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OUR LADY’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
ADMISSIONS POLICY 2018-19
Our Lady’s is a Catholic Primary School under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Shrewsbury. It is maintained by Warrington Local Authority.
As a Voluntary Aided School, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for
admissions.
The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority. For the school’s year commencing September 2018,
the Governing Body has set its admissions number at 30.

The Catholic Faith and the Teachings of the Roman Catholic Church have an essential role in school life and influence every aspect of the
Curriculum. We ask all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community. This does not
affect the right of parents who are not of the Faith of this school to apply for and be considered for a place here.
ADMISSIONS TO THE SCHOOL will be made by the Governing Body. All preferences listed on the Local Authority Preference Form will be
considered on an equal basis with the following set of ADMISSIONS CRITERIA forming a priority order where there are more applications
for admissions than the school has places available.
1. Baptised Catholic children in care; and Baptised Catholic children previously in care
2. Baptised Catholic children who will have a sibling in the school at the time of likely admission
3. Baptised Catholic children resident in the parish of Blessed John Henry Newman in the catchment area of the school (a map
showing the catchment area of Our Lady’s School is available in school for parents to make reference to)
4. Baptised Catholic children from other parishes
5. Non Catholic children in care; or Non Catholic children previously in care
6. Non Catholic children who will have a sibling in the school at the time of likely admission
7. Other children.
NOTES
a) All applicants will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is 15th January 2018.
b) A Child in Care is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in
the exercise of their Social Services functions (under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). A child previously in care is one who
immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
c) For a child to be considered as a Catholic evidence of such Baptism will be required.
d) It is the duty of governors to comply with regulations on class size limits at Key Stage One. The Governing Body may exceed the
regulations for twins and children from multiple births where one of the children is the 30th child admitted.
e) If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of distance from home to school.
Distance will be measured in a straight line from the front door of the child’s home address (including the community entrance to flats)
to the main entrance of the school using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system with those living nearer to the school
having priority. If the distance is the same for two or more applicants where this would be last place/s to be allocated, a random
lottery will be carried out in a public place.
f) Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the child’s “permanent place of residence” will be
determined as the address of the parent who normally has responsibility for the majority of school days in a week.
g) Sibling is defined as a 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.
h) A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept and will be ranked according to the Admission Criteria.
Parents will be informed of their child’s position on the waiting list which will not be operated for longer than the end of the Autumn
Term.
i) For ‘In Year’ applications received outside the normal admissions round and if places are available then children qualifying under the
published criteria will be admitted. Direct application to the school can now be made under this heading. If there are places available
but more applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied.
j) If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel.
Parents must be allowed at least twenty school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to submit that
appeal. Parents must give reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on all parties.
k) Parents can request that the date their child, if below compulsory school age, is admitted to school is deferred to later in the school
year or until the term when they reach compulsory school age.
l) The Governing Body reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to baptism,
sibling connections or place of residence.

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