each criterion. Proximity to the school will be measured in a straight-line measurement. Applicants will be prioritised by distance (starting with the nearest). For the purpose of calculating distances, the home address is identified by using the property geographical references as determined by the borough Council in which the child lives to the main entrance of the school in Arcola Street.
  4. Blocks of flats are treated as one address. In blocks of flats, where applicants have identical distance measurements, priority amongst them will be determined at random.
  5. For families living on boats, distance will be measured from the authorised mooring point. If the family is itinerant, the nearest mooring point will be used on the closing date for the receipt of applications.
  6. Where parental responsibilities are equally shared, the home or residential address will be considered to be with the parent/carer with whom the child spends the majority of time and nights Monday to Friday. This will normally be expected to be with the parent/carer that receives the Child Benefit. This address must be used for all preferences.
  7. Children residing in the same household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings. Proof of the sibling relationship will be required.
  8. In cases of multiple births where there is only one place available, and the next child on the list is a twin, triplet, or other example of multiple birth, we would admit both twins (and all the children in the case of other multiple births) even if this meant exceeding the agreed admission number of 60 for reception 2015/16 or the number of places in other year groups.

Tie Breaker

In the event that two or more children live at the same distance from the school, the tie breaker will be random allocation, where the supervised drawing of lots by a member of the Hackney Admissions Team (in the presence of an independent responsible person of good standing) will be used to decide which child(ren) will be allocated the remaining place(s).

Method of Applications for Reception

The school will not be participating in the coordinated admission arrangements administered by the London Borough of Hackney for the first year of admission. Parents/carers must apply directly to the school and this can be completed online or on a paper form available from www.halleyhouseschool.org.uk. Acknowledgement of your application will be sent within 5 working days of the application being received: should you not receive an acknowledgement by this date please email admissions@halleyhouseschool.org.uk or write to the school c/o Rutherford House School 217 Balham High Road, Balham, London SW17 7BS with details of your application.

The closing date for reception class applications will be 23.59 on 15th January 2015. Notification letters will be sent out on 16th April 2015 and for those parents/carers who have applied online an email notification will also be made. Applications received after the set closing date will be accepted, but will not normally be considered for a place at the school until after the initial offer date. As applications to Halley House School are not part of the LA co-ordinated admissions arrangements, parents/carers may eventually be offered two places, one from Halley House School and one from the local authority. In this instance you need to advise Halley House School and the Local Authority which place you wish to accept and consequently which place you wish to decline by 30th April 2015. Halley House School will be participating in the LA co-ordinated scheme in all future years.

Waiting List

Unsuccessful applicants (including any applications received after the closing date) will be included on the school’s waiting list ranked in order of priority under the published oversubscription criteria, without regard to the date that the application was received. Please note a child’s position on the waiting list can go down as well as up. For example, if a new application is received or if a child on the list moves nearer to the school, the waiting list may need to be revised. The offer of a place does not depend on the length of time your child’s name has been on the waiting list. Waiting lists will be held for one school year after the Year of entry, unless parents specifically request to have their child’s name remain on the list.


Parents who are not offered a place for their child have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Parents wishing to appeal should obtain an appeal form from Rutherford House School at 217 Balham High Road, Balham, London SW17 7BS or by clicking the links below. The form should be sent to reach the Clerk to the Appeal Panel for Halley House School (c/o Rutherford House School 217 Balham High Road, Balham, London SW17 7BS), within 20 school days of the date of the letter confirming the Governors’ decision not to offer a place. The school will publish an appeals timetable annually on its website showing the relevant deadlines.

Guidance notes

Appeals form

In Year Admissions

For in year admissions, parents/carers must apply to the local authority on the In Year Common Application Form. Applications will be considered in accordance with above oversubscription criteria. In the event that it is not possible to offer a place the waiting list and appeals procedures described above will apply.

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