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Admissions

The local education authority is responsible for deciding and administering the admissions policy for this school.   Parents have a right to express a preference for the school they wish their child to attend.   If a child lives in the catchment area for this school, he or she will have priority for a place.   If there are more children living in the catchment area than there are places, the authority will allocate places on the basis of the following criteria, in order of priority.   The same criteria will be used to allocate any vacancies remaining after all catchment area children have been accommodated.

1. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements order, or special guardianship order

2. Children with a brother or sister who will be attending the main school (not the nursery class) at the time of admission

3. Children with a brother or sister who will be attending the main school (not the nursery class) on the same site (this refers only to Berrymede Infant & Junior schools) at the time of admission

4. The distance from home to school is measured by straight-line, from a point in the property to a point in the school determined by the grid references for the centre of the school's postcode

More detailed information on the Authority's admission arrangements can be found from the Council's website and in the Ealing admissions policy

If you would like more information about the school or support with the admissions process, please contact the school office on (020) 8845 3186 or office@viking.ealing.sch.uk

Attendance

Every child has the right to an education, Article 28 of the UNCRC Rights of the Child.The aim of Viking Primary School’s attendance policy is to enable the school to provide a consistent practice that encourages and facilitates the regular attendance of all pupils. Regular attendance at school is key to steady pupil progress and enjoyment of learning, and for this reason the school is dedicated to ensuring its attendance policy is adhered to as much as is possible.

Viking Primary School takes a whole-school approach to maintaining excellent attendance and it is the joint responsibility of parents, pupils and all staff members to ensure that children are attending school as they should be. We endeavour to work with families to make sure that any problems or circumstances which may lead or be leading to poor attendance are given the right attention and appropriate support.

 

Legal framework

The Education Act 1996 states that:

The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him/her to receive efficient full-time education suitable

(a) to his/her age, ability and aptitude, and

(b) to any special educational needs he/she may have,

either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

A person begins to be of compulsory school age

(a) when he/she attains the age of five, if he/she attains that age on a prescribed day, and

(b) otherwise at the beginning of the prescribed day next following his/her attaining that age.

Prescribed days are 31 August, 31 December and 31 March

A person ceases to be of compulsory school age at the end of the day which is the school leaving date for any calendar year (the last Friday in June) —

(a) if he/she attains the age of 16 after that day but before the beginning of the school year next following,

(b) if he/she attains that age on that day, or

(c) (unless paragraph (a) applies) if that day is the school leaving date next following his/her attaining that age.

Viking Primary School is dedicated to complying with attendance laws set out by the legal framework and the attendance policy accordingly.

 

  Attendance percentage Number of school days missed across the whole year Learning hours lost Possible outcome
Excellent  100%, 99% Up to 2 days Up to 10 hours Pupils with this attendance should achieve the best grades they can and will give them a good start in life.
Good 98%, 97%, 96% Up to 6 days Up to 30 hours  
Satisfactory 95% - 94% Up to 10 days Up to 50 hours Pupils with this attendance are becoming less likely to achieve their target grades and are well prepared for secondary school.
Unsatisfactory  93% - 86% Up to 27 days Up to 135 hours Pupils are missing a month of school per year and are likely to fall behind. It will be more difficult for them to achieve their best.
Serious cause for concern 85% or less More than 28 days More than 140 hours Pupils are missing 6 weeks of school (half a term). It will be difficult for them to achieve their best and referral to the Local Authority Targeted Support will be made.

 

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