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Mr. Stephen Barker, Headteacher, St. Pancras Catholic Primary School, Stratford Road, Ipswich. IP1 6EF.

Telephone: 01473 742074. Email: ad.st.pancras.p@talk21.com.

The School Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Mrs. Karen Cork and Mrs. Collette Ransom will be pleased to address any enquiries.

 

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PLEASE NOTE:

IN ACCORDANCE WITH DIOCESAN PROPOSALS, THE SCHOOL'S GOVERNING BODY IS CURRENTLY CONSULTING ON A REVISED ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR 2019-20. 

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 

Admission Policy and Arrangements for 2018-2019

 

1.1   What is the identity of the admission authority?

The admission authority is St. Pancras Catholic Primary School. The annual admissions round for the school is co-ordinated by Suffolk Local Authority but the school co-ordinates in-year applications. Suffolk Local Authority provides two booklets to guide parents; Admissions to Schools in Suffolk and the Directory of Schools in Suffolk.

 

1.2   Who wrote this policy?        

This policy document has been prepared by the governing body of St. Pancras Catholic Primary School in accordance with current admissions legislation. It uses the term ‘Catholic’ as an abbreviation for ‘Roman Catholic.’ Wherever ‘Catholic’ is used it means ‘Roman Catholic’ and ‘Catholic Church’ means ‘Roman Catholic Church.’

 

1.3   Does the  school’s faith status affect eligibility to apply for a place?

The ethos of the school is Catholic. The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for the 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 its 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 the school to apply to be considered for a place here.

 

1.4   What is the published admission number?

The published admission number for the school is 30. This means that, in the normal annual admissions round, the school will admit 30 pupils to its Reception class.

 

1.5   How do you apply for a place?

The Normal Year of Entry Application Form (CAF1)

All applications should be made using the Normal Year of Entry Application Form (CAF1) and submitted to the Local Authority. Applications can also be made online.

 

1.6   Is there an additional form because the school is a faith school?

The Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

In addition, a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) should be completed by parents who are applying for a place under the school’s faith criteria and sent to the Admissions Officer, St. Pancras Catholic Primary School, Stratford Road, Ipswich, IP1 6EF. The Supplementary Information Form (SIF) is available from the Local Authority and from the school.

 

1.7   What is the closing date for applications for September 2018?

Applications for places in the Reception class for September 2018 for the school year 2018-2019 must be submitted by the closing date of Sunday 15th January 2018. Supplementary Information Forms must also be submitted by Sunday 15th January 2018.

 

1.8   Are some applications given preferential treatment?

Allocation process for the Normal Admissions RoundPrinciples of allocation and prioritisation

 

Places are allocated according to the following criteria:

NOTE: The first two criteria below reflect statutory requirement.

  • A child who has an Education Health & Care Plan specifying this school is automatically allocated a place
  • A child who is currently in public care, or was previously in public care, as defined in the government’s Admissions Code
  • The religious affiliation of the child – whether the child is Catholic, practising Orthodox Church, member of another Christian denomination or none of these
  • Whether the child has a sibling currently attending the school

 

1.9   What do these terms mean?

Definitions

 

An Education Health & Care Plan is a formal plan drawn up to support a pupil with health and / or learning difficulties.

A child in public care is a child who is looked after by the Local Authority.

A child previously in public care is a child who has been adopted, or has become subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order, immediately following being looked after by the Local Authority. Children previously in public care include those who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Childrens Act 2002 (section 46 adoption orders). Child arrangement orders are defined in section 8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangement orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order.

Catholic is defined as in possession of a certificate of baptism, a copy of which should be supplied to the school with the Supplementary Information Form.

Some Orthodox churches are in full communion with the Catholic church; some are in partial union. The admissions authority will seek clarification of the status of an Orthodox church from the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia. A child who is a member of an Orthodox church in full communion with the Catholic church will be considered to be Catholic in the context of this policy.

A child who is a member of another Christian denomination is a child who is a member at a recognised church which is not a Catholic church.

