Admission Arrangements for the academic year 2018/2019

 

 

ST WILFRIDS CATHOLIC ACADEMY

Admission Arrangements for the academic year 2018/2019

 

 

St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy is part of the Newman Catholic Collegiate.  The admissions authority for the school is the Board of Directors of the Newman Catholic Collegiate who has responsibility for admissions to this school.  The Board of Directors has delegated responsibility for the administration of the admissions process to the Academy Committee of St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy. 

The admissions process for St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy is part of the Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority co-ordinated admissions scheme.  To apply for a place at St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy in the normal admissions round, an application must be made using the school admission application process of the local authority in which you live naming St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy on the application form.  Applications need to be made by 15th January 2018.  A Supplementary Information Form (SIF) must also be completed and returned directly to the school by the same date (see Note 2).

 

All applications which are submitted on time will be considered at the same time, after the closing date.

 

You will be advised of the outcome of your application on 16th April 2018, or the next working day, by the local authority on behalf of the school.

 

Please note that throughout this policy, the term parent relates to any individual with responsibility for a child for whom an application is being made.

 

The ethos of this school is Catholic.  The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families.    Wherever there are more applications than places available, priority will be given to Catholic children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below.  The school is conducted by its Board of Directors as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Articles of Association and seeks at all times to be a witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils.  As a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity.  It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education be fully supported by all families in the school.  All parents are therefore expected to give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.  This does not affect the right of a parent who is not of the faith to apply for a place at the school.

 

The Board of Directors has set its admission number at 45 pupils to be admitted to the Reception class in the school year which begins in September 2018. (See Note 1 below)

 

Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority.  If there is oversubscription within a category, the Board of Directors will give priority to children living closest to the school determined by the shortest distance (see Note 5 below)

 

A map of the parish boundary is available at the school and parish or by post on request.

 

Oversubscription Criteria

 

 

1.    Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) who are looked after or previously looked after (see Note 3 below)

 

2.    Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) living in the parish of St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy  who have a brother or sister (see Note 3 below) attending St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy at the time of admission.

 

3.         Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) living in the parish of Sacred Heart, Tunstall, St. Bernadette’s, Fegg Hayes and that part of St. Joseph’s, Burslem appertaining to the school.

 

 

4.         Other Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) who have a brother or sister (see Note 4 below) attending St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy at the time of admission.

 

5.         Other Baptised Catholic children (see note 2 below).

 

6.         Non-Catholic children who are looked after or previously looked after (see Note 3 below)

 

7.         Non-Catholic children who have a brother or sister (see Note 4 below) attending St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy at the time of admission.

 

8.         Non-Catholic children.

 

Note 1

Children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan that names the academy MUST be admitted.  This will reduce the number of places available to other applicants.  This is not an oversubscription criteria.

 

Note 2

In all categories, for a child to be considered as Catholic, evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Church will be required.  For a definition of a Baptised Catholic, see the Appendix.  Those who face difficulties in producing written evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Church should contact their Parish Priest.

Parents making an application for a Catholic child must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which should be returned directly to the school.  If you do not provide the information required in the Supplementary Information Form and return it by the closing date, together with all supporting documentation, this is likely to affect your child’s chance of being offered a place at this school.

Note 3

A “looked after child” has the same meaning as in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989, and means any child who is (a) in the care of the local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by them in the exercise of their social services functions (eg children with foster parents) at the time of making the application to the school.  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.

 

Note 4

For all applicants the definition of a brother or sister is:

·         A brother or sister sharing the same parents

·         A half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent

·         A step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parents’ marriage or where they are unrelated but their parents are living as partners.

·         Adopted or fostered children

The children must be living permanently in the same household

 

Note 5

Distances are calculated on the basis of a straight line measurement from the child’s home address point to the front gate of the school which is situated on Queens Avenue.  The local authority uses a computerised system, which measures all distances in miles.  Ordnance Survey supply the co-ordinates that are used to plot an applicant’s home address.

 

In a very small number of cases, where the school is oversubscribed, it may not be possible to decide between the applications of those pupils who are the final qualifiers for a place when applying the published admission criteria.

For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or if the distance between the home and the school is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats.  If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both, or all, of the children would cause the Published Admission Number for the child’s year group to be exceeded, the Local Authority, on behalf of the Board of Directors, will randomly select the child to be offered the final place.

 

The Board of Directors will, where possible, admit twins and all siblings from multiple births where one of the children is the last child ranked within the school’s published admission number.

 

A child’s home address is considered to be the permanent residence of a child.  The address must be the child’s only or main residence for the majority of the school week.  Documentary evidence may be required.

If parents have shared responsibilities and a child lives with each for part of the week the home address will be the one at which the child is resident for the greatest part of the school week.  Where this is equally shared, the home address will be the one used when applying for child benefit.

