Providing the best Catholic Education for all
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Admissions Policy for September 2019
Providing the best Catholic Education for all
1. The Catholic High School, Chester, is an 11 – 18 co-educational Catholic Secondary School under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.
2. As it is a Catholic Voluntary Academy, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.
3. The co-ordination of admissions for places in Year 7 is undertaken by the Local Authority (LA) in Cheshire West and Chester. Applications for places in Year 7 for September 2019 are to be submitted in the first instance direct to that LA by the closing date which it specifies. All applications so submitted will then be considered at the same time.
4. For the school’s year commencing September 2019 the Governing Body has set its admissions number at 165.
5. The notes in Section 3 form part of this policy
6. Admissions to the Sixth Form are coordinated by the school itself and the Sixth Form Admissions policy is detailed after the explanatory notes to the main school policy.
Criteria for Admissions
1. Offers for places in Year 7 will be made after consideration by the Governing Body of all applications received, together with supporting proof of baptism as set out below where appropriate, and after having regard to the prevailing law, School Admissions Code and DfE Guidelines. All preferences stated on the application form will be considered on an equal basis, subject to the following over-subscription criteria.
2. Where there are more applications received than there are places available, offers of places in Year 7 will be made in the following descending order of priority:
1) Baptised Roman Catholic Looked After Children (Children in Public Care as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 and adopted children who have previously been in public care)
2) Baptised Roman Catholic students who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission.
3) Baptised Roman Catholic students attending the partner primary schools designated below, and living in the parishes designated below.
4) Baptised Roman Catholic students attending the designated partner primary schools.
5) Baptised Roman Catholic students living in the designated parishes.
6) Baptised Roman Catholic students wishing to transfer from other Roman Catholic schools.
7) Baptised Roman Catholic students who previously had a sibling attending the school.
8) Other baptised Roman Catholic students.
9) Non-catholic Looked After Children (Children in Public Care as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 and adopted children who have previously been in public care)
10) Non-Catholic students who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission, and whose parents wish them to attend this school to have a Catholic education.
11) Non-Catholic students whose parents wish them to attend this school to have a Catholic education and who have attended a designated partner primary school. 12) Non-Catholic students whose parents wish them to attend this school to have a Catholic education and who have attended any other Roman Catholic primary school. 13) Non-Catholic students who previously had a sibling attending the school, and whose parents wish them to attend this school to have a Catholic education.
14) Non-Catholic students whose parents wish them to attend this school to have a Catholic education.
3) Explanatory Notes
The term ‘looked after children’ is used to describe children currently under Local Authority care as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 and also adopted children who have previously been in the care of a Local Authority.
All Roman Catholic applicants will be required to produce, to the Governing Body of the Catholic High School Chester, proof of baptism.
Partner primary schools referred to above are: St. Clare’s, Lache St. Werburgh’s and St Columba’s, Hoole St. Theresa’s, Blacon St. Luke’s, Frodsham St. Winefride’s, Neston.
Designated parishes referred to above are: St. Clare’s, Lache St. Columba’s, Newton St. Werburgh’s, Chester St. Francis’, Chester St. Theresa’s, Blacon St. Luke’s, Frodsham St. Winefride’s, Neston.
If in any category there are more applications than places available, then priority will be given on the basis of distance from the main entrance or gate of home to the main school entrance, with those living nearer the school having priority. For the avoidance of doubt, distance will be calculated as a straight line; and “home” and “living” shall be interpreted as the address at which a student lives and sleeps most weekdays (except Saturday and Sunday). For the purpose of this criterion the Governing Body will apply the calculations made and provided to it by the local authority (this uses an Ordnance Survey address-point system which measures straight line distance in miles from the address point of the school to the address point of the place of residence.)
The Governing Body will have proper regard for the local authority In Year Fair Access Protocol.
Where occasional applications are received for admission of students into the school at times other than the normal admissions round at the start of the academic year, provided places are available, students who qualify under the published criteria may be admitted. If places are available but there are more applicants than places, then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied again after having regard to the prevailing law, School Admissions Code and DfE Guidelines. Occasional and late applications will be treated in accordance with the admissions arrangements published by the Local Authority.
If an application for admission is turned down by the Governing Body, parents can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. This appeal must be sent in writing to the Clerk to the Governors at the school within 20 school days of refusal. Parents must give reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on the Governors.
The Governing Body reserves the right to withdraw any offer of a school place where false evidence is considered to have been received in relation to baptism, sibling connection or place of residence.
Sibling refers to pupils with brothers or sisters, step-brothers or step-sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, adopted brothers or sisters living together as part of one household, already attending the preferred school and expected to continue at the school in the following year.
Children in receipt of Education, Health and Care Plans
Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the governing bodies of all maintained schools to admit a child with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names their school unless the school is unsuitable to the child’s age, ability, aptitude or needs, or that the placement would be incompatible with effective education in the school or efficient use of resources given, for example, pressures on accommodation.
ADