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Admissions Policy

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St Richard’s VC Academy Admissions Policy 2017/18

 

St. Richard’s VC 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.

Whenever 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 the school parents or carers are declaring their support for the aims and ethos of the school.

The Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for determining the school’s admissions policy. The Planned admission number for September 2017 is 60.

The parish of South East Hull Catholic Parish               

The Admissions Policy Criteria will be applied on an Equal Preference basis.

How and When to apply: 

Applications must be made on the Local Authority Common Application Form. Parents applying to a Voluntary Aided Roman Catholic school should also complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) as this is used to determine whether you are applying under a specific category. All forms must be returned by the closing date set by the Local Authority, 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.

Children who have a statement of Special Educational Need which names our school will be admitted to the school.

Late Applications:

Any applications received after the closing date will be accepted but considered only after those received by the closing date.

Oversubscription Criteria:

Parents are asked to note that admission to the Nursery unit is no guarantee of entry into the main school.

Where there are insufficient places available to meet all parental preferences, priority will be given to applications in the following order:

(First priority in each category will be given to siblings (see note 3) that is, children who will have older brothers or sisters attending the school in September 2017.)

  1. Roman Catholic ‘children looked after’ (in public care) and Roman Catholic children previously ‘looked after’ but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order immediately following having been looked after.Roman Catholic children whose home address is within the parish of South East Hull Catholic Parish.
  2. Roman Catholic children of members of school staff who have been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made 
  3. Other Roman Catholic children.
  4. Other ‘children looked after’ (in public care) and other children previously ‘looked after’ but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order immediately following having been looked after.
  5. Baptised of other Christian denominations whose baptism is recognised by the Roman Catholic Church (see Note 3)
  6. Other children of members of school staff who have been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made.
  7. Other children.ADDITIONAL NOTES:1.   Definition of Roman Catholic  
  8. Children who have been baptised as Roman Catholics or have been formally received into the Roman Catholic Church. All applicants seeking admission under any of criteria 1 to 3 will be asked to provide evidence that the child has been baptised as a Roman Catholic or has been received into the Roman Catholic Church. A baptismal certificate or a letter from their priest confirming their baptism or reception into the Roman Catholic Church will suffice.

Definition of Looked After Child in Public Care

A ‘looked after’ child is a pupil who is in the care of a LA or provided with accommodation by that authority (For more in depth definitions see Section 22(1), Section 8, Section 14A of the Children’s Act 1989 and Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002).       

 

Definition of Baptised children of other Christian denominations whose baptism is recognised by the Roman Catholic Church

 

Baptism is administered only by a washing in real water with the proper form of   words [the Trinitarian Formula naming Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] in accordance with c. 849.

The following information is provided with the hope that it will help in discerning the canonical status of candidates.  It is not exhaustiveWhen in doubt, reference should be made to the Chancery of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough

Adventist

African Methodist Episcopal                             Alexandrian: Coptic Alexandrian:

Ethiopian Catholic                                                            Amish/ Mennonite Valid Baptism

Anglican Valid Baptism                                        Antiochian: Chaldean Valid Baptism

Antiochian: Malabarese                                      Antiochian: Malankarese

Antiochian: Maronite                                          Antiochian: Syro-Antiochian

Armenian Apostolic                                             Assembly of God

Baptist                                                                   Byzantine: Albanian

Byzantine: Belarusan                                           Byzantine: Bulgarian

Byzantine: Croatian                                             Byzantine: Czech

Byzantine: Greek                                                  Byzantine: Greek-Melkite

Byzantine: Hungarian                                          Byzantine: Italo-Greek

Byzantine: Romanian                                            Byzantine: Russian

Byzantine: Ruthenian                                           Byzantine: Slovak

Byzantine: Ukranian                                            Chinese Catholic Baptism

Church of God                                                      Church of the Brethren

Church of the Nazarene                                                Community of Pope Pius X (Lefebvre)

Congregational Church                                        Disciples of Christ 

Eastern Non-Catholics (Orthodox)                   Eastern Rite Catholics 

Episcopal Church                                                 Evangelical Church of Covenant 

Evangelical Church of Covenant                                    Evangelical Churches 

Evangelical United Brethren                              Latin: Roman Catholic 

Liberal Catholic Church                                      Lutheran 

Methodist                                                             Old Catholic Church 

Old Roman Catholic Church                               Orthodox (see Eastern above) 

Polish National Church (is Eastern Rite)         Presbyterian 

Reformed Church                                                            United Church of Christ 

       

 

 A baptismal certificate confirming baptism will be required to be produced to confirm eligibility under criterion 6

 

  • Definition of Sibling

Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling and is in attendance at the same school on the date of admission.

 

  • Multiple Births

For multiple births where only 1 place remains, infant classes will be allowed to exceed the statutory limit where the 31st child is a twin or from multiple births.   The ‘excepted pupil’ will be allowed for the time in Key Stage 1 or until the class numbers fall back to current class size limit

 

  • Admission of a child outside their normal age

Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition parents of a Summer born child&

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