Freedom of information response

Infant schools information

Publication date: 
Thursday 23 April 2020
Request: 

Please provide details of the number of children in your Unitary authority area admitted in to the reception year in your schools and the number of children admitted into year 1, but without having been in the reception year, for each of the last five school years including the current year.

Please provide details of the number of requests for children aged 5 to be admitted into reception rather than year 1 for each of the last five years and the number of the requests that have been granted for the last five years.

If possible can this response be in tabulated form.

Please give precise details of how these decisions are reached and if there is a panel hearing at which the child’s representative presents the case. Please also send a copy of the council’s procedures for reaching these decisions.

Response: 
Academic Year Number of children admitted in to the Reception year Number of children admitted into Year 1, but without having been in the Reception year* Number of requests for children aged 5 to be admitted into Reception rather than Year 1 Number of the requests that have been granted
2019/20 2486 93 6 6
2018/19 2416 101 8 8
2017/18 2425 112 5 5
2016/17 2526 96 Fewer than 5 Fewer than 5
2015/16 2458 72 5 5
*This figure includes children who moved to Thurrock and could not have applied for Reception Year and summer born children aged 5 starting Year 1 who did not attend Reception

Applications for delayed admission to primary school are taken by the LA in conjunction with the head teacher of the preferred school. They are made on the basis of the circumstances of each case and what is in the best interests of the child concerned. Applicants applying for their child to start later than other children in their chronological age group, must apply for a school place in accordance with the deadlines that apply for their child's chronological age.

If, in liaison with the head teacher, the local authority agrees for the child to start school the following year, the parent/carer is invited to apply the following year. Applicants must state clearly why they feel admission to a different year group is in the child's best interest and provide what evidence they have to support this. There are currently no panel hearings for a child's representative to present the case.

This information can be found in Thurrock Council's ‘Primary Admission Information September 2020' brochure, on page 14. Please use the following link to access this information: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/sites/default/files/assets/documents/admissions-primary-2020-v10.pdf

We are unable to provide an exact number for the question above as:

  • There is a low number involved.
  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act
  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act
  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

You are free to use any information supplied to you for your own use, including non-commercial research purposes. However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner.

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Request reference:
FOI 9335