Primary School Admissions
If you are a resident of Slough Borough Council and you have a child whose date of birth is on or between 1st September 2016 - 31st August 2017 then you will be required to apply for a primary school place for the 2021-2022 academic year. This application needs to be made by 15 January 2021.
If you are not a resident of Slough Borough Council you will need to apply through your Home Authority. You will still be able to apply for Slough Borough Council schools through your home authority.
Penn Wood's Admission Criteria (Community School)
Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN)/Education Health and Care Plan that names a specific school must, by law, be admitted to that school. Any request for allocation of a place to a child who is in the care of the
Local Authority or provided with accommodation in that authority in accordance with Section 20 or 37 of the Children’s Act 1989 (Children Looked After (CLA)), will be considered next.
NB. Children Looked After (CLA) includes any child with an Adoption Order, Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangement Order. After these two requirements have been satisfied the following criteria will apply. They are set out in descending order of priority:
(A) Children who live in the catchment area of the school (detail of each community’s school’s catchment areas are on pages 120 and 121).
(B) Children who have strong medical or social grounds for admission. These reasons must be fully supported in writing from a professional person involved in the case, such as doctor or social worker. This must show that the school requested is the only school that the child can attend because of medical or social needs. All documents must be submitted with the Common Assessment Form (CAF) or with printed copy of the online form if completed online.
(C) Children who have older brother(s) or sister(s) at the school when the applicant would enter (see page 7 for definition of sibling).
(D) Children who attend an Infant or Junior that is formally linked to the school (Phoenix Infant Academy/Godolphin Junior, Cippenham Infant/Primary).
(E) All other applicants.
In some cases, a tie- breaker will be required. If a school does not have places for all the children in one of the above criteria, priority will be given to children who fulfil more than one of the admission criteria. The greater the number of criteria fulfilled, the higher the priority. After this, the final decision will be made according to straight line distance between home and the school. Those living nearer to the school will be given the higher priority. Straight line distance is based on the co-ordinates for the property and the school as defined in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer and based on the Ordnance Survey’s National System.