Admissions

Five Spires Academy is a one form entry school in Lichfield. The school opened as a new academy in September 2015 to meet the increasing demand for primary school places in Lichfield.  There are currently seven classes in school, from Nursery to Year 5.  When the school reaches full capacity, in September 2021, there will be one class in each year group from Reception to Year 6, in addition to the Nursery.

 

Five Spires Academy is a happy, thriving school that is proud to be part of our local community. We like to think of Five Spires as a family that embraces everyone in its community, from pupils and staff to governors, parents and carers. As a school, we live and breathe our school motto: Everyone Inspire, Everyone Aspire'. This message underpins everything that we do, be that in the classroom, on the sports field or in the wider school community.

In 2021, 30 school children can be admitted each academic year. Details of our Admissions Policy is available below and also from the school office. 

 

REAch2 Admissions Policy - Five Spires Academy

What happens if the school is oversubscribed?

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 and previously looked after children, as set out in definition 1 on page 5.

  2. Previously looked after children outside of England.

  3. Children with siblings in the school

  4. Children of school staff fulfilling a skills shortage role

  5. All other children

 

How are catchment areas decided?

Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available within any of the categories above, the order in which places will be allocated will be determined by reference to the distance between the child's home address (as defined by the Admissions policy) and the School, with those living nearer receiving higher priority.

(https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Admissions-primary/Catchment-areas.aspx).

If you require any further information or advice, please contact the school office.

Normal Point of Entry

All applications for Reception places are made through Staffordshire County Council who apply our admissions criteria to all applications and notify parents directly of allocated places.

Online applications are now the preferred method of making a preference for schools at the normal age of entry. Last year, around 92% of applications for Secondary and Primary School applications were made online. Parents who apply online are able to receive email notification of their school place on the national offer day, rather than through the post.

 

For the 2021/2022 academic year, applications are open between 1 November 2020 and 15 January 2021.

Staffordshire County Council 

Details of the Admissions Policy are available on the Staffordshire County Council website please click the link below.

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Admissions-primary/Apply/Overview.aspx

Applications must be made on official forms and allocations are made by the School Admissions Office.

School Admissions Office and Transport Service:

2 Staffordshire Place

Tipping Street

Stafford

ST16 2DH

Telephone 0300 1118007

If your child has previously been in care outside of England please complete the following form to provide supplementary information to support your application: School Information Form

Five Spires Nursery Admissions

Our Nursery accepts children from the term following their 3rd birthday. Five Spires Academy manages its own admissions for Nursery places.  You can apply directly to the school by completing the application below and returning to the school office or email to office@fivespiresacademy.co.uk

Five Spires Nursery is open term time only, from 8.30am to 3.15pm.

Admissions arrangements are detailed below. Please contact the school office (telephone: 01543 223680) to arrange an appointment to view the nursery setting, and discuss your child’s nursery place.

 

We currently offer 15 hours free funded places, as well as 30 hour provision. 

The academy also runs a Wrap Around before and after school service which parents are welcome to access. 

Admission Arrangements for 15hr Free Funded Nursery Places at Five Spires Academy for Academic Year 2020 - 2021

© 2016 Five Spires Primary Academy

 

Cherry Orchard

Lichfield

WS14 9AN

Tel: 01543 223680

Email: office@fivespiresacademy.co.uk

Remote Learning Contingency Plan

 

Coronavirus continues to be prevalent in the UK and, whilst this situation remains ongoing, Five Spires Academy will endeavor to respond robustly to the challenges it poses to the education of our children.

The school and the REAch2 Academy Trust, will continue to adhere to the latest government, and public health guidelines to minimise the spread of the virus.

 

We truly hope our Fives Spires community stays well. Just to be prepared in case anyone does need to self-isolate and will not be in school for a short period of time, we wanted to explain what will happen and how your child will continue with their education. Firstly, the well-being of your family is the most important thing and we hope that you all remain well both physically and mentally. If you are asked to self-isolate, we do understand that this will be a worrying time. We are still here for you and can be contacted in the normal ways.

What to expect if my child needs to self-isolate

Your child will be able to access the self-isolating learning using their Teams account. All Key Stage 1 and 2 children have log-ins and have been accessing homework through Teams. (Please note that EYFS will have access to learning via Class Dojo).

If you require any assistance with Teams please follow our help guides - see the links at the bottom of this page. 

 

Teachers will provide work that corresponds to their peers and where appropriate, will share links, recordings or PDFs of flipcharts to support home learning. We appreciate that it is unlikely you will have all the manipulatives and resources that we have in school, but please use what you have at home to substitute. 

Please remember that during self-isolation this will mean that your child should:

• Not go to school or any public places and not use public transport or taxis.
• Not go out to get food or medicine; order it online, or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home.
• Not have visitors in their home, including friends and family, except for people providing essential care.
• Not go out to exercise; exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one.

Covid-19 Contingency Plan in the event of Bubble or School Closure

At Five Spires Academy we have put in place a contingency plan designed to minimise disruption to teaching

and learning, in the event of future lockdowns.

Technology to Support Home Learning - Office 365 & Teams

From September 2020, all staff and pupils will have access to Office 365 and the interactive facility of ‘ Microsoft Teams’.

 

In the event of a bubble closure, school closure, local or national lockdown:

 

  • All parents will receive a letter via email to communicate the situation.

  • Teachers will ensure all pupils and parents have the appropriate logins to access work on Teams.

  • Teachers and parents will alert the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to any pupils without access to technology at home so that remedial action can be taken e.g. loan of laptop or i-pad or printable packs of learning.

  • Teachers will upload learning onto Teams. Work will be uploaded into clearly labelled and dated folders for ease of navigation.

  • Teachers will provide a live or recorded introduction to key lessons via Teams, with clear modelled examples of the work expected.  Where possible, worksheets will be kept to a minimum. 

  • Teachers will take into account the different needs of their pupils, including those pupils with SENd, when providing home learning.

  • A weekly well-being check in will act as a ‘live touch point’ with each class.  This will take place via Teams and links shared with parents.

  • Teachers will respond to parent queries within 1 week, unless there are mitigating circumstances e.g. illness

  • Teachers will provide links to recommended online resources to support parents and carers.

  • All pupils will be given a ‘Home Learning’ exercise book to use at home.

 

Please note that in the event of a lockdown, It will not be possible for teachers to provide live teaching across the whole day in the event of a lockdown. This is because teachers working from home during a lockdown will have other family members present that could make this inappropriate; however, short videos or live introductions to learning will be provided for each lesson to support pupils.  These will be provided using the Teams facility. 

 

Where this is not possible, alternative solutions to learning will be given, so parents can effectively support their children at home: for example, Oak National Academy online learning (https://www.thenational.academy/); or, online resources for home education from the DfE (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources).

 

Parent Guide to Using Microsoft Teams

Parent Guide to using Microsoft Teams

 

 

 

Parent Guide to Remote Education

 

 

 

Microsoft Teams Parent Support videos by Netangel.org

“Microsoft TEAMs Support” are videos that cover how to set up Teams on different userfaces, logging in and out numerous TEAMs accounts on the same device, navigation of the App itself and lots more.    

 

 

 

 

Parent Consent for Remote Learning

It is essential that parents / carers complete a Parental Consent Form for Online Sessions as part of our safeguarding procedure.  This will be sent to parents via Forms in the event of a bubble or school closure. 

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