- School Application Form
- Admissions Policy
- Complaints Procedure
- Equal Opportunities, Racism, Discipline
- Attendance, Charge and Remissions
- School Meals
- Special Education Needs
- School Uniform
- Safeguarding Policy
- St Joseph's Equality Policy
- Nursery Supplementary Form
- Behaviour Policy
- Pupil Premium Allocation
ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
St. Joseph’sCatholic Primary School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. The school is conducted 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. The school uses the rites and liturgy of the Catholic Church.
The Governing Body has sole responsibility for admissions to this school and intends to admit 30 pupils to the Reception class (Bernadette) in the school year which begins in September 2014.
Where there are more applicants for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority.
- Looked after Catholic children or non -Catholic looked after children in the care of Catholic families.
- Baptised Catholic children from practising Catholic families who are resident in the Parishes of St. Peter’s and the Guardian Angels Rotherhithe and St Gertrude’sSouth Bermondsey. Proof of identity will be required in the form of a Council Tax bill or Child Benefit Book.
- Other baptised Catholic children from practising Catholic families who are resident in the parishes of Holy Trinity Church Dockhead and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Surrey Docks, for whomSt Joseph’s is the nearest Catholic school.
- Other baptised Catholic children.
- Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church.
- Other looked after children.
- Christians of other denominations whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose application is supported by a minister of religion.
- Children of other faiths whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose application is supported by a religious leader.
- Any other applicants whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school.
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.
The attendance of a brother or sister, half brother or sister, step brother or step sister and adopted children at the school at the time of enrolment will increase the priority of an application within each category.
The Governing Body may increase the priority of an application within a category where evidence is provided at the time of application of an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child which can be most appropriately met at this school.
Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the sub-categories listed above would still lead to oversubscription, the places up to the admission number will be offered to those living nearest to the school Distances will be measured using the Local Authority Mapping System.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND TIMETABLE
Applications should be submitted by the Date published by Local Authority, using the Common Application Form, also available from the Local Authority, to
School Admissions Team (4th floor)
Southwark Children’s Services
PO Box 64529
A Supplementary Information Form is available from the school and the Local Authority. Completion of the Supplementary Form is not mandatory; however if one is not received, the Governors will not be able to apply their admission criteria and the application will be considered under the “any other applicants” category.
For Categories 2,3 and 4 above:
Children will be ranked in the order shown on the Supplementary Form. Firstly, those who attend Mass weekly, then those who attend twice per month, then those who attend less than once per month.
For a Supplementary Information Form to be considered it should be submitted by the date published by the Local Authority, to the school.
Parents will be advised of the outcome of their applications by the date published by Local Authority.
Unsuccessful applicants have the right to request the reasons why their application is unsuccessful and advised of their right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.
Any late applications made between the offer date and 31st December will need to be made through the Local Authority.
Applicants are requested to note that both the Common Application Form and the Supplementary form will not be considered after the closing date.
In-year (casual) admissions
Applications for a place at the school in-year must be made using the common application form of the local authority (LA) where the child resides. This form must be returned to the LA. The school’s supplementary form should also be completed to enable the governors to rank the application in the event of there being more than one application for a place. The governors will use the same criteria to rank the application as that listed above. The offer of a place at the school will be made by the LA on behalf of the governors. In the event of the governors deciding that a place cannot be offered parents will be offered the opportunity of placing their child’s name on the waiting list. This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place.
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. It is possible that when a child is directed under the local authority’s fair access protocol they will take precedence over those children already on the list.
Admission of children below compulsory school age
The governors will provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year; parents may also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.
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 integral to the making and maintaining statements by the pupil’s home LA. Details of this separate procedure is set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
NOTES (these form part of the oversubscription criteria)
‘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).
‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of Baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
‘practising Catholic means Catholic children from practicing Catholic families who habitually worship at Mass on a regular basis and where the application is supported by a Catholic priest. The Governing Body will expect this practice to be verified by a reference from a priest in the standard format laid down by the Diocese.
‘catechumen’ means a person who wishes to be baptised in the Catholic church and has been accepted as a member of the Catechumenate. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of reception into the order of catechumens.
‘Eastern Christian Church’ includes Orthodox Churches and is normally evidenced by a certificate of Baptism or reception from the authorities of that Church.
To demonstrate an exceptional, social, medical or pastoral need of the child which can be most appropriately met at this school, the Governing Body will normally require written evidence from an appropriate professional, such as social worker, doctor, or priest.
Parents / Guardians who are not offered a place for their child have the right to appeal to an independent appeal committee under the 1980 Education Act.
Parents / Guardians wishing to appeal should obtain an appeal form from the school.
The form must be sent to the Clerk to the Appeal Committee, care of the school within 14 days from the notification of the decision.
NURSERY CLASS ADMISSIONS
The Governors intend to admit 26 children for the a.m. session, and 26 children for the p.m. session.
Children attending the nursery class atSt Joseph’s school cannot be guaranteed a place in the Reception class and parents / guardians will need to apply separately for such a place.
The Over Subscription criteria is the same as for the main school.