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This page outlines the admissions policy for 2017-2018. You can download the full version here, which includes a map of the catchment area along with the relevant road names

You should also refer to the open letter from our Chair of Governers, issued on 26th February 2016 regarding this policy, which has been published online here.


Admissions to Year R and Year 3

This policy will apply to all admissions from 1 September 2017, including in-year admissions. It will be used during 2016-17 for allocating places for September 2017 as part of the normal admission round for Year R and Year 3.

The Governing Body of St. Katharine’s C. E. (V.A.) Primary School is the admission authority for The School. The admission arrangements are determined by the Governing Body, after statutory consultation.

The Published Admission Number (PAN) for St. Katharine’s C. E. (V.A.) Primary School (The School) is 60 for Early Years (Reception).

The transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 marks a separate point of entry into the school. A further two places per class in Year 3 are provided for within the governors’ Planned Admission Number i.e. 32 per class.

The PAN is the number of places for children available in the year groups above.

The guiding principle of admissions to this school is that the school should serve its local community, defined in the trust deed of 28th May 1885 which states that The School was established to provide education for children living in then proposed parish of St Katharine’s: now the parishes of St Katharine’s with St. Nicholas, All Saints and St. Christopher’s (the Catchment Area).

The policy aims to be clear, fair and objective and to comply with all relevant legislation;

This policy will be administered fairly and impartially. The decision to admit, or otherwise, is the responsibility of The Governing Body.

Outside the normal admissions round, the Local Authority’s Fair Access protocol will be applied alongside the policy to secure the admission of vulnerable pupils from specific groups.

The governors will admit any pupil whose Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), previously a final statement of special educational needs, names The School. Where possible such children will be admitted within the PAN.

If The School is oversubscribed, places will be offered in the following priority order. Places for applications received after the deadline will be allocated using the same criteria:

 

Admission Criteria

1. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after. (see Definition A)

2. Children living in the Catchment Area (see Definition C) who have a serious medical, physical or psychological condition which makes it essential that the child attends the preferred school rather than any other. (Appropriate medical or psychological evidence must be provided at the time of application.) (see Definition B)

3. Children who, at the time of proposed admission, have a sibling (see Definitions D) attending the school.

4. Children living in the Catchment Area of The School (see Definition C).

5. Other children.

 

Definitions

A Looked after children or children who were previously looked after

This criterion provides a priority for children who are (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 (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). It can also be used for children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order. This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see Adoption orders) and children who were adopted under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. Child arrangements orders are defined in section 8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

B Serious medical, physical or psychological condition

Where a place is requested for a child, who lives in the catchment area, who has a serious social or medical, condition, you must supply supporting independent evidence at the time of application confirming the reason(s) why attendance at The School is essential rather than any other school. You must also describe the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. The evidence should be provided by a suitably qualified medical professional. The evidence will be considered carefully, in confidence, by the admissions committee of The Governing Body, who will endeavour to reach a fair and equitable decision.

C The Catchment Area

The catchment area for St. Katharine’s C. E. (V.A.) Primary School was defined in the trust deed of 28th May 1885 which stated that the school was for children living in then proposed parish of St Katharine’s: which is now the parishes of St Katharine’s with St. Nicholas, All Saints and St. Christopher’s. A map of this area forms part of this policy document and can be obtained from The School or the school website: www.st-katharines.bournemouth.sch.uk

The child’s permanent residence is where they live, normally including weekends and during school holidays as well as during the week, and should be used for the application. The permanent address of children who spend part of their week with one parent and part with the other, at different addresses, will be the address at which they spend most of their time. Where children spend equal time with each parent, the permanent address will be that of the parent in receipt of Child Benefit payments.

Moving home & UK service personnel & crown servants

Places can only be offered on the basis of future moves on the basis of:

  • a letter from the solicitor (or equivalent) confirming exchange of contracts to buy a property relevant to the application;
  • a tenancy agreement confirming the renting of a specific property relevant to the application;
  • a letter from a housing association confirming that the parent(s) will be living at a specific address relevant to the application;
  • or  in the case of UK service personnel and Crown servants, an official government letter (MOD, FCO or GCHQ) letter declaring a relocation date to the relevant parish or catchment area of The School (or to establish distance from The School).

D Siblings

‘Sibling’ refers to brother or sister, half brother or half sister, adoptive brother or adoptive sister, step brother or step sister, and includes children living as siblings in the same family unit. It will also be applied to situations where a full or half brother or sister are living at separate addresses. Category 3 includes children who at the time of application have a sibling for whom the offer of a place at the preferred school has been accepted, even if the sibling is not yet attending.

 

Additional Information

Tie-breaker

If The School is oversubscribed from within any of the above criteria or sub-criteria, straight line distance will be used to prioritise applications; applicants living nearer the school have priority. Local Authority’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Authority’s Geographical Information System (GIS) in use at the time of allocation will be used to determine distances from the home address to The School (the system at the time of setting this policy, takes the measurement between the address mapping points of the school and the applicant's home). Distances to multiple dwellings will give priority to the ground floor over the first floor and so on. On individual floors, distances will be measured to the stairs leading to the communal entrance. If distances are equal (for example within a block of flats), lots will be drawn by a person independent of The Governing Body to determine the allocation of a place.

Who can apply

Only a parent can apply for a place at a school. A parent is any person who has parental responsibility for or is the legal guardian of the child, as set out in the Children Act 1989.

How to apply

Bournemouth Local Authority operates a Co-ordinated Admissions scheme which processes all main round (ordinary) admission applications. They also publish a Composite Prospectus which details all admission arrangements for schools within the Local Authority. Please see http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk for the prospectus and details of the scheme.

