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Holy Rood Catholic Primary School

Admissions

Attention All Parents. Please read the document below if your child was born between 1 September 2012 - 31 August 2013

Holy Rood Catholic Primary Academy serves the catchment area parishes of Holy Rood Swindon, St Peter's West Swindon, St Joseph's Wroughton and Sacred Heart Royal Wootton Bassett.

 

Pupils are normally admitted in the September of the school year after their fourth birthday.  Parents have the right to defer their child's admission to school to the start of any subsequent term which occurs after the child has passed his or her fifth birthday.

 

It is expected that the families of all applicants who are not Roman Catholics, or committed members of another Christian denomination, will understand the benefits of a Christian education and will support the Catholic Ethos of the school.

 

Places for September 2017 will be offered in accordance with the following order of priority as taken from our Admissions Policy 2017 - 2018:

 

1. Baptised Catholic Looked After Children and Catholic Children who were previously Looked After but ceased to be so because immediately after being looked after they were adopted or became subject to, child arrangements or special guardianship order.

 

2. Baptised Catholic children living in the catchment area who will have a sibling at the school at the time of their admission.

 

3. Baptised Catholic children living in the catchment area  who will have a sibling in Year 6 at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School at the time of their admission.

 

4. Baptised Catholic children living outside the catchment area who will have a sibling at the school at the time of their admission.

 

5. Baptised Catholic children living outside the catchment area parishes who will have a sibling in Year 6 at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School at the time of their admission.

 

6. Baptised Catholic children living in the catchment area.

 

7. Baptised Catholic children living outside the catchment area.

 

In categories 1 - 7

A copy of a baptismal certificate or equivalent validation should be sent to the school. To be considered in the first round of allocations, it must be submitted by 15 January 2017. Where a certificate is not available, a statement from a member of the clergy, confirming that the person has (or in their opinion has) been baptised or received into the Catholic Church must be provided. The governors may also request sight of the original certificate

 

8 . Looked After children and children who were previously Looked After Children but ceased to be so because immediately after being looked after they were adopted or became subject to, child arrangements or special guardianship order.

 

9. Children living in the catchment area who will have a sibling at the school at the time of their admission.

 

10. Children living in the catchment area who will have a sibling in Year 6 at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School at the time of their admission.

 

11. Children who are not Catholic who have a Catholic parent/carer.

 

12. Other children not in the above categories.

 

Tiebreakers

Where applicants within categories 1-7 exceed the number of places available, priority will be given to:

a)Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;

b)Children who have a sibling in Year 6 at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School at the time of admission;

c)Children who live farthest from the nearest alternative Catholic school.   

 

Where applicants within categories 9-13 exceed the number of places available, priority will be given to:

a)Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;

b)Children who have a sibling in Year 6 at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School at the time of admission.

 

If all criteria above do not determine priority, random allocation by drawing lots will be used.  An independent adjudicator from the Diocese or Local Authority will be requested to oversee the random selection allocation.

 

Please see our Admissions Policy and Supplementary Form below

Appeals procedure

Parents/carers have the right to appeal against the refusal by the Governors to admit their child and should put their appeal in writing to the Clerk to the Governors at the school.  Appeals will be arranged by the Local Authority.

 

Appeals for applications made under the 'normal admissions round' for you child's school age, must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging an appeal.

 

Under the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England)  Regulations  2012  an application is  made  in the  ‘normal  admissions  round’  if  it  is  not:

 

1) a ‘late application’ (an application is a ‘late’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group; it is submitted before the first day of the school term of the admission year; and a determination relating to the application is not made by an authority on or before the offer date. The ‘relevant age group’ is the age group at which pupils are or will normally be admitted to the school e.g. reception or year 7, Section 142 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998)

 

Late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

 

2) an ‘in-year application’ (an application is an ‘in-year’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group and it is submitted on or after the first day of the first school term of the admission year, or it is for the admission of a child to an age group other than a relevant age group).  

 

For applications for in-year admissions, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

 

Please find below a link to the Admissions information on Swindon Borough Council website.  

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