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Admissions Criteria – September 2018
Admission Criteria for Years 7-11 - 2018
All Saints Catholic School is a voluntary aided, Catholic Comprehensive School for boys and girls ages 11 to 18.
Because the admissions system works by applicants receiving a place at the school with a place to offer them which is the highest on their preference list, we advise Catholics who want a Catholic education to list All Saints as one of their top preferences on the common application form (CAF).
We have a distinctly Catholic ethos and approach to education, which is what our success is based upon. Families should want this Catholic education if there children are to do well in the school. The school is run by the Diocese of Brentwood and draws Catholic children from a wide geographical area of Catholic parishes. Although we want to support the parishes of our local deanery, we have no specific catchment area. Our main aim and purpose is to support the academic, spiritual and moral education of practising Catholic children. These criteria are written to give priority to Catholic children and greater priority to practising Catholic children. The school is expanding from six to eight classes and its published admission number (PAN) varies between the years as the school grows. In September 2017, the PAN is 240 children in each of Years 7 – 11.
In the criteria, ‘Catholic’ refers to someone who:
• is a baptised Catholic (a person who has been baptised or received in communion with the See of Rome); and
• has a Catholic ‘certificate of baptism’ or ‘certificate of reception’ which shows that they are members of the Catholic Church. You can get copies of these from the parish where the baptism or reception took place.
A ‘practising’ Catholic refers to someone who:
• is confirmed by their parish priest to be practising, according to regulations set by the Catholic Church (that is, attending Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation) and has been practising for the past five years. See important note C.
The school will offer places by applying the criteria below in numerical order.
1. Baptised Catholic children who are in the care of a local authority or children who were ‘looked after’ but who left local authority care because they were adopted or became the subject of a residence order or special guardianship order. See important note B.
2. Practising Catholics who will have a brother or sister in the school in any of Years 7 to 11 on the day the child starts school in September 2018.
3. Practising Catholics.
4. Catholics who will have a brother or sister in the school in any of Years 7 to 11 on the day the child starts school in September 2018.
6. Other children who are in the care of a local authority or children who were ‘looked after’ but who left local-authority care because they were adopted or became the subject of a residence order or special guardianship order. See important note B.
7. Other baptised children who will have a brother or sister in the school in any of Years 7 to 11 on the day the child starts school in September 2018.
8. Other baptised children.
9. Other children.
If there are two or more children in the same criterion with a claim for a school place and not enough places are available, the governors will give priority to those who live closest to the school site at Becontree Heath, as measured in kilometres in a straight line (as the crow flies). All distances are measured using ESRI’s Geographical Information System, from the centre of the child’s home to the school’s main gate. Some addresses have different entry points and so we will use the co-ordinates provided from Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG). If the distance for two or more children is the same (for example, from a block of flats), we will use a lottery system (random allocation) to offer places to children. London Borough of Barking and Dagenham will run both processes and details of the processes are available from their school admissions officer.
A. We cannot consider other circumstances that are not listed in the admission criteria. It is essential that we are consistent in our judgement and only use the criteria that have already been agreed.
B. ‘Looked after child’ has the same meaning as in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989, and means any child who is or was in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them (for example, children with foster parents). ‘Adopted’ has the same meaning as in section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, and means to take on the legal responsibilities as parent towards a child who is not biologically your own. ‘Residence order’ is defined in section 8 of the Children Act 1989 as an order settling the arrangements for who the child will live with. ‘Special guardianship order’ is defined under section 14A of the Children Act 1989 as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardians.
C. ‘Certificate of Catholic practice’ (CCP) means a certificate issued by the family’s parish priest (or the priest in charge of the church were the family attends Mass) in the form laid down by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. It will be issued if the priest is satisified that at least one Catholic parent or carer (along with the child, if she or she is over seven years old) have (except when it was impossible to do so) attended Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation for at least five years (or, in the case of the child, since the age of seven, if shorter). It will also be issued when the practice has been continuous since being received into the Church if that occurred less than five years ago. It is expected that most Certificates will be issued on the basis of attendance. A Certificate may also be issued by the priest when attendance is interrupted by exceptional circumstances which excuse from the obligation to attend on that occasion or occasions. Further details of these circumstances can be found in the guidance issued to Priests.
D. If you submit your CCP and any documents we ask for after the closing dates, we will class your application as late.
E. We will not deal with any late application until after 1 March 2018. We will then place your child on the school’s interest list with any other children whose applications were late. If places become available, we will offer them by applying the admission criteria in order.
Admission Criteria for Sixth Form - 2018
All Saints Catholic School is a voluntary aided Catholic Comprehensive School for boys and girls aged 11-18. (The Sixth Form is part of the North East Consortium).
PAN for Year 12 is 145
PAN for Year 13 is 145
Applicants must note that the offer of a Sixth Form place is conditional upon:-
• The applicant achieving the specified GCSE grades for the entry requirements as specified in the prospectus
*All applicants and parents/carers are invited to All Saints Catholic School to receive advice on all available options and pathways of study.
Over subscription may occur at:-
i) Entry into Year 12
ii) Entry onto a specific course of study
In the event of over subscription priority which places will be offered are to pupils meeting entry requirements in the following order:
1) Looked after (previously looked after) children
2) Other applicants.
All Saints Catholic School - Extra Documents
All Saints Catholic School is a voluntary-aided secondary school and there are extra steps which Catholics or baptised applicants must take. Do not attach your CCP and other documents All Saints ask for online − you must send them direct to the school.
Common application form (CAF) – you must fill in the CAF and list All Saints Catholic School as one of your preferences. You must return the form to your home local authority by the closing date.
The co-ordinated admissions system operated by all local authorities in England works by offering an applicant one place only, which, if available, will be at the highest preference school on your CAF that has a place to offer your child under its criteria. If you want to have a Catholic education for your child, you need to put All Saints high up on your list of preferences to avoid being offered a place at a higher preference school that is not Catholic.
Baptism documents – If you want your child to be recognised as a Catholic (under our admission criteria 1 to 5) or as being baptised (under our admission criteria 7 and 8), you should send us a photocopy of your child’s baptism certificate (or certificate of reception into the Catholic Church) by 31 October 2017. If you want to be recognised as a practising Catholic, your local priest must also fill in a CCP form. Please see the ‘Certificate of Catholic practice’ section below.
Certificate of Catholic practice form (CCP) – If you want to be considered as a practicing Catholic (under our admission criteria 2 & 3), you must arrange to meet with your parish priest in time to request a CCP which you must then send with the baptism certificate photocopy to the school by 31 October 2017. If your priest is not local and is unfamiliar with these requirements, please ask him to contact the All Saints’ Admissions Officer on 0208270 4247.
• If you miss our deadlines, we will class your application as late.
• If you are applying through another borough and miss their deadlines, we will class your application as late.
• We will not deal with any late applications until after 1 March 2018. We will then place your child on the school’s interest list along with other children whose applications were late, and if places become available we will offer them using the admission criteria. Your local authority will tell you which school has offered your child a place.
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