Admissions Policy

2013-14

 

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St Mary’s is a Voluntary Aided Junior School in the Archdiocese of Southwark.   It was opened to serve the Catholic community, in particular, the children of practising Catholic families living in the parishes of Holy Cross, Carshalton, Our Lady of the Rosary, Sutton, St Margaret’s, Carshalton Beeches, and Holy Family, Sutton Green.

A substantial amount of funding for the upkeep of the school is donated by regular churchgoers in these parishes through their regular weekly contributions at Mass. The Catholic community support the school because they value a distinctive Catholic Education for their children.   For the remainder of this policy, the word Catholic refers to the Catholic faith.

Parents elect to apply for this school in order to ensure that the Catholic values and way of life are passed on to their children at home, in the parish and at school.

The Governors, having consulted with the London Borough of Sutton Education Authority, intend to admit 66 children per year.

 

Application for places at this school

 

Parents must complete their home local authority’s Common Application Form and return it to their home local authority by 15th January 2014.  This application form will be available from September 2013. If you wish to apply for a place at this school you must list it as one of your preferences on the application form.

 

Before the Governors can consider the allocation of places, the application process has to be complete.

 

1.                     A St Mary’s Catholic Junior School Supplementary application form should also be completed by parents and returned to school by 15th January.

2.                   Proof of residence, e.g a copy of a utility bill or council tax statement from within the last 3 months

3.                   A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate must be submitted with the application form. A copy of your child’s shorter Birth Certificate must be submitted by successful applicants after offers are made.

4.                   If you are applying on the basis of your faith the application should be supported by a Priest’s reference.   If you have recently moved into the area, then we need a reference from your previous Parish Priest.

 

Admission Criteria

 

Governors will allocate places as follows:

1.      Looked After Catholic Children or Looked After Children in the care of Catholic families.

2.    Baptised Catholic children of committed Catholic parents, as verified by a reference from their Parish Priest where they regularly worship, who currently attend St Mary’s Infants’ School.

3.    Baptised Catholic children who have a brother or sister in St Mary’s Infant’s or Junior Schools at the time of admission.( *See further information, siblings)

4.  Baptised Catholic children who have medical, social or pastoral grounds which make the school particularly suitable for the child in question. (This applies to the child or child’s parents only) Strong and relevant evidence must be provided by an appropriate authority such as a medical practitioner, social worker or priest. Catholic refugees and asylum seekers will also be considered under this category.

5.    Baptised Catholic children of committed Catholic parents living within the parishes of Holy Cross, Carshalton: Our Lady of the Rosary, Sutton: St Margaret of Scotland, Carshalton Beeches: Holy Family, Sutton Green.  Applications will be ranked in the order shown on the Supplementary Form in the section of the Priest’s reference. Highest priority to those who attend Mass either every Saturday (evening Vigil Mass) or Sunday, secondly to those who attend Mass at least once or twice a month, thirdly to those who attend on occasions.

6.    Baptised children of committed Catholic parents who do not live within the four parishes of Holy Cross, Carshalton: Our Lady of the Rosary, Sutton: St Margaret of Scotland, Carshalton Beeches: Holy Family, Sutton Green. Applications will be ranked in the order shown on the Supplementary Form in the section of the Priest’s reference. Highest priority to those who attend Mass either every Saturday (evening Vigil Mass) or Sunday, secondly to those who attend Mass at least once or twice a month, thirdly to those who attend on occasions.

7.     Children baptised in the Catholic faith whose parents may not be practising at the time of admission.

8.     Other ‘Looked after Children’.

9.    Other children who have a brother or sister at St. Mary’s Catholic Infant’s or Junior Schools at the time of admission. (see further information, siblings)

10. Baptised Christians who are practising members of other Christian denominations verified by their minister.

11.    Children of other faiths will be considered by the Governors, who will take into account a statement of religious practice produced by the parents.

12.  Any other children

 

Over Subscription

 

The following order of priorities will be applied when applications within any of the above categories exceed the places available and it is necessary to decide between applications.

 

a)     Medical or Social grounds which make the school particularly suitable for the child in question.  These would require verification by an appropriate authority such as a medical practitioner or social worker.

b)     Distance from home to school.   This will be measured in a straight line from home to the main front door of the school.

 

Further Information

 

Sibling* refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, who is living as part of the same family unit at the same address, Monday to Friday. Siblings in Year 6 at the time of an application to start the school will not qualify.

 

The child’s home address excludes any business, relative’s or childminder’s address, and must be the applicant’s normal place of residence. If there is a genuine equal share custody arrangement between the two parents, the address that will be used will be the address of the parent who is claiming Child Benefit for the child. Any offer of a place under this criterion is conditional on the child being resident at the address provided, at the closing date for application.  The address to be used for waiting lists, after the initial allocation will be the child’s current address.

 

Maps showing the parish boundaries are available from the School Office.

 

In the event of a tie-break distance is measured by Sutton Local Authority’s computer mapping system.

 

 

            Mid –Term Admissions

   Parents must complete the application form for their Local Authority. In order to be considered fully for the school, parents should also complete the school Supplementary Form which should be accompanied by the Baptismal Certificate. If a vacancy arises, applicants will be considered in accordance with the school’s Admission Criteria. Any offer of a place will be sent by the parent’s home Local authority. The shorter birth certificate will be requested after an offer has been made.

 

            Waiting List

 

            The Governors will automatically place the names of all unsuccessful candidates and late applications on to a waiting list maintained by the school. When a place becomes available, governors will rank those on the list operating the same Admissions Criteria as above and a place will be offered to the person at the top of the list. No consideration is given to the length of time the child has been on the list. Waiting lists will be reviewed at the end of each school; year and parents will be asked if they wish to remain on the list.

   

PROCEDURES

 

ST MARY’S INFANTS SCHOOL

Separate application must be made for a Junior School place. Application for a place in St Mary’s Junior School follows the LA application procedures as above in addition to completing and returning to the school a Supplementary Form obtained from St Mary’s Junior School.

 

OTHER APPLICANTS

Applicants for admission to St Mary’s Junior School who do not attend St Mary’s Infants’ School may apply by following the stated LA application procedures.

 

All applications for the September intake will be considered during the previous March and applications must be made by 15th January in the year of admission.

 

APPEALS

Parents have the right to appeal against any refusal by the Governors to admit their child. Appeals should be directed to an Appeals Panel, established within the terms of the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998. Details of the appeals procedure can be obtained from the Clerk to the Governors at the school.

 

 

Date:April 2010