ADMISSION POLICY

  1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

  • The Admission Policy of Llandudno Primary School (“Llandudno Primary” or “the School”) 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’).

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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 Budget Meeting.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Llandudno Primary is a co-educational school and seeks to maintain gender balance in the classroom.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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 and School Management Team.

 

  • The School is committed to the admission of learners who are culturally and racially diverse. Whilst the School intends fully to play its part in the education of learners, in partnership with the State, and whilst its Admissions Policy in no way discriminates unfairly against any applicant learner, the admissions process requires the implementation of certain factors necessary for good governance, taking into account the size of the school, and the consequent financial and related constraints.

 

  1. SPECIFIC FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED:

 

  • 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:

 

  • 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.

 

  • A learner who has or had a sibling (or, in certain circumstances, a member of the same household, who may or may not be related to the learner, whom, in the Principal’s discretion, ought to be treated as a sibling) at Llandudno Primary.

 

  • 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.

 

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

 

  • It is a prerequisite for the applicant 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 is sought. In assessing this aspect, regard will be given to the learner’s school report, if applicable, in respect of the period immediately preceding the application date. Full disclosure of any previous assessments and reports must be made during the application process, and placement from Grade 1 upwards will be dependent on provision of the preceding school report, as well as any previous assessments and/or assessment reports in relation to the applicant.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Whether a learner is of a previously disadvantaged background.

 

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

 

  1. PROCEDURE

 

  • 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.

 

  • Applications for admission of all learners in 2021 will open on 17 February 2020 and will close on 17 March 2020.

 

  • 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 to be conducted, in order to determine whether the Governing Body’s admission criteria can be met.

 

  • All successful applicants for 2021 will be required to confirm, in writing and online, by 5 June 2020, that they will take the place offered, failing which the applicant will be deemed to have elected not to take up the offered place.

 

  • The Principal will inform the parents in writing and online of the outcome of their application, and reasons.