HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, WITHAM
Holy Family Catholic Primary 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.
Whenever there are more applicants than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic applicants in accordance with the over subscription criteria listed below. All applicants are required to declare their positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.
The Governing Body has responsibility for admissions to this school and intends to admit 30 pupils to the Foundation Class in the school year, which begins in September. The number of pupils can only be exceeded in this class if the 31st child is a twin or from multiple births.
Applications must be made in accordance with the coordinated scheme operated by the child’s Local Authority. For children resident in Essex this is detailed in the Primary Education in Essex and Secondary Education in Essex booklets. The school will provide a Supplementary Information Form to all applicants, whom it has been advised by the Local Authority, have requested a place. (The Supplementary Information Form is also available on the Essex County Council website.)
Applications must be made by the National Closing Date detailed in the Primary Education in Essex and Secondary Education in Essex booklets, which are available from the Local Authority. Late applications will be dealt with as detailed in these booklets for children resident in Essex. Children resident outside Essex should refer to the process for handling late applications published by their home Local Authority.
Over subscription Criteria
Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered in the following order of priority:
Looked after children and adopted children previously looked after from Catholic families*
Practising Catholics who are resident in the Parish of Holy Family and All Saints, Witham*
Other practising Catholic children*
Non-practising Catholics who are resident in the parish of Holy Family and All Saints, Witham*
Other non-practising Catholic children*
Other looked after children and adopted children previously looked after
Members of an Eastern Christian Church*
Christians of other denominations whose parents provide written agreement that they are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school AND whose application is supported by a minister of religion.
Children of other Faiths whose parents provide written agreement that they are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school AND whose application is supported by a Religious Leader
Any other applicants
*In the case of categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 8 a Baptismal Certificate must accompany the Supplementary Information Form”.
The evidence of practice of the Catholic faith will be a reference from a Catholic priest (not necessarily the one in your current parish) using the priest’s reference form attached.
Where the offer of places to all the applicants within any of the categories listed above would lead to over subscription, the following provisions will be applied:
The attendance of a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission will increase the priority of an application within each category
The Governing body may increase the priority of an application within a category where evidence is provided at the time of application of an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of a child which can most appropriately be met at this school
Where the offer of places to all the applicants within any of the sub-categories listed above would still lead to oversubscription, the places up to the admission number will be offered to those living nearest to the school as advised by the Local Education Authority.
In addition to their right to appeal, parents are given the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained in order of the over subscription criteria set out above and not in the order in which applications are received or added to the list. Names are normally removed at the end of the Autumn term.
Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs
The admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. This procedure is integral to the making and maintaining of statements by the pupil’s home Local Education Authority. Details of this separate procedure is set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
Parents of children who are offered a place at the school before they are of compulsory school age may defer entry until later in the school year or request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Part-time attendance would constitute a morning session or an afternoon session for a regular defined period of time to be agreed in advance. The place for that child will be held open although the parents would not be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s 5th birthday, or beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted.
Notes (These notes form part of the over subscription criteria)
“Looked After” and “Adopted Children”
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 e.g. with foster care (see definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). A “looked after child” or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
‘Catholic’ means a member of a church in communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
A Christian is defined as a person who has received Christian baptism.
‘Catechumen’ means a member of the catechumenate of a Catholic Church. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of reception into the order of catechumens.
‘Eastern Christian Church’ includes Orthodox Churches, and is normally evidenced by a certificate of baptism or reception from the authorities of that church.
To demonstrate an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child which can most appropriately be met at this school, the governing body will normally require
written evidence from an appropriate professional, such as a social worker, doctor or priest. The governing body will consider whether the evidence thus provided is convincing that Holy Family School could meet that particular need better that the child’s normal catchment school.
For the purposes of this Policy, parish boundaries are as shown on the map provided by the Diocese and on display in the school. Copies of the map are available on request. Distances will be measured from the main entrance of the school in a straight line as advised by the Local Education Authority.