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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.

In the event of there being greater demand than there are places available to the school, places will be offered using the following oversubscription criteria in keeping with the 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 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.

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).

An independent appeals panel will be constituted to hear appeals.

Full details of our Admissions Policies can be found here.

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