Admission Policy 2017/18

Bensham Grove Community Nursery School is a Local Authority maintained Nursery school, admitting 2, 3 and 4 year olds. The Local Authority agreed admission number for the 3 – 4 years olds is 104 and the school is also registered with the Local Authority to admit 2 year olds, who parents/carers meet the eligibility criteria.

 All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to 15 hours of free education provided over 38 weeks (universal entitlement). From September 2017 some children will be entitled to an additional 15 hours childcare (extended entitlement) if the parents/carers meet the eligibility criteria and the school can admit children for 15 and 30 hours entitlement.

Our school aims to provide a high quality education by offering

Offer 1 – as our core offer either five morning sessions or five afternoon sessions a week.

Offer 2 – in order to meet the individual family needs our school works in partnership with Action for Children Daycare and offers parents blocked sessions where parents can choose a mixture of morning and afternoon sessions across one day, taking up to five education sessions over the week. According to availability, school will provide the 15 hours universal funded education sessions and Action for Children will provide the additional childcare hours required by parents including the additional free 15 hours to those parents who meet the eligibility criteria for the free  30 hours entitlement.

In order to provide high quality we will endeavour to provide the same key person across all sessions. The flexibility of these funded sessions will be determined by the Governing body and Head Teacher in consultation with Action For Children Daycare  and parent/carer.

 All children, subject to the availability of places, will normally be admitted to the nursery during the term in which they ae three, when they reach 3 years old.

Action for Children provide daycare for 0-3 year olds and provide the 2 year old funded entitlement to those parents who meet the eligibility criteria. If Action for Children are oversubscribed and the school has available places the school is registered to admit 2 year olds. 2 year olds are normally admitted the term after they are 2, either in the September, January or after the Easter holidays.

Oversubscription Criteria

If there are not enough places available for all applicants we will apply the criteria which are ranked in priority order below.

  • The children who will become four years of age during the 2017/18 academic year and would only have the opportunity to benefit from three terms of nursery education.

The allocation of places within this group of children will then be based on priorities 1 to 7 listed below.

If there are not enough applicants within this older group of children above to fill all available places, then we will next consider those younger children who will reach the age of three during the academic year.

Priority will then be given to these children who will become three during the Autumn term, then the Spring term and then the Summer term.

Within each term the allocation of places is based on priorities 1 to 7 listed below.

Places can only be offered to these younger children if we can confirm that a place is not needed for a child who will become four years of age during the 2017/18 academic year.

We will give priority in the following order:

  1. Looked after children(children in public care and deemed under Section 22 of the children Act 1989).
  2. Children who live in Gateshead and who will have a brother or sister at the nursery.
  3. Children who live outside Gateshead and who will have a brother or sister at the nursery.
  4. Other children who live in the catchment area of Bensham.
  5. Other children with exceptional medical or social grounds see point 1 below.
  6. Other children who live in Gateshead.
  7. Children who live outside Gateshead.


Point a

We can consider exceptional individual applications, particularly in cases involving medical or social needs. If you wish to apply on medical or social grounds you must provide written evidence from relevant registered health professionals i.e. a doctor or social worker. The evidence must demonstrate why the chosen school is more appropriate and what difficulties would be caused if your child were to travel to and attend alternative schools. We will not consider such applications if the relevant professional evidence is not provided. This evidence will be assessed by a panel of Governors and the Head Teacher. No assumption should be made that submission of the relevant evidence will, in itself, be sufficient to allocate a place.

Tie Breaker

If within any of the above priorities there are more applicants than places available then priority will be given to those children based on the distance they live from the school measured as the crow flies i.e. in a straight line from the centre of the home residence to the main entrance of the school. Children living nearest the school will have priority.

Allocation of places

Parents/ carers are asked to indicate the pattern of attendance they would prefer. In the event of any pattern of attendance being oversubscribed, places will be allocated in order of distance they live from the school measured as the crow flies i.e. in a straight line from the centre of the home residence to the main entrance of the school, starting from the nearest.


For the purposes of deciding whether a child lives in the catchment area of a school we will use the parent or legal guardian’s address or the address of a relevant adult who has parental responsibility (as defined under the 1989 Children Act) for the child.

Waiting list

If places then become available we will consider all the applications on a waiting list. The waiting list will be maintained by the Head Teacher from the start of the academic year and be kept for the rest of the academic year. All applicants on the waiting list will be placed according to the admission criteria and priorities set out above. The length of time a child has been on the waiting list cannot be taken into account if places become available. If you apply late, you child’s name may be added to the list by using the priority order described above.



If you feel that the admissions criteria stated above have not been fairly applied to your child then you may register a complaint with the Governing Body using their normal complaints procedure.

 Admission into Reception

 Obtaining a place in our school nursery class does not guarantee your child a place in our school for entry to Reception class.  There is a different admission criteria that applies for admission to infant and primary school entry.  You must apply again in the September before your child’s 4th birthday for admission to an infant or primary school.


 This policy will be reviewed annually by the Governing Body

Rights Respecting School

At Bensham Grove Community Nursery School the diversity of individuals and communities is valued and respected. Through our work we aim to place the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. The children at Bensham Grove Community Nursery play an active role in their own learning, developing the confidence to say what they think in all matters that affect them. We aim to help our children become caring and responsible citizens both in school and in the wider local community. The UNICEF’S Rights Respecting Award is recognition of our school as a Rights Respecting School.

Article 3The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.

Article 28 Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free.

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