 

If a place in the school is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’s normal and permanent home address, then that place is liable to be withdrawn.

 

SCHOOL ENTRY

Parents must, by law, ensure that their child is receiving suitable full time education from the beginning of the term following the child’s fifth birthday, when they will have begun to be of compulsory school age.

 

Where a place is offered in the school, the pupil will be entitled to take up that place, on a full-time basis in the September following their fourth birthday.

 

A child’s parents may defer the date at which their child, below compulsory school age, is admitted to the school, until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the first day of the summer term 2019.

 

A child may take up a part-time place until later in the school year, but not beyond the point at which they child reached compulsory school age.

Upon receipt of the offer of a place a parent should notify the school, as soon as possible, that they wish to either defer their child’s entry to the school or take up a part-time place.

 

The parent of a child whose fifth birthday falls during the summer term who wishes to defer their child’s admission until the beginning of the following academic year (when the child will have begun to be of compulsory school age) will therefore need to make a separate in-year application for a place in Year 1 at the school.  Any reception class place offered following an application made for the 2018/2019 admission round will be withdrawn if the child does not take up that place by the first day of the summer term 2019.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN TO BE ADMITTED INTO A CLASS OUTSIDE OF THEIR NORMAL AGE GROUP

Parents have the right to request, but not insist, that their child be considered for admission to a class outside of their normal age group.  This could be the case, for example, if a child is gifted and talented, has experienced problems such as ill health, or that the child is summer born, ie a child born between 1st April and 31st August.  Parents who wish for their child to be considered for admission to a class outside of their normal age group must make an application for the normal age group in the first instance.  Parents must then submit a formal request to the Board of Directors for the child to be considered for a different age group class instead.  This request should be in the form of a written letter of application outlining the reasons why they wish for their child to be considered to be admitted into a class outside of their normal age group and enclosing any supportive evidence and documentation that they wish to be taken into account as part of that request.

 

The Board of Directors will consider requests submitted for a child to be admitted into a class outside of their normal age group and advise parents of the outcome of that request before national offer day, having taken into account the information provided by the parents, the child’s best interests and the views of the Head Teacher.

 

If the request is refused, the original application for the normal age group class will progress through the Local Authority co-ordinated admissions scheme, be considered by the Board of Directors and the parents advised of the outcome.

 

If the request is agreed and the year group for which the parents have requested a place is a current year group in the school, then the application will be considered by the Board of Directors and the parents advised of the outcome.

 

If the request is agreed and the year group for which the parents have requested a place is for a future year group, ie Reception in September 2019, then the original application is withdrawn and the parents must submit a fresh application for Reception 2019 when applications open in the autumn term of 2018.  Please note that parents only have the right to re-apply for a place.  Where the Board of Directors agrees to consider an application for Reception the following year, that application is considered alongside all other applications received and parents will be advised of the outcome of that application on national offer day.  No place is reserved or held for the child in advance.

 

If parents are considering submitting an application for their child to be admitted into a class outside of their normal age group, it is strongly recommended that they also read the DFE guidance which can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/summer-born-children-school-admission

 

 

APPLICATIONS FROM CHILDREN CURRENTLY ATTENDING ST. WILFRID’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY’S NURSERY

Attendance at St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy’s Nursery does not automatically guarantee that a place will be offered in the Reception class of St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy.  Parents must apply for a Reception place in exactly the same way as parents of children not attending the Nursery.  All applications will be considered against the oversubscription criteria by the Board of Directors in the same way regardless of whether the child does or does not attend the Nursery at the time of application.

 

APPEALS

Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Board of Directors to refuse their child a place in the school should make that appeal request in writing to the Chair of the Board of Directors at the school address.  Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.

 

Please note that parents do not have the right to appeal if their request for their children to be admitted to a class outside of their normal year group has been refused, but the Board of Directors has offered a place in the normal age group instead.

 

REPEAT APPLICATIONS

Any parent can apply for a place for their child at any time outside of the normal admissions round.  Parents do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of the same school for the same academic year unless, in exceptional circumstances, the Board of Directors has accepted a second application from the parent because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or school, but have still refused admission.

 

LATE APPLICATIONS

Late applications will be dealt with in accordance with the Local Authority’s co-ordinated admissions scheme.

 

WAITING LIST

Children who have not been offered a place at St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy but were offered a school that was ranked as a lower preference on their application form will be added to a waiting list.  Waiting lists will be maintained until the end of the academic year 2018/2019 when they will be discarded.

 

A child’s position on a waiting list is not fixed.  When a new child joins the waiting list, all applicants on that waiting list will be re-ranked to ensure that the list is always maintained in oversubscription criteria order.  This means that a child’s position on the waiting list could go up or down during the time that it is on the list.  Any late applications accepted will be added to the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

 

Inclusion on the waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.  It may be that those already offered places may accept them, thereby filling all available places.

