Admissions Procedure

All Saints Catholic School is a voluntary-aided, Catholic Comprehensive School for boys and girls ages 11 to 18.

 

In recent years we have been able to offer places to all Catholic children who have applied, so we advise Catholics 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 their 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 governing body proposes:

 

a PAN of 240 children in Years 7-10

a PAN of 180 children in Year 11

a PAN of 130 places in Year 12 and 100 in Year 13.

 

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 to have been practising for the past three years.

 

ADMISSION CRITERIA

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 at the school in September 2017.

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 at the school in September 2017.

5. Catholics.

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 at the school in September 2017.

8. Other baptised children.

9. Other children.

 

Tie-breaker

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.

 

 

Important notes

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 normally biologically your own. ‘Residence order’ is defined in section 8 of the Children Act 1989 as an order settling the arrangements regarding 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. For applications for Year 7 in any year under the normal secondary transfer process, if you submit your CAF, SIF and any documents we ask for after the closing dates, we will class your application as late.

 

D. We will then not deal with any late application until after 1 March 2017.  We will 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.

 

Notes about the application process

As a voluntary-aided secondary school and there are extra steps which Catholics or baptised applicants must take to ensure they are considered under the correct criterion.

 

Common application form (CAF) – you must fill in the CAF and list All Saints Catholic School as one of you 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.

 

Supplementary information form (SIF) – 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 fill in the SIF and return it direct to All Saints Catholic School.  Include with your form a photocopy of your child’s baptism certificate (or certificate of reception into the Catholic Church) by 31 October 2016.

 

Catholic Certificate of Practice (CCP) – If your family are practising Catholics and you therefore want your child to be considered under our admission criteria 2 and 3, the Diocese of Brentwood rules that a parish priest must decide whether an applicant is a practising Catholic (not the school). You must arrange to meet with your parish priest and ask him for a completed Catholic Certificate of Practice. You must do this in time to send it to the school by 31 October 2016.

Address

 

Terling Road,

Wood Lane,

Dagenham

RM8 1JT

Phone

 

Tel: 0208 270 4242

Fax: 0208 595 4024

 

E-mail

 

office@allsaintsschool.co.uk

 

School hours

 

Monday to Friday

8.40am - 3.15pm