This admissions policy has been formally adopted by the Governing Body. The Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for determining the school’s admissions policy. The Governing Body of Ss Peter & Paul’s Catholic Schools is the Admissions Authority for
St. Paul’s RC Voluntary Aided First School.
The planned Admission Number (PAN) is 30.
The Admissions Policy Criteria will be applied on an Equal Preference basis.
How and When to Apply
Applications must be made on the Local Authority Common Application Form. All forms must be returned by the closing date set by the Local Authority.
Parents are asked to note that admission to St Paul’s Pre School is no guarantee of entry into the main school.
Any applications received after the closing date will be accepted but considered only after those received by the closing date.
Children who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or a statement of Special Educational Need where the school is named as the most appropriate educational setting for the child will be admitted.
Where there are insufficient places available to meet all parental preferences, priority will be given to applications in the following order:
(First priority in each category will be given to children who will have older siblings attending the school in September 2016)
- Looked after Catholic children in the care of the local authority or children that were looked after by the local authority and immediately after that became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order (see definitions).
- Catholic Children whose home address is within the parish boundaries of St. Paul’s Parish, Cramlington and St. John the Baptist’s, Annitsford.
- Catholic Children whose home address is outside of the parish boundaries of St. Paul’s Parish, Cramlington and St. John the Baptist’s, Annitsford.
- Looked after children in the care of the local authority or children that were looked after by the local authority and immediately after that became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order (see definitions).
- Children, who are baptised or dedicated members of other Christian Churches.
- Children of other Faith traditions.
- Other children.
If applicants are seeking admission under criteria 5 & 6 above, they must provide a letter of support to confirm their church membership from their minister or Faith leader.
- Definition of Catholic
Children who have been baptised as Catholics or have been formally received into the Catholic Church. All applicants seeking admission under criteria 1, 2 or 3 must provide evidence that the child has been baptised as a Catholic or has been received into the Catholic Church. A baptismal certificate or a letter from their priest confirming their baptism or reception into the Catholic Church will suffice.
- Definition of Children in the care of a Local Authority
A looked after child is a child who is in the care of the local authority in accordance with section 22 if the Children Act 1989 at the time the application for admission to school is made and whom the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the date of admission.
An adoption order is an order made under section 26 of the Adoption of Children Act 2002.
A child arrangements order is an order outlining the arrangements as to the person with whom the child will live under section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
A special guardianship order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians. (Section 14A Children Act 1989)
- Definition of Sibling
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 where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.
Where there are places available for some, but not all applicants within a particular criterion, distance from home address to the school entrance will be the deciding factor, Distance will be measured by the shortest walking route from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school, [using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system], with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.
Right of Appeal
Where a parent has been notified that a place is not available for a child, every effort will be made to help the parent to find a place in a suitable alternative school. Parents who are refused a place have a statutory right of appeal. Further details of the appeals process are available by writing to the Chair of Governors at the school address.
It is the parental address which will be used in applying the admission criteria. This means that, when stating your choice of school, you should give the parental/guardian address at the time of application. The address of childminders or other family members who may share in the care of your child should not be quoted as the home address. In the case of split families the child’s main residence will be the address used to allocate a place at the school.
If your child has been refused admission, a waiting list is available where priority will be given according to the above criteria based on the information provided at the time of application. The waiting list will be open until the last day of the Autumn term.
It is very helpful to have an early indication of the number of children to be admitted to the Reception class in the following September. However, it must be stressed that formal written applications for admission must be made on the form provided by the Local Authority and returned to them by the stated date. Places will then be allocated by strict application of the above criteria, with no reference to the date of application. Parents will be notified as to whether or not their child has been allocated a place on 16th April 2016.