2017 - 2018 Nursery Admissions
OUR LADY OF VICTORIES CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
ADMISSION POLICY FOR NURSERY CLASS
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
As a Catholic Voluntary Aided school, Our Lady of Victories Primary School aims to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of school life. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education is fully supported by all families in the school. It is expected that all applicants desire a Catholic education for their child and will therefore give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.
The governing body has the direct responsibility for admissions to this school and intends to admit 30 pupils to the Nursery class in the school year commencing September 2017. Applications are invited for September 2017 from families whose child attains 3 years of age between 01/09/2016 and 31/08/2017.
You should read the definitions contained in this policy to see which category your application is likely to fall into. In recent years, the school has not admitted any pupils in Nursery beyond category A4.
In this policy, the following definitions shall apply:
1. Catholic: means a member of a church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced for a child by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
2. Practising Catholic: means a Baptised Catholic child from a practising Catholic family where this practice is verified by a reference from a Catholic priest in the standard format laid down by the Diocese.
3. Looked After Children: means those children looked after by a local authority or in the care of the local authority or provided accommodation by them, as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.
4. Adoption Order: a child who has been formally adopted and whose parent/guardian can give proof of adoption.
5. A Child Arrangements Order: is an order under the terms of the Children Act 1989 s.8 which defines it as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live.
6. Special Guardianship Order: a special guardianship order is an order under the terms of the Children Act 1989 s. 14A which defines it as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian(s).
7. Christian: is defined as a member of a church, which belongs to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
8. Qualified Teacher: is defined as a member of staff, who is a qualified full time or part-time teacher, and has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time of application and/or is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
9. Parent: is defined as the person or persons who have legal responsibility for the child.
10. Sibling: is defined as the brother, sister, half or step-brother or sister, or adopted brother or sister resident in the same household who will be in attendance at the school in September of the year of admission.
11. Catechumen: means a member of the catechumenate of a Catholic Church. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of reception into the order of catechumens.
12. Eastern Christian Church includes Orthodox Churches, and is normally evidenced by a certificate of baptism or reception from the authorities of that Church.
13. Resident: a child is deemed to be resident at a particular address when he/she resides there for 50% or more of the school week.
14. Boundaries of the parishes: the parish boundaries are the catchment area for Our Lady of Victories and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Simon Stock. A copy of the map is attached to this policy and is published on our school website. Even if you already have another child attending the school, you must be resident within the boundaries of the parishes at the time of the application to qualify within category A3.
Where there are more applications than the number of places available, the governing body will issue places according to the following order of priority:-
A1. Catholic Looked-After Children and Catholic Children who have been adopted (or made subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been Looked After.
A2. Practising Catholic children of qualified teachers at the time of admission as described in our definitions.
A3. Practising Catholic children resident within the boundaries of the parishes at the time of application.
A4. Practising Catholic children resident outside the boundaries of the parishes at the time of application.
A5. Baptised Catholic children resident within the boundaries of the parishes at the time of application.
A6. Baptised Catholic children resident outside the boundaries of the parishes at the time of application.
A7. Other Looked-After Children and Children who have been adopted (or made subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been Looked After.
A8. Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church.
A9. Children from other Christian denominations whose application is supported by a letter of recommendation from their Minister of Religion.
A10. Children of other faiths whose parents wish them to have a Catholic education and whose application is supported by a minister of religion.
A11. Other applicants.
Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would lead to oversubscription, the following provisions will be applied within each category:
1. Exceptional Social, Medical, Pastoral Need
An application where evidence is provided at the time of application of an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child, which can only be met at this school. To demonstrate the need the governing body will require compelling written evidence from an appropriate professional, such as a priest, social worker or doctor to be provided at the time of application.
2. Sibling Policy
The attendance of a sibling who will still be a pupil at Our Lady of Victories when the applicant starts school will give priority to the applicant within a category. Where the final place is offered to a child who has a twin/triplets etc. applying for a place in the same school year, these siblings will also be admitted.
3. Random Selection
The balance of the places will be allocated by the use of an electronic random allocation system, which will be independently operated.
1. Obtain the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF) from the school. Alternatively, download it from the school’s website. www.olov.rbkc.sch.uk
2. Submit the completed Supplementary Information Form (SIF) along with the requested accompanying documents by 15th January 2017. For practising Catholic applicants this must include a priest’s reference called the Certificate of Catholic Practice .The form can be obtained from your parish priest and it is also available on the school’s website. For all other denominations the application must be supported by a reference from the minister of religion.
3. Parents will be advised of the outcome of their application to the NURSERY CLASS by the school.
4. Unsuccessful applicants will be given reasons related to the oversubscription criteria listed above.
If you have been worshipping in your Parish for less than two years you should also obtain a reference from the Parish Priest in your former Parish as well as your current Parish Priest.
Change of Details
If after submitting an application any of the information given on any of the forms or documentation associated with the application changes, the Head teacher and local authority must be informed immediately. Failure to do so may prejudice the application. False information or the omission of material information may result in disqualification, or the loss of a place after it has been offered, accepted or taken up.
It must be noted that an applicant’s placement at the school Nursery DOES NOT GUARANTEE A PLACE IN THE RECEPTION CLASS of the school. A fresh application has to be made under the usual procedure the following year.
In the event of oversubscription, it may be necessary, as set out in the Oversubscription Criteria to use a random allocation system to decide which child/children should be offered the available place(s). The use of random allocation will be operated independently of the school or any person or organisation connected with the school.
In the case of multiple births the applications will be treated as one application for the purposes of the random allocation process. In the event that the random allocation process allocates the final place(s) to a multiple birth application, the parents shall be offered a place for each child.
Unsuccessful candidates will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a zero numbered waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained in order of the oversubscription criteria set out above and not in the order in which applications are received or added to the list. Independent random allocation will be applied each time a place needs to be offered within the relevant category.
Fair Access Protocols
The school is committed to taking its fair share of children who are vulnerable and/or hard to place, as set out in locally agreed protocols. Accordingly, outside the normal admissions round, the governing body is empowered to give absolute priority to a child where admission is requested under any local protocol that has been agreed by the Diocese and the governing body for the current school year. The governing body has this power even when admitting the child would mean exceeding the published admission number (PAN).
Any applications submitted after the published closing date (if eligible) will be considered in future rounds of random allocation as vacancies arise.
Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)
The admission of pupils with a statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. If your child has a Statement of SEN or EHC Plan you must contact your local authority SEN Officer. Such children will count towards the total number of children the Governors have published as their intention to admit to the Nursery Year group.