Children who are the subject of a direction by the Local Authority to admit or who are allocated to a school in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol take precedence over those on a waiting list.

 

IN YEAR FAIR ACCESS PROTOCOL

The Board of Directors of St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy is committed to taking its fair share of children who are vulnerable and/or hard to place, as set out in locally agreed protocols.  Accordingly, outside the normal admission round the Board of Directors is empowered to give absolute priority to a child where admission is requested under the locally agreed protocol.  The Board of Directors has this power, even when admitting the child would mean exceeding the published admission number subject to the infant class size exceptions.

 

APPLICATIONS OTHER THAN THE NORMAL INTAKE TO RECEPTION CLASS (IN-YEAR ADMISSIONS)

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the normal admission round.  Applications should be made to the school by contacting the school office on 01782 235676 and all families approaching the school will be given an application form.  Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out for the normal round of admissions, will be applied.

 

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list (see above).

 

Parents will be advised of the outcome of their application in writing and, where the Board of Director’s decision is to refuse their child a place, have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel.

 

There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to this school.

 

APPENDIX

DEFINITION OF A “BAPTISED CATHOLIC”

A “Baptised Catholic” is one who:

·         Has been baptised into full communion (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 837) with the Catholic Church by the Rites of Baptism of one of the various ritual Churches in communion with the See of Rome. Written evidence of this baptism can be obtained by recourse to the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the baptism took place (Cf. Code of Canon Law, 877 & 878).

Or

·         Has been validly baptised in a separated ecclesial community and subsequently received into full communion with the Catholic Church by the Rite of Reception of Baptised Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Written evidence of their baptism and reception into full communion with the Catholic Church can be obtained by recourse to the Register of Receptions, or in some cases, a sub-section of the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the Rite of Reception took place (Cf. Rite of Christian Initiation, 399).

 

WRITTEN EVIDENCE OF BAPTISM

The Governing bodies of Catholic schools and Boards of Directors of Catholic Academies will require written evidence in the form of a Certificate of Baptism or Certificate of Reception before applications for school places can be considered for categories of “Baptised Catholics”. A Certificate of Baptism or Reception is to include: the full name, date of birth, date of Baptism or Reception, and parent(s) name(s). The certificate must also show that it is copied from the records kept by the place of Baptism or Reception.

Those who would have difficulty obtaining written evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception for a good reason, may still be considered as Baptised Catholics but only after they have been referred to their parish priest who, after consulting the Vicar General, will decide how the question of Baptism/Reception is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church.

Those who would be considered to have good reason for not obtaining written evidence would include those who cannot contact the place of Baptism/Reception due to persecution or fear, the destruction of the church and the original records, or where Baptism/Reception was administered validly but not in the Parish church where records are kept.

Governors and Boards of Directors may request extra supporting evidence when the written documents that are produced do not clarify the fact that a person was baptised or received into the Catholic Church, (i.e. where the name and address of the Church is not on the certificate or where the name of the Church does not state whether it is a Catholic Church or not.)

 

 

 

ST WILFRID’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY

Admission Arrangements for the academic year 2018/2019

 

 

Supplementary Information Form

The ethos of this school is Catholic.  The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families.    Wherever there are more applications than places available, priority will be given to Catholic children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed in the school’s published admission policy.  The school is conducted by its Board of Directors as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Articles of Association and seeks at all times to be a witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ.  As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils.  As a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity.  It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education be fully supported by all families in the school.  All parents are therefore expected to give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.  This does not affect the right of a parent who is not of the faith to apply for a place at the school.

 

Child’s Surname:

 

 

Child’s First Name(s):

 

 

Address:

 

 

 

 

 

Contact number:

 

 

 

Please tick the appropriate boxes below:

Is the above named child a Baptised Catholic or have they been received into the Catholic Church?

Yes*

 

No

 

Is the certificate of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Catholic Church attached?

Yes

 

No*

 

 

*A Certificate of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Catholic Church is required in order for the Board of Directors to give the correct priority to an application.

Failure to provide evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception in the Church may affect the oversubscription criterion that the child’s name is placed in.

 

Please note that as well as completing this Supplementary Application Form, parents must also complete the Local Authority’s Common Application Form in order for the application to be complete.  This Supplementary Information Form is only for school use and is, in conjunction with the Local Authority’s Common Application Form, to enable the Board of Directors to rank applicants using the published oversubscription criteria:

This Supplementary Information Form must be returned directly to St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academyat Queens Avenue, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 6EE by 15th January 2018.

 

Please note that this is NOT the local authority’s Common Application Form.  As well as completing this Supplementary Application Form and returning it directly to the school, you MUST also complete the local authority’s Common Application Form otherwise your application will be deemed incomplete and therefore invalid.