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St. Benedict Biscop CE Primary

2020/2021 & 2021/2022

2019/2020


 

Admission Arrangements 2020/2021 & 2021/2022

Introduction 

St Bartholomew’s is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) and the Directors of the Trust are its own admission authority. 

As at February 2019, the schools in the MAT are:  

  • St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School 
  • St Benedict Biscop CE Primary School 
  • Woodfield Infant School 
  • Woodfield Junior School  

The MAT and its schools will comply with the provisions within the Schools Admissions Code and the School Appeals Code, which is available on the Direct Gov admissions pages

The City of Wolverhampton Council will administer the admissions arrangements on behalf of the MAT.  

St Bartholomew’s CE MAT ensures that all of its schools are inclusive. We welcome children from all backgrounds, faiths and abilities. The only restriction for entry to any of our schools is on number. If the number of applications received exceeds the places available, allocations are made in accordance with the respective oversubscription criteria.  

This document relates to admission to St Bartholomew’s CE and St Benedict Biscop CE Primary Schools.  

Published Admission Numbers (PANs) 

Our PAN for Reception Year 2020/21 is: 

St Bartholomew’s CE Primary: 45

St Benedict Biscop CE Primary: 30  

Reception Admissions 

The admission arrangements outlined in this section apply to children starting Reception for the first time in 2020 / 2021. The admissions process for St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School is part of the Wolverhampton Local Authority co-ordinated admissions scheme. St Benedict Biscop CE Primary School is part of the Staffordshire County Council co-ordinated admissions scheme. 

The closing date for admissions will be 23:59 on 15 January 2020. Allocation results will be notified on 16 April 2020 by the applicants’ home Local Authority (LA). 

In respect of Year 2 to Year 3 transfers, the standard form will be used for the purposes of transferring pupils from infant (Year 2) to junior (Year 3) education at the age of 7 plus in the academic year 2020/21. The timetable followed will be the same as that for entry into Reception.  

All applicants must:  

  1. Complete the Common Application Form by applying online to the Local Authority where they reside.

  2. In addition, where relevant (as detailed in the oversubscription criteria) applicants must complete the Supplementary Information Form and return it direct to the School Admissions Team, City of Wolverhampton Council. 

Parents/carers who would like their child to be admitted during the year their child is five should ensure they complete all the necessary application forms. Admission to nursery does not mean automatic entry to the Primary school. 

Admission Criteria for the schools in our MAT for Reception 

A child with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) which names the school will be admitted. Remaining places are allocated as detailed below.  

Where there are fewer applicants than the PAN, all children will be admitted. In the event the school is oversubscribed, the admission authority will apply the following oversubscription criteria in order of priority:  

1. Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children  

A ‘Looked After Child’ is a child who is: 

a) in the care of the local authority, or 

b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of the social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time the application is made to school.  

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order);  

2. Medical/Social 

Whether there are specific medical or social circumstances that can be met only by the child’s attendance at the preferred school.  

Supporting Evidence

If parents/carers believe there are specific reasons, medical or social, for claiming priority for their child to attend a particular school these special factors must be indicated on the application form and evidence (e.g. a letter from a registered health professional such as a doctor or a social worker) to support this claim must be submitted to the School Admissions Team, City of Wolverhampton Council.  

The information submitted must state clearly the effects of the condition/illness and why the preferred school is the only school that can meet their child’s needs. This is necessary because parents/carers would be asking the Admitting Authority to assess their child as having a stronger case than many other children, even some who live closer to the school in question than they do. The information provided will be used to prioritise the request for a particular school. Please note that only in exceptional cases are places prioritised in respect of a child’s/parent’s/carer’s medical/social grounds.  

This supplementary information will not be regarded as a valid application, unless the parent/carer has also completed an application with the LA where they reside.  

3. Children with a sibling already attending the at the time of admission. 

For admission purposes, a sibling is a child who resides permanently at the same address as the child for whom a place is being requested, and is one of the following:-

  • brother/sister 
  • half brother/sister (i.e. share one common parent) 
  • or stepbrother/sister (i.e. related by a parent’s marriage) 
  • any other child for whom it can be demonstrated that s/he is residing permanently at the same address (e.g. under the terms of a residence order) 

The sibling connection only applies where the child concerned has a sibling attending the school at the time of the application as well as at the time of admission, (i.e. for normal year of entry applications siblings are expected to be attending the same school in September 2020). A sibling connection will not be accepted if the original place was obtained by using fraudulent or false information.  

