ADMISSIONS POLICY 2018 – 2019
OUR LADY & ST EDWARD’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our Lady & St Edward’s Catholic Primary School is a Catholic Primary School under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Shrewsbury. It is maintained by Wirral Authority. As a Voluntary Aided School, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.
The Catholic Faith and the Teachings of the Catholic Church have an essential role in school life and influence every aspect of the Curriculum. We ask all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community. This does not affect the right of parents who are not of the Faith of this school to apply for and be considered for a place here.
The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority. For the school’s year commencing September 2018, the Governing Body has set its admissions number at 60.
ADMISSIONS TO THE SCHOOL will be made by the Governing Body. All preferences listed on the Local Authority Preference Form will be considered on an equal basis with the following set of ADMISSIONS CRITERIA forming a priority order where there are more applications for admissions than the school has places available.
- Baptised Catholic Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children
- Children who have a sibling in the school at the time of admission.
- Baptised Catholic children resident in the parish(es) of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the portion of the Joint Parish of St Laurence and St Werburgh north of Conway Street.
- Baptised Catholic children from other parishes
- Non Catholic Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children
- Children who attend Our Lady & St Edward’s Pre-School
- Other children.NOTES
- All applicants will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is agreed by Wirral Local Authority.
- 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 (under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). A previously Looked After Child is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
- For a child to be considered as a Catholic evidence of a Catholic Baptism will be required.
- It is the duty of governors to comply with regulations on class size limits at Key Stage One.
- If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of distance from home to School. Distance will be measured by the shortest walking route from the front door of the child’s home address (including the community entrance to flats) using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living nearer to the school having priority. In the event of distances being the same for 2 or more applicants where this distance would be the last place/s to be allocated, a random lottery will be carried out in a public place. All the names will be entered into a hat and the required number of names will be drawn out. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the child’s “permanent place of residence” will be determined as the address of the parent who normally has responsibility for the majority of school days in a week.
- Sibling is defined as a 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.
- A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept and will be ranked according to the Admission Criteria. Parents will be informed of their child’s position on the waiting list which will not be operated for longer than the end of the Autumn Term.
- For ‘In Year’ applications received outside the normal admissions round and if places are available then children qualifying under the published criteria will be admitted. If there are places available but more applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied.
- If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. Parents must be allowed at least twenty school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to submit that appeal. Parents must give reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on the Governors.
- Parents can request that the date their child, if below compulsory school age, is admitted to school is deferred to later in the school year or until the term when they reach compulsory school age.
- The Governing Body reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to baptism, sibling connections or place of residence.
For further details on how to apply follow the link below-
Applying through the Local Authority
Please find our admissions forms below-
Pre-School Admission Form