You must complete a Local Authority Application Form available from website http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk.

Admission to Key Stage 2 in St Katharine’s Primary School

The transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 marks a separate point of entry into the school. A further two places per class are provided for within the governors’ Planned Admission Number i.e. 32 per class. Therefore six places are potentially available for children to join Year 3 in September 2017. The Governing Body will consider the applications for the additional Year 3 places for The School in normal admissions round; i.e. The Governing Body will consider first all those applications received by the published deadline of midnight on 15 January 2017. Notifications to parents offering a place will be sent by the Local Authority on 17 April 2017.

Offering places

The Governing Body will consider first all those applications received by the published deadline of midnight on 15 January 2017. Notifications to parents offering a school place will be sent by the Local Authority on 17 April 2017.

Applications made after midnight on 15 January 2017 will be considered after all on-time applications have been fully processed unless exceptional circumstances merit consideration alongside on-time applications.

For the normal admission round, all on-time preferences will be considered simultaneously and ranked in accordance with the admission criteria. If more than one school can offer a place, the parent’s highest stated available preference will be allocated.

Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

The governors will admit any pupil whose education, health and care plan (previously a final statement of special educational needs) names the school. Where possible such children will be admitted within the PAN.

Multiple births

Where a twin or child from a multiple birth is admitted to a school under this policy then any further twin or child of the same multiple birth will be admitted, if the parents so wish, even though this may raise the number in the year group above The School’s PAN.

In-year applications (ordinary)

The allocation of any places which may become available during the year will be made on the basis of the current Admissions Criteria. There are no deadline dates for in year applications. Applications must be made using the Local Authority Admission Form available on line at http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk. Any parent with parental responsibility can apply for a place for their child at any time to any school. The Governing Body will decide whether a place can be offered at The School.

In-Year Fair Access placements by the local authority

The local authority must ensure that all pupils are placed in schools as quickly as possible. It may therefore sometimes be necessary for a pupil to be placed by the local authority, or a local placement panel acting on behalf of the authority, in a particular school even if there is a waiting list for admission. Such placements will be made in accordance with the provisions of the local authority’s In-Year Fair Access Protocol. The Protocol is based on legislation and government guidance.

Waiting lists

When all available places have been allocated, waiting lists will be operated by The School. Parents must request (in writing) that their child is placed on the waiting list.

Any places that become available will be allocated according to the criteria of the admission policy with no account being taken of the length of time on the waiting list or any priority order expressed as part of the main admission round. Fair Access admissions and school closure arrangements will take priority over the waiting list.

The waiting list will be reviewed and revised – 

  • each time a child is added to, or removed from, the waiting list; 
  • when a child’s changed circumstances affect their priority; 
  • periodically, when parents with a child on the waiting list will be contacted and asked if they wish to remain on the list for the following school year.

At the time of receiving an offer of a school place parents will be advised of the process for adding their child’s name to a school’s waiting list. Parents may keep their child’s name on the waiting list of as many schools as they wish and for as long as they wish.

Starting school and deferred entry to Year R

Admission Authorities must provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can request that their child’s admission is deferred until later in the school year (usually at the start of a school term), but not beyond the point they reach compulsory school age, at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

Parents of children with birthdays between 1 April and 31 August 2013 (inclusive), whose child has not started in a Year R class during the 2017-18 school year, may wish to request admission to Year R in September 2018 rather than admission to Year 1. In these circumstances, please refer to The School’s Delayed Entry Policy (available on our website or by contacting the School Office).

It is recommended that parents considering such a request contact The School in the autumn term 2016 to ensure that an informed decision is made.

Notes on compulsory school age and summer born children

A child is not required to start school until they have reached compulsory school age following their fifth birthday. For summer born children this is almost a full school year after the point at which they could first be admitted. Compulsory school age is set out in section 8 of the Education Act 1996 and The Education (Start of Compulsory School Age) Order 1998. A child reaches compulsory school age on the prescribed day following his fifth birthday (or on his fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 December, 31 March and 31 August.

All children born from the beginning of April to the end of August reach compulsory school age in the September following their fifth birthday. It is likely that most requests for children to be admitted out of their normal year group will come from parents of children born in the later summer months or those born prematurely.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents who have deferred entry into Year R or of a gifted and talented child or a child who has experienced problems or missed part of a year, for example due to ill health, can request a place outside the normal age group. The Governing Body will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of each case. Parents do not have a right to appeal if they have been offered a place and it is not in the year group they would like.

Admission Appeals

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place for your child at The School you will be informed by The Local Authority in writing, be given reasons for the refusal and informed of your right to an independent appeal against the decision.

Warning

Places are withdrawn every year because parents give a false ‘home address’ on application forms. This includes cases where parents take out a short-term let or buy a property solely to use its address on the application form without any intention of taking up permanent residence there. In fairness to all parents, all allegations of fraudulent practice brought to The Governing Body attention will be investigated. The Governing Body reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place if fraudulent or intentionally misleading information has been used on an application.

Legislation

This policy takes account of all relevant legislation including the legislation on sex discrimination, race relations, and disability, together with all relevant regulations and the School Admissions Code (published by the DfE in December 2014).

Further Information

If you require further information about applying for a place at St. Katharine’s C. E. (V.A.) Primary School please contact The School:

Address: St. Katharine’s C.E. (V.A.) Primary School, Rolls Drive, Bournemouth, BH6 4NA

Phone: 01202 426663

Fax: 01202 430047

Email: office@skps.email