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Admission Policy

All Saints Catholic College was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. The school is run by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and instrument of government, and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ.
If the number of preferences received is less than the admission number then all preferences will be met. However, when there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic applicants in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below. By applying to this school parents, or carers, are declaring their support for the aims and ethos of the school.
The governing body has responsibility for admissions to the school and intends to admit 160  pupils to Year 7 in the school year which begins in September 2013.

Oversubscription criteria

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered in the following order of priority:

  •  Looked after children from Catholic families or children from Catholic families who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order.
  • Baptised Catholic children who live in the primary school defined areas of (St Patrick’s Birkby, Our Lady of Lourdes Bradley, St Joseph’s Dalton, St Joseph’s Brighouse and St Patrick’s Elland, St Mary’s Halifax, Sacred Heart Sowerby Bridge, St Malachy’s Halifax, St Joseph’s Halifax),  and go to the Catholic primary schools serving those areas.
  • Catholic pupils who have a brother or sister of compulsory school age at All Saints at the time of admission.
  • Other baptised Catholic children who live in the above named defined areas.
  • Other baptised Catholic children in the Catholic primary schools serving these areas.
  • Catholic pupils wishing to transfer from other Catholic schools.
  • Other baptised Catholic children.
  • Other looked after children or other children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order.
  • Other children who have a brother or sister of compulsory school age at All Saints at the time of admission.
  • Other children who attend a Catholic school named in category 2 whose application is supported in writing, by a minister of religion, or an appropriate religious leader.
  • Children of other Christian denominations or of other Faiths whose application is supported in writing, by a minister of religion, or an appropriate religious leader.
  • Other children who attend a Catholic school named in category 2.
  • Other applicants.

Catechumens are to be given priority next after baptised Catholics in each of the above categories.
Tie Break
Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would still lead to oversubscription, the available places will be offered to those living nearest to the school. ‘straight line distance’ will be used as the measure (see notes).

Application Procedures and Timetable

Failure to provide a Common Preference Form (CPF) would mean that the application is not valid and failure to provide a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) could mean that the applicant is placed in the last criteria.
A standard application form, known as the Common Preference Form must be completed and returned to the home Local Authority School Admissions by 31st October. The Supplementary Information Form attached to this policy should be submitted by 31st October to the school Administration Manager, All Saints Catholic College, Bradley bar, Huddersfield HD2 2JT . Parents or carers will be advised of the outcome of their applications on 1st March 2012. Unsuccessful applicants will be given reasons related to the over-subscription criteria listed above and advised of their right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.
Admissions outside the normal admission round from Sept 2013 – applications should be made to the school and will be dealt with by the admission authority of the school i.e. the governing body

Waiting Lists

As well as their right of appeal, unsuccessful applicants can apply to be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will follow the order of the oversubscription criteria set out above. Names are normally taken off the list after [six months].

Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs

The admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. This procedure is set out in the 1996 Education Act. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
Notes (these notes form part of the over-subscription criteria)

 


Catholic means a member of a church in communion with the See of Rome. A certificate of baptism in a Catholic church, or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church, will normally evidence this. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches.

 

Catechumens are those children who have expressed an explicit desire to be baptised into the Roman Catholic Church and who are currently preparing to receive the same by regular participation in Sunday worship and a recognised programme of preparation. A letter from the Catholic priest preparing the child is required.

 

Looked After Child has the same meaning as in section 22 of the Children Act 1989, and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents).

 

Defined area is a geographical area. Please see boundary maps available for inspection in school (boundaries determined by the Diocese of Leeds).

 

Siblings (Brothers and Sister) includes children with brothers and sister (including step-brothers or sisters residing at the same address) of statutory school age, living at the same address, in attendance at the same school, or a school on the same site, on the date of admission.

 

Twins or Triplets - where a family of twins or triplets request admission and if one sibling has been offered the last place the ‘excepted pupil’ rule comes in and the other twin/triplets are offered a place.

 

Straight Line Distance will be measured from the main entrance of the school to the home.
"Distance is measured in a straight line from a child’s home address to the school.  Measurements are calculated using seven-figure grid references for each address taken from Ordnance survey ADDRESS-POINT® data.  This grid reference relates to a point that falls inside the permanent building structure corresponding to the address.  The boundary of the building structure for the address is derived from Ordnance Survey Land-Line data.  For smaller, residential properties the grid reference denotes a point near the centre of the building.  For larger properties like schools with, for example, multiple buildings and large grounds, the grid reference relates to a point inside the main addressable building structure.  The distance calculated is accurate to within 0.1 metres."


Admission appeal – to Donna Letremy, All Saints Catholic College, Bradley Bar, Huddersfield, HD2 2JT