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 91 and the school is also registered with the Local Authority to admit 2 year olds.

Our school aims to provide a quality service 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 a PVI setting and offers parents blocked sessions where parents can choose a mixture of morning and afternoon sessions across one day, taking up to five sessions over the week. 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 the LA and parent/carer.

The governing body will use this policy to decide how to offer the places, in consultation with the Local Authority and the LA admissions policy as follows:

Oversubscription Criteria

Applications will considered in the following order:

If there are not enough places available for all applicants in the nursery we will first give priority to children who are living in Gateshead unless other wise stated in the 7 priorities below. Priority will then be given to those children above who will become four years of age during the 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 6 listed below

If there are not enough applicants within this older group of children above to fill all the places then we will next consider those younger children who will only 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 the priorities 1 to 6 listed below.

We will then give priority in the following order:

1. Children in Public Care (as defined under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) including a child who was previously “looked after” but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.

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 1-The Governing Body has the right to consider individual applications, particularly in cases involving medical or social grounds. This kind of application must be supported in writing by relevant professional agencies i.e. a doctor or a social worker. The evidence must demonstrate why the school is more appropriate and what difficulties would be caused if they were to travel to and attend an alternative nursery. Children In Public Care have particular social needs, which the Governing Body will have regard for.

Tie Breaker
If within the above criteria there are more applicants than places available 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 schools main entrance. Children living nearest the school will have priority. We measure distance using a geographical information system (GIS).

For the purposes of deciding whether a child lives in the catchment area of the school the Governing Body will use the parent/legal guardian’s address or the address of a relevant adult who has parental responsibility, as defined under the 1989 Childrens Act, for the child.

Waiting list
The Governing body will keep an up-to-date waiting list. If places become available, the school’s Governing Body will consider all the applications on the waiting list based on the priority order set out above. If an application is late then a child’s name may be added to the list by using the priority order described above.

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 3
The 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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