General information

Confidentiality - Local Authority (LA) application form

The list of schools you include on your LA application is confidential. The schools you have applied to will not be informed of the other applications you have made.

The order of preference of each school on your list will not be released with the application details, to the schools concerned.

The ranked position of schools which are situated outside the home LA will be released to the LA which maintains the school(s) in order that the highest ranked preference can be determined in cases where a child is eligible for a place at more than one school in that LA's area.

The Croydon LA application may be released for admission appeals purposes.

Order of preferences

Schools you apply for will have no knowledge of where they are ranked in your list of references. All applications received by these schools receive equal consideration and, therefore, you need not be concerned about what will happen if you fail to put one of the schools first in your list. All you need to do is to list the schools in your exact order of preference. You should check the admissions criteria for any maintained school outside Croydon for which you are applying.

Number of preferences

Applying for only one school will not increase your chances of being offered a place at that school.

The LA will always try to match your highest preference, but many schools are frequently oversubscribed and receive more applications than they have places available. To give you the safest chance of getting into a local school, it is very important that you include other schools in your area, in the event that your first preference is not available.

Failing to list other preferences on your form can result in huge disappointment, as the LA can only process applications according to the preferences you have listed on your application form.

Even if you live closer to a school than another family, they could be considered above you unless you have listed that school on your form. If your only preference is not available, you can only be offered a school with places left once all other parental preferences have been considered.

Equal preference system

From these preference lists, Croydon LA identifies which children are potentially in a position to be offered a place at more than one of its schools. In such cases the LA will offer a place at the highest ranked school for which a successful application has been made. Other lower ranked offers will be released, allowing further offers to be made to children who are next on the schools' lists.

Fraudulent applications

Croydon takes very seriously any attempt to gain an advantage in the admissions process by giving false information. The local authority will investigate applications where there are any doubts about information or where information has been received from another source.

Make sure that you include the correct information in your application. Your address will be checked, i.e. by reference to pre-school records, Electoral Register, Child Benefit Record(s) and if necessary by a council officer visiting the address.

Changing your mind

Changes to school preferences or to the order of school preferences listed on your application form will not be accepted after the following closing dates:

Secondary schools -  31 October 2014

Primary schools -  15 January 2015.

Changes made after these dates will be considered if exceptional circumstances apply e.g. a request for a change of preference due to a change of address.

Change of address

Primary:
Croydon Council must be notified of changes of address by 10 February 2015 so that the new address can be used, if needed to prioritise your preferences for schools under the distance criteria. Failure to do so could result in your application being considered from the previous address, and your child being denied a place at a preferred school. All changes of address will be thoroughly investigated
to ensure there is a permanent commitment to the new address. Changes of address can only be considered when Croydon Council receives documentary evidence that you and your child are resident in the property and able to prove you have no connection with your previous address - that is, the new address is not a temporary arrangement to access a preferred school. Examples of documents to be provided are a letter from a solicitor confirming the date of completion of contract for the new place of residence or a copy of the new tenancy agreement stating commencement date, together with evidence of residence, for example a utility bill.
If your address changes after 10 February 2015, you must still notify the local authority immediately, providing documentary evidence as described above, so that your new address can be taken into account when determining your child’s position on schools’ waiting lists after National Offer day.

Secondary:
Croydon Council must be notified of changes of address by 10 December 2014, so that the new address can be used, if needed to prioritise your preferences for schools under the distance criteria. Failure to do so could result in your application being considered from the previous address, and your child being denied a place at a preferred school. All changes of address will be thoroughly investigated
to ensure there is a permanent commitment to the new address. Changes of address can only be considered when Croydon Council receives documentary evidence that you and your child are resident in the property and able to prove you have no connection with your previous address - that is, the new address is not a temporary arrangement to access a preferred school. Examples of documents
to be provided are a letter from a solicitor confirming the date of completion of contract for the new place of residence or a copy of the new tenancy agreement stating commencement date, together with evidence of residence, for example a utility bill.
If your address changes after 10 December 2014, you must still notify the local authority immediately, providing documentary evidence as described above, so that your new address can be taken into account when determining your child’s position on schools' waiting lists after National Offer day.

Receiving the results of your application

Secondary:

Letters notifying the outcome of all applications will be posted to parents by their home LA on 2 March 2015. If you have applied online, you will still receive a letter in the post. If you have been successful you will receive a single offer of a school place and this will be for the highest ranked school for which you have made successful application.

Parents must accept or decline the offer of a place by returning the reply slip direct to the LA by 16 March 2015. If the offer of a place is for a school which is not located in Croydon, the reply slip must also be returned to Croydon LA. Where the 15 March 2015 deadline is not met, the procedure to be followed will be a matter for determination by all Croydon admissions authorities concerned

Primary:

Letters notifying the outcome of all applications will be posted to parents by their home LA on 16 April 2015. If you have applied online, you will still receive a letter in the post. If you have been successful you will receive a single offer of a school place and this will be for the highest ranked school for which you have made successful application.

Parents must accept or decline the offer of a place by returning the reply slip direct to the LA by 30 April 2015. If the offer of a place is for a school which is not located in Croydon, the reply slip must also be returned to Croydon LA. Where the 2 May 2015 deadline is not met, the procedure to be followed will be a matter for determination by the admission authority concerned.


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