An enrolment scheme is a tool which enables a school board of trustees to prevent overcrowding at its school.
Purpose of the Enrolment Scheme
The two main purposes of the enrolment scheme are:
To avoid overcrowding or the likelihood of overcrowding at the school; and
To ensure that the selection of applicants for enrolment at the school is carried out in a fair and transparent manner.
Principles underpinning the Enrolment Scheme
The following principles apply when considering and implementing an enrolment scheme:
The scheme WILL NOT exclude local students; and
No more students are excluded from the school than is necessary to avoid overcrowding.
In accordance with the Education Act 1989, the following criteria must apply when developing an enrolment scheme:
Each scheme must contain a home zone with clearly defined geographic boundaries. (S11E(1)).
Students who live in the home zone have an absolute right to enrol at the school (S11D(1)).
The boundaries of the zone must touch or overlap the boundaries of the zones in any neighbouring schemes (S11(1)(c)).
A student living in the home zone must find it reasonably convenient to attend the See 11E(2a).
The home zone must be drawn in such a way that every student can attend a reasonably convenient school. See 11I(1)(b).
How the Enrolment Zone Works
An enrolment scheme set up a ‘home zone’. A home zone is a defined geographically area, whereby children who reside in the area are guaranteed a place at the school.
The ‘home zone’ has been developed to ensure that all students have a reasonably convenient school which they can attend, whilst paying close attention to the capacity of the school. Capacity refers to the number of teaching spaces and the staffing allocation that sits alongside those teaching spaces.
An enrolment scheme cannot state a maximum roll, because ALL children within the ‘home zone’ are entitled to attend the school.
Should there be a situation where the number of enrolments from the ‘home zone’ does not lead to the school operating at full capacity, the school shall allocate a number of places for ‘out of zone enrolments’. The number of out of zone enrolments will be advertised on an annual basis.
Out of zone enrolments are conducted by a ballot (for which there is a prescribed process). Out of school enrolments shall be awarded according to the following order of priority:
Students accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school (Lepperton School does not operate any special programmes)
Siblings of current students;
Siblings of former students;
Child of a former student
Children of board employees or a child of a board member;
All other students.
Proof of Residence in the Home Zone
A student is considered to be living in the home zone when the student currently (at those times when the school is open for instruction) has his or her place of residence at an address within the home zone and intends to remain within the zone. The intention of remaining within the home zone is shown by any of the following:
The student lives with his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) in a house in the home zone owned, leased or rented by the parent(s)/guardian(s).
The student lives with a family member or some other responsible adult who has been given a primary duty of care by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) in a house in the home zone owned, leased or rented by that adult.