Admissions Policy 2018/19

St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School is a Church aided school in the Diocese of Hallam and is maintained by Sheffield LA.  This means that the members of Parish and the Diocese of Hallam have contributed towards the cost of building the school and continue to care for its buildings and its people.

The school provides distinctive Christ centred, Catholic education for children aged 4+ to 11+ years, with priority being given to children who live and worship within the parish of St. Theresa’s.

It is a Voluntary Aided School in which the Governing Body is responsible for admissions.  It is guided in that responsibility by the requirements of law, by advice from the Diocesan Trustees and its duty to the Catholic community and the Common Good.

Please note that admission to St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School does not guarantee admission to a Catholic High School, which has its own admission policy.

The admission number for 2018/19 is 30.

Co-ordinated Scheme for Admission Arrangements

The co-ordinated scheme for admissions is a mechanism that ensures that all parents/carers resident in Sheffield LA and who have expressed a preference for St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School before the closing date will receive a single offer of a school place on the same day from the Authority.  In order to provide every parent with an offer of one single place the Authority will be working with the Governing Bodies of the Voluntary Aided primary schools within the Sheffield area, including St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School. Details of the co-ordinated scheme can be obtained from the Authority.

Applications are made by the completion of the COMMON APPLICATION FORM and the Diocese of Hallam ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FORM both of which are to be found in the LA ADMISSION BOOKLET.

Parental Preference

The Local Authority Common Application Form provides the opportunity for parents/carers to express up to three choices of schools in rank order of preference. You are invited to submit up to three ranked preferences on the Local Authority’s Common Application Form.  Applications will be considered on an Equal Preference basis, ranking by preference will only be used in the final allocation for a place where there is more than one potential offer.

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Date of Admission to school 2018/19

Although the law does not require children to be admitted to school until the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday, in 2018/19 parents will be given an option for their child to enter the primary reception class full or part-time from the September after their fourth birthday, choosing for them to start in September or to remain in Nursery till January or Easter. The school will consult with any parent who wishes to discuss their choice for their child.

If no alternative is requested the Governing Body being the admissions authority for this school, will usually admit children into school at the following times:

a)  Children whose fifth birthday falls between 1st September and 31st December – admission at the beginning of the Autumn Term in September

b)  Children whose fifth birthday falls between 1st January and 31st August – admission at the beginning of the Spring Term in January.

Criteria for Admission

Please note that children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs that names the school are required by law to be admitted.

Where there are more applications for admission than the planned admission number stated (footnote 1), the Governing Body will apply the following criteria in strict order of priority: In each of the categories priority will be given to children attending St. Theresa’s Catholic Nursery.

Should the planned admission number be reached mid category, the Governing Body, as the admissions authority will make a decision based on distance – with priority for admission being given to children who live nearest to the school as the crow flies.  The distance will be measured from the main entrance of the child’s home to the main entrance of the school by the Local Authority and provided to the school.  In circumstances where two or more children live the same distance from the school the offer of a place will be decided by drawing lots.  The first name drawn will be offered the place.

Category One

Catholic children (see footnote 2) who:-

a) are Looked After Children or previously Looked After Children (footnote 3)

b) are siblings (footnote 4) of Catholic children attending St. Theresa’s Catholic school at the time of admission

c) live within the parish of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

Category Two

Looked After Children or previously Looked After Children (footnote 3) who are not baptised Catholics

Category Three

Children who have siblings (footnote 4) attending St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School at the time of admission.

Category Four

Catholic children who live in other Catholic parishes but who do not have a sibling in the school.

Category Five

Children who are members of:

a)  Orthodox Churches as recognised by the Catholic Church (footnote 5) who have sought the written support of their minister and live within the parish of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus.

b)  Other Christian denominations (as detailed in footnote 6) at the time of application, whose parents have sought the written support of their minister and live within the parish of Theresa of the Child Jesus

Category Six

Children who are members of other World Faiths whose parents wish their children to be educated in a Christ centred environment and whose parents have the written support of their Religious Leader.

Category Seven

Children with a specific educational, medical or emotional need, who do not come under any of the above categories, provided that appropriate written evidence from a suitably qualified professional e.g. Doctor, Social Worker is submitted with the application indicating why St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary school is the most appropriate setting.

Category Eight

Children whose parents are seeking a Christian environment for their children’s education.

Category Nine

Other Children

Footnotes:

Footnote 1

This number has been calculated according to the capacity of the school, which the law defines and has been agreed with Sheffield LA

Footnote 2

“Catholic children” are children who have been baptised into the Roman Catholic Church, those formally received into the Roman Catholic Church, or those whose parents have been formally received into the Roman Catholic Church, Catechumens, Candidates for Reception (those formally preparing to be received into the Roman Catholic Church) or those members of Churches who are in Full Communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Definition of a Catechumen

Catechumens are those children who have expressed an explicit desire to be baptised into the Roman Catholic Church and who are currently preparing to receive the same by regular participation in Sunday worship and a recognised programme of preparation.

Definition of a Candidate for Reception

Candidates for Reception into Full Communion with the Roman Catholic Church are already baptised in another Christian Tradition, who have expressed an explicit desire to be incorporated into the Roman Catholic Church and who are currently preparing to be received into the Church by regular participation in Sunday worship and a recognised programme of preparation.  It is advisable that records of any such reception or incorporation are maintained by the parish.

A list of those Churches which are in Full Communion with the Roman Catholic Church is available from the Diocesan Schools’ Department (0114 2566440)

Footnote 3

Definition of ‘Looked after children’

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 (Sect 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).  A previously Looked After Child is a child who immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.

