Admissions Policies

 

In Year application

Admissions Policy 2018-2019

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Admissions Policy 2017-2018

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Admissions Policy 2016-2017

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This Admissions policy has been formally adopted by the Governing Body of this school. In this school the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for determining the school’s admissions policy. The Published Admission Number (PAN) for Reception class September 2017 is 30.

How and When to apply

Applications must be made on the Newcastle Local Authority Common Application Form. All application forms must be returned to the Local Authority by the specified closing date. The Local Authority processes information provided and this is subsequently forwarded for consideration to the school’s Admissions Committee.

Late Applications

Any applications for September admissions to Reception class received after the closing date will be accepted but considered only after those received by the closing date.

Special Educational Need

Children who have a statement of Special Educational Need which names our school will be admitted to the school.

Oversubscription Criteria

Where there are insufficient places available to meet all parental preferences, priority will be given to applications in the following order:

First priority in each category will be given to children who will have an older sibling attending the school in September 2017.

1. Catholic looked after and previously looked after children (see notes 2&3)

2. Catholic children who are resident in the parishes of St Teresa’s and St Aidan’s

3. Catholic children of a member of school staff who has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application to the school is made (see note 4)

4. Other Catholic children (see note 4)

5. Looked after and previously looked after children (see notes 2&3)

6. Children of a member of school staff who has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application to the school is made.

7. Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church (see notes 5&6)

8. Children of other Christian denominations (see note 7)

9. Children of other faiths (see note 8)

10. Any other children

If applicants are seeking admission under criteria 8 & 9 above, they will be asked for a letter of support to confirm their church membership from their minister or Faith leader.

 

NOTES AND DEFINITIONS

 

1. An Education, Health and Care Plan is a plan made by the local authority under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014, specifying the special educational provision required for a child. A Statement of Special Educational Needs is a statement made by the local authority under section 324 of the Education Act 1996, specifying the special educational provision for a child.

 

2. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989).

             An adoption order is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

             A child arrangements order is an order outlining the arrangements as to the person with whom the child will live under the provisions of section 14 of the Children and Families Act 2014. 

             A special guardianship order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians. 

3. A previously looked after child is a child who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, child arrangement order or special guardianship order.

4. Catholic means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism or reception should contact their parish priest who, after consulting with the Diocese, will decide how the question of baptism or reception is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church.

5. Catechumen means a member of the catechumenate of a Catholic Church and is a person who is receiving instruction in preparation for baptism. This must be evidenced by a certificate of reception into the order of catechumens.

6. Eastern Christian Church includes Orthodox Churches, and must be evidenced by a certificate of baptism or reception from the authorities of that Church. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism or reception should contact the Diocese who will decide how the question of baptism or reception is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church.

7. Children of other Christian denominations means children who are members of a Church or religious community that practises Trinitarian baptism recognised by the Catholic Church. Applicants must provide a baptismal certificate or where child baptism is not practised, a letter confirming their church membership from their minister or faith leader.

8. Children of other faiths means children who are members of a religious community that does not fall within the definitions above. Applicants must provide a letter of support to confirm their faith membership from their minister or faith leader. 

9. Home address is the primary parental address which will be used in applying the admission criteria.  This means that, when stating the choice of school, the parental address at the time of application should be given.  The address of childminders or other family members who may share in the care of the child must not be used as the home address. Documentary evidence may be requested.

10. Sibling means a child who lives as a brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted brothers or sisters, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters, or the child of a parent’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling. It also includes natural brothers or sisters where the child for whom the school place is sought is not living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.

11. Parent means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for the child, or who has care of the child (having care of a child means that the child lives with and is looked after by that person).

12. A member of staff includes all school staff who are under the direct employment of the governing body.

 

This policy should be read in conjunction with the local authority’s admission guidance for parents.