SCHOOL ADMISSIONS GUIDANCE
The Governors’ policy is to give priority to children from committed Christian* families. The number of intended admissions each year to Year 7 is 300. All pupils are admitted without reference to ability or aptitude except in the case of applicants to the sixth form to take GCE Advanced Level courses.
When, following the admission of children with a Statement of special educational needs or an Education Health and Care Plan that names the school, there are more applications than places remaining available, the school will allocate places on the basis of the following oversubscription criteria, which will be applied in the order of priority shown,
1. The school will give the highest priority for admission to looked after children and previously looked after children.
Note: A looked after child 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 (see definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school. Previously looked after children are children who were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.
Thereafter the Governors will decide between applicants using the following order:
2. Children from committed Christian families, based on:
- How regularly and frequently the child attends public worship at a Christian Church*
- How regularly and frequently one parent attends public worship at a Christian Church*
- The number of years the child’s attendance at public worship at a Christian Church has been sustained
- The number of years the parent’s attendance at public worship at a Christian Church has been sustained.
3. Children who have an older sibling** attending the school at the closing date of applications for admission, whose older sibling was admitted under the school’s faith based admissions criteria.
4. Children who have an older sibling** attending at the closing date of applications for admission, whose older sibling was not admitted under the school’s faith based admissions criteria.
5. Children of staff at the school where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years, or has been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
6. Children eligible for the service premium***
7. Children eligible for the pupil premium****
8. Any other children, with priority given to those who live closest to the school*****
* Information will be gathered from parents/a person with Parental Responsibility and the authorised minister to enable the points’ score to be calculated for each child. The Governors have defined ‘Christian Church’ as being any church in membership of, or sharing the statement of belief (‘the Basis’) of ‘Churches Together in England’. A list of members of Churches Together in England can be found at http://www.churches-together.org.uk
Note: Parental Responsibility is defined by the Children Act 1989 as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent has in relation to the child and his property”.
** The Governors have defined ‘Sibling’ as full, step, half, foster and adopted brothers or sisters living at the same address.
*** The service premium is additional funding paid annually to schools under Section 14 of the Education Act 2002 for the purposes of supporting the pastoral needs of the children of UK Armed Services personnel.
**** The pupil premium is additional funding paid annually to schools under Section 14 of the Education Act 2002 for the purposes of supporting the attainment of disadvantaged children.
***** The distance from the child’s normal home front door from the main gate of the school in a straight line, measured on a map, will be used as the determining factor, nearer addresses having priority. The normal home address will be taken to be the home in which the children sleeps for the majority of the school week. Parents may be asked for proof of address. For children of UK Armed Service personnel and other Crown servants returning to the area proof of posting is all that is required.
Information must be provided by an authorised Church officer, usually the Parish Priest/Minister or Church Warden/Elder/PCC Secretary/Child Protection Co-ordinator etc. Points are allocated from the information provided in Section B of the supplementary application form, over a six year period for both child and a parent. The maximum number of points which can be awarded is 540.
The School was over-subscribed for admission in September 2018. The ‘cut-off’ point score was 264, this was out of a maximum total of 540 in 2018 (i.e. applicants who had fewer than 264 points would not have been offered a place) in 2018.
RIGHT OF APPEAL
In the event of parents being refused a place for their child, they have the right of appeal to an independent panel. Information explaining how to appeal will be sent via the Local Authority should your application be unsuccessful. Repeat applications within the same academic year will not be considered unless there has been a significant change in circumstances.
It is the parents’ responsibility, when all sections have been completed, to send the form and any accompanying verifications to:
Canon Slade School, Bradshaw Brow,
BOLTON, BL2 3BP