4. Religious Reasons 

To a child and family who has religious reasons for attending St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School or St Benedict Biscop CE Primary School and for whom it can be demonstrated by the faith leader that s/he has current strong religious connections. This reason will only be taken into consideration if the preferred school is the nearest Church of England school to the child’s home address (measured by a straight line from the home address to the school using the City of Wolverhampton Council’s software).  

Supporting Evidence

A Supplementary Information Form (Appendix A) will be provided for parents/carers and their faith leader to complete, to enable them to demonstrate the child and family’s* current strong religious connections. (*Family for this criterion defined as parents/carers)  

St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust defines “strong religious connections” as attendance at a place of worship on at least two occasions per month for at least 2 years. The completed form should be returned to School Admissions Team, City of Wolverhampton Council  

As well as being an inclusive neighbourhood school, as a Church of England School St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School and St Benedict Biscop CE Primary School have distinctive Christian characters and ethos that reflect the teaching of Jesus Christ and Christian values. We ask all parents and carers applying for a place at these schools to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community. We hope that all children who come to the school will be able to participate (as appropriate) in the religious life of the school (including collective worship and religious education).  

This does not affect the rights of parents and carers who are not Christians to apply for a place. Indeed, through our commitment to inclusion, we actively welcome families from other faiths and no faiths.

(Parents have the legal right of withdrawal from collective worship and religious education.)  

The completed Supplementary Information Form will not be regarded as a valid application, unless the parent/carer has also completed an application with the LA where they live.  

5. Children who live closest to our schools 

How close the child lives to the school requested with those living closest to the school getting the highest priority. The distance from the applicant’s home and school is taken in a straight line between the respective school and the child’s home address. The distance is measured using the City of Wolverhampton Council’s software, with those living closest to the school receiving the highest priority.  

If there are a limited number of spaces available and we cannot distinguish between applicants using the above criteria, children who live in the same block of flats will be offered the available spaces randomly selected by drawing lots. 

Late Applications 

Applications received after the closing date will be treated as late. This includes a change of preference for the school, a change in order of preference for the school or the addition of the school as a preference. Changes should be sent to the home LA of the parent/carer.  

Therefore applications received after the closing date and before 11 February 2020 will only be incorporated into the initial allocation process if the late submission is for a good and valid reason i.e. parents/carers can demonstrate a material change of circumstances, or the request is for an academy that has not reached its admission limit.  

When submitting late applications parents must give reasons in writing for the late submission. The admission authority will give consideration to the reasons, followingwhich the application will be either:  

  1. Incorporated into the initial allocation and assessed against the oversubscription criteria 
  2. Considered only after all other applications  

Late applications without written reasons for the late application or those received after 11 February 2020 will only be considered after all other applications.  

Material Changes of Circumstance 

In claiming a material change of circumstance the applicant, at the time of application, must supply documentary evidence to confirm the changes. An example of material changes of circumstances is a house move that necessitates a change of preferences.  

If applicants’ circumstances change during the course of making the application that relate to any of the published criteria it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide evidence to the City of Wolverhampton’s Admissions and Appeals Team as this may affect the outcome of the application. 

Waiting lists 

The Admitting Authority will maintain the waiting lists until 31 December 2020. 

The waiting list will be ranked in admission criteria order. 

A child’s position on a waiting list is not fixed. This means that a child’s position on the waiting list could go up or down during the time that it is on the list. Any late applications accepted will be added to the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  

In Year Fair Access Protocol 

The Directors of St Bartholomew’s CE MAT are committed to taking its fair share of children who are vulnerable and/or hard to place, as set out in locally agreed protocols. 

Children who are the subject of a direction by the Local Authority to admit or who are allocated to a school in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol take precedence over those on a waiting list.  

Fraudulent or Misleading Applications 

The Admitting Authority will follow up any reports they receive that allege that a fraudulent or misleading application has been made.  

Multiple Births 

We understand that parent/carers would like to keep twins, triplets and other children of multiple births together. In the event that there is an insufficient number of places to allocate to twins, triplets, etc. all children will be allocated together.  

Tie-Breaker for Oversubscription 

If there are an insufficient number of places to accommodate all the children of a particular criterion, the next criterion will be used to assess the applications concerned in order to prioritise applications.  

Applications for children to be admitted outside their normal age group 

Summer-born children

Parents/carers of a summer-born child may choose not to send that child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted outside of their normal age group – to Reception rather than Year 1. Any parent/carer wishing to make such a request must put their requests in the first instance in writing to the LA where they reside by 15 January 2020.  

Requests will be considered on an individual basis and decisions will be reached taking into account the parents’/carers’ views, information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development, where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional, whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group if it were not for being born prematurely. The view of the Headteacher/Head of School of the school concerned will also be sought as part of the decision-making process.  

