School Admission Information
Admissions for September 2021 Intake
Admissions to the school will be determined by the Governing Body. For admission to the Reception Class, parents must complete a Local Authority Preference Form by applying on line via the website http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/schools/apply-for-a-school-place
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Determined Admissions September 2021/2022
Allocation of School Places
Christ the King RC Primary School is a Catholic School in the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford. It is maintained by Lancashire Education Authority and is a voluntary aided School.
The Governing Board is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking all decisions on applications for admissions. The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.
For the school’s year commencing September 2021, the Governing Body has determined that the number of children to be admitted to Reception Class will be 30 children.
The school’s role is to participate in the mission of the Catholic Church by providing a curriculum, including Catholic religious’ education and worship, which will help children to grow in their understanding of the Good News and in the practice of their faith. The school will help the children develop fully as human beings and prepare them to undertake their responsibilities as Catholics in society. The school requires all parents applying for a place at Christ the King to understand and respect this ethos and its importance to the school community. This does not affect the rights of parents who are not of the Catholic faith to apply for a place here.
Admissions to the school will be determined by the Governing Board. Parents must complete a Local Authority Preference Form or apply online via the website (here).
If you wish to have your application considered against the school's religious criteria, then you should also complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which is available from the school office or link at the top of this page.
The Governing Board 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 30 children.
The Governing Board operates a system of equal preferences under which they consider all preferences equally and the Local Authority notifies parents of the result.
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:
1. Baptised Catholic Looked After Children and Baptised Catholic previously Looked After Children
2. Baptised children with an exceptional social, medical, educational or religious need which can be best met, or only met at this school *
3. Baptised Catholic children who at the time of admission have a sibling ^ at the school.
4. Baptised Catholic children living in the former parish of Christ the King Burnley
5. Baptised Catholic children resident in another parish
6. Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children
7. Other children who have a sibling in the school at the time of admission^
8. All remaining applicants
*Exceptional needs of this kind will occur very rarely. A written application should be submitted in advance of the normal admissions timetable. Where the child has an EHC plan specifying the school, the governing board must be notified in advance of being nominated.
^ The sibling must be a pupil in school on the first day of the Autumn term in the year of admission. 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. This does not include cousins or other family relationships.
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 from centre of building to centre of building.
Notes for Applicants:
a) The Governing Board is the Admissions Authority. The Admission Committee is comprised of the following governors as a minimum: Chair of Governing Board, a Foundation Governor and the Head Teacher
b) All applications will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is 15 January 2021. 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.
c) 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 section 22(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.
d) 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. If there are any problems, please contact your parish priest.
e) The Governing Board will require written evidence in the form of a Certificate of Reception before applications for school places can be considered for categories of ‘Baptised Catholics’. A Certificate of Reception is to include full name, date of birth, date of reception and parent(s) name(s). The certificate must also show that it is copied from the records kept by the place of reception.
f) Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism for a good reason, may still be considered as baptised Catholics but only after they have been referred to the parish priest who, after consulting with the Episcopal Vicar of Education or officers of the DDFE will decide how the question of baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church.
g) Home Address is considered to be the 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 but the admission authority body reserves the right to request other evidence as fit the individual circumstance. Applicants should not state the address of another relative or person who has daily care of the child.
h) ‘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. This does not include cousins or other family relationships.
i) A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept until 31st December 2021 and will be ranked according to the Admission Criteria. The waiting list does not consider the date the application was received or the length of time a child's name has been on the waiting list. This means that a child's position on the list may change if another applicant is refused a place and their child has higher priority in the admissions criteria.
j) For ‘In Year’ applications received outside the normal admissions 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 be applied.
k) If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Board, parents may appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. Parents must be allowed at least twenty school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to submit that appeal. Parents must give reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on the Governors.
l) The Governing Board reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to the application.
m) It is the duty of governors to comply with regulations on class size limits for children aged between rising five and seven. The 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.
n) If a child is a “summer born child”, parents may request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred to later in the school year. However, the child must start school before the end of that school year. If a parent wishes their child to be educated out of their normal school year (kept back a year), they must discuss this with the school before applying. However, the final decision on this rests with the Headteacher. Further information can be found on the Local Authority web site here.
o) Parents may request that their child attend school part-time until he/she reaches his/her fifth birthday.
p) It is the responsibility of the parents to provide:
i. a valid postal address and email address for school to use to contact them for information
ii. all the information as requested by the school within the stipulated timescales
q) School places are announced for primary schools on 16 April. If this date falls on a weekend, confirmations are sent the next working day. If you applied online, Lancashire County Council will email primary school offers in batches on the morning of 16 April 2021 and then publish the offers online. If you applied late you may receive your offer after the official offer date.
If you submitted a paper application form you'll receive your offer by second class post, which will arrive after the official offer date.