St Mary's Catholic Primary is a 'Good' school... Pupils' progress and achievement are now good... Standards in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6 are above average... Good provision in EYFS mean children settle quickly and make good progress...97% attendance....

 

SCHOOL ADMISSION APPEAL TIMETABLE 2017

 

Appeals for normal round of admissions

Date of allocation of places

16 April 2017

Deadline for lodging appeals and providing evidence to support the appeal (if appropriate)

 

22 May 2017

Appeals will be heard by

21 July 2017

Notice of appeal hearing

At least 10 school days notice of the appeal hearing

Deadline for governing body to submit evidence for the appeal

7 July 2017

Deadline for sending appeal papers to all parties

No later than 10 school days before the appeal hearing

Deadline for appellant to submit additional evidence

Five school days before the appeal hearing. Information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal

Late applications for appeals will be heard by

At the same time as previously scheduled appeals or within 30 school days of appeal being lodged

Decision letters sent to appellant

Normally within five school days

 

 

Appeals for in-year admissions

Deadline for lodging appeals and providing evidence to support the appeal (if appropriate)

At least 20 school days from the date of notification that the application was unsuccessful

Appeals will be heard

Within 30 school days of deadline for appeals

Notice of appeal hearing

At least 10 school days notice

Deadline for governing body to submit evidence for the appeal

At least 10 school days before the appeal hearing

Deadline for sending appeal papers to all parties

No later than 10 school days before the appeal hearing

Deadline for appellant to submit additional evidence

Five school days before the appeal hearing. Information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal

Late applications for appeals will be heard

At the same time as previously scheduled appeals or within 30 school days of appeal being lodged

Decision letters sent to appellant

Normally within five school days

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Admissions

St Mary's offers an education rooted in the Catholic faith but is wholly inclusive and welcomes children of all faiths.  We politely ask all parents applying for a place at St Mary's to respect the school's Catholic ethos and its importance to the school community.  Every family is entitled and welcome to apply for a place here and all applications will be warmly received.

 

To apply for a school place in the Reception class or in any other older year group, please apply through the Local Authority website:

http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/startingprimaryschool

 

To apply for a place in the Nursery class, please contact the school. We will provide you with a prospectus and application form.

 

SCHOOL ADMISSION APPEAL TIMETABLE 2016

 

Appeals for normal round of admissions

Date of allocation of places

18 April 2016

Deadline for lodging appeals and providing evidence to support the appeal (if appropriate)

 

17 May 2016

Appeals will be heard by

19 July 2016

Notice of appeal hearing

At least 10 school days notice of the appeal hearing

Deadline for governing body to submit evidence for the appeal

 

5 July 2016

Deadline for sending appeal papers to all parties

No later than 10 school days before the appeal hearing

Deadline for appellant to submit additional evidence

Five school days before the appeal hearing. Information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal

Late applications for appeals will be heard by

At the same time as previously scheduled appeals or within 30 school days of appeal being lodged

Decision letters sent to appellant

Normally within five school days

 

 

 

Appeals for in-year admissions

Deadline for lodging appeals and providing evidence to support the appeal (if appropriate)

At least 20 school days from the date of notification that the application was unsuccessful

Appeals will be heard

Within 30 school days of deadline for appeals

Notice of appeal hearing

At least 10 school days notice

Deadline for governing body to submit evidence for the appeal

At least 10 school days before the appeal hearing

Deadline for sending appeal papers to all parties

No later than 10 school days before the appeal hearing

Deadline for appellant to submit additional evidence

Five school days before the appeal hearing. Information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal

Late applications for appeals will be heard

At the same time as previously scheduled appeals or within 30 school days of appeal being lodged

Decision letters sent to appellant

Normally within five school days

 

 

 

DIOCESAN EDUCATION SERVICE

 

WARWICKSHIRE 2017/18 MODEL PRIMARY ADMISSION POLICY

 

Name of School: St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Southam

The admissions process is part of the Warwickshire LA co-ordinated scheme.

The Admission Policy of the Governors of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is as follows:

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.

The School’s Admission Number for the school year 2017/18 is 30

If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, the governors will give priority to applications in accordance with the criteria listed, provided that the governors are made aware of that application before decisions on admissions are made (see Note 1 below). A map of the parish boundary is available at the school and parish or by post on request.

