Copperfield Primary Academy Admission Arrangements for 2020/2021

A message from Cathie Paine, CEO of REAch2

Copperfield Academy is a primary academy in Northfleet in Kent and is part of the REAch2 Academy Trust. This admissions policy was finalised following public consultation on a Trust-wide approach to admissions. Our aim is to ensure all our academies have simple, consistent admissions arrangements that focus on serving the local community, reflect our vision and values and are as easy as possible for parents/carers of potential pupils to understand. More information about REAch2 is available on our website:

At Copperfield, everyone is cared for as a unique individual. We will help the children to acquire effective social and communication skills so that they can in turn show that they are caring people, respectful of the diverse world in which we live and tolerant of others’ beliefs.

We are a family community, committed to working with parents to prepare their children to be life-long learners and contented citizens who will one day make a positive contribution to our world.
We believe in challenging every child to achieve the very best they can. We believe that intelligence is not fixed but that with challenging experiences there is no limit to ability. We will strive to provide high-quality first teaching and learning to make this happen.

Our REAch2 Touchstones of Enjoyment, Inclusion, Inspiration, Integrity, Learning, Leadership and Responsibility underpin the expectations we have of ourselves, how we act towards each other in our school and outside in the community.  You can find more about us here:

Admission number and process

The school has an admission number of 60 for entry in Reception.  The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applications than this are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied.   Applications in the ‘normal round’ (that is the main cycle of applications for Reception places from the beginning of the school year) are administered on behalf of the Academy Trust by Kent Local Authority as part of the local coordinated scheme.

Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed (that is, there are more applications than places available), after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school, priority for admission will be given to those children based on the criteria set out below, in the order shown:

1. Looked after children or previously looked after children i.e. children in foster care, care homes or who were before being adopted
2. Children with siblings in the school
3. Children of school staff fulfilling a skills shortage role
4. Home-to-school distance – meaning that the remaining places are allocated in order of each child’s proximity to the school.

Definitions relating to the criteria

1. ‘Looked after children’ are (a) in the care of a local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). ‘Previously looked after children’ are children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order. These definitions are set nationally, by the Department for Education.

2. ‘Siblings’ are defined as “brother and sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters”. The sibling must be at the school at the point of proposed admission. Note – this definition is the one used by the Local Authority in relation to admissions to schools that they maintain – REAch2 schools adopt the same definition to avoid any confusion and keep arrangements as simple as possible for local parents and carers.

3. This option is only available for teaching or leadership staff with a permanent contract to work at the school (and not employees in REAch2 regional or central teams); it will be subject to confirmation by an independent REAch2 regional non-executive that, on the evidence available, the post does indeed relate to a skills shortage in the area. This is compliant with the statutory School Admissions Code – in fact the code allows for a wider definition/scope for children of staff but REAch2 has chosen a more limited approach.

4. Home-to-school distance’ is defined/measured as “the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody”. ‘Home address’ is defined as “the one at which they sleep for the majority of school nights”. Note – these definitions are used by the Local Authority in relation to admissions to schools that they maintain – REAch2 schools adopt the same definition to avoid any confusion and keep arrangements as simple as possible for local parents and carers. The school and REAch2 as admissions authority reserve the right to carry out additional checks on the accuracy of the home address provided.


Where the admission number given above is reached part way through one of the above over-subscription criteria, the remaining places available are allocated on proximity to the school1; but only after any applications are considered where there is third party evidence (e.g. from a medical specialist or a social worker), provided at the time of the application, setting out the exceptional medical/social need of the child (or their parent/carer) and why only this school, rather than any other, is able to meet that need; the final decision on such applications will be made by the school’s governors.

Late applications

All applications received by the Local Authority after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. These will be considered after those received on time. If all available places are allocated to children whose applications were received on time, parents or carers who have made a late application may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.

1 As measured according to the earlier ‘Definitions’ section. If the distance is exactly the same for two or more children, the remaining available place will be allocated on the basis of random allocation undertaken by the Local Authority. Note that random allocation will not be applied to multiple birth siblings (twins and triplets etc.) from the same family tied for the final place. We will admit them all and exceed our admission number, as permitted by the national infant class size rules set by DfE.

Deferred entry for Reception places

Parents/carers offered a place in Reception for their child have a right to defer the date their child takes up the place, or to take the place up part-time, until the child reaches compulsory school age. Children reach compulsory school age on 31 August, 31 December or 31 March – whichever of those three dates follows (or falls on) the child’s 5th birthday.  Places cannot be deferred beyond the beginning of the summer term of the school year for which the offer was made.

Admission of children outside their normal age group, including for ‘summer-born’ children

Parents or carers may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To so do, they should include a written request with their application, setting out the year group in which they wish their child to be allocated a place and the reasons for their request.  When such a  request is made, the Headteacher will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case, based on their professional judgement of what is in the best interest of the child, taking account of the evidence and rationale provided by the parents/carers.

Waiting lists

Where the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until 31 December 2020. A waiting list will be maintained by both the school and the Local Authority and it will be open to any parent or carer to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant, they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list will be re- ordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.


All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.
Appellants should contact Copperfield Academy within one week of refusal for information on how to appeal. The appeals process is run in accordance with the statutory processes and timescales set out in the School Admissions Appeals Code.

Applications for transfer to primary school for September Tuesday 5 November 2019 and close at midnight on Wednesday 15 January 2020.

Kent County Council Reception September Admissions

Kent County Council Appeals 

Kent County Council In Year Admissions 

Admissions Policies

Copperfield Primary Academy admission arrangements for 2019-2020.pdf

Copperfield Primary Academy admission arrangements for 2020-2021.pdf

Admission Policy 2021-22

Children adopted outside of England

REAch2 Academy Trust determines The Primary Academy’s admission arrangements in agreement with the Department of Education and the Admission Authority (LA).

Applications should be sent to:

Via Email

Via Post

The Primary Academy Admissions
REAch2 Academy Trust
Henhurst Ridge Primary Academy
Henhurst Ridge
DE13 9SZ

If you have any queries regarding admissions, please also get in touch by phone – 01283 246433