Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:
- Looked After Children in the care of Catholic families.
- Baptised Catholic children and children enrolled in the catechumenate who are resident in the Parishes of church of The Precious Blood or Our Lady of La Salette. A Parish Boundary map is available from the school office.
- Baptised Catholic children and children enrolled in the catechumenate from families who are resident in other parishes.
- Other ‘looked after children’.
- Children who are members of Eastern Christian Churches including Orthodox Churches. Evidence of Baptism or reception from the authorities of that Church will be required.
- Children of families who are committed members of other Christian denominations. Evidence of Baptism (or dedication) and of religious commitment provided by a priest or minister where the family regularly worship, will be required.
- Children of other faiths. Evidence of religious commitment provided by a priest, minister or religious leader where the family regularly worship, will be required.
- Any other children.
Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would lead to oversubscription, the following provisions will be applied.
i) The attendance of a sibling at the school at the time of admission will increase the priority of an application within each category.
ii) For categories 2, 3, 5 above, the evidence of commitment to the faith as demonstrated by the priest’s reference will increase the priority of an application within each category. This evidence must be provided by the parents or guardians and can be endorsed by a priest at the church where the family normally worship.
iii) For categories 6 and 7, above, the evidence of commitment to the faith as witnessed by the Minister will increase the priority of an application within each category. This evidence must be provided by the parents or guardians and can be endorsed by a priest or minister from the place where the family normally worships.
iv) 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 the child which make the school particularly suitable for the child in question.
v) The distance from the child’s home (measured by as the crow flies) to the school premises. This will be done by entering the postcode into an electronic London map and measuring the distance from the centre of the circle to the school entrance. This will be carried out by a governor. Evidence of residence may be required.
Please note – admission to the Nursery class does not guarantee a place in the Reception class.
NOTES (these notes form part of the oversubscription criteria ‘looked after child has the same meaning
as in Section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989, and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents).
‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full 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 full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purposes of this policy, it includes a looked after child who is part of a Catholic family where a priest’s reference demonstrates that the child would have been baptised or received if it were not for their status as a looked after child (e.g. a looked after child in the process of adoption by a Catholic family).
Reference to other Christian denominations refers to other denominations that are full members of Churches Together in England.
‘catechumen’ means a member of the catechumenate of a Catholic church. This will normally be evidenced through the parish priest, for example with a letter confirming enrolment.
A sibling is defined as a full brother or sister or step/half brother or sister living at the same address, a child who as living as part of the family unit by reason of a Court Order or a child who has been placed with foster carers as a result of being ‘looked after’ by the authority.
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 normally require written evidence from an appropriate professional, such as a social worker, doctor or priest. Evidence should indicate why the school is the most appropriate school and identify any difficulties that would arise were the child to attend a different school.