  1. Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) who are in the care of a local authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  2. Baptised Catholic children living within the Parish of Our Lady and St Wulstan who have a brother or sister (see Note 3 below) in the school at the time of admission
  3. Baptised Catholic children living within the Parish of Our Lady and St Wulstan.
  4. Other Baptised Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission
  5. Other Baptised Catholic children
  6. Non-Catholic children who are in the care of a local authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  7. Non-Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission
  8. Non-Catholic children

 

 

 

OVER-SUBSCRIPTION

Where there is a need to split any category or group of pupils, places will be offered in accordance with distance between the child’s home and school (shortest distance = highest priority). Distance will be calculated by the straight line measurement from centre point of the applicant’s home address location to the centre point (“centroid”) of the preferred school.  (All measurements are subject to prepositional accuracy changes).

In a very small number of cases it may not be able to decide between the applicants of those pupils who are qualifiers for a place, when applying the published admission criteria.

For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or if the distance between the home and school is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats. If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both or all of the children would cause the legal limit to be exceeded, the local authority will use a computerised system to randomly select the child to be offered the final place. As an exception, the governing body will give careful consideration to offering places above the Admission Number to applications from children whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted even when there are no other vacant places

Note 1

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans that names the school must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available to other applicants.

Note 2

In all categories, for a child to be considered as a Catholic, evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Church will be required. For a definition of a Baptised Catholic see the Appendix. Those who face difficulties in producing written evidence of Baptism/Reception should contact their Parish Priest.

Failure to provide evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception may affect the criterion the child’s name is placed in.

Note 3

The definition of a brother or sister is:

  • A brother or sister sharing the same parents;
  • Half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent;
  • Step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage;
  • Step-brother or step-sister;
  • Adopted or fostered children.

The children must be living permanently in the same household

Note 4

The home address of a pupil is considered to be the permanent residence of a child. The address must be the child’s only or main residence for the majority of the school week. Documentary evidence may be required.

Where care is split equally between mother and father, parents must name which address is to be used for the purpose of allocating a school place.

 

 

SCHOOL ENTRY

Children must, by law, start school by the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. A parent may defer a child’s entry to the school, but not beyond the academic year for which the application is accepted. Parents may discuss this with the headteacher.

Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN TO BE ADMITTED INTO A CLASS OUTSIDE OF THEIR NORMAL AGE GROUP

If parents wish for their child to be considered for admission to a class outside of their normal age group, they should make an application for the normal age group in the first instance. Parent should then submit a formal request to the Governing Body. This request should be in the form of a written letter of application outlining the reason why you wish for your child to be considered to be admitted into a class outside of their normal age group, and enclosing any supportive evidence and documentation that you wish to be taken into account as part of that request. The Governing Body will consider applications submitted and advise the parents of the outcome of their request before the national offer day, having taken into account the information provided by the parents, the child’s best interests and the views of the Headteacher. If parents are considering submitting an application for their child to be admitted into a class outside of their normal age group, it is strongly recommended that they also read the DFE guidance which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/summer-born-children-school-admission

 

NURSERY

Parents must apply on the LA form for a place in Reception Class. Attendance at a nursery does not automatically guarantee that a place will be offered in main school.

APPEALS

Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse their child a place in the school may apply in writing to Chair of Governors. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.

REPEAT APPLICATIONS

Any parent can apply for a place for their child at any time outside the admissions round. Parents do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of the same school for the same academic year unless, in exceptional circumstances, the admission authority has accepted a second application from the appellant because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or school but still refused admission.

 

LATE APPLICATIONS

Late applications will be dealt with according to the LA co-ordinated scheme.

 

WAITING LISTS

Waiting lists for admission will remain open until the end of December 2017 and will then be discarded. Parents may apply for their child’s name to be reinstated until the end of the academic year when the list will be discarded. The waiting list will be kept by the governing body in admission criteria order.  This means that a child’s position on the waiting list could go up or down. Inclusion of a child’s name on the waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.

Children who are the subject of a direction by a local authority to admit or who are allocated to a school in accordance with a Fair Access Protocol take precedence over those on a waiting list.

APPLICATIONS OTHER THAN THE NORMAL INTAKE TO RECEPTION CLASS (In-year applications)

An application should be made to the local authority, who will need to consult with the governors.

 

There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to this school.

