POLICY ON ADMISSIONS
1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
- 1.1 According to Section 5 (5) of the South African Schools’ Act 84 of 1996 (SASA), as amended, (hereinafter referred to as SASA) the Admission Policy of a public school is determined by the School Governing Body (Hereinafter referred to as SGB).
- 1.2 The SGB of Brighton Beach Senior Primary School (hereinafter referred to as BBSPS) has adopted as its Admission Policy the provisions contained herein.
- 1.3 The SGB has ensured adherence to SASA and to the principles contained in the Constitution, as well as other applicable legislation.
- 1.4 The SGB is entitled to amend the term and conditions of the BBSPS Admission Policy on a needs basis, subject to 1.3 of General Provisions.
- 1.5 Subject to the Schools Act and any applicable provincial regulations, the SGB of this school has determined the admission policy of BBSPS.
- 1.6 BBSPS does not apply an admission test to determine the suitability of the candidate.
- 1.7 BBSPS allows pupils to enrol and serve their educational needs without discrimination in any way.
- 2.1 Based inter alia on the number of educators and the school’s facilities, the school admits no more than 520 pupils at any one time i.e. 130 pupils per grade.
3. LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
- The language of instruction is English. The mother tongue of an applicant is not a criteria for admission (i.e. no exclusion of alternative mother tongue speakers). Afrikaans is offered as 1st additional language.
4. AGE REQUIREMENTS
- Learners must be age appropriate. Average ages are: Grade 4: 9/10; Grade 5: 10/11; Grade 6 11/12; Grade 7 12/13.
- Exception to be made at the discretion of the Principal. When the parent of a learner lodges an application for admission to BBSPS and such learner is three or more years older than the average for the particular age group, the Principal and SGB will decide if the learner should be admitted to the grade group application was made for. It must be remembered that certain education motivations exist why learners should be within a certain age group for a specific grade. Learners of school age who didn’t attend school for a period of time or learners who never attended school should be brought to the attention of the district Co-ordinator.
5. ADMISSION OF RESIDENTS IN GEOGRAPHICAL CATCHMENT AREA / FEEDER ZONE: CRITERIA
- 5.1 Admission is dependent on the availability of places (see capacity).
- 5.2 Applicants residing with their parents or legal guardians whose closest state primary school is BBSPS, will qualify for admission first, on the grounds of proximity of residence. Proof of residence is a requirement (rates, utility bill / lease agreement). Applicants will be drawn primarily from the Bluff community as defined by the “school area” – Foreshore Drive & Marine Drive (to Beach Road in the north and Oakland Road in the South; Tara Road as far as Highbury Road).
- 5.3 Preference given to a pupil who lives in the feeder area of the school or who resides with his/her parents at an employer’s home in the feeder area.
- 5.4 A learner who lives outside the feeder area is not precluded from seeking admission to BBSPS. However, access cannot be guaranteed.
- 5.3 “In Area” applicants applying late cannot be guaranteed a place.
- 5.4 No Junior Primary is an automatic feeder school.
6. ADMISSION OF OTHERS: OUTSIDE GEOGRAPHICAL CATCHMENT / FEED ZONE: CRITERIA
- 6.1 Should additional places be available, these will be offered to pupils who reside outside “the area”. It is expected that these spaces will be very limited and only become available later in the year.
- 6.2 For applicants whose closest school is not BBSPS, preference will be given to pupils who: Have Attended a Bluff junior primary school; Have siblings (blood) in the school; Have a parent who is a past pupil of the school
- 6.3 A first-come-first-serve basis is not applicable. “In area” applicants will be placed first, if they apply timeously.
7. COMPULSORY DOCUMENTS NECESSARY FOR ADMISSION OF A PUPIL:
- The admission process will not commence until ALL required documents are provided (certified copies).
- 7.1 The documents required: Application form, unabridged birth certificate if possible, last school report or transfer card, learner’s immunisation card, mother and father’s identity document, proof of residency (Durban Metro Electricity / Rates account; or telephone account; or lease agreement; or rental agreement).
- 7.2 It should also be asked if the learner has been suspended from his or her previous school.
- 7.3 Copy of the school fee history statement from the present school.
- 7.4 The application form must be signed by both parents.
- 7.5 Non-residents:
- Documents required as above : unabridged birth certificate or a study permit must be shown, to determine the age of the learner. Parents who can’t furnish an identity document must present the necessary documentation before the end of the first term thus allowing the parent to obtain the necessary documentation from the Department of Home Affairs. Temporary or permanent residence permit from the Department of Home Affairs or evidence that application has been made for the child to stay in South Africa.
- 7.6 No admission fee will be charged.
8. ADMISSION DATES
- 8.1 BBSPS admissions are open from 1 February the year prior to intended commencement. Admission will be processed during second term and vacancies filled according to the school’s Admission Policy.
- 8.2 The KZN Department of Education requires that the admission process be completed by 31 October, prior to the year of admission.
- 8.3 Late applications will be placed on a waiting list and processed if vacancies become available. There is NO GUARANTEE of a place for these applicants, so alternative placement at another school must be sought.
- 8.4 Despite the “in-area” policy, places will not be held open for possible late in-area applications as the state requires that all vacancies are filled. Timeous application is strongly recommended.
9. PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION
10. SCHOOL FEES
- 9.1 Application forms taken to 3 feeder schools viz. Marlborough Park JP; Glenardle JP and Our Lady of Natal Convent.
- 9.2 Return completed application form (signed by both parents/guardians) along with ALL compulsory documents to BBSPS office. Application forms will not be accepted electronically.
- 9.3 “Out-of-Area” applicants will automatically be placed on the waiting list (no guarantee of admission, so alternative placement at another school must be sought).
- 9.4 Notice of acceptance should be sent out during the second term.
- School fees are compulsory as determined by the Governing Body at the annual Budget meeting. Parents who thus enrol their children in this school are lawfully liable for the payment of the school fees. No learner may however, be refused admission to this school if the parent is unable to pay the school fees. These parents should complete an application form for a subsidy.
11. SCHOOL RULES
- All school rules shall be adhered to by the learners. Parents must sign acknowledgement of receipt of the school rules.
- Fraudulent applications will not be considered. The school also reserves the right to revoke the admission of a pupil who has gained admission in a fraudulent manner and to institute criminal proceedings.