Admission Policy 2016 St Joseph’s is a Roman Catholic Primary School provided by the Diocese of Salford and is maintained by Salford Local Authority as a voluntary aided primary school. The school’s governing body is the admission authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applicants for admission. For the school year commencing 2016 the governing body’s planned admission number is 22.
Admission to the school will be made by the governing body in accordance with the stated parental preferences it receives subject to the following criteria which will be used to form a priority order if there are more applications for admission that the school has places available.
Special Needs- as required by law all children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education Health and Care plan naming the school will be admitted before the application of the oversubscription criteria.
Baptised Roman Catholic children who are in public care and previously looked after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and resident in the parish of St. Joseph’s.
Baptised Roman Catholic children resident in the parish of St. Joseph’s.
Other baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in another parish.
5. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in another parish.
Children of other Christian families with at least one Roman Catholic parent/carer.
Children of other Christian families with no Catholic parent/carer.
Other children who are in public care and previously looked after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
9. Children with proven in exceptional medical and social needs where admission to the school might best help satisfy those exceptional needs.
Other children with a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.
11. Other children.
All applicants will be considered at the same time by the admissions committee after the closing date for admissions which is 15 January 2016.
Each Roman Catholic applicant will be required to produce a baptismal certificate.
Parents/carers should check carefully whether they are within the parish boundary of St Joseph’s.
The governing body will interpret sibling link as follows: brothers/sisters, step brothers/sisters all resident at the same address.
If in any category there are more applicants than places available, priority will be given on the basis of proximity to the school as defined by nearest to the school, measured in a straight line from the permanent place of residence to the school (as the crow flies – determined by the local authority’s measuring system)
It is the duty of the Governors to comply with class size limits at Key Stage One. This means that the school cannot operate classes of more than 30 in Key Stage One.
The parent/carers address must be the child’s permanent place of residence at the time of the allocation of places. Parents/carers may be asked to produce documentary evidence of their address.
If an application for admission has been turned down by the governing body, the parents/carers can appeal to an Independent appeal panel. This appeal must be sent in writing to the Clerk of the Governors at the school within 20 days of notification of refusal. The parents/carers must give their reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the appeals panel is binding on the governors.
A waiting list will be maintained and ordered according to the school’s admission criteria. The list will not give priority based simply on the date the application was received. If new applicants have a higher priority in line with the admissions criteria, they will be ranked higher than those who have been on the list for some time.
Any application received after the closing date, but before the offer of places, will be deemed late and will be considered after all those received on time. The offer of a place will be decided in accordance with the published admission criteria. Any application received after the allocation of places will be considered as they are received.
Admission arrangements to the reception class are separate to those for the nursery. Attendance at the nursery does not give any guarantee or priority when it comes to consideration by the governors of applicants for admission to the reception class. Places are allocated according to the admissions criteria.