Holy Cross Catholic Primary Academy Admission Policy
Education / Fri 3rd Dec 2021 at 09:31am
HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC PRIMARY ACADEMY ADMISSION POLICY 2022/23
This policy has been written in line with the School’s Mission Statement:
Jesus is the centre of our lives, our learning and friendships, in a safe, happy and caring community where are all are welcome.
HOLY Cross Catholic Primary Academy was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will be given to Catholic children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below. The academy 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 Our Lord Jesus Christ.
As a Catholic academy, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At a Catholic academy, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of our education be fully supported by all families in the academy. We therefore hope that all parents will give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the academy. This does not affect the right of an applicant who is not Catholic to apply for and be admitted to a place at the academy in accordance with the admission arrangements.
The governing body is the admissions authority and has responsibility for
admissions. The local authority undertakes the co-ordination of admission arrangements during the normal admission round.
The governing body has set its admission number at 60 pupils to be admitted to the reception year in the school year which begins in September, 2023.
The governing body will, where logistically possible, admit twins and all siblings from multiple births where one of the children is the last child ranked within the school’s Published Admissions Number (“PAN”).
Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs
The admission of pupils with a Statement of Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school must be admitted. Where this takes place before the allocation of places under these arrangements this will reduce the number of places available to other children.
Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority.
Within each of the categories listed above, the following provisions will be applied in the following order.
Within each of the categories listed above, the following provisions will be applied in the following order
Priority will be given to children living closest to the school determined by the shortest distance. Distances are calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between the front door of the child’s home address (including the community entrance to flats) and the main entrance of the school using Essex authority’s computerised measuring 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. All the names will be entered into a hat and the required number of names will be drawn out.
Application Procedures and Timetable
1. To apply for a place at this school in the normal admission round, you must complete a Common Application Form available from Essex local authority. A link is available on Holy Cross Academy website.
2, You are also requested to complete the Supplementary Information Form attached to this policy if you wish to apply under oversubscription criteria 1 to 4 or 6 to 8. The Supplementary Information Form should be returned to Mrs Thomas Admissions Officer at the academy by the closing date. The Supplementary Information Form is available on Holy Cross Academy website.
You will be advised of the outcome of your application on 16th April or the next working day, by Essex local authority on our behalf. We will also send you a letter informing you of our decision. If you are unsuccessful (unless your child gained a place at a school you ranked higher) you will be informed of the reasons, related to the oversubscription criteria listed above, and you have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.
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 to 4 or 6 to 8, and this is likely to affect your child’s chance of being offered a place.
All applications which are submitted on time will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is 15TH January 2023
Late applications will be administered in accordance with Essex Local Authority Primary Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. You are encouraged to ensure that your application is received on time.
Admission of Children Below Compulsory School Age and Deferred Entry
A child is entitled to a full-time place in the September following their fourth birthday. A child’s parents may defer the date at which their child, below compulsory school age, is admitted to the school, until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age, or beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which an offer was made. A child may take up a part-time place until later in the school year, but not beyond the point at which the child reaches compulsory school age. Upon receipt of the offer of a place a parent should notify the school, as soon as possible, that they wish to defer their child’s entry to the school or take up a part-time place.
Admission of Children outside their Normal Age Group
A request may be made for a child to be admitted outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of a summer born child, i.e. a child born between 1st April and 31st August, may request that the child be admitted out of their normal age group, to reception rather than year 1.
Any such request should be made in writing to Mrs Thomas, Holy Cross Catholic Primary Academy, Tracyes road, Harlow, CM18 6JJ at the same time as the admission application is made. The governing body will make its decision about the request based on the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child. In addition to taking into account the views of the head teacher, including the head teacher’s statutory responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, the governing body will take into account the views of the parents and of appropriate medical and education professionals, as appropriate.
In addition to their right of appeal, unsuccessful children will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained in order of the oversubscription criteria set out above and not in the order in which applications are received or added to the list. Waiting lists for admission will operate throughout the school year.
Inclusion in the school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.
An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. Application should be made to the school by contacting Mrs Thomas Admissions Officer.
Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out above, will be applied.
If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list (see above).
You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing, and you have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.
Fair Access Protocol
The school is committed to taking its fair share of children who are vulnerable and/or hard to place, as set out in locally agreed protocols. Accordingly, 8 This paragraph will need to be amended if a decision is made for in-year admissions to be coordinated by the local authority. 5 outside the normal admission round the governing body is empowered to give absolute priority to a child where admission is requested under any locally agreed protocol. The governing body has this power, even when admitting the child would mean exceeding the published admission number (subject to the infant class size exceptions).
The governing body reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place or, where a child is already attending the school the place itself, where it is satisfied that the offer or place was obtained by deception.
Notes (these notes form part of the oversubscription criteria)
(i) 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
(ii) the child of a parent’s partner where that child lives for at least the week in the same family unit at the same address as the applicant.
9. A ‘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.
10.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.
11.For the purposes of this policy, parish boundaries are as shown on the
attached map and will be applied to the admission arrangements for September 2022.
12.A child’s “home address” refers to the address where the child usually
lives with a parent or carer, and will be the address provided in 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 in the CAF, provided
that the child resides at that address for any part of the school week.