Admissions

Name of School: Saint John Fisher Catholic Primary School

The admissions process is part of the Coventry LA co-ordinated scheme.

The Admission Policy of Saint John Fisher Catholic Primary School is as follows. You can also download all the Admissions Procedure under the Policies Section on this website.

The ethos of this school is Catholic. The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ. 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.

 

Primary Round of Admissions

Date of allocation of placesSaturday 18th April 2017
Letters will be sent second class or email sent out
Deadline for lodging appeals and providing evidence to support the appeal (if appropriate)Thursday 18th May 2017
Appeals will be heard byWednesday 21st June 2017 / Thursday 23nd June 2017 (possible third date to be added)

Royal Court Hotel, Coventry
Notice of appeal hearingAt least ten school days notice.
Deadline for governing body to submit evidence for the appealWednesday 7th June 2017.
(if posting allow time to arrive by this date)
Deadline for sending appeal papers to all partiesNo later than 10 school days before the appeal hearing.
Deadline for appellant to submit additional evidenceFive school days before the appeal hearing. Information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal.
Late applications for appeals will be heard byAt the same time as previously scheduled appeals or within 30 school days of appeal being lodged.
Decision letters sent to appellantNormally with five days.

Appeals for In-year Admissions

Deadline for lodging appeals and providing evidence to support the appeal (if appropriate)At least 20 school days from the date of notification that the application was unsuccessful
Appeals will be heardWithin 30 school days of deadline for appeals
Notice of appeal hearingAt least 10 school days notice
Deadline for governing body to submit evidence for the appealAt least 10 school days before the appeal hearing
Deadline for sending appeal papers to all partiesNo later than 10 school days before the appeal hearing
Deadline for appellant to submit additional evidenceFive school days before the appeal hearing. Information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal
Late applications for appeals will be heardAt the same time as previously scheduled appeals or within 30 school days of appeal being lodged
Decision letters sent to appellantNormally within five school days

ADMISSIONS PRIORITY CRITERIA IN CASES OF OVERSUBSCRIPTION

If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, the governors will give priority to applications in accordance with the criteria listed, provided that the governors are made aware of that application before decisions on admissions are made (see Note 1 below). A map of the parish is available at the school and parish or by post on request.

1.) Baptised Catholic children who are in the care of a local authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
2.) Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) living within the Parish of St John Fisher who have a brother or sister (see Note 3 below) in the school at the time of admission.
3.) Baptised Catholic children living within the Parish of St John Fisher.
4.) Other Baptised Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission
5.) Other Baptised Catholic children.
6.) Non-Catholic children who are in the care of a local authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
7.) Non-Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission
8.) Non-Catholic children

Over-Subscription
If there is over-subscription within the category, the Governors will give priority to children living closest to the school determined by shortest distance. Distances are calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between the centre of the applicant’s home address to centre of the school site. The local authority uses a computerised system, which measures all distances in miles. Ordnance Survey supplies the co-ordinates that are used to plot an applicant’s home address within this system (See Note 4).

In a very small number of cases it may not be able to decide between the applicants of those pupils who are qualifiers for a place, when applying the published admission criteria.

For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address or if the distance between the home and school is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats. If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both or all of the children would cause the legal limit to be exceeded, the governing body will draw lots to select the child to be offered the final place. As an exception, the governing body will give careful consideration to offering places above the Admission Number to applications from children whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted even when there are no other vacant places

FURTHER NOTES ON THE ADMISSIONS POLICY

Note 1
Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs that names the school must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available to applicants.

Note 2
In all categories, for a child to be considered as a Catholic, evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Church will be required. For a definition of a Baptised Catholic see the Appendix. Those who face difficulties in producing written evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception should contact their Parish Priest. Failure to provide evidence of Baptism/Reception may affect the criterion the child’s name is placed in.

Note 3
The definition of a brother or sister is:

  • A brother or sister sharing the same parents;
  • Half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent;
  • Step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage;
  • Step-brother or step-sister;
  • Adopted or fostered children

The children must be living permanently in the same household

Note 4
The home address of a pupil is considered to be the permanent residence of a child. The address must be the child’s only or main residence for the majority of the school week. Documentary evidence may be required.

Where care is split equally between mother and father, parents must name which address is to be used for the purpose of allocating a school place

NURSERY

Parents must apply on the LA form for a place in Reception Class. Attendance at a nursery does not automatically guarantee that a place will be offered in main school.

APPEALS

Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse their child a place in the school may apply in writing to Chair of Governors. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.

REPEAT APPLICATIONS

Any parent can apply for a place for their child at any time outside the admissions round. Parents do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of the same school for the same academic year unless, in exceptional circumstances, the admission authority has accepted a second application from the appellant because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or school but still refused admission.

LATE APPLICATIONS

Late applications will be dealt with according to the LA co-ordinated scheme.

WAITING LISTS

Waiting lists for admission will remain open until the end of December 2015 and will then be discarded. Parents may apply for their child’s name to be reinstated until the end of the academic year when the list will be discarded. The waiting list will be kept by the governing body in admission criteria order. This means that a child’s position on the waiting list could go up or down. Inclusion of a child’s name on the waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.

Children who are the subject of a direction by a local authority to admit or who are allocated to a school in accordance with a Fair Access Protocol take precedence over those on a waiting list.

APPLICATIONS OTHER THAN THE NORMAL INTAKE TO RECEPTION

An application should be made to the local authority who will need to consult with the governors. There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to this school.

APPENDIX – DEFINITION OF A BAPTISED CATHOLIC

A “Baptised Catholic” is one who:

  • Has been baptised into full communion (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 837) with the Catholic Church by the Rites of Baptism of one of the various ritual Churches in communion with the See of Rome (i.e. Latin Rite, Byzantine Rite, Coptic, Syriac, etc, Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1203). Written evidence* of this baptism can be obtained by recourse to the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the baptism took place (Cf. Code of Canon Law, 877 & 878).
  • Has been validly baptised in a separated ecclesial community and subsequently received into full communion with the Catholic Church by the Right of Reception of Baptised Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Written evidence of their baptism and reception into full communion with the Catholic Church can be obtained by recourse to the Register of Receptions, or in some cases, a sub-section of the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the Rite of Reception took place (Cf. Rite of Christian Initiation, 399).

Written Evidence of Baptism
The Governing bodies of Catholic schools will require written evidence in the form of a Certificate of Baptism or Certificate of Reception before applications for school places can be considered for categories of “Baptised Catholics”. A Certificate of Baptism or Reception is to include: the full name, date of birth, date of Baptism or Reception, and parent(s) name(s). The certificate must also show that it is copied from the records kept by the place of Baptism or Reception.

Those who would have difficulty obtaining written evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception for a good reason, may still be considered as Baptised Catholics but only after they have been referred to their parish priest who, after consulting the Vicar General, will decide how the question of Baptism/Reception is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church.

Those who would be considered to have good reason for not obtaining written evidence would include those who cannot contact the place of Baptism/Reception due to persecution or fear, the destruction of the church and the original records, or where Baptism/Reception was administered validly but not in the Parish church where records are kept.

Governors may request extra supporting evidence when the written documents that are produced do not clarify the fact that a person was baptised or received into the Catholic Church, (i.e. where the name and address of the Church is not on the certificate or where the name of the Church does not state whether it is a Catholic Church or not.)