St. Bernard’s RC Primary School
Admissions Policy 2018
St Bernard’s is a Roman Catholic Primary School provided by the Diocese of Salford and is maintained by Bolton Local Authority as a voluntary aided primary school. The school’s governing body is the admission authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applicants for admission. For the school year commencing 2018/2019 the governing body’s planned admission number is 30.
Admission to the school will be made by the governing body in accordance with the stated parental preferences it receives subject to the following criteria which will be used to form a priority order if there are more applications for admission than the school has places available.
The Governors will admit all children having a statement/EHCP of SEND (Special Educational Need Difficulties) in which the school is named.
- Baptised Roman Catholic children who are in public care and previously looked after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
- Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission and resident in the parishes of
St. Ethelbert’s and St. Vincent’s.
- Baptised Roman Catholic children resident in the parishes of St. Ethelbert’s and St. Vincent’s.
- Other baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in another parish.
- Other baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in another parish.
- Other children who are in public care.
- Other children with a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.
- Other children.
- The governing body is the admissions authority. The admissions committee is comprised of the following governors: Chair of governors, Parish Priest and Head Teacher.
- In the autumn term all parents who have expressed an interest in a school place will be sent a copy of the Local Authority ‘Primary Admission Booklet; which gives details of the LA co-ordinated admissions arrangements. These are available from Local Authority offices, public libraries and primary schools. They can also be viewed or downloaded from the Council’s website bolton.gov.uk/admissions
- Parents must complete a common application form and express 3 preferences for primary school admission. The closing date for all applicants is 16th 2013. All applicants will be considered by the governors at the same time in a fair way according to the published criteria.
- Each Roman Catholic applicant will be required to produce a baptismal certificate. Supplementary Form: The supplementary form must only request information relating to the fact of baptism. Any further information usually collected by the school should be requested on admission.
- Parents will be informed of the governors’ decision by Bolton LA on 15th April An offer of a place does not guarantee a place for brothers and sisters in subsequent years.
- Parents should check carefully whether they are resident within the parish boundaries of St. Ethelbert’s and St. Vincent’s. Map illustrating parish boundary is available from school.
- All applicants resident in the parishes of St. Ethelbert’s or St. Vincent’s will be required to provide proof of address, by supplying an original, up-to-date, utility bill or family credit book.
- 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 determined by the nearest, safest walking routes from the front door of the house to the main entrance door of the school. This will be digitally measured using the LA system (where it operates, otherwise please state how it will be measured).
- Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each part of the week, the ‘home’ address will be determined as being where the child resides for the majority of the school week.
- The term ‘brothers and sisters’ will be taken to include step brothers and sisters, foster children and children of partners living in the same household. The governing body must comply with maximum class size of 30 children however where the final place falls between twins, triplets etc then all children will be offered a place (this is permitted under the “excepted pupil” category of the relevant legislation) 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.
- If the school is oversubscribed, a waiting list will be maintained. This will be ordered according to the admission over-subscription criteria.