Brougham Primary 2020 (8)

Admissions Criteria

Brougham Primary School is an academy school and is part of Ad Astra Academy Trust. The board of trustees of Ad Astra Academy Trust is the admissions authority for the school, however the trust commissions Hartlepool Borough Council to undertake the administration of the admissions process on its behalf. The admissions policy effective from 2018/19 admissions round, is as follows: Parents/carers are invited to express preferences for up to 3 primary schools in priority order and give reasons for their preferences. In the first instance, places will be awarded to those pupils with a statement of special educational needs/Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) where the school is named in the statement or recorded in the plan. The remaining places will be awarded in the following priority order: those children who are looked after children and previously looked after children (previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order); those children who have brothers or sisters who will be attending the school in September 2017; those children who live in the school’s admission zone; those children who are distinguished from the great majority of other applicants whether on medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances and who would suffer significant hardship if they were unable to attend the school; those children who live closest to the school as determined by a ‘straight line’ distance measurement; from the (ordnance survey) address point for the child’s home to the (ordnance survey) address point of the school. Tiebreaker: If more children qualify under a particular criterion than there are places available, priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school (as described under criteria 5).

Brougham Primary 2020 (4)

Foundation Stage

Parents can put their children’s names down for the Foundation Stage at two years of age and children can enter nursery on their third birthday. Forms can be obtained from the Foundation Stage staff. The Foundation Stage provides education for children between three and five years and consists of the child’s nursery and reception years.

 The early years in children’s lives are important in establishing children’s dispositions and attitudes towards learning. We place a great emphasis on encouraging children’s social and emotional development and confidence in their own abilities. By providing a stimulating, child centred and holistic environment we aim to develop the whole child and encourage children to become creative thinkers and independent learners. Experiences include:- sand, home corner, music and movement, water, creative, games, art, books, computers, construction, mark making, sensory and role play. There is also an outdoor play area and the children have use of both the small hall and large hall for larger movement activity.

Parents are invited to attend an open afternoon prior to their children starting nursery and reception. We also encourage parents to come into nursery on the first session to help their child to settle in and help them to discover the new environment. Children enter their reception year of the Foundation Stage in the year that they become five. We have a two entry intake and children begin in September and January, depending on their birthday. We would hope that many parents will want to stay and help on a regular basis since parental involvement in school is very much encouraged and welcomed. The Foundation Stage Unit has a separate brochure explaining in detail the activities that take place and you will receive one of these during the open afternoon or on request.

Preschool - 2 Year Old Nursery Provision

We now operate a 2 Year Old Nursery Provision called Preschool.

We now operate a 2 Year Old Nursery Provision called Preschool. If you feel your child is eligible for a place and would like them to attend our Preschool, you should contact: Kim Rowntree on 01429 284811 or the First Contact Support Hub on 01429 284284.

As you will be aware Nursery provision is open to all pupils under Government guidance. If any parents would like children to attend who are not already in attendance then please contact the school office. This will be reviewed weekly as part of our regular risk assessment reviews. We thank parents for their co-operation in keeping our schools safe.

Opening Times

8.45am – 11.45am – Morning Session 12.00pm – 3.00pm – Afternoon Session

Our Staff

Preschool Leader – Mrs Sullivan Preschool Key Worker – Mrs Noble Preschool Key Worker – Mrs Hutchinson

Children are usually admitted to nursery at the beginning of the term after their third birthday. However, when demand for places is high children may have to wait one or two terms until a place becomes available. We have a fixed capacity and the exact date of admission may vary from year to year depending on the pressure for places. As places become available children will be admitted with priority being given to children living within the school’s admission zone. Reception class children are admitted in September if their 5th birthday falls between 1st September that year and the 31st August in the following year. Parents of children starting school are invited to visit beforehand. In the event of the school being oversubscribed we have to adhere to certain rules when deciding if there is a place for your child.

AdAstra Admissions Consultation 2022/23 

Parents can contact the Admissions Team on 01429 523768 or 01429 523765.


A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is in the care of the local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority – as required by the Education (Admission of Looked After Children) (England) Regulations 2006. Sibling - Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address. In all cases the responsible parent will hold the child benefit for those children permanently living at that address. A brother or sister living at the same address must be attending the preferred school at the same time as the child who is applying. Please note - this criteria only applies to siblings who are of compulsory school age, not younger siblings who attend a nursery setting attached to a school Twins or multiple birth children - If you have more than one child who are twins or part of a multiple birth going through the application process this year, you must make a separate application for each child and indicate on each online or paper form that your child has a sibling also going through the process. For community and voluntary controlled schools, we will offer a place to the other child(ren) if one of your twins/multiple birth children is offered the last place available and you have applied to the same school for the other child(ren). Distance - Distance will be measured by a straight line distance measurement from the (ordnance survey) address point of the child’s home address to the (ordnance survey) address point of the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. Medical Grounds/Exceptional Circumstances – A panel of specialist officers will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this criterion.

If you think your child has a particular medical or social need to go to a certain school, you must provide supporting evidence from a doctor, psychologist or other professional involved with your child. The supporting evidence must relate specifically to the school you are claiming medical grounds/exceptional circumstances for, and clearly demonstrate why it is only that school that can meet your child’s needs in a way that no other school can. If you are applying on-line for a place under this criterion, please send your supporting evidence to the Admissions Team by the closing date, which should include your child’s name and date of birth. NB: Exceptional social reasons do not, in the view of the Authority, include domestic inconvenience arising from parents’ work patterns, child-minding problems, separation from particular nursery/primary school friends. Problems of this kind are widespread and cannot be classed as exceptional. Medical reasons do not include temporary conditions. They are permanent medical conditions which require special treatment available at the preferred school only. Medical evidence must be provided and the Authority’s officers must be satisfied that the child would suffer to a significant degree if he/she went to any other school.

Contact Details

For admissions information, contact the school office (Mrs S Blake/Miss R Price) on 01429 273663 or email

School Admissions Team Children’s Services Department Hartlepool Borough Council Civic Centre Hartlepool TS24 8AY

For further guidance on whole school admissions please see the local authority guidance that can be located here