Menston Primary School

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Admission Arrangements

Admission to Primary School

Moorlands Learning Trust is responsible for the admission of children into Menston Primary School. Whilst we are happy to help with any queries, those specific to the admissions process should be directed to Bradford Council who operate on behalf of MLT. Please contact Bradford’s Admissions Team on 01274 439200, by emailing them at schooladmissions@bradford.gov.uk or by visiting Bradford Schools Online website (see below).

Please click here to read the MLT Admissions Policy.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A RECEPTION PLACE AT A PRIMARY SCHOOL?
To apply for a primary school place you can apply online at www.bradford.gov.uk/admissions or you can complete a common application form, usually available from mid-November. You may also need to complete a supplementary application form or provide evidence supporting your application, depending on the schools you have applied for. We have added Bradford’s guidance to help you with the online application process.

WHEN DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR MY CHILD TO START IN RECEPTION AT A PRIMARY SCHOOL?
The online admissions system will be available for reception applications from 13 November 2023 until 15 January 2024 for children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020.

Children are admitted into Reception in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents can also request that their child takes up the place part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. The admission criteria will apply to all children seeking a school place, whatever their term of entry.  The place offered will be reserved on condition that it is taken up within the same school year.

Guidance for parents, carers and schools requesting deferment/offsetting of a Reception place can be found here.

CAN I CHOOSE WHAT PRIMARY SCHOOL MY CHILD GOES TO?
You can make a preference for up to five schools, these should be listed in the order you would prefer them.

WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR ME TO DECIDE WHICH SCHOOLS TO APPLY FOR?
Before you decide on a particular school, you should visit the schools in your area. While schools welcome visitors, it helps them if you make an appointment. You can contact our office on 01943 873180 or by emailing office@menston.mlt.co.uk.

If you would like information on how particular schools are performing, you can get a summary of the latest Ofsted report from the school, or see full reports on Ofsted’s website (www.ofsted.gov.uk). You can also find information on the school’s Key Stage Two results on the Department for Education website at  www.dfe.gov.uk or on this website.

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT WHAT SCHOOL MY CHILD HAS BEEN ALLOCATED?

If you apply online for a primary school place, you will receive an email on 16 April 2024 telling you which school your child has been offered (unless you opted out of this service). Emails will be sent out from 8am on 16 April.

All online applicants can also view their child’s school place offer from midnight on 16 April by logging into their account on the online system.

Parents and carers who applied on a paper form or opted not to receive an email will have their child’s allocation letter sent out by Royal Mail, first class post, on 16 April 2024.

Details of the school’s admission arrangements, including its selection and oversubscription criteria, published admission number and the school’s process for applications through the local authority are available here.

IN-YEAR APPLICATIONS
If you are moving into the local area and need to apply for a place at one of the local primary schools, you can find out how to to this by clicking this link, which will take you to Bradford’s in-year applications page. If you would like to make an appointment to look around our school, you can contact our office on 01943 873180 or by emailing office@menston.mlt.co.uk.

APPEALS
If your child did not qualify for a place at a preferenced school, you may submit an appeal for this school if you wish using the council’s Appeal Form.

Admission to Secondary School

WHEN DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR MY CHILD TO START SECONDARY SCHOOL?

The online system will open on 12 September 2023.

You need to apply to the local authority where your child lives. If your child lives in the Bradford District, you should apply through the online admissions system between 12 September 2023 and 31 October 2023.

If your child is currently in Year 6, but was not born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, please contact the Admissions Team for a paper application form. You will be unable to apply through the online system.

Some schools require you to fill in a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) directly as well. This may have an earlier closing date than the council application.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) please do not apply through the online system. You will be sent a separate letter and preference form by the SEN team. For further information please contact SEN@bradford.gov.uk.

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT WHAT SCHOOL MY CHILD HAS BEEN ALLOCATED?

All parents and carers who applied online will receive their child’s offer letter with any additional information required by email on 1 March (unless they opted out of this service). Emails will be sent out from 8am on 1 March 2024.

All online applicants can also view their child’s school place offer from midnight on 1 March 2024 by  logging into their account on the online system.

Parents and carers who applied on a paper form or opted not to receive an email will have their child’s allocation letter sent out by Royal Mail, first class post, on 1 March 2024.

APPEALS
If your child did not qualify for a place at a preferenced school, you may submit an appeal using the council’s Appeal Form.

WHICH SECONDARY SCHOOLS DO MENSTON PUPILS GO ON TO?

Menston residents are in a good position to gain entry to the very strong selection of local secondary schools. Last year, out of the  children in our Year 6, children from Menston Primary went on to the following schools:

Ilkley Grammar School                                                 35

St Mary’s Menston                                                          7

Other                                                                                 5

Guiseley School                                                               4

Prince Henry’s Grammar School                                  2

Announcements

We are extremely happy to share with you that Menston Primary School has achieved Silver Award Status for the United Against Bullying Programme.
Our My Happy Mind theme for this half term is ‘Appreciate’. The Appreciate module teaches children to understand why gratitude matters and how we can develop gratitude as a habit. Gratitude is key to wellbeing and resilience and we’re all about making it a habit!

Important Dates

May
25
Sat
2024
May Half Term
May 25 – Jun 2 all-day
Jun
3
Mon
2024
Teacher Training Day – School Closed to Children
Jun 3 – Jun 4 all-day
Jun
20
Thu
2024
KS2 Sports Day (provisional date which may need to change depending on Y6 – Y7 transition days)
Jun 20 all-day