Any agreement to defer a child’s admission to Reception class does not guarantee a place at the preferred school, nor does it give the child any additional priority for a place. Parents/carers are required to make a new application next year for Reception 2021 and the application will be considered alongside all other applications for that round in accordance with the criteria. 

Deferred Entry 

A child’s parents/carers may defer the date at which their child, below compulsory school age, is admitted to the school, until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the first day of the summer term 2021. A child may take up a part-time place until later in the school year, but not beyond the point at which the child reached compulsory school age. Upon receipt of the offer of a place a parent/carer should notify the school, as soon as possible, that they wish to either defer their child’s entry to the school or take up a part-time place.  

In-Year Admissions 

An in-year admission is any entry to school other than at the normal point in Reception, for example, transferring school due to a move of house or personal reasons. Requests for places in Reception after the normal round of admissions or request for places in other year groups should be made directly to the City of Wolverhampton Council.  

With the exception of a child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN), applications should be made on the City of Wolverhampton's website following The City of Wolverhampton Council’s coordinated in-year admissions in conjunction with St Bartholomew’s CE MAT Schools Admission Policy.  

For In-Year Admissions all applicants must: 

  1. Complete the In-Year Application Form and return to the City of Wolverhampton Council 
  2. In addition, where relevant (as detailed in the oversubscription criteria) applicants must complete the Supplementary Information Form and return it direct to the School Admissions Team, City of Wolverhampton Council. 

Forms available on the City of Wolverhampton website.  

Admission Appeals 

In the event that an applicant is denied a place at the School, the parent/carer will have the right to appeal to an Independent appeal panel. Information relating to this can be found on the City of Wolverhampton website 

Parents are only entitled to one appeal per year group, per school, per academic year unless there is a material change of circumstances.  

Withdrawing Offer Places 

Any allegations received by the admission authority of people providing false accommodation addresses when applying for school places shall be fully investigated and, if found to be true, allocated places may be withdrawn, as appropriate. Our schools have been advised by City of Wolverhampton Council to ask parents/carers to provide proof of residence (for example utility bill) before admitting a child. A child’s home address is defined as the address at which a child normally resides or, where the child lives at more than one address, the address at which the child lives for the majority of the time. Where the home address is unclear parents/carers will be required to provide documentary proof of the child’s residence.  

Financial Implications 

There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust.

 


 

Admissions arrangements 2019-2020

1. Introduction

1.1. As our school is an academy; St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust (“The Admissions Authority”) determines the admission arrangements in consultation with the Diocese and Staffordshire County Council. The Admissions Authority have delegated responsibility for the delivery and review from time to time of the Academy’s admissions policy to the Local Governing Board

1.2. We welcome applications from children from all backgrounds, faiths and abilities and applies the regulations on admissions fairly and equally to all those who wish to attend our school.

1.3. Visits to the school for those considering an application to either Nursery or the School are welcome. Please contact the school office on 01902 892 197 or office@st-benedictbiscop.staffs.sch.uk to arrange a visit.

1.4. Admissions are administered through a co-ordinated scheme, which is processed centrally by Staffordshire’s Local Authority’s School Admissions and Transport Service.

2. Admission to St. Benedict Biscop CE Foundation Primary School Nursery

2.1. Our admission number for Nursery is 26.

2.2. Admission to nursery does not guarantee a place in reception when the stated admission criteria will be applied.

2.3. Names and details of the child are taken at any age and entered onto a contact list. A prospectus and details of the application procedures are forwarded to those on the list in the term in which the applicant becomes three.

2.4. Children will be admitted to the nursery in the term after their third birthday.

2.5. Applications should be made through the school office who will manage the waiting list.

2.6. If the number of applicants is less than 26 all applicants will be offered a place at our Nursery.

2.7. If the number of applicants exceeds 26 the Admissions Sub-Committee of the Governing Board meet to apply the Oversubscriptions Criteria for nursery.

2.8. A letter will be sent, on behalf of the Governing Board, by the school once places have been allocated.

2.9. There is no appeal against the Governors decision not to offer a place in our Nursery.

2.10. In the event of an unsuccessful application, an applicant’s details will be placed on a formal waiting list in admission criteria order.

Nursery Oversubscription Criteria (in order of priority)

  1. Children in public care (looked after children or previously looked after children);
  2. Children with known medical or social or pastoral needs who have an exceptional need for a place at St Benedict Biscop CE Foundation Primary School (please complete supplementary form);
  3. Where a child has a brother or sister currently attending the school and will still be attending at the time of admission. (Please see note 1)
  4. Date of Birth order, so oldest children will be allocated a nursery place first.
  5. Children who have been baptised into an accredited Christian Church
  6. Children whose parents identify themselves as being (a) known to the Church; or (b) attached to the Church; or (c) at the heart of the Church (please see note 2)
  7. Children whose parents are practicing members of another faith community (please see note 3)
  8. Children of staff currently employed by the school. (Staff refers to all employees on the school payroll.)
  9. To those living nearest to the school. For the purpose of distance calculation according to Google Maps.

