You must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) if you would like your child to be considered under the Faith criterion. The SIF is available from the school and must be returned to the school by 15 January 2022.
The Academy Governance Committee (AGC) will admit all pupils with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which names the school.
When there are more applications than there are places available, the governors will admit pupils according to the following oversubscription criteria which are listed in order of priority:
- Looked after children and previously looked after children
- Children with a brother or sister continuing at the school at the time of admission of the child (see full definition of sibling below)
- Children who live closer to St. Mary’s CE Academy than any other school
- Children of parents or guardians who are worshipping members of any Church that is a member of Churches Together in England which includes the Church of England. These applications must be accompanied by Form SIF/A, which is available from the academy. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with Form SIF/B to verify Church allegiance (see note on SIF forms below)
- Other children
If the admission number is exceeded with any criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the school.
Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the address point of the child’s home to the address point of the school using a geographical information system.
In the case where there are multiple applications from the same shared dwelling (e.g. flats) or where there are two homes where the distance from the address point of the home to the address point of the school is identical, random allocation, supervised by a suitable independent person, will be used to decide the priority in which applicants are selected.
Home address or residence
The child’s home address means the permanent residence of the child at the time of application. Parents or carers may be asked to provide proof of a claim of residence at any time during the admission process. The address must be the child’s only or main residence that is either:
- Owned by the child’s parent(s) or carer(s)
- Leased to or rented by the child’s parent(s) or carer(s) under a lease or written rental agreement of not less than 6 months’ duration. The property leased must be where the family lives
If a child lives with separated parents, the home address will be treated as the place where the child sleeps for most of the school week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive). If the child spends an equal amount of time at 2 addresses, the parents must decide which address they wish to use as the child’s main address for the application.
A brother or sister living at the same address as the applicant (i.e. within a family unit) including:
- a brother or sister sharing the same parents
- a half-brother or half-sister where two children share one common parent
- a step brother or step sister, where two children are related by a parents’ marriage or civil partnership
- a child who has been adopted or is fostered by parents / carers who have other children
- children living in the same family unit, even if they are not biological brothers and sisters
For parents or carers to be worshipping members, at least one of the parents or carers of the child needs to be regarded by the priest, minister or worship leader as being part of the worshipping community at the church or worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent or carer is a "member" in the technical sense (e.g. through baptism, confirmation or electoral roll) but would imply a pattern of attendance at worship (on Sunday or at other times) that is more than “occasional” and has been sustained for more than a short, very recent, period of time.
A list of full members of Churches Together in England can be found on the Churches Together website.
If parents or carers wish their application to be considered under the faith criterion (4), they must complete form SIF/A which is available from the academy and return it to the academy (not the local authority). This must be done by the deadline of 5pm on 15 January 2022.
The academy will submit the completed form SIF/A to the relevant minister with form SIF/B to verify the information. As SIF/B needs to be returned to the academy in time for the academy to rank admissions, it is very important for parents or carers to submit form SIF/A to the academy as soon as possible.