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Admissions to Morningside Primary School are handled by Hackney Learning Trust.  To apply for a place in our school you will need to contact Hackney Learning Trust School Admissions directly.
Hackney Learning Trust
Technology & Learning Centre (TLC)
1 Reading Lane
London E8 1GQ
Tel: 020 8820 7000
Fax: 020 8820 7001

Admissions Criteria for school Nursery

The school will admit 38 children to the Nursery class each year. Priority will be given to children in public care. The places will be broken down into two categories. 19 places will be allocated to the AM slot, and 19 places will be allocated to the PM slot.

The following criteria will be used by the governors, in order of priority if a year group is oversubscribed. Some places are given to children with SEN statements.

1. A looked after child or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.

2. Children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan.

3. Children whose acute medical or social need justifies the allocation of a place at the particular school. *

4. Children with a brother or sister on roll at the school in reception to year 6 at the time of the proposed admission. **

5. Children living nearest to the main entrances of the school. These distances will be measured in a straight line using a GIS computerised batch measuring system. ***

We will need to get confirmation from Children Social Care for priorities 1 and 2. Also if we need a tie breaker decision for priorities 1, 2 and 4, we will use distance, as measured in item 5 above. If two applicants live exactly the same distance from the school, the place with be allocated by lottery. This will be carried out by the Admissions Team in the presence of an independent witness. If a family lives on a boat, the distance will be measured from an authorised mooring point. If the family is travelling from place to place, the nearest mooring point with be used on the closing date for the receipt of applications.

* Acute Medical or Social Need
The Head of Admissions will decide on these cases. Where necessary, we will ask the Health Service for advice. The medical needs of parents do not justify a place at a particular school, but a child may have a social need because of their parent’s medical condition. We will need to see evidence in support of these cases such as supporting professional evidence (for example, a written statement from a medical consultant, senior social worker or other appropriate professional). This must clearly show why the child should be given a place at a particular school, together with an explanation of the difficulties that would be caused if the child were to attend another school. Parents are responsible for providing the evidence. Very few places are awarded under this priority. If you are not given priority, you can contact the Admissions Team to find out why.

** Siblings
A brother or sister must live permanently at the same address as the child for whom the application is being made. This includes a half brother or sister, a step-brother or sister and a sibling who lives permanently as a family unit at the same address.

*** Distance
When we work out distances, we use geographical information provided by the local council. If a number of addresses have the same geographical property reference (such as a block of flats), or if there are a number of applicants living the same distance away from the school, the allocation of a place will be decided by the lottery. Where parental responsibilities are equally shared, we will consider the home address to be the place where the child sleeps, and spends most of their time, from Monday to Friday. Normally this will be with the parent/carer who receives Child Benefit for that child.

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Reception 2018 Class Admissions