You must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) if you would like your child to be considered under the Sibling or Faith criteria. The SIF is available from the school and must be returned to the school by 15 January 2021.
Children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan in which the school is named will be admitted according to the regulations and the policy of the local authority.
If there are more applications than places available, priority will be given as follows:
- Looked after children or previously looked after children who are baptised in the Catholic Faith
- Baptised Catholic children with a sibling in the school at the time of admission
- Baptised Catholic children whose family are practising Catholics and whose application is supported by the clergy of their parish
- Other Catholic children
- Other looked after children or previously looked after children
- All other children who have a sibling in the school at the time of admission
- Children of other Christian denominations whose membership is evidenced by a minister of religion or other religious leader
- Children from other faith backgrounds whose parents wish them to have a Catholic education
- Any other applicants
If the admission number is exceeded within any of these criteria priority will be given to those who live nearest to the school. Distances are measured from the address point of school to the address point of the child’s home.
Measurements are made on a straight line basis, using a geographical information system.
In the event that the application of the distance criteria results in two or more applicants being equally distant from the school the final space will be allocated by random allocation in accordance with Local Authority Practice.
Applicants wishing to be considered under the school’s faith and sibling criteria should also complete the SIF/ certificate of Catholic practice with the relevant section completed by their Parish clergy, minister or faith leader and return it to the school by the application deadline.
Although these forms are not mandatory, if one is not received the school committee may not be able to fairly apply their admission criteria. In this circumstance the application will be considered under admission criterion 9 “any other applicants” (unless the child is a looked after or previously looked after child).
Sibling means the sister, brother, step brother or sister, half-brother or sister, adopted or fostered brother or sister, or the child of the parent or carer or partner, and in every case living in the same house Monday to Friday.
Families means parents, step parents and grandparents.
Home address means the permanent residence of the child when the application is made or deadline for application. Where a child lives between two parents the qualifying address is where the child sleeps the majority of the school week.
Baptised Catholic means children who have been baptised as Catholics, or have been formally received into the Catholic Church. All applicants seeking admission under these criteria will be asked to 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 Parish Clergy confirming priest confirming their baptism or reception into the Catholic Church will be required.
Practising Catholic means that one parent or grandparent attends Mass on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Evidence of this commitment must be provided by their Parish Clergy where the family normally worship through a certificate of catholic practice.
Known and practising member of the congregation means the family of the child is regarded by the priest, minister or worship leader as part of the worshipping community of the church or worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent is a ‘member’ in a 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 six months in the year prior to the date of signature.
Christian “children of other Christian denominations” means children who belong to other churches and ecclesial communities which, acknowledge 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 CYTUN 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.