Dormers Wells Infant School

Dormers Wells Infant School

Admissions Policy

Dormers Wells Infant School & Nursery

DormersWells Lane

Southall,UB1 3HX

Admission Criteria 2014/15

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, in order of priority: 

  1. Children in Public Care – children taken into Public Care via section 20 or 38 of the Children’s Act.  This includes children who have recently been in public care (within the last year of the closing date for applications) or been made the subject of an adoption order or the subject of a special guardianship order.
  2. Where the child has a sibling currently attending DormersWellsInfant Schoolor JuniorSchooland the sibling will still be in attendance at applicant’s admission. Sibling refers to: brother or sister, half brother of sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address.
  3. Confirmed special medical reason, which necessitates attendance at DormersWellsInfant School.  Parents must provide a supporting letter or report from a Consultant (not General Practitioner) (GP) explaining why education should be at Dormers Wells Infant School.
  4. Exceptional social circumstances (circumstances must relate to the child and be supported by a Consultant’s or Social Worker’s letter).
  5. Proximity to the school is measured by comparing the distance from home to school by walking route using public highways, but excluding all footpaths and common land.  Measurement will be taken from the main gate on Dormers Wells Laneto the applicant’s address.  Distances are measured using an electronic map measurer.  If the child lives part-time at each parent’s address, the address used will be the one at which the child spends most of the school week.

Deferred entry to primary schools 

If a child has not reached compulsory school age, the parent has the option of deferring his / her entry.  Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year.  Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. 

Appeals procedure 

  1. In the event of an appeal being made against a decision not to give a place to a child, the appeal will be heard by an appeals panel, convened in line with statutory requirements.
  2. Every parent has the right to appeal if a child is refused admission to school. 
  3. An independent appeals panel is set up which is a legally constituted committee of people who were not involved in the original decision.  This often includes governors from other unconnected schools.
  4. At the appeals panel, parents present the case for their child to be admitted.  The school also presents reasons for non-admission.  The parents are notified of the panel’s decision, by letter, within 5 working days
  5. The decision of the appeals panel is final and legally binding on the school. 

In-Year admissions 

  1. A guided tour around our school is available by appointment.  Dormers Wells Infant school prospectuses are given out on request.  Application forms for casual admission are available through the admission section at Ealing Council or online via
  2. Applications must be accompanied by evidence of address e.g. council tax bill.  Application forms returned to the school will be forwarded to the LA.
  3. If the school is oversubscribed, the published admissions criteria for the school will be used to decide the order in which applicants will be offered places.  Ealing Council will not pass on details of where the school was ranked, and no school will be told about other schools a parent has applied for.