 

 


APPENDIX

DEFINITION OF A “BAPTISED CATHOLIC”

 

A “Baptised Catholic” is one who:

  • Has been baptised into full communion (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 837) with the Catholic Church by the Rites of Baptism of one of the various ritual Churches in communion with the See of Rome (i.e. Latin Rite, Byzantine Rite, Coptic, Syriac, etc, Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1203). Written evidence* of this baptism can be obtained by recourse to the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the baptism took place (Cf. Code of Canon Law, 877 & 878).

Or

  • Has been validly baptised in a separated ecclesial community and subsequently received into full communion with the Catholic Church by the Right of Reception of Baptised Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Written evidence of their baptism and reception into full communion with the Catholic Church can be obtained by recourse to the Register of Receptions, or in some cases, a sub-section of the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the Rite of Reception took place (Cf. Rite of Christian Initiation, 399).

WRITTEN EVIDENCE OF BAPTISM

The Governing bodies of Catholic schools will require written evidence in the form of a Certificate of Baptism or Certificate of Reception before applications for school places can be considered for categories of “Baptised Catholics”. A Certificate of Baptism or Reception is to include: the full name, date of birth, date of Baptism or Reception, and parent(s) name(s). The certificate must also show that it is copied from the records kept by the place of Baptism or Reception.

Those who would have difficulty obtaining written evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception for a good reason, may still be considered as baptised Catholics but only after they have been referred to their parish priest who, after consulting the Vicar General, will decide how the question of Baptism/Reception is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church.

Those who would be considered to have good reason for not obtaining written evidence would include those who cannot contact the place of Baptism/Reception due to persecution or fear, the destruction of the church and the original records, or where Baptism/Reception was administered validly but not in the Parish church where records are kept.

Governors may request extra supporting evidence when the written documents that are produced do not clarify the fact that a person was baptised or received into the Catholic Church, (i.e. where the name and address of the Church is not on the certificate or where the name of the Church does not state whether it is a Catholic Church or not.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIOCESAN EDUCATION SERVICE

 

WARWICKSHIRE 2016/17 MODEL PRIMARY ADMISSION POLICY

Name of School: St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Southam

The admissions process is part of the Warwickshire LA co-ordinated scheme.

The Admission Policy of the Governors of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is as follows:

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.

The School’s Admission Number for the school year 2016/17 is 30

If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, the governors will give priority to applications in accordance with the criteria listed, provided that the governors are made aware of that application before decisions on admissions are made (see Note 1 below). A map of the parish boundary is available at the school and parish or by post on request.

  1. Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) who are in the care of a local authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  2. Baptised Catholic children living within the Parish of Our Lady and St Wulstan who have a brother or sister (see Note 3 below) in the school at the time of admission
  3. Baptised Catholic children living within the Parish of Our Lady and St Wulstan.
  4. Other Baptised Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission
  5. Other Baptised Catholic children
  6. Non-Catholic children who are in the care of a local authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  7. Non-Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission
  8. Non-Catholic children

 

OVER-SUBSCRIPTION

Where there is a need to split any category or group of pupils, places will be offered in accordance with distance between the child’s home and school (shortest distance = highest priority).  Distance will be calculated by the straight line measurement from centre point of the applicant’s home address location to the centre point (“centroid”) of the preferred school.  (All measurements are subject to prepositional accuracy changes).

In a very small number of cases it may not be able to decide between the applicants of those pupils who are qualifiers for a place, when applying the published admission criteria.

For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or if the distance between the home and school is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats.  If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both or all of the children would cause the legal limit to be exceeded, the local authority will use a computerised system to randomly select the child to be offered the final place. As an exception, the governing body will give careful consideration to offering places above the Admission Number to applications from children whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted even when there are no other vacant places

Note 1

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans that names the school must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available to other applicants.

Note 2

In all categories, for a child to be considered as a Catholic, evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Church will be required. For a definition of a Baptised Catholic see the Appendix. Those who face difficulties in producing written evidence of Baptism/Reception should contact their Parish Priest. 

Failure to provide evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception may affect the criterion the child’s name is placed in.

Note 3

The definition of a brother or sister is:

  • A brother or sister sharing the same parents;
  • Half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent;
  • Step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage;
  • Step-brother or step-sister;
  • Adopted or fostered children.

The children must be living permanently in the same household

Note 4

The home address of a pupil is considered to be the permanent residence of a child. The address must be the child’s only or main residence for the majority of the school week. Documentary evidence may be required.

