St Michael and St Martin Catholic School, Hounslow
Reception Admissions Policy 2014 – 2015
As a Catholic school we aim to provide a Catholic Education for all our pupils. At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school 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.
- St Michael and St Martin Catholic Primary School provides co-education day schooling. It is the Governors’ intention to admit 60 children in Reception classes.
- The Published Admissions Number (PAN) for the Reception class at St Michael and St Martin is 60. The Governing Body has sole responsibility for the admissions to the school and intends to admit 60 children in the school year which begins in September 2014. Applications are welcome from families whose child reaches his / her 4th birthday between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014.
- Governors will give priority for admission to applicants whose children are baptised according to the rites of the Catholic Church. A baptismal certificate must be produced.
- In the event of there being more applicants who fulfil the requirement than there are places available, the Governors will fill the places of the 60 available (PAN) by allocating them to applicants in the order set out below:
- Catholic Looked After children and Catholic children who have been adopted (or made subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.
- Catholic children with a brother or sister already attending the school at the time of admission.
- Catholics who live in the parishes of St Michael and St Martin, Hounslow, Our Lady and St Christopher, Cranford or St Vincent de Paul, Osterley (maps of these three parishes are available for consultation at the school and in the three parishes).
- Catholics who live in other parishes.
- Other Looked After children and children who have been adopted (or made subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.
- Baptised children from other Christian denominations whose application is supported by baptismal certificate.
- All other applicants.
If necessary, further priority within each category will be determined by proximity from the applicant’s home address to the main gate of the school. In the case of more than one family living the same distance from the school a ballot will take place in the presence of an independent witness. Where multiple siblings tie for the last available space, all will be offered a place, even if this exceeds the planned admissions number.
Applications for in-year admissions are made directly to the school. If a place is available and there is no waiting list a child will be admitted. If there is a waiting list, 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 applicants may ask us for the reasons and will be informed of their right of appeal. The opportunity of being placed on a waiting list will be offered. This waiting list will be maintained by the Governing Body in the order of the oversubscription criteria 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 an offer can be made.
In order to make an application, a Common Application Form (CAF) and the school’s SIF (School’s Supplementary Information Form) must be completed. The information on the SIF enables the Governing Body to assess the application fully against the school’s criteria in the event of oversubscription. The SIF must be returned (in person or by post) to St Michael and St Martin Catholic Primary School, Belgrave Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW4 7AG together with all other relevant paperwork required for the application. If both forms described above are not returned by 15th January 2014, the Governing Body will be unable to consider the application fully and it is very unlikely that a place will be offered. Applications received after the closing date will be dealt with after the initial allocation process has been completed.
Parents of children attending the nursery must make a fresh application for reception. Attendance at the nursery does not guarantee a place in reception.
The Local Authority will write on behalf of the Governing Body with the outcome of the applications on or about the 16th April 2014.
Right of Appeal
Unsuccessful applicants may ask for the reason for the refusal of a place and will have the right of appeal to an independent panel. Applicants must be informed of the appeals procedure if unsuccessful and be invited to have their names placed on the waiting list. The list will be ordered using the oversubscription criteria. As stated above the waiting list remains open from the date of admission until the end of the academic year.
Pupils with a Statement of Special Education Needs
The admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educations Needs is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. Parents / Carers of children with a Statement of SEN must contact the Local Authority SEN officer.
Change of Details
If any of the details on either of the forms changes between the date of application and the receipt of the letter of offer or refusal, the school and the Local Authority must be informed immediately. If misleading information is given or allowed to remain on either of your forms, the Governing Body reserves the right to withdraw the place, even if the child has already started at the school.
Notes (these notes form part of the oversubscription criteria)
‘Looked after child’ has the same meaning as in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989,
and means any child in the care of the Local Authority or provided with accommodation by
them (eg children with foster parents). Adopted children means those who have left care
through adoption in accordance with Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
A residence order means an order in accordance with Section 8 of the Children Act 1989
and a special guardianship order is an order in accordance with Section 14A of the
Children Act 1989
‘Parents’ means the adult or adults with legal responsibility for the child.
means a brother or sister, to include adopted brothers and sisters, half brothers and sisters or step brothers and sisters. A sibling relationship does not apply when the older child(ren) will leave before the younger one starts
‘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 by a Certificate of Baptism in a Catholic Church of Reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
‘Eastern Christian Church’ includes Orthodox Churches, and is normally evidenced by a Certificate of Baptism or Reception from the authorities of the Church.
‘Christian’ for the purposes of this policy, means a member of one of the Churches affiliated to ‘Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’.
‘Resident’ – A child is deemed to be resident at a particular address when he / she resides there for more than 50% of the school week.
Distance will be measured by computer software based on Ordnance Survey and postal address data. The Software measures using public roads and footpaths adopted and recorded by Hounslow Council’s Highways Team. It starts from the point in the footprint of the property provided as the child’s address and continues by the shortest available route to the nearest of the schools gates which is used by pupils to enter the school ground. Blocks of flats are treated as one address. In blocks of flats, priority will be given to the lowest flat number. See Local Authority ‘Starting School in Hounslow 2014’ booklet for full details.
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 governing body and the Diocese for the current school year. The Governing Body has this power even when admitting the child would mean exceeding the published admission number.
Reception Year Deferred Entry
Applicants may defer entry to school up until statutory school age ie., the first day of term following the child’s fifth birthday. Application is made in the usual way then the deferral is requested. The place will then be held until the first day of the spring or summer term as applicable. Applicants may also request that their child attend part-time until statutory school age is reached. Entry may not be deferred beyond statutory school age or beyond the year of application. Applicants whose children have birthdays in the summer term should be aware that, if they wish to defer, they will need to apply for a Year 1 place for the following September and if the school is oversubscribed they are very unlikely to obtain a place.