St Michael and St Martin Catholic School, Hounslow
Admissions Policy 2015 – 2016
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 to the 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 2015. Applications are welcome from families whose child reaches his / her 4th birthday between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015.
Whenever there are more applicants than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic applicants in accordance with the criteria listed below.
- In this policy applicant refers to the person making an application on behalf of a child; candidate refers to the child on whose behalf the application is being made.
Where there are more applications than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:
1. Catholic Looked After children and Catholic children who have been adopted or made subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders. This priority applies to children who have been looked-after up until this order was made.’
- Baptised Catholic children, from practising Catholic families, who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission.
- Baptised Catholic children from practising Catholic families 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).
- Other baptised Catholics.
5. Other Looked After children and children who have been adopted or made subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders. This priority applies to children who have been looked-after up until this order was made.’
- Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church.
- Christians of other denominations whose application is supported by their Minister of Religion.
- Any other children.
Where the final place is offered to a child who has other siblings applying for a place in the same school year, these siblings will also be admitted.
Applications in Previous Years
For the past three (3) years the Governing Body has been unable to offer places to any applicants beyond oversubscription criterion (4). As the school is usually oversubscribed by Catholic candidates, it is very unlikely that applicants who are not Catholics will obtain a place.
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.
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 HighwaysTeam. When using roads for measurement purposes the software measures along the middle of the road.It starts from a 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 school gates which is used by pupils to enter the school grounds. Blocks of flats are treated as one address.In blocks of flats, priority will normally be given to the lowest flat number. Addresses in private roads will measure from the footprint of the property, along the middle of the private road leading to the public road/footpath as adopted and recorded by Hounslow Highways Team. Not used are routes using common land1, open spaces, public parks, subways or footpaths not adopted by the Highways team.
1) Except the Chiswick Common footpath between the junction at Chiswick Common Road and Turnham Green Terrace.
2) Except the pedestrian footpath at the eastern end of The Ride.
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 local authority 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 numbers.
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. If a place cannot be offered at this time applicants may ask us for the reasons and they will be informed of their right of appeal. The applicant will then be offered the opportunity of being placed on a waiting list. 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 and make an offer.
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.
Application Procedure (2015 – 2016)
In order to make an application, you must complete a Common Application Form (CAF) from your local authority and return it to them. You must also complete the school’s SIF (School’s Supplementary Information Form). 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. The school should give applicants a receipt of the SIF delivery. If you do not complete both of the forms described above and return them by 15th January 2015, the Governing Body will be unable to consider the application fully and it is very unlikely that a place will be offered to your child. Applications received after the closing date will be dealt with after the initial allocation process has been completed.
The Local Authority will write on behalf of the Governing Body with the outcome of the applications on or about the 16th April 2015.
Attendance at the nursery does not guarantee a place in reception.
Parents of children attending the nursery must make a new application for reception.
Right of Appeal
If you are unsuccessful you may ask for the reason for the refusal of a place. These reasons will be related to the oversubscription criteria listed in the policy and you will have the right of appeal to an independent panel. Should you wish to appeal please contact the school as soon as possible for an appeal form on which you must list your reasons for making an appeal.
Applicants will be given a minimum of 20 school days in which they have a right to appeal. Therefore all appeals must be received by 22nd May 2015.
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
Applicants must inform the school and Local Authority immediately if there are any changes to any details on either of the forms submitted. 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.
‘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 at the time of making the application to the school).
‘Adopted’. An adopted child is any child who has been formally adopted and whose parent / guardian can give proof of adoption.
‘Residence Order’ A residence order is an order under the terms of the Children Act 1989, Section 8 which defines it as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live.
‘Special Guardianship Order’. A special guardianship order is an order under the terms of the Children Act 1989, Section 14a which defines it as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian(s).
‘Parents’ means the adult or adults with legal responsibility for the child.
‘Sibling’ 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 will normally be evidenced by a Certificate of Baptism in a Catholic Church of Reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
‘Practising Catholic’ means a Catholic child from a practising Catholic family where this practice is verified by a reference from a Catholic Priest in the standard format laid down by the Diocese. ‘Family’ includes the Catholic or Catholics who have legal responsibility for the child.
‘Catechumen’ means a child who is a member of the catechumenate of a Catholic Church. This will normally be evidenced by a Certificate of Reception into the Order of Catechuems.
‘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.
‘Parish Boundaries’. For the purpose of this Policy, parish boundaries are shown on the attached map. (If Parishes or other geographical areas are mention in the oversubscription criteria a map must be provided).
‘Distance from School’ 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 2015’ booklet for full details.
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