ST PATRICK'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
ADMISSIONS POLICY AND ARRANGEMENTS
1. St Patrick's Primary is a Catholic school situated in the Diocese of Lancaster and is
maintained by the Cumbria Local Authority.
2. The Governing Body is responsible for the admissions within the requirements of the
law. In so doing, the Governing Body has regard for.
a) The advice of the Diocesan Trustees on the nature and purpose of Catholic
b) The Governing Body's responsibility towards the school and the Catholic
community it serves;
c) The Catholic character of the school and its Mission Statement;
d) The Catholic Church's affection for children of other Christian denominations
and world faiths.
3. The school serves in the first instance Catholic children from the parish of St Mary's,
4. The Governing body has set the planned admissions number for 2012 at 47.
5. No more than 30 children will be admitted to any one reception class or infant class.
6. 30 Pupils were admitted last year under criterion B to the reception class.
7. Applications for a place at the school should be returned to school no later than 15th
8. Children who are admitted will enter the reception class in the autumn term.
GOVERNORS' ADMISSIONS POLICY
The Governors of St Patrick's Catholic Primary School welcomes pupils of parents who
support their Christian aims for the school and who will actively support the Governors,
and work in partnership with staff, in developing a happy, hard working school.
A. First, looked after children (children in public care),
B. Then children who have been baptised Catholic whose parent/s or guardians are
resident in the parish of St Mary's, Cleator.
C. If the number of applications is greater than the places available, places will be
allocated in the following order of priority:
1. Baptised Catholic children who currently have a brother or sister in
the school at the time of admission
2. Baptised Catholic children living nearest the school as measured by
a straight line measured on a local map.
D, The next priority is given to baptised Catholic children resident in other parishes
in the same order as in C above.
E, If places remain after allocation under A, B, C & D applications will be
considered in the order indicated below who are members of
i) other Christian denominations
ii) other world faiths
whose parents wish them to be educated in a Catholic school. Priority will be given to
children living nearest the school as in C2 above.
F, An exception to these orders of priority for non-Catholic children may be made in
the case of children with exceptional and specific educational, medical, social or
emotional needs for which the school can effectively provide, whose application is
supported by appropriate evidence (e.g. Statement of Special Educational Needs or
Arrangements for the Admission of New Pupils
The Governing Body has set the planned admissions number for 2012 at 47. The Local
Authority and other parties required by law have been consulted on this.
Parents showing an interest in the school are invited to make an appointment to view
the school and meet the staff.
All applications will be considered at the same time and after the closing date
agreed by the Admissions Committee of the governing body (usually the agreed
by the L.A.)
Parents will be informed by letter of the outcome of their application no later
than 28th April 2012
During the summer term there will be a meeting for parents of children who are to be
admitted. Arrangements will be made for the children to visit the school with their
The new intake will start in September 2012. Arrangements for starting school are
dependent on the needs of each child.
Older children may be admitted at other times of the year. Please contact school and
ask to speak to the Headteacher.