CHRIST THE KING ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
ADMISSION POLICY AND ARRANGEMENTS 2019/2020
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 shouldALSO 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
CHRIST THE KING ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
ADMISSION POLICY AND ARRANGEMENTS 2018/2019
The offer date for the 2018/2019 school year will be 16 April 2018 via email.
Apply online here
Supplementary Information Form here
School Admission Form here
(Please return the above forms to the School Office, along with a copy of Baptismal and Birth Certificate)
School Prospectus here
Christ the King is a Roman Catholic Primary School provided by the Diocese of Salford and is maintained by the Lancashire Local Education Authority as a Voluntary Aided School. The school’s Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions. For the school year commencing September 2017, the Governing Body has set its planned admissions number at 30.
‘The ethos of this school is Catholic. The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. The school is conducted by its Governing Body as part of the Catholic church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ. We ask all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community. This does not affect the right of parents who are not of the faith of this school to apply for, and be considered for, a place here.’
Applications for a place in reception at September 2018 must be made through the Lancashire County Council Online Admissions system (www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools) by 15th January 2018.
Parents who wish to seek priority under any criterion that requires additional evidence should also complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form and return it to school at the same time. The offer date for the 2018/2019 school year will be 16 April 2018.
Admission to the school will be made by the Governing Body in accordance with the stated parental preferences it receives, subject to the following set of criteria which will be used to form a priority order if there are more applications for admission than the school has places available.
- Baptised Roman Catholic Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children.
- Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and whose principal, private residence is in the parish of Christ the King.
- Other baptised Roman Catholic children whose principal, private residence is in the parish of Christ the King.
- Other baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and whose principal, private residence is in another parish.
- Other baptised Roman Catholic children whose principal, private residence is in another parish.
- Other children who are Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children.
- Exceptional Needs.
- Other children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.
- Other children.
a) The governing body is the admissions authority. The admissions committee is comprised of the following governors: Chair of governors, Headteacher and three other members of the governing body.
b) In the autumn term all parents who have expressed an interest in a school place will be sent a copy of the Local Authority ‘Primary Admission Booklet; which gives details of the LA coordinated admissions arrangements. These are available from Local Authority offices, public libraries and primary schools.
c) Parents must complete a common application form and express preferences for primary school admission. The closing date for all applicants is that announced by Lancashire Authority. All applicants will be considered by the governors at the same time in a fair way according to the published criteria.
d) Parents will be informed of the governors’ decision by the Local Authority. An offer of a place does not guarantee a place for brothers and sisters in subsequent years.
e) Each Roman Catholic applicant will be required to produce a baptismal certificate.
f) Parents should check carefully whether their principal, private residence is within the parish boundaries of Christ the King. If you are unsure please contact Father Kealey at Christ the King Church.
g) All applicants whose principal, private residence is in the parish of Christ the King will be required to provide proof of address, e.g, by supplying an original, up-to-date, utility bill or family credit book.
h) It is the duty of governors to comply with class size limits at Key Stage One. This means that the school cannot operate classes in Key Stage One of more than 30 children.
i) Exceptional Needs
Children for whom the governors accept that there are exceptionally strong medical, social or welfare reasons associated with the child and/or family, which are directly relevant to the school concerned. Supporting professional evidence will be required. This may be from whatever sources/s the applicant feels are most appropriate. Examples of such evidence are doctors, health visitors and social services.
j) Special Needs
As required by law all children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school will be admitted before the application of the oversubscription criteria.
k) If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of proximity to the school. This will be determined by a straight line from the centre of the house to the centre of the school. This will be digitally measured using the LA system (where it operates) with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. In the case of an equal distance measurement a random draw will be held.
l) Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each part of the week, the ‘home’ address will be determined as being where the child resides for the majority of the school week.
m) The term ‘brothers and sisters’ will be taken to include step brothers and sisters, foster children, adopted children and children of the parent/carers partner in the same household. The governing body reserves the right to give special consideration to twins or triplets etc to prevent breaking the sibling link. However, the governing body must comply with maximum class size of 30 children.
n) If the school is oversubscribed, a waiting list will be maintained for the full autumn term in the academic year of admission. It will be ordered according to the admission oversubscription criteria.
o) Late applications will be considered in accordance with the published admissions criteria. If the school is over subscribed, late applications will be placed on a reserve list in priority order according to the published admissions criteria. Parents will be notified if a vacancy subsequently arises. Parents will be expected to provide a reason/s for the late application. If this is not exceptional the application will be dealt with after all others have been dealt with.
p) Parents are asked to read and confirm receipt of the Governors’ published admission policy. Any changes to the policy will be circulated to all applicants on file for subsequent years.
q) If an application for admission has been turned down by the governing body parents can appeal to an independent appeals panel. This appeal must be sent in writing to the clerk to the governors at the school within 14 days of notification of refusal. The date of notification will be 2 working days after 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 body.
r) Twins/Triplets etc
Where there are twins wanting admission and there is only a single place left within the admission number, then the governing body will exercise as much flexibility as possible. If places for twins or all triplets, etc cannot be offered, the family will be advised accordingly. This may also apply to siblings who are in the same year group. If only a single place can be offered for twins, then the Local Authority’s system for a random draw will decide which pupil receives an offer.
s) Usually, children at Christ the King are admitted in the September following their 4th birthday, over a short settling in period. Once children are admitted they usually stay at school for the full school day. If a child is finding the transition from home to school traumatic in any way a personal induction programme will be worked out in consultation with the parents/carers, class teacher and head teacher. Parents may request that their child attends part time until they reach compulsory school age.
It sometimes happens that a child needs to change school other than at the “normal” time; such admissions are known as non-routine admissions. In order to obtain a school place in mid year, it is necessary to fill in the Local Authority's Common Application Form, stating three preferences. The form must be returned to the Area Pupil Access Team. If you wish to apply to this school on the grounds of your faith commitment then it may be helpful to your application to complete the Diocesan Supplementary Form and return it to the school. The Local Authority will consider your three preferences equally, in liaison with other admissions authorities. The offer of a place can only be made by the Local Authority.
If you wish to visit the school before stating your preferences, please contact us.
Appeals for children moving into the area will not be considered until there is evidence of a permanent address, e.g. exchange of contracts or tenancy agreement with rent book. Please note that you cannot re-apply for a place at a school within the same school year unless there has been relevant, significant and material change in the family circumstances.
Parents of pupils who have not been allocated a place have recourse to an appeal procedure. Appeals should be addressed to:
Roman Catholic Schools
C/o Christ the King RC Primary School