Oversubscription admission criteria
You must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) if you would like your child to be considered under the Faith criteria. The SIF is available from the school and must be returned to the school by 15 January 2021.
Children with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan that names the school will first be admitted.
Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:
- Catholic looked after and previously looked after children
- Other looked after and previously looked after children
- Catholic children with a Certificate of Catholic practice who are resident in the parish(es) of St Aidan’s or Cathedral Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas of Canterbury (see note below) and who have a brother or sister (see note below) attending The Good Shepherd Catholic primary school at the time of admission
- Catholic children with a Certificate of Catholic practice who are resident in the parish(es) of St Aidan’s or Cathedral Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas of Canterbury
- Catholic children who are not resident in the parish(es) of St Aidan’s or Cathedral Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas of Canterbury for whom The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary is the nearest Catholic school and who have a brother or sister (see note below) attending The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School at the time of admission
- Catholic children who are not resident in the parish(es) of St Aidan’s or Cathedral Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas of Canterbury for whom The Good Shepherd Catholic primary School is the nearest Catholic school
- Other Catholic children
- Any other children
If the published admission number is reached within any criterion, priority will be given as follows:
Where evidence is provided at the time of application of an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child which can most appropriately be met at this school, the application will be placed at the top of the criteria in which the application is made. This evidence must be supplied in writing at the time of application and submitted to the school. To demonstrate an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child which can be most appropriately met at this school, the governing body will require compelling written evidence from an appropriate professional, such as a social worker, doctor or priest.
Priority will then be given to children living closest to the school determined by the shortest distance. All distances are measured on a straight line basis from the child’s home address point to the address point of the school. Distances are provided by the Local Authority and are measured using a Geographical Information System.
In the event of distances being the same for two or more children where this would determine the last place to be allocated, random allocation will be carried out and supervised by a person independent of the school.
To apply for a place at this school in the normal admission round, you must complete a Common Application Form available from the local authority in which you live. You are also requested to complete the Supplementary Information Form available from the school if you wish to apply under oversubscription criteria 1 or 3 to 7. The Supplementary Information Form should be returned to The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Kingsland Gardens, Northampton, NN2 7BH by the application deadline.
If you do not provide the information required in the SIF and return it by the closing date, together with all supporting documentation, your child will not be placed in criteria 1 and 3 to 7, and this is likely to affect your child’s chance of being offered a place.
‘Catholic’: means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purposes of this policy, it includes a looked after child living with a family where at least one of the parents is Catholic. For a child to be treated as Catholic, evidence of Catholic baptism or reception into the Church will be required. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism should contact their Parish Priest (who, after consulting with the Diocese, will decide how the question of baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church).
’Certificate of Catholic Practice’: means a certificate issued by the family’s parish priest (or the priest in charge of the church where the family attends Mass) in the form laid down by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. It will be issued if the priest is satisfied that at least one Catholic parent or carer (along with the child, if he or she is over seven years old) have (except when it was impossible to do so) attended Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation for at least five years (or, in the case of a child, since the age of seven, if shorter). It will also be issued when the practice has been continuous since being received into the Church if that occurred less than five years ago. It is expected that most certificates will be issued on the basis of attendance. A certificate may also be issued by the priest when attendance is interrupted by exceptional circumstances which excuse from the obligation to attend on that occasion or occasions.
‘Brother or sister’: includes all natural brothers or sisters, half brothers or sisters, adopted brothers or sisters, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters, whether or not they are living at the same address; and the child of a parent’s partner where that child lives for at least part of the week in the same family unit at the same home address as the child who is the subject of the application.
‘Parent’: means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child, and any person who has care of a child.
Child’s “home address”: refers to the address where the child usually lives with a parent or carer, and will be the address provided on the Common Application Form (CAF). Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives for part of the week with each parent, the home address will be the address given on the CAF, provided that the child resides at that address for any part of the school week.