3. Admissions to St. Benedict Biscop CE Foundation Primary School Reception

3.1. Our admission number for School is 30.

3.2. Children will be admitted full time in the September of the academic year in which the child becomes five.

3.3. Applications are made direct to the School Admissions and Transport Service.

3.4. Forms are available on our forms page.

3.5. If the number of applicants is less than 30 all applicants will be offered a place in Reception.

3.6. If the number of applicants exceeds 30 the Admissions Sub-Committee of the Governing Body meet to apply the Oversubscriptions Criteria.

3.7. If the number of applicants exceeds 30 verification of residency will be required.

3.8. A letter will be sent, on behalf of the Governing Body, from Staffordshire School Admissions and Transport service offering a place.

3.9. Parents whose child has not been offered a place at our school will be offered the right of appeal.

3.10. In the event of an unsuccessful application, the applicant’s details will be placed on a formal waiting list in admission criteria order.

3.11. The Governors will not consider repeat applications in the same academic year unless there have been significant and material changes in the circumstances of the applicant.

3.12. Parents wishing to defer their child’s entry to the Reception class until the Spring or Summer Term may do so providing their child is below compulsory school age (i.e. before they turn 5).

3.13. In the case of admissions other than the normal intake year, an application should be made to the school. Applications received after the closing date will be considered throughout the admission process provided supporting documentation verifies a valid reason for the late application.

4. Admission Appeals

4.1. If we do not offer a child a place at this school, it is because to do so would prejudice the education of other children.

4.2. If parents wish to appeal against a decision not to offer a school place, they can do so by applying to the Governing Body using the appeals form sent by Staffordshire School Admissions and Transport Service.

4.3. An independent appeals panel then meets to consider all appeals by parents where the Governors have been unable to offer a place at our school.

4.4. The appeals panel’s decision is binding for all parties concerned.

5. Admission to Reception Class Outside of the Normal Age Group

5.1. Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to school outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health.

5.2. In addition, the parents of summer born children may choose not to send their child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted outside of their normal age group to Reception rather than Year 1.

5.3. These parents will need to make an application alongside children applying at the normal age which should explain why it is in the child’s best interest to be admitted outside of their normal age and must include information such as professional evidence as to why this is the case and why an exception should be made in the case of the child. The Governing Body will take into account all the circumstances of the case and the views of the headteacher before making their decision. There is no appeal against this decision.

Reception Oversubscription Criteria (in order of priority)

  1. Children in public care (looked after children or previously looked after children);
  2. Children with known medical or social or pastoral needs who have an exceptional need for a place at St Benedict Biscop CE Foundation Primary School (please complete supplementary form);
  3. Where a child has a brother or sister currently attending the school and will still be attending at the time of admission. (Please see note 1)
  4. Children who have been baptised into an accredited Christian Church
  5. Children whose parents identify themselves as being (a) known to the Church; or (b) attached to the Church; or (c) at the heart of the Church (please see note 2)
  6. Children whose parents are practicing members of another faith community (please see note 3)
  7. Children of staff currently employed by the school. (Staff refers to all employees on the school payroll.)
  8. To those living nearest to the school. For the purpose of distance calculation the Staffordshire Local Authority’s Geographical Information System will be used.

Additional Notes

Note 1: For admission purposes a brother or sister is a child living at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common are related by a parents marriage are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners.

Note 2: Parents applying on faith grounds must complete the Supplementary Information Form and ensure that this is signed by an accredited minister or faith leader. Where a child has been baptised, parents must enclose a copy of the Certificate of Baptism.

Where parents are applying under Criterion (iv), they should state on the Supplementary Form under which of the following definitions they are applying:

Known to the Church: parents and/or children occasionally worship in Church, e.g. at Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Harvest Festival (or they attend infrequently because of other commitments); OR can demonstrate a commitment to their child being educated in a Church of England school on faith grounds.

Attached to the Church: parents and/or children are regular but not frequent worshippers (e.g. attending a monthly family or church parade service or are regularly involved in a weekday church activity including an element of worship).

At the heart of the Church: parents and/or children are regular and faithful worshippers attending at least twice per month (Sundays or weekday services).

Note 3: The application must be supported by a reference from the Faith Community leader.

Review: This policy will be reviewed annually by the Governing Body.

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