Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School, A Voluntary Academy was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for baptised Catholic children. The school is run 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.
If the number of preferences received is less than the admission number then all preferences will be met. However, when there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic applicants in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below. By applying to this school parents, or carers, are declaring their support for the aims and ethos of the school.
The governing body has responsibility for admissions to the school and intends to admit 30 pupils to reception in the school year which begins in September 2018.
At any time 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 from Catholic families or children from Catholic families who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order with siblings who attend Our Lady of Victories.
- Looked after children from Catholic families or children from Catholic families who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order
- Baptised Catholic children with siblings who attend Our Lady of Victories.
- Baptised Catholic Children who live in the defined area.
- Other Baptised Catholic Children.
- Other looked after children or other children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order with siblings who attend Our Lady of Victories.
- Other looked after children or other children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order
- Other children with siblings who attend Our Lady of Victories.
- Other children.
- Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would still lead to oversubscription, the available places will be offered to those living nearest to the school. ‘straight line distance’ will be used as the measure (see notes).
- If two or more pupils live equidistant from the school, the distance each pupil lives by road from the preferred school will be measured and the place offered to the pupil who lives nearest by this means. In the event of this being equal, places will then be decided by random allocation (see notes).
- Where there is more than one application from a postal address contained within a block of flats, places will be decided by random allocation (see notes).
Application Procedures and Timetable
A standard application form, known as the Common Preference Form must be completed and returned to the Local Authority - Bradford Council Admissions Team, Future House, Bolling Road, Bradford BD4 7EB by [closing date to be confirmed]. Failure to provide a Common Preference Form (CPF) would mean that the application is not valid.
If parents/carers feel that they should be in a specific category i.e. Baptised Catholic, then they are required to complete a Supplementary Information Form and provide the required evidence. The Supplementary Information Form is attached to this policy and must be submitted by 31st January 2018 to the Academy c/o School Business Manager, Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School, A Voluntary Academy, Guard House Road, Keighley BD22 6JP Therefore, failure to provide a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) could affect the category your application is placed in. Please note that it is the responsibility of the parent/carer to complete all forms and supply evidence – reminders will not be sent.
Parents or carers will be advised of the outcome of their applications on April 15th. Unsuccessful applicants will be given reasons related to the over-subscription criteria listed above and advised of their right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.
Late applications will be dealt with according to the local authority co-ordinated scheme.
Deferred entry to primary schools
Parents of children who are offered a place at the school before they are of compulsory school age can defer their child’s entry until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year. Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child during the remainder of the school year. Parents cannot defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted. Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.
Deferment for summer born children
If your child's fifth birthday is between April and August then they can start school the following September. The expectation would be that parents have decided that the child will miss the full reception year and they would have to apply for Year 1 places (if any remained available). Requests for full year deferral with a retained reception start will be considered individually. Parents would be expected to provide substantial and exceptional evidence of the need for this to happen (personal views and reference to national research will not suffice).
Admissions outside the normal admission round – applications should be made to the school and will be dealt with by the admission authority of the school i.e. the governing body. If there is more than one application for an available place the governors will make their decision using the oversubscription criteria listed in the appropriate policy for the year group. Unsuccessful applicants will be given reasons related to the oversubscription criteria listed above and will be advised of their rights to appeal the governors’ decision to an independent appeal panel.
As well as their right of appeal, unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will follow the order of the oversubscription criteria set out above, therefore, this means that each time a child is added the list will be re-ranked. Names are normally taken off the list at the end of the academic year.
Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health & Care Plan
Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health & Care Plan that names the school must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available to applicants. This is not an oversubscription criterion.
The admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. This procedure is set out in the 1996 Education Act. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
Notes (these notes form part of the over-subscription criteria)
Catholic means a member of a church in communion with the See of Rome. A certificate of baptism in a Catholic church, or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church, will normally evidence this. Alternatively a letter from a parish priest confirming membership of a church in communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches.
Looked After Child has the same meaning as in section 22 of the Children 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.
Looked After Children from Catholic Families – this has a dual meaning. It could be the child themselves who are baptised Catholic or it could be the family who are caring for the child that is Catholic. If it is the child who is a baptised Catholic normal rules apply and a baptism certificate should be seen by the admission authority. However, (in limited situations) this may not always be possible and in these cases the admission authority should seek to ensure that the child is baptised. If a child is placed with a Catholic family who wish the child to have a Catholic education this should be evidenced by a baptism certificate of either parent carer.
Defined area is a geographical area. Please see boundary maps available for inspection in school (boundaries determined by the Diocese of Leeds).
Siblings (Brothers and Sister) includes children with brothers and sister (including step-siblings, adoptive siblings and foster siblings) of statutory school age, living at the same address, in attendance at the same school on the date of admission.
Twins or Triplets (or multiple births) - where a family of twins or triplets request admission and if one sibling has been offered the 30th or last place the ‘excepted pupil’ rule comes in and the other twin/triplets are offered a place.
Live - In all categories “live” means the child’s permanent home address. A child is normally regarded as living with a parent or guardian and we will use the parent or guardian’s address for admission purposes. You cannot lodge a child with a friend or relation in order to gain a place at a school. For admissions purposes only one address can be used as a child’s permanent address. When a child lives with more than one parent/carer, at different addresses, we will use the preference expressed by the parent/carer at the address where the child lives the majority of the time during the school week as the main place of residence.
Straight Line Distance - in all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criterion, children living nearest to the school, using a straight line measure, have priority. [If you use LA measurements please use the LA descriptor as to how they measure].
Random Allocation – this is only to be used when the last place to be offered would fall into one of the two categories above i.e. children living in a block of flats or children who live equidistant from the school using straight line distance criterion. An independent person will be used to make the random selection.
- Diocese of Leeds Appeals, Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane, LEEDS, LS6 2BX
- Please see school website http://www.ourlady.ngfl.ac.uk