Where care is split equally between mother and father, parents must name which address is to be used for the purpose of allocating a school place.

 

SCHOOL ENTRY

Children must, by law, start school by the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.  A parent may defer a child’s entry to the school, but not beyond the academic year for which the application is accepted. Parents may discuss this with the headteacher.

Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN TO BE ADMITTED INTO A CLASS OUTSIDE OF THEIR NORMAL AGE GROUP

If parents wish for their child to be considered for admission to a class outside of their normal age group, they should make an application for the normal age group in the first instance. Parent should then submit a formal request to the Governing Body. This request should be in the form of a written letter of application outlining the reason why you wish for your child to be considered to be admitted into a class outside of their normal age group, and enclosing any supportive evidence and documentation that you wish to be taken into account as part of that request. The Governing Body will consider applications submitted and advise the parents of the outcome of their request before the national offer day, having taken into account the information provided by the parents, the child’s best interests and the views of the Headteacher. If parents are considering submitting an application for their child to be admitted into a class outside of their normal age group, it is strongly recommended that they also read the DFE guidance which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/summer-born-children-school-admission

 

NURSERY

Parents must apply on the LA form for a place in Reception Class.  Attendance at a nursery does not automatically guarantee that a place will be offered in main school. To apply for a place in the Nursery class, please contact the school. We will provide you with a prospectus and application form.

APPEALS

Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse their child a place in the school may apply in writing to Chair of Governors. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.

REPEAT APPLICATIONS

Any parent can apply for a place for their child at any time outside the admissions round. Parents do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of the same school for the same academic year unless, in exceptional circumstances, the admission authority has accepted a second application from the appellant because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or school but still refused admission.

 

LATE APPLICATIONS

Late applications will be dealt with according to the LA co-ordinated scheme.

 

WAITING LISTS   

Waiting lists for admission will remain open until the end of December 2016 and will then be discarded.  Parents may apply for their child’s name to be reinstated until the end of the academic year when the list will be discarded. The waiting list will be kept by the governing body in admission criteria order.  This means that a child’s position on the waiting list could go up or down. Inclusion of a child’s name on the waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.

Children who are the subject of a direction by a local authority to admit or who are allocated to a school in accordance with a Fair Access Protocol take precedence over those on a waiting list.

APPLICATIONS OTHER THAN THE NORMAL INTAKE TO RECEPTION CLASS (In-year applications)

An application should be made to the local authority who will need to consult with the governors.

 

There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to this school.

 
 

APPENDIX

DEFINITION OF A “BAPTISED CATHOLIC”

 

A “Baptised Catholic” is one who:

  • Has been baptised into full communion (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 837) with the Catholic Church by the Rites of Baptism of one of the various ritual Churches in communion with the See of Rome (i.e. Latin Rite, Byzantine Rite, Coptic, Syriac, etc, Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1203). Written evidence* of this baptism can be obtained by recourse to the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the baptism took place (Cf. Code of Canon Law, 877 & 878).

Or

  • Has been validly baptised in a separated ecclesial community and subsequently received into full communion with the Catholic Church by the Right of Reception of Baptised Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Written evidence of their baptism and reception into full communion with the Catholic Church can be obtained by recourse to the Register of Receptions, or in some cases, a sub-section of the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the Rite of Reception took place (Cf. Rite of Christian Initiation, 399).

WRITTEN EVIDENCE OF BAPTISM

The Governing bodies of Catholic schools will require written evidence in the form of a Certificate of Baptism or Certificate of Reception before applications for school places can be considered for categories of “Baptised Catholics”. A Certificate of Baptism or Reception is to include: the full name, date of birth, date of Baptism or Reception, and parent(s) name(s). The certificate must also show that it is copied from the records kept by the place of Baptism or Reception.

Those who would have difficulty obtaining written evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception for a good reason, may still be considered as baptised Catholics but only after they have been referred to their parish priest who, after consulting the Vicar General, will decide how the question of Baptism/Reception is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church.

Those who would be considered to have good reason for not obtaining written evidence would include those who cannot contact the place of Baptism/Reception due to persecution or fear, the destruction of the church and the original records, or where Baptism/Reception was administered validly but not in the Parish church where records are kept.

Governors may request extra supporting evidence when the written documents that are produced do not clarify the fact that a person was baptised or received into the Catholic Church, (i.e. where the name and address of the Church is not on the certificate or where the name of the Church does not state whether it is a Catholic Church or not.)