St. Joan of Arc Catholic Primary School Admission Policy 2011-2012 by hjkuiw354

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									                    St. Joan of Arc Catholic Primary School

                            Admission Policy 2011-2012
ADMISSIONS

Places at St Joan of Arc will be allocated in accordance with the following policy and
procedure.

You should note in particular the following:

            The school regularly receives many more applications than it has places
             available. Even if your application falls within one of the first oversubscription
             criteria there is no guarantee that a place will be available.
            The school’s governing body has no discretion to admit pupils to infant classes
             in excess of class size limits laid down by law.
            A place in the school’s Nursery does not guarantee you a place in
             Reception. You will need to re-apply.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FORM

             The school uses the Islington Catholic Schools SIF.

ADMISSIONS POLICY

1. St Joan of Arc Catholic Primary School is a Catholic school which serves the
   following parishes:
                           St Joan of Arc, Highbury
                           St Thomas More, Manor House
                           Our Lady of Good Counsel, Stoke Newington

    In this document we describe these parishes as the “Three Parishes”.

    A map showing the parish boundaries is available with the school application pack.
    This will be used to determine the parish in which each applicant’s residential
    address is situated.

2. As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At a
   Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeates every aspect of the
   school's activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school's education is
   fully supported by all families in the school. All applicants are therefore expected to
   give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.

3. The Governing Body proposes to admit up to 30 pupils into each of the two classes
   in each year group. Currently it is required by law to ensure that infant class sizes
   (that is, Reception, Years 1 and 2) do not exceed this. The Governing Body has no
   discretion to exceed this number in response to special circumstances, however
   compelling. However, after consultation with CEA and the DFES, it may admit fewer
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     pupils if it considers this to be desirable for the health, safety and welfare of the
     pupils, or if required by law.

4. To apply for a place for your child you must complete the Common Application Form
   and should complete the School Information For, as well as the supporting
   documents listed under “Procedure” on page 6.

     If you are applying for a place in the school’s Reception class it is very important that
     you do this in the timeframe set out (see page 8).

5. When there are more applications than places, the places will be offered
   in the order of priority detailed below in the oversubscription Criteria.

6. If you are refused a place for your child in the school’s Reception, Infant or
   Junior classes (i.e., Reception or years 1-6) you are entitled by law to appeal to an
   independent appeals panel. You will be given details of how to lodge an appeal if
   your application is unsuccessful. You should however note that this panel can only
   consider whether this policy and procedure has been correctly applied. It cannot
   change this policy.


OVERSUBSCRIPTION CRITERIA

Children will be admitted to the school in the following order of priority:

1.     Catholic looked after children.

2.     Baptised Catholic children from practising Catholic families with one or more
       sibling(s) attending the school at the time of their enrolment.

3.     Baptised Catholic children from practising Catholic families whose parent(s)/legal
       guardian(s) are resident in one of the Three Parishes.

4.     Baptised Catholic children from other practising Catholic families not included in
       criteria 1 and 2 above.

5.     Other baptised Catholics.

6.     Other looked after children.

7.     Baptised children from families of Christian denominations whose parents wish for
       them to have a Catholic education and whose application is supported by a
       minister of religion with one or more sibling(s) attending the school at the time of
       their enrolment.

8.     Baptised children from families of Christian denominations whose parents wish for
       them to have a Catholic education and whose application is supported by a
       minister of religion.

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9.    Any other applicants with one or more sibling(s) attending the school at the time of
      their enrolment.

10. Any other applicants.

For these purposes;

A      “Catholic” means a member of a church in full communion with the See of Rome.
       This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced for
       a child by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic church or a certificate of reception
       into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

B      “Christian” means a member of one of the member churches of Churches
       Together in England.

C      “Looked after children” has the same meaning as in Section 22 of the Children
       Act 1989, and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with
       accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents).

D      “Practising Catholic” means a Catholic child from a practising Catholic family
       where this practice is verified by a reference from a Catholic priest in the
       standard format laid down by the Diocese.

E     Applicant’s ‘home’ means where the child lives for more than 50% of the school
      week.

Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above
would lead to oversubscription, the following provisions will be applied.

i      Places will be given to applicants who live nearest the school as measured on a
       straight-line basis from the applicant's home to the main entrance of the school
       on a large-scale map. (The measurement point is taken from the school gate
       entrance on Northolme Road to the front door of the applicant’s property).


ii.    Unsuccessful candidates will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting
       list. This waiting list will be maintained in order of the oversubscriptions criteria
       set out above and not in the order in which applications are received or added to
       the list. Names are normally removed from the list at the end of each academic
       year.

Twins and Siblings from Multiple Births

If the application of the oversubscription criteria would lead to one twin gaining a place
at the school and the other being denied a place the Governors will hold a lottery to
decide which sibling(s) will gain the place(s). The lottery will be held in the presence of
an independent witness. (‘Siblings’ means: brothers and sisters, step brothers and
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sisters, half brothers and sisters or adopted brothers and sisters).

This policy will be applied equally to all cases of applicants from multiple births.

Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs

The admission of pupils with a statement of Special Educational Needs is dealt with by
a completely separate procedure. This procedure is integral to the making and
maintaining statements by the pupil's home Local Education Authority. Details of this
separate procedure is set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

RIGHT TO DEFER ENTRY

Parents have the right to defer entry for their child until s/he is of statutory school age
i.e. up to the first day of the term following the child’s fifth birthday.
Applications should be made in September 2011 in the normal way in these
circumstances.

IN-YEAR ADMISSIONS

Applications for In-Year admissions are made in the same way as those made during
the normal admissions round. Where there is no waiting list, the local authority will be
notified and the child will be admitted. If more applications are received than there are
places available then applications will be ranked by the governing body in accordance
with the oversubscription criteria [with the following modifications: Catholic children
without an offer of a school place elsewhere are given priority immediately after Catholic
‘looked-after’ children; similarly, other children without an offer of a school place are
given priority immediately after other ‘looked-after’ children]. If a place cannot be offered
at this time then you may ask us for the reasons and you will be informed of your right of
appeal. You will be offered the opportunity of being placed on a waiting list. This waiting
list will be maintained by the governing body in the order of the oversubscription criteria
[as modified above] and not in the order in which the applications are received. Names
are removed from the list at the end of each academic year. When a place becomes
available the governing body will decide who is at the top of the list so that the LEA can
inform the parent that the school is making an offer.


FAIR ACCESS PROTOCOLS

The school 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
admissions round the governing body is empowered to give absolute priority to a child
where admission is requested under any local protocol that has been agreed by both
the Diocese and the governing body for the current school year. The governing body
has this power even when admitting the child would mean exceeding the published
admission number.




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