Nursery Admissions Policy 2021-22

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Admission Arrangements for the academic year 2021/2022

 

St Edmund Campion Catholic Nursery is part of the Frassati Multi Academy Trust.  The admissions authority for the school is the Board of Directors of the Frassati Multi Academy Trust who has responsibility for admissions to this school.  The Board of Directors has delegated responsibility for the administration of the admissions process to the Local Governing Body of St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School.

Please note that throughout this policy, the term parent means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child and any person who has care of a child.

 

The ethos of this Nursery is Catholic.  The Nursery was founded by the parish of St Edmund Campion to provide education for children of Catholic families.  Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will be given to Catholic children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below.

 

Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority.  If there is oversubscription within a category, the Board of Governors will give priority to children living closest to the school determined by the shortest distance (see Note 5).

 

For the purposes of this policy, parish boundaries are as shown on the Diocese of Portsmouth parish boundary map which can be accessed at http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/parishboundaries.php and will be applied to the admission arrangements for the academic year 2021/2022.

 

St. Edmund Campion Nursery will admit children from the term after their 3rd birthday. If there are spaces and parents are prepared to pay for the sessions we may accept children from their 3rd birthday.

Admission to the Nursery does not automatically guarantee a place at St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School.  Please refer to the St Edmund Campion School Admissions Policy.

 

Oversubscription Criteria

    1. Baptised Catholic children who are registered as being in the care of a local authority or            provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989(a), e.g. fostered or living in a children’s home, at the time an application for a school is made; and

Baptised Catholic children who have previously been in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989(a) and who have left that care through adoption, a child arrangements order (in accordance with Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 and as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014) or special guardianship order (in accordance with Section 14A of the Children Act 1989).

 

2.      Baptised Catholic siblings of children who will still be attending St. Edmund Campion School or Nursery at the time of admission. Parents of these children must have a Supplementary Information Form signed by a parish priest confirming the parent(s)’ weekly attendance at Sunday (or Saturday evening) Mass, for the calendar year 2020.

 

3.    Baptised Catholic children of parents who have a Supplementary Information Form signed by a parish priest confirming the parent(s)’ weekly attendance at Sunday (or Saturday evening) Mass, for the calendar year 2020.

4.    Baptised Catholic siblings of children who will still be attending St. Edmund Campion School or Nursery at the time of admission. Parents of these children must have a Supplementary Information Form signed by a parish priest confirming the parent(s)’ attendance at Sunday (or Saturday evening) Mass at least monthly, for the calendar year 2020.

 

  1. Baptised Catholic children of parents who have a Supplementary Information Form signed by a parish priest confirming the parent(s)’ attendance at Sunday (or Saturday evening) Mass at least monthly, for the calendar year 2020.

 

6         Baptised Catholic siblings of children who will still be attending St. Edmund Campion School or Nursery at the time of admission.

 

  1. All other Baptised Catholic children.

 

  1. Children who are registered as being in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989(a), e.g. fostered or living in a children’s home, at the time an application for a school is made; and children who have previously been in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989(a) and who have left that care through adoption, a child arrangements order (in accordance with Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 and as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014) or special guardianship order (in accordance with Section 14A of the Children Act 1989).

 

 9. Non-Catholic siblings of children who will still be attending St. Edmund Campion School or Nursery at the time of admission.

  1. Children of families who are members of other Christian denominations. “Children of other Christian denominations” means: children who belong to other churches and ecclesial communities which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves: to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. An ecclesial community which on principle has no credal statements in its tradition, is included if it manifests faith in Christ as witnessed to in the Scriptures and is committed to working in the spirit of the above.

 

  1. Other children.

 

Note 1

Children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan that names the school MUST be admitted.  This will reduce the number of places available to applicants.  This is not an oversubscription criteria.

 

Note 2

In all categories, for a child to be considered as Catholic, evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Church will be required.  For a definition of a Baptised Catholic, see the Appendix.  Those who face difficulties in producing written evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Church should contact their Parish Priest.

Parents making an application for a Catholic child should also complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which should be returned directly to the Nursery.  If you do not provide the information required in the Supplementary Information Form and return it by the closing date, together with all supporting documentation, this is likely to affect the criteria that your child is placed into, which is likely to affect your child’s chance of being offered a place at this nursery.

For the purposes of this policy, a looked after child living with a family, where at least one of the carers is Catholic, will be considered as Catholic.  The carer must forward a copy of their own Catholic Baptismal or Reception certificate directly to the school in order for this priority to be given to the child as failure to do so will result in the looked after child being ranked as a non-Catholic.

 

Note 3

A “looked after child” has the same meaning as in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989, and means any child who is (a) in the care of the local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by them in the exercise of their social services functions (eg children with foster parents) at the time of making the application to the school.  A “previously looked after child” is a child who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, child arrangement order or special guardianship order.

For the purposes of this policy, a looked after child, living with a family where at least one of the carers is Catholic, will be considered as Catholic.  The carer must forward a copy of their own Catholic Baptismal or Reception certificate directly to the school in order for this priority to be given to the child as failure to do so will result in the looked after child being ranked as a non-Catholic.

 

Note 4

For all applicants the definition of a brother or sister is:

  • A brother or sister sharing the same parents
  • A half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent
  • A step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parents’ marriage or where they are unrelated but their parents are living as partners.
  • Adopted or fostered children

The children must be living permanently in the same household.

 

Note 5

Distances are measured in a straight line using the GeoCode Points for each property and the GeoCode point for the school.    Ordnance Survey supplies the coordinates that are used to plot an address within this system.

 

In a very small number of cases, where the school is oversubscribed, it may not be possible to decide between the applications of those pupils who are the final qualifiers for a place when applying the published admission criteria.

For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or if the distance between the home and the school is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats.  If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both, or all, of the children would cause the Published Admission Number for the child’s year group to be exceeded, the Local Authority, on behalf of the Board of Directors, allocate the final place by random selection (lottery).  Someone totally independent of RBWM’s Children’s Services will supervise this process.

 

The Board of Directors will, where possible, admit twins and all siblings from multiple births where one of the children is the last child ranked within the school’s published admission number.

 

A child’s home address refers to the address where the child usually lives with a parent or carer and will be the address provided in the Local Authority’s Common Application Form.

Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives for part of the week with each parent, the home address will be the address provided in the Local Authority’s Common Application Form, provided that the child resides at that address for any part of the school week.

Parents may be requested to supply documentary evidence to satisfy the Governing Body that the child lives at the address put forward by the parents.

 

Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives for part of the week with each parent, the home address will be the address provided in the Local Authority’s Common Application Form, provided that the child resides at that address for any part of the school week.

Parents may be requested to supply documentary evidence to satisfy the Board of Directors that the child lives at the address put forward by the parents.

 

If a place in the school is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’s normal and permanent home address, then that place is liable to be withdrawn.

APPENDIX

DEFINITION OF A “BAPTISED CATHOLIC”

A “Baptised Catholic” is one who:

  • Has been baptised into full communion (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 837) with the Catholic Church by the Rites of Baptism of one of the various ritual Churches in communion with the See of Rome. Written evidence of this baptism can be obtained by recourse to the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the baptism took place (Cf. Code of Canon Law, 877 & 878).

Or

  • Has been validly baptised in a separated ecclesial community and subsequently received into full communion with the Catholic Church by the Rite of Reception of Baptised Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Written evidence of their baptism and reception into full communion with the Catholic Church can be obtained by recourse to the Register of Receptions, or in some cases, a sub-section of the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the Rite of Reception took place (Cf. Rite of Christian Initiation, 399).

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