CHRIST THE KING ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
ADMISSION POLICY AND ARRANGEMENTS 2019/2020
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Allocation of School Places
Christ the King is a Catholic Primary School in the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford. It is maintained by Lancashire Local Authority and is a voluntary aided school. The Governing Board is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking all decisions on applications for admission.
The co-ordination of admission arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.
The Governing Board has determined that the number of children to be admitted to Reception Class will be 30.
Admission to the school will be determined by the Governing Board. Parents must complete a Local Authority Preference Form or apply online via the website www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools
If you wish to have your application considered against the school’s religious criteria then you should ALSO provide proof of baptism direct to the school.
The governing body will not place any restrictions on admissions to the reception class unless the number of children for whom admission is sought exceeds their admission number. By law, no infant class may contain more than thirty children. The Governing Body operates a system of equal preferences under which they consider all preferences equally and the Local Authority notifies parents of the result. In the event that there are more applicants than places, after admitting all children with a Statement of Educational Need or Health and Care Plan naming the school, the governing body will allocate places using the criteria below, which are listed in order of priority.
If there are fewer than 30 applications, all applicants will be offered places. If there are more applications than the number of places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied:
- Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children who are in Public Care
- The school will admit any child with a social medical welfare issue relevant to this school.
- Baptised Catholic children living in the parish of Christ the King Burnley who at the time of admission have a sibling * at the school.
- Baptised Catholic children living in the parish of Christ the King Burnley
- Baptised Catholic children resident in another parish who at the time of admission would have a sibling* at the school.
- Baptised Catholic children who are resident in another parish.
- Other children who at the time of admission have a sibling* at the school.
- Other children
Where the number of applicants in any category exceeds the number of places remaining available, the highest priority will be given to those living closest to the school, the distance measure is a straight line (radial) measure centre of building to centre of building.
Notes for applicants
- The Governing Board is the Admissions Authority. The Admission Committee is comprised of the following governors: Chair of Governors, a Foundation Governor and the Head Teacher.
- All applications will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is in 15 January 2019. Applications received after this date will be treated as a late application and will not be considered until after the main allocation of places has taken place.
- 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 (under section22(1) of the Children Act 1989. A previously ‘Looked After Child’ is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
- For a child to be considered as a Catholic evidence of a Catholic Baptism or reception into the Catholic church is required and should be provided directly to the school.
- Home Address is considered to be the principal and primary address where the child normally lives. Where care is split and a child moves between two addresses, the household in receipt of the child benefit would normally be the address used.
- Sibling is defined in these arrangements as full, half or step brothers and sisters, adopted and foster brothers and sisters who are living at the same address and are part of the same family unit.
- A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be maintained by the Local Authority. When places become available parents will be contacted to establish how their child meets the admission criteria so that applications can be ranked and places offered accordingly. This will be kept on file indefinitely.
- For ‘In Year’ applications received outside the normal admission round, if places are available they will be offered to those who apply. If there are places available but more applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria will apply.
- If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents may appeal to an independent appeals panel. This appeal must be sent in writing to the address listed in the Local Authority ‘Primary Admissions’ Booklet within 14 days of notification of refusal. The date of notification will be two working days after the posting by first class post. The parents must give their reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the appeals panel is binding on the governors. The outcome of the appeal is binding on the parents and on the Governing Board.
- The governing body reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to an application.
- It is the duty of governors to comply with regulations on class size limits for children aged between rising five and seven. This means that the school cannot operate classes in Key Stage One of more than 30 childrenThe Governing Board may exceed the regulations for twins and children from multiple births where one of the children is the 30th child admitted. This also applies to in-year applicants who are Looked After/previously Looked After Children of UK service personnel or children who move into the area for whom there is no other school available within a reasonable distance
- Admission of children outside of their normal age group
Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if a child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of a summer born childmay choose not to send that child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted out of their normal age group – to reception rather than year 1. Admission Authorities mustmake clear in their admission arrangements the process for requesting admission out of the normal age group.
Admission authorities mustmake decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parent’s views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely. They mustalso take into account the views of the head teacher of the school concerned. When informing a parent of their decision on the year group the child should be admitted to, the admission authority mustset out clearly the reasons for their decision.
Where an admission authority agrees to a parents’ request for their child to be admitted out of their normal age group and. As a consequence of that decision, the child will be admitted to a relevant age group (ie the age group to which pupils are normally admitted to the school) the local authority and admission authority mustprocess the application as part of the main admissions round, unless the parental request is made too late for this to be possible, and on the basis of their determined admission arrangements only, including the application oversubscription criteria where applicable. They mustnot give the application lower priority on the basis that the child is being admitted out of their normal age group. Parents have a statutory right to appeal against refusal of a place at a school for which they have applied. This right does not apply if they are offered a place at the school but it is not in their preferred age group.
- Deferred admission- If your child is due to start school during the next academic year, it is important that you apply for a place for September. If your child’s fifth birthday is between the months of September and December, then, if you wish it, admission may be deferred until January; if it is between January and April, then admission may be deferred until the start of the summer term though it is likely to be in your child’s interest to start no later than January.
- Parent may request that their child attend school part time until he/she reaches his/her fifth birthday.
* For the exact dates please refer to 2019/20 Admission Booklet