Footnote 4

Definition of Sibling

A sibling is defined as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted brothers or sisters, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.

Footnote 5

Orthodox Churches – please contact the Diocesan Schools’ Department for further information

Footnote 6

Definition of children of other Christian denominations “Children of other Christian denominations” means: children who belong to other churches and ecclesial communities which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves: to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. An ecclesial community which on principle has no credal statements in its tradition, is included if it manifests faith in Christ as witnessed to in the Scriptures and is committed to working in the spirit of the above. All members of Churches Together in England and of CYTÛN are deemed to be included in the above definition, as are all other churches and ecclesial communities that are in membership of any local Churches Together Group (by whatever title) on the above basis.

Place of residence

A child will be deemed to live at the residential property at which the parent or persons with parental responsibility for the child resides at the closing date for receiving applications for admission to the school.

Where parental responsibility is held by more than one person and those persons reside in separate properties, the child’s ordinary place of residence will be deemed to be that property at which the child resides for the greater part of the week.

Late Applications

Late applications will be dealt with in accordance with the LA scheme.

Waiting List

Waiting lists will be dealt with in accordance with the LA Scheme.

 False Information

  1. Where the Governing Body has made an offer of a place at this school on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from a parent, which has effectively denied a place to a child with a stronger claim to a place at the school, the offer of a place may be withdrawn.
  2. Where a child starts attending the school on the basis of fraudulent and intentionally misleading information the place may be withdrawn by the Governing Body, depending on the length of time that the child has been at the school.
  3. Where a place or an offer has been withdrawn, the application will be re-considered, by the Governing Body and a right of independent appeal offered if the place is refused.

Applications outside of the normal admissions round

Applications outside of the normal admissions round will be dealt with in accordance with the LA scheme.

 Appeals against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission

  1. If a place is not available, parents have the right of appeal. Such appeals against non admission will be heard by an Independent Appeals Panel formed in accordance with the DfE Code of Practice.  Details of the appeals process will be made available to all unsuccessful applicants.
  2. Parents who intend to make an appeal against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission must submit a notice of appeal by the date specified in the refusal letter to:

Director of Legal Services
Legal Services
Sheffield City Council
Town Hall
Sheffield
S1 2HH

Appeal hearings will be held in accordance with the timescales specified in the DfE Admissions Appeal Code.

Key Dates

Closing and allocation dates are consistent with the co-ordinated scheme.

      Closing Date for Online application                        4 December 2017

      Closing date for receipt of applications                  15 January 2018

      Allocation Date                                                                 16 April 2018

  Documentation Required to Support Application

     1.  The school requires additional information not contained on the common application form. This additional information is needed to place your application in the correct priority of admission category.

  1. The Additional Information form, obtainable from the school, Admissions Team or by downloading a copy from href=”http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/pupiladmissions”>sheffield.gov.uk/pupiladmissions and should be completed and returned to the school by 15 January 2018.
  1. A copy of the child’s baptism certificate if the applicant is Roman Catholic/ baptised Christian
  1. Minister’s/Religious Leader’s Reference if the child is a member of another Christian Church or other World Faith.
  1. The Additional Information form is not an application for admission to the school and its return does not guarantee a place at the school.
  1. Failure to complete and return the Additional Information form may affect the admission category your application is placed in.

If parents/carers require any further details the full admission policy is available by contacting the Headteacher.

 

 Applications outside of the normal admissions round

1. Reception Year

Where applications are received for admission to school following the offer day they will be dealt with as follows:

      a)   Single admission to Reception Year where the year group is below the admission number (or higher admission limit where one has been set).  The parent will be offered a place.
      b)   Single admission to Reception Year where the year group is above the admission number (or higher admission limit where one has been set)

i)    Where the Governing Body determines that there would not be prejudice to the provision  of efficient education of the efficient use of resources by the admission, the parent will                                    be offered a place.
ii)   Where the Governing Body determines that there would be prejudice to the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources by the admission, the parent will be
refused the offer of a place.

2.  Years 1 to 6

Single admission to Year 1 to 6 where the year group is above the admission number (or what was the standard number when the year group was the relevant year group Reception).

        will be offered a place.
        ii)   Where the Governing Body determines that there would be prejudice to the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources by the admission, the
        parent will be refused the offer of a place.

        The prejudice referred to under (i) and (ii) may arise by reason of measures required to be taken in order to ensure compliance with the duty imposed on the Governing Body to comply with the limit on infant class sizes.

        3. Sibling Admissions

        a)  Where the respective year groups are below the admission number or the former standard number the parent will be offered a place.

        b)  Where the respective year groups are above the admission number or the former standard number:

        i) If the Governing Body determines that there would not be prejudice to the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources by the admissions, the parent will be offered a place.

        ii)   If the Governing Body determines that there would be prejudice to the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources by the admissions, the parent will be refused the offer of places.

        c) Where one or more of the respective year groups is above the admission number or the  former standard number and the remainder of the year groups are below, (where the Governing Body determines that family circumstances outweigh the prejudice that would otherwise be caused by any or all of the admissions) the parent will be offered places.

         

        Appeals against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission

        If a place is not available, parents have the right of appeal.  Such appeals against non admission will be heard by an Independent Appeals Panel, formed in accordance with the DfES Code of Practice.  Details of the appeals process will be made available to all unsuccessful applicants

        Parents who intend to make an appeal against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission must submit a notice of appeal within 21 days of receiving the refusal letter to:

        The Director of Legal and Administrative Services (City Solicitor),
        Town Hall,
        Sheffield
        S1 2HH.

        Normally, appeal hearings will be held within six weeks of the closing date for receiving the notice of appeal.

        The Governing Body of St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School