Offers for 2017/18 primary school places will be issued by the local authority.
Determined Admission Policy
Sacred Heart RC Primary School is a Roman Catholic Primary School provided by the Diocese of Salford and is maintained by the Lancashire Local Authority (LA) as a Voluntary Aided School. The school’s Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions. For the school year commencing September 2017, the governing Body has set its planned admissions number at 28.
Admission to the school will be made by the Governing Body in accordance with the stated parental preferences it receives, subject to the following set of criteria which will be used to form a priority order if there are more applications for admission than the school has places available.
1. Baptised Roman Catholic Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children.
2. Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in the former parish of the Sacred Heart.
3. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in the former parish of the Sacred Heart.
4. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admissions and resident in another parish.
5. Other baptised Roman Catholic children, resident in another parish.
6. Other Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children.
7. Exceptional Needs.
8. Other children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.
9. Other children.
a) If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of proximity to the school. This will be decided by the shortest distance, walking route from the front door of the child’s home to the school’s main gate. In the event of a tied distance measurement between address points the Local Authority’s system of a random draw will determine which address(es) receive the offer(s).
b) All applicants will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions.
c) Each Roman Catholic applicant will be required to produce a baptismal certificate.
d) Parents should check carefully whether they are resident within the former parish boundary of the Sacred Heart. A map illustrating the boundary is available in school.
e) In this policy brothers and sisters include step or half brothers and sisters, foster children and children of partners living at the same address. Where there are twins or triplets wanting admission and there is only a single place left the Governing Body will exercise as much flexibility as possible within the requirements of infant class sizes. If places for twins or all triplets cannot be offered the family will be advised accordingly. This may also apply to siblings who are in the same year group. If only a single placed can be offered a random draw will decide which pupil receives an offer.
f) Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility the home address will be that put on the application form.
g) It is the duty of governors to comply with class size limits at Key Stage One. This means that the school cannot operate classes in Key Stage one of more than 30 children.
h) The Governing Body reserve the right to admit children with proven and exceptional medical and social needs where admission to the school might best help satisfy those exceptional needs, providing that such an application is submitted with appropriate evidence from a doctor or social worker.
i) If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents can appeal to an independent Appeals Panel. This appeal should be sent in writing to the Clerk to the Governors at the school within 14 days of notification of refusal. The date of notification will be 2 working days after posting by first class post. The parents must give their reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on all parties.
j) Admission arrangements to the Reception class are separate from those for the Nursery class. Attendance in the Nursery does not give a child any guarantee or priority when it comes to consideration by the governors for admission to the Reception class.
k) If the school is oversubscribed, a waiting list will be maintained for the length of the Autumn term. This will be ordered according to the admission over-subscription criteria.
l) Applications received after the closing dates will be considered after all the others and placed on the waiting list in order according to the criteria.
Supplementary information forms are available from the school.