Admissions PoliciesThe Published Admission Number (PAN) for 2017-18 has increased from 150 to 180 for Year 7 from September 2017
Admissions Policy and Procedures for Admission in 2016-17
The school is a voluntary aided Catholic co-educational secondary day school. The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The school is conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with canon law, the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
The governors aim to offer a Catholic education. They expect that parents/carers applying for places for their children will accept and uphold the Catholic character and ethos of the school. The school fully respects the beliefs of parents/carers and children from all denominations and faith backgrounds. Children are taught respect and tolerance for others and there is provision in the religious education programme for the study of different faiths.
The school was set up to serve the Catholic parishes of the Cathedral Deanery of: Arundel, Bognor Regis with Slindon, Billingshurst with Pulborough, Chichester with the Witterings, Selsey, Midhurst, Petworth and Storrington.
Having consulted with the Diocese, Local Authority, other admission authorities and other relevant groups, the governors intend to admit into Year 7, in September 2016, up to 150 pupils without reference to ability or aptitude.
Where the number of applications exceed 150, and after the admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Need/ Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) where the school is named on the Statement/ EHCP, the Governors will offer places using the following criteria in the order stated:
1. Baptised Catholic children who are looked after and Baptised Catholic children who were previously looked after. Only evidence of Baptism will be required (see notes a and b).
2. Baptised Catholic children who are considered to have an Exceptional and Compelling need to attend the school. Evidence of Baptism and Exceptional and Compelling needs will be required (see notes b and c).
3. Baptised Catholic children with a sibling at the school in Years 8-13 at the time of admission. Evidence of Baptism will be required (see notes b and d).
4. Baptised Catholic children living in the Cathedral deanery without a sibling at the school at the time of admission. Evidence of Baptism will be required (see note b).
5. Baptised Catholic children living outside the Cathedral deanery without a sibling at the school at the time of admission. Evidence of Baptism will be required (see note b).
6. Other children who are looked after and previously looked after (see note a).
7. Other children with a sibling at the school in Years 8-13 at the time of admission (see note d).
8. Other children who are considered to have Exceptional and Compelling needs. Evidence will be required (see note c).
9. Children who are members of Eastern Orthodox Churches. Evidence of Baptism will be required (see note b).
10. Children of families who are members of other Christian denominations that are part of Churches Together in Britain & Ireland. Evidence of Baptism (or dedication) provided by a priest or minister of a designated place of worship will be required (see note b).
11. Children who are members of other faiths. Evidence of membership of the faith provided by a priest, minister or religious leader of a designated place of worship will be required (see note b).
12. Any other children.
Priority within the Oversubscription Criteria (tiebreakers):
The governors will apply the following oversubscription criteria in order of priority within the categories when applications exceed the number of places available and it is necessary to decide between applications through a priority ranking:
1. For Oversubscription Criteria 2, 3, 4 and 5 above) – The strength of evidence of practice of the faith as demonstrated by the level of the parent/ carer or child´s Mass attendance on Sundays over a two year period immediately prior to the closing date for applications. This evidence must be provided by the parent/ carer and be endorsed by a priest at the church(es) where the family normally worships. Applications will be ranked in the order shown on the Supplementary Information Form i.e. firstly those attending Mass weekly or at least 3 times a month, then once or twice a month, then less than once a month, then those who do not attend.
2. For Oversubscription Criteria 9,10 and 11 above – The strength of evidence of practice of the faith as demonstrated by the level of the parent/ carer or child´s attendance at services over a two year period immediately prior to the closing date for applications. This evidence must be provided by the parent/ carer and be endorsed by the priest/ minister/ faith leader where the family normally worships. Applications will be ranked in the order shown on the Supplementary Information Form i.e. firstly those attending services weekly or at least 3 times a month, then once or twice a month, then less than once a month, then those who do not attend.
3. Applications in each category are also ranked in by distance from home (the address at which the child resides) to the school (closest proximity receives highest priority) (see note f). Evidence of residence may be required. Distance will be used as final tie break.
The governing body of the school is responsible for determining the admission arrangements of the school, including the priority of admissions to the school when the school is oversubscribed. When the application deadline has closed, the Local Authority (LA) provides to the school a list of all applicants who have applied to the school. The school will then rank the applications in strict accordance with its published admission arrangements and provide the LA with the ranked list. The LA is responsible for coordinating the allocation of places in its area, offering individual places to parents on behalf of the school governors on the common offer date of 1 March 2016.
To apply for a place at this school, you should complete and return the following two forms:
1. The Common Application Form (CAF)
All applications for places must be made on the Common Application Form which is available either from the Local Authority (where the parent lives) or on that Local Authority´s website. For a valid application, the CAF must be returned either online or in the paper form by 31st October 2016.
2. The school´s Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
This is available from the school and the school website and allows the governors to put all applicants in order of priority for admission in line with the published admission policy. Please note that while completion of the SIF is not mandatory, if a completed SIF is not received the governing body will only be able to consider the application based on information provided to the Local Authority on the CAF. To put this is practical terms, if a completed SIF is not received, it is likely that governors will only be able to rank the application within the last i.e. ´Any other children´ criterion. The completed SIF must be returned to the school office by 31st October 2017.
You are advised to keep copies of the forms for your records, whether completed online/ on paper.
All pieces of paperwork are required on or before the published closing dates referenced above. Late applications will automatically be considered under category 12, irrespective of the category applied under.
If the school is oversubscribed, parents of children who have not been offered a place at the school may ask for their child´s name to be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list will be operated using the same admissions criteria listed above. Placing a child´s name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available. This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place. The waiting list will be ranked in line with the oversubscription criteria each time a child is added to the list. Parents are contacted at the end of each academic year and invited to indicate if they wish to continue on the waiting list for a further year, in accordance with the most current criteria.
Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with sections 88 and 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Parents/Carers have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel. Appellants should apply in writing to West Sussex County Council:
Legal Services (School Admission Appeals)
Tel: 01243 777175
In Year Admissions
The oversubscription criteria in this admission policy will also apply to applications made outside the normal age of entry to secondary education (Year 7) i.e. in succeeding years or during the academic year. Please ensure that you contact the school and the Local Authority when making an In-Year application.
Offer of a Place
The Local Authority will notify parents via email, where possible, of their school allocation on 1 March 2016. If you do not wish to accept the offer then please inform the school and the Local Authority in writing as soon as possible so that the place may be offered to a child on the waiting list.
Visiting the School
We encourage parents to visit our school in order to find out more about how we work and the education we offer. Parents are welcome to arrange a visit by contacting the school office. However, such visits do not form part of the process of deciding which children are to be offered a place at the school.
Giving us the wrong information
If a parent/carer is found to have supplied false or incorrect information to gain a place at this school, the governing body reserves the right to withdraw any offer of a place even if the child has already started school. An example of false or incorrect information would be the use of an address that is not the child´s normal residence.
Please download the .pdf or Word version of this document (located at the bottom of the page) to see the complete notes that form part of the admission arrangements