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Christ the King Catholic Primary School

Diocese of Clifton

Admission policy 2018/2019

Whilst Christ the King is a Catholic school it is a fully inclusive school and welcomes applications from all members of the community.

Introduction

Christ the King is a Catholic voluntary aided primary school, which was established by the Church to serve the parishes of Christ the King, Thornbury and Holy Cross, Wotton-under-Edge. The governing body, acting in accordance with the School Admissions Code and in consultation with South Gloucestershire Council and Clifton Diocese is responsible for the admission of pupils.

Reception applications

The admission number for reception is 30 and this is also the number of places available in other year groups. Pupils are normally admitted in the September of the school year in which they reach their fifth birthday. However they are not required to attend the school until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday and so, admission may be deferred until the term following their fifth birthday.  Parents/carers seeking such a deferment should make this clear when accepting the offer of a place. Attendance at First-Steps Pre-School does not guarantee admission to the school.

Applications for a reception place at the school should be made through South Gloucestershire Council Department for Children, Adults and Health on their common application form either using the on-line form available on the website or by printing and completing the application form available to download at www.southglos.gov.uk/admissions.

These forms must be submitted to South Gloucestershire Council by 15 January 2018.  If applying to Christ the King as a Catholic family, the parent/carer should also complete the school’s admissions supplementary information form to enable the governors to apply their over-subscription criteria accurately.  This form must be submitted to the school by 15 January 2018.  The form is available from the school.

Applicants resident in other local authority areas should apply via their ‘home’ local authority, following the same timescales.

The governing body, through South Gloucestershire Council’s Department for Children, Adults and Health, will offer places for all ‘on time’ applications on 16 April 2018 (offer day) in line with their published arrangements.

Over-subscription and waiting lists

In the event of over-subscription and refusal of applications for places, a waiting list, will be maintained by the school until 31 December 2018 and then discarded. Priority order on the waiting list will be determined according to the over-subscription criteria explained below, not by the date of joining the waiting list. The children will be ranked in the same order as the published over-subscription criteria not by when placed on the list and that position on the waiting list can change as a result of a need for the list to be re-ranked following additional applicants being added to it.

Admission outside of the normal age group

Children born in the summer and whose parents do not wish them to start school until the term after their fifth birthday will have to make a separate in-year application for year 1 for the following academic year unless there is a professional agreement that joining a lower year group is in the best interests of the child in which case a common application form will have to be completed for admission to reception in the academic year 2018-19.

Deferred entry, full and part-time attendance

Primary school arrangements must state that where parents/carers have actually been offered a place at the school:

  1. The child is entitled to a full-time place in the September following their fourth birthday.
  2. Where parents/carers wish, children may attend part-time until later in the school year, but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age.
  3. Parents/carers can defer the date their child 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 beginning of the final term of the school year for which the offer was made.

If a child attends the onsite pre-school, it does not guarantee admission to the school and the parent/carer needs to complete a common application form.

Home address

The “home address” is where the child lives for the majority of the time with his or her parent/carer.

Statements of special educational needs or educational health care plans

There is a different procedure for the admission to school for children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education Health Care Plan (EHC plan), it is administered by the LA in whose area the family lives. The LA is responsible for issuing the statement or plan in consultation with parents/carers and the governing body of Christ the King, if a preference has been made for the school, before the school is named in the statement or EHC plan. Once the school is named the child has to be admitted.

Over-subscription criteria

In the event of over-subscription (i.e. more applications than available places) places will be offered in accordance with the following order of priority.

1.1    Baptised Catholic looked after children at the time of application and Catholic children who were previously looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or become subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been looked after.

1.2   Children who are baptised Catholics and who live in the parishes of Christ the King, Thornbury and Holy Cross, Wotton-under-Edge will be randomly allocated.

1.3    Baptised Catholic children who live outside the parishes of Christ the King, Thornbury and Holy Cross, Wotton-under-Edge.

1.4    Looked after children at the time of application and children who were previously looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or become subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been looked after.

1.5    Children who will have a brother or sister at the school at the time of their admission, i.e. the start of the school’s academic year (please refer to the definition).

1.6    Children of a baptised catholic parent/carer who live within the parishes of Christ the King, Thornbury and Holy Cross, Wotton-under-Edge.

1.7 Baptised Catholic children who live outside the parishes of Christ the King, Thornbury and Holy Cross, Wotton-under-Edge, and who fall outside category 1,.3 above

1.8   Other applicants not in the above categories.

In categories 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.6 a copy of a baptismal certificate must be provided. Where a certificate is not available, a letter from a member of the clergy, confirming that the person has (or in their opinion has) been baptised or received into the Catholic Church must be provided. The governors may also request sight of the original certificate.

Maps of the parishes of Christ the King, Thornbury and Holy Cross, Wotton-under-Edge are available at the school office.

Priority within each criterion will be given in order to children who will have a sibling at the school at the time of their admission.

Definitions:

(a)    To be considered as a brother or sister a child must be living at the same address for the majority of the time* as a full, half, step or adoptive brother or sister.  Full and adoptive brothers/sisters are defined as children who have the same either biological or adoptive parents.  Half-brothers/sisters are defined as children who share only one either biological or adoptive parent.  Step brothers/sisters are defined as children who are not necessarily related biologically (including Foster children) but are living in the same household for the majority of the time* at the address considered to be the address of the child for whom the application is made.

* A child must be living at the address for at least 50% of the time to be considered as living there for the majority of the time.

A brother or sister must be attending Christ the King Catholic Primary School at the time of admission.

(b)  Looked after children are children who are in the care of local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services function (see the definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989).

(c)     Previously looked after children – this includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders). Child arrangements orders are defined in section 8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replaced residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order. In accordance with section 14A of the Children Act 1989, a special guardianship order is defined as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

Tie breaker

Where applications cannot be separated by applying the over-subscription criteria, random allocation i.e. the drawing of lots, will be used to determine the order of the ranking.  This will be supervised by an appropriate person independent of the school.

Multiple births

Where a child(ren) whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted, otherwise than as an excepted pupil, the other child(ren) will be considered under the admission criteria as exceptions to the infant class size regulations where relevant.

Late applications

Applications for reception class places which are received after the closing date of 15 January 2018 will be processed in accordance with the co-ordinated admission scheme of the child’s home LA.

Previous year’s figures

Information about the number of applications received and the number of places allocated within each category for 2017-18 is available from Christ the King Catholic Primary School office and/or South Gloucestershire local authority.

Casual (in-year) applications

Casual (in-year) applications i.e. those which fall outside the normal admissions round, should be made directly to Christ the King Catholic Primary School BS35 1AW, telephone 01454 866680. Applicants are requested to complete an application form which are available from the school. These applications will then be considered by the admissions committee and if there are more applications than places available, the above over-subscription criteria will be applied.

Appeals procedure

Parents/carers have the right to appeal against the refusal by the governing body to admit their child, and should put their appeal in writing. This should be returned to the Chair of Governors, Christ the King School, Easton Hill Road, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1AW. Appeals will be arranged by the governing body and conducted in accordance with the School Admissions Appeals Code.

In the event of any questions or queries please contact the school office at Christ the King Catholic Primary on telephone number 01454 866680 or email at school@christthekingprimary.co.uk.