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.
Order of Priority
In the event of oversubscription (i.e. more applications than available places) applications will be ranked, in accordance with the order of priority listed below:
In Categories 1-3 and 6, a Baptismal certificate must be available for inspection.
4. Looked After Children in Care or previously Looked After Children
5. Children living in the catchment area parishes.
6. Children (who are not Catholic but) who have a Catholic parent
7. Service Personnel Children
8. Other children not in the above categories.
Within categories 1-3 priority within each category will be given in order to:
a. Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
b. Random Allocation i.e. drawing of lots supervised by someone independent of the school.
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 your 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.