ADMISSION POLICY

A GENERAL PROVISIONS

1. The admission policy of Llandudno Primary School (‘Llandudno Primary’) has, after due deliberation and consideration of the South African Constitution and applicable law, been determined by the Governing Body in terms of section 5(5) of the South African Schools Act 84 of 1996 (‘the Act’).

2. Llandudno Primary is committed to admit learners and to fully serve their educational, cultural and sporting requirements without unfairly discriminating in any way as is set out in our Mission Statement, and taking into account the best interests of all the learners involved.

3. Llandudno Primary is a fee-paying school. All the parents of a learner, as defined in the Act (‘parents’), must agree to pay the school fees which are determined by the Governing Body and ratified by the parents at an Annual General Meeting.

4. The Governing Body has, in its language policy, determined that Llandudno Primary is a single medium school and the language of instruction is English. Accordingly, learners admitted to the school need to be sufficiently proficient in English in order not to limit their academic progress or the academic progress of other learners.

5. Llandudno Primary is a co- educational school and gender balance in the class will be taken into account.

6. The capacity of the school with respect to the maximum class size, as determined from time to time by the Governing Body, will at all times be taken into account in order to maintain a favorable pupil/ teacher ratio in order to provide quality education and to ensure the safety and well being of the learners.

7. A learner will be given preference in consideration for admission if he/ she will turn 6 by 31 December of the Grade R year and 7 by 31 December of the Grade 1 year.

8. Applications into Grades 6 and 7 will generally not be considered unless relocating to the Llandudno area, however, these applications will be subject to the discretion of the Principal.

9. Llandudno Primary is committed to the admission of learners who are culturally and racially diverse.

10. While Llandudno Primary and the Governing Body know that they may not unfairly discriminate against a learner on whose behalf an application is made, and have no intention thus to discriminate, and while they are desirous of playing their part in the education of learners in partnership with the State, they appreciate that the school cannot accommodate all learners and that some process of (fair) discrimination regarding admission of learners is inevitable.
B SPECIFIC FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED

11. In considering applications for admission to Llandudno Primary, the Governing Body has resolved that, over and above the General Provisions stated above, the Principal will have discretion to admit pupils and, in the exercise of such discretion, priority will be given to applicants in the following order:

11.1 Learners who bona fide (genuinely) reside with their parents within the
Llandudno area. In this regard satisfactory proof of home ownership or
alternatively a valid lease agreement will be required. Lessee applicants who
have been resident in Llandudno for a period of at least 12 months prior to the
date of application will also be given preference over other lessee applicants.

11.2 A learner who has a brother or sister at Llandudno Primary.

11.3 Learners who bona fide (genuinely) reside with their parents in Hout Bay. In this regard satisfactory proof of home ownership or alternatively a valid lease agreement will be required. Lessee applicants who have been resident in
Hout Bay for a period of at least 12 months prior to the date of application will
also be given preference over other lessee applicants.

11.4 A learner who is proficient in English, and has at least one parent who is
proficient in English, will be preferred over other applicants.

11.5 It is a prerequisite for admission to be deemed school ready (in the case of
Grade R and Grade 1) or to have passed the grade immediately below the
grade into which admission in sought. In this regard the learner’s school
report will be taken into account. Full disclosure of any previous assessments
and reports must be made during the application process.

11.6 Whether the admission is in the best interests of the learner, having regard to the academic standards and requirements of participation in the sporting and cultural activities of the school.

11.7 Whether a learner is of a previously disadvantaged background.

12. The presence or absence of any of the factors mentioned above is no guarantee of acceptance of or exclusion from admission to Llandudno Primary.

C PROCEDURE
13. All applications are required to be made in writing by the parents, on the prescribed application form, together with documentary proof, as requested, to be attached thereto. All documents as stated on the checklist on the application form must accompany the application or the applicant will be disqualified. Applications must be submitted before the closing date as determined by the WCED with no preference given to the date or order in which the applications are received.

14. Applications for admission of all learners in 2020 will open on 15 February 2019 and will close on 14 March 2019. In exceptional cases, and entirely at her discretion, the Principal may accept an application after the closing date.
15. Applicants who comply with the submission date will be screened for eligibility in terms of the admission criteria mentioned above on a point system, and eligible learners will be invited, with their parents, to attend an interview with the Principal or a designated person.

16. An interview does not guarantee admission to Llandudno School and applicants are advised to also apply to other schools.

17. If a learner’s competence in English, school readiness, or ability to make progress in a mainstream school is in question, Llandudno Primary reserves the right to request that a comprehensive educational assessment be conducted in order to determine whether the Governing Body’s admission criteria can be met.

18. All successful applicants for 2020 will be required to confirm, in writing, by 20 May 2019, that they will take the place offered, failing which the applicant will be deemed to have elected not to take up the offered place.

19. The Principal will inform the parents in writing by 10 May 2019, if an application is successful or unsuccessful, and reasons for the refusal will be given on request.