NOTE: Children who are members of an Orthodox church or members of another Christian denomination should enclose a copy of a certificate of baptism – or a signed statement from a minister or priest – to confirm membership.

NOTE: Sibling means brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent’s / carer’s partner where the child for whom the place is being sought normally lives in the same family unit and at the same address as the sibling.

 

 

1.10   How are places allocated?

 

Allocation of ranking group to application

 

Ranking Group

Criteria

 

1

Children who have an Education Health & Care Plan specifying the school

 

Application of Admissions Criteria

 

2

Baptised Catholic children in public care or previously in public care

3

Baptised Catholic children who have a sibling currently attending the school

4

Other baptised Catholic children

 

5

Children in public care or previously in public care who are not baptised Catholic

 

6

Baptised children who are members of an Orthodox church that is in partial communion with the Catholic church and have a sibling currently attending the school

7

Baptised children who are members of an Orthodox church that is in partial communion with the Catholic church who do not have a sibling currently attending the school

 

8

Children who are members of another Christian denomination and have a sibling currently attending the school

9

Children who are members of another Christian denomination who do not have a sibling currently attending the school

 

10

Other children who have a sibling currently attending the school

11

Other children who do not have a sibling currently attending the school

 

 

1.11   What are the arrangements for a tie break?

 

Ties will be decided by distance from the school where priority is given to the party that is closer.

 

NOTE: We will measure the distance by a straight line (‘as the crow flies’) calculated electronically by the Local Authority using data provided jointly by the Post Office and Ordnance Survey. The data plots the co-ordinates of each property and provides the address-points between which a straight line distance can be measured and reported to 3 decimal places. Where there is more than one household within a single building, we will measure to a single address-point within that building.

 

1.12   Does the school operate a waiting list?

Late applications received after the closing date for applications and before the start of the autumn term will automatically be placed on a waiting list if the school has, by then, filled all its places.

Waiting lists are held for all year groups until the end of the school year. They are maintained by the school’s Admissions Officer and will rank children according to the criteria in the table above.

For the normal year of entry, applicants are automatically placed on a waiting list until the end of the first week of the Spring Term.

 

1.13   How are parents notified?

Notification of allocation

On behalf of the school’s governing body, the Local Authority will write to parents / carers to offer places on Wednesday 18 April 2018.

 

If the governing body’s decision is not to offer a place, the parents / carers of the child in question have the right to appeal against this decision. Parents / carers should contact the school’s Admissions Officer to get a ‘Notice of Appeal’ form and guidance.

 

Where parents / carers are offered a place for their child in the school’s Reception class, they may decide either to accept the offer of a full time or part time place from September, or to defer entry until later in the school year. If parents / carers opt to defer entry, a place will be reserved until the child in question takes the place up or joins another school. However, parents / carers cannot defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, and must in any case take up the place before the end of the school year for which the original application was applicable.

 

1.14   Can you appeal against a decision to decline a place?

There is no deadline for the submission of appeals.

Appeals are independently administered by the Education Appeals Office, PO Box 579, Ipswich, IP1 2BX. The Education Appeals service will make the necessary arrangements for any appeal hearing.

Once an appeal case has been heard, a further appeal in the same school year can only be accepted if circumstances have changed.

 

1.15   How are applications for places in the school’s year groups outside the normal admissions round work?

 

 In-year applications

Applications for admission during the school year should be made on a Form ADM1 (in-year applications for Academies, free schools, Foundation / Trust and Voluntary Aided Schools).

 

In addition, a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) should be completed by parents who are applying for a place under the school’s faith criteria and sent to the Admissions Officer, St. Pancras Catholic Primary School, Stratford Road, Ipswich, IP1 6EF. The Supplementary Information Form (SIF) is available from the Local Authority and from the school.

 

The governing body thanks those parents / carers who express an interest in obtaining places for their children at St. Pancras Catholic Primary School.

 

 

 

 

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