The governing body of St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School is the Admission Authority for this school. The governing body intends to admit up to 25 pupils to the Reception Year group in September 2016. This number will apply to the Reception year and to every other year in the school.
Admission of Children below Compulsory School Age and Deferred Entry
A child is entitled to a full-time place in the September following their fourth birthday. A request may be made for the date at which a child, below compulsory school age, is admitted to the school, to be deferred to later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age, or beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year. A child may take up a part-time place until the child reaches compulsory school age. Upon receipt of the offer of a place a parent should notify the school in writing, as soon as possible, that they wish to either defer their child’s entry to the school or take up a part-time place.
Admission of Children outside their Normal Age Group
A request may be made for a child to be admitted outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health.
Any such request should be made in writing to the headteacher of the school. The governing body will make its decision about the request based on the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child. In addition to taking into account the views of the headteacher who has statutory responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, the governing body will take into account the views of the parents and of appropriate medical and education professionals.
Summer Born Children
The parents of a summer born child, i.e. a child born between 1 April and 31 August, may request that the child be admitted out of their normal age group, to the reception class in the September following their fifth birthday and that that the child will remain in this cohort as they progress through school.
Parents who want to make this request should make an application for their child’s normal age group at the usual time. The application to the local authority should include this request and in addition it should be made in writing to the headteacher of the school. The local authority will liaise with the governing body who will make its decision about the request based on the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child. In addition to taking into account the views of the headteacher, who has statutory responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, the governing body will take into account the views of the parents and of appropriate medical and education professionals.
Parents will be informed of the outcome of the request before primary national offer day.
If the request is agreed by the governing body, the application for the normal age group may be withdrawn before a place is offered. If the request is refused, the parent must decide whether to accept the offer of a place for the normal age group, or to refuse it and make an in year application for admission to year one for the September following the child’s fifth birthday.
Where a parent’s request is agreed, they must make a new application as part of the main admissions round the following year.
One admission authority cannot be required to honour a decision made by another admission authority on admission out of the normal age group. Parents, therefore, should consider whether to request admission out of the normal year group at all their preference schools, rather than just their first preference schools.
Where there are insufficient places available to meet all parental preferences, priority will be given to applications in the following order:
1. Children who are baptised as Catholics or have been formally received into the Catholic Church and who are looked after Catholic children in the care of a local authority or children that were looked after by the local authority and immediately after that became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order
2. Children who are baptised as Catholics or have been formally received into the Catholic Church and whose home address is within the parish boundaries of St Patrick’s Parish
3. Children who are baptised as Catholics or have been formally received into the Catholic Church, whose home address is outside of the parish boundaries of St. Patrick’s Parish, with a sibling already attending the school at the time of admission
4. Children who are baptised as Catholics or have been formally received into the Catholic Church, whose home address is outside of the parish boundaries of St Patrick’s Parish, who do not have a sibling already attending the school at the time of admission
5. Children who have not been baptised as Catholics nor have been formally received into the Catholic Church, but who are looked after children in the care of the local authority or children that were looked after by a local authority and immediately after that became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order
6. Children, who are baptised or dedicated members of other Christian Churches with a sibling who will already be attending the school at the time of admission
7. Children of other Faith traditions with a sibling, who will already be attending the school at the time of admission
8. Children, who are baptised or dedicated members of other Christian Churches who do not have a sibling at the school
9. Children of other Faith traditions who do not have a sibling at the school
10. Other children
If applicants are seeking admission under any of criteria 1 to 4 above, must provide evidence that the child has been baptised as a Catholic or has been received into the Catholic Church.
If applicants are seeking admission under any of criteria 6, 7, 8 or 9 above, they will be asked for a letter of support from their minister or Faith leader. For Christian applicants, a baptismal certificate should be provided wherever possible.
Children who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or a statement of Special Educational Need where the school is named as the most appropriate educational setting for the child will be admitted.
Governors will adopt the equal preference system, whereby all applications are considered at the same time, irrespective of the order of preference.
Sibling – brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of parent/carer/partner where child for whom the school place is sort, is living in the same family unit at the same address of that sibling, who will still be attending the preferred school at the time of admission.
Where there are places available for some, but not all applicants within a particular criterion, distance from the home address to school will be the deciding factor, with priority being given to those whose address is nearest to the school when measured by the shortest walking route. Measurements will be calculated using the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System (GIS).
Where a parent has been notified that a place is not available for a child, every effort will be made to help the parent to find a place in a suitable alternative school. Parents who are refused a place have a statutory right of appeal. Further details of the appeal process are available by writing to the Chairman of Governors at the school address.
Formal written applications for admission must be made on the form provided by the Local Authority and returned either to the school or the LA. Places will then be allocated by strict application of the above criteria, in line with the agreed timetable published by the LA.
Governors Oct 2013
Review date: Oct 2014
Definition of Looked After Child (LAC): A child who is in the care of a local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time the application for admission to school is made and whom the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the date of admission.
Definition of Adoption Order: An order made under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
Definition of Child Arrangements Order: An order outlining the arrangements as to the person with whom the child will live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989
Definition of Special Guardianship Order: An order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians (Section 14A Children Act 1989)
Other Christian Churches
If applicants are seeking admission under criteria 6 or 8, they must provide a baptismal certificate or a letter confirming their church membership from their minister or faith leader.
It is the primary parental address which will be used in applying the admission criteria. This means that, when stating your choice of school, you should give the parental/guardian address at the time of application. The address of childminders or other family members who may share in the care of your child should not be quoted as the home address.
If your child has been refused admission, you can request that your child’s name be placed on the school’s waiting list. If places become available, we will consider all relevant applications based on the waiting list which will be maintained until 31 December 2016.