Admission Notification Change
To the Office of the Schools Adjudicator
Warter C.E. Primary School– Proposal for variation to the admissions arrangements for September 2021
As Chair of Governors, I write to confirm that by Chair's Action, the Governing Body resolve to propose that a variation be made to the school’s admissions arrangements for admission to Reception in September 2021, in respect of the over-subscription criteria relating to attendance at worship.
The variation requested is that:
“In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.”
This request is made in order that parents seeking admission to the school can readily determine what the admissions oversubscription criteria are and how they may be met, and thereby enable the school to deal lawfully, fairly and transparently with admissions matters in the exceptional circumstances of the COVID19 pandemic.
For convenience, given that we understand a large number of similar requests are being made, the Governing Body consents to the Diocese submitting this request on its behalf, along with those of other schools making such requests for this variation. We would ask that the Diocese include this letter in support of the application.
This request is made in accordance with the DfE guidance on governing body business during the pandemic, as it is a matter of importance and is time limited, given the relevant admissions timescales.
We have, either before or at the same time as sending this letter to the Diocese as the religious authority, also sent a copy of this letter to the relevant bodies as required by paragraph 3.6 of the School Admissions Code. Noting that this is provided to said bodies by way of notification (rather than consultation), we will notify the Diocese should any comments be received, so that they can notify you accordingly.
Chair of Governors