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					                                PINELANDS NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL

                                          ADMISSIONS POLICY

This policy needs to be read in conjunction with the Admission Policy for ordinary public schools of the
National Education Policy Act 27 of 1996 (p1-10 to 1-15 of the Education Law and Policy Handbook).

General provisions:

It is the policy of this public school that no pupil will be refused admission on grounds of race or religious
belief or financial circumstances.       It is furthermore the policy of this public school that any pupil
admitted to the school is admitted to the total school programme and will not be suspended from classes,
denied access to cultural, sporting or social activities on the grounds that his parent :

       is unable to pay or has not paid the required school fees
       does not subscribe to the mission statement of the school
       has refused to enter into a contract waiving any claim for damages arising out of the education of
        the pupil.

Specific provisions:

       It is emphasised that, in the implementation of the Admissions Policy, section 28(2) of the
        Constitution will be the overriding factor in consideration of each application.               The
        aforementioned section provides: “A child’s best interests are of paramount important in every
        matter concerning the child.”
       We are committed to providing an environment of excellence in the provision of academic, cultural
        and sporting education and activities.
       It is the intention of this school to provide a racially, culturally and socio-economically diverse
        environment.

Pupil selection

Where it becomes necessary to select prospective pupils as a result of applications exceeding the places
available, the Governing Body has resolved that the principal will have discretion to admit pupils, and
selection shall be based on the following criteria :

       preference will be given to siblings over applicants who are not siblings
       preference will be given to applicants for whom PNPS is the nearest public primary school
       preference will be given to applicants who are the children of past pupils of PNPS
       the capacity of the school to provide adequately for the educational needs, language needs and
        special needs of the applicant
       age of the applicant

Capacity of the school

       The capacity of the school shall be limited to 476 pupils, i.e. 34 pupils per class. In reaching a
        decision on this figure, the Governing Body has taken into account all relevant factors including,
        but not limited to:
            -        the number of available teachers
            -        teachers’ space requirements including areas for their administration needs
            -        the number of designated, suitably sized classrooms
            -        the need for space for sport, learning support and cultural programmes and activities
                     to take place
            -        provision for continued space for a library, drama and computer rooms, music rooms,
                     a school hall, technology and the workshop currently in existence
            -        the need to provide workspace to support the educational process by providing
                     designated and exclusive space for:
                      the management and administration of the school
                      a staff workroom
                      a staff common room
          The education needs, safety and well-being of the pupils are of paramount importance in
          determining the capacity of the school.

Language instruction

         In terms of Section 6(2) of SASA, the Governing Body of a public school may determine the
          language policy of that school. The governing body of this school has, in its language policy,
          determined that the school will be a single medium school and that the language of instruction will
          be English. Accordingly pupils admitted to the school will need to be sufficiently proficient in
          English so as not to prejudice their academic progress.

The process of Application

Grade 1 enrolments

1.        Forms are available at the school secretary’s office all year round.

2.        Local preschools are sent packages, consisting of application forms and the previous year’s school
          magazine, for all pupils attending those schools.

3.        Application forms are returned to the secretary’s office, accompanied by :
          3.1     a copy of the child’s ID or birth certificate
          3.2     proof of residence
          3.3     a copy of the child’s clinic card
          3.4     a copy of the latest preschool/school report if applicable

4.        Applications are processed from the beginning of February until the date agreed to by our
          neighbouring schools (usually end April/beginning May).

5.        Every family who returns an application form is interviewed by the Principal, or her deputy, and
          their preschooler is brought to see the Foundation Phase Head of Department.

6.        At the Principal/parent meeting, issues such as paying school fees, the costs involved, extramural
          activities offered, parent involvement, discipline and our religious policy, are discussed.

7.        After the closing date, the applications are sifted - preference is given to siblings and Pinelands’
          residents. Preference will also be given to those pupils turning 7 by 31 December of his/her
          Grade 1 year.

8.        Up to 30 pupils per class are accepted but acceptance letters are sent to ± five more pupils,
          because not all pupils accept a place at our school.

9.        Letters of acceptance are sent on the date agreed upon. A reply slip accompanies the letter and
          this needs to be returned with R500,00 which will be deducted from the following year’s fees.

10.       Should we have too many good applicants, those that we cannot accept in the first round are sent
          letters asking if they wish to be put onto a waiting list.  These pupils are then accepted if
          negative replies are received from the first batch accepted.

11.       Early in November, the enrolled pupils are invited to meet their future classmates and their
          teacher, and the parents meet in the hall with the principal, have an opportunity to buy items of
          uniform from the school shop, and to meet other future parents.

Grade 2 - 7 enrolments

12.       Forms are available at the school secretary’s office all year round.

13.       Application forms are returned to the secretary’s office, accompanied by :
          13.1    a copy of the child’s ID or birth certificate
          13.2    proof of residence
       13.3    a copy of the child’s clinic card
       13.4    a copy of the latest school report if applicable

14.    These are only processed towards the end of term 3 or at the beginning of term 4 but
       applications are also dealt with on an ad hoc basis during the year, for those families moving into
       the area.

15.    The head of each grade (Grade 1 - 6) is given these forms and appointments are made for them to
       meet each of these applicants.

16.    Applicants are assessed predominantly on their use of the English language and their ability in
       numeracy, thus helping class or grade placement.

17.    An appointment is also made for the principal to see the parents, and issues are discussed as for
       Grade 1 enrolments no.6.

18.    A letter of acceptance is sent with an attached reply slip to these applicants.

19.    Once the reply slip has been received, the child is deemed to be attending PNPS the following
       year.

20.    On admission, a transfer form from the previous school should be given to the school secretary.


June 2000
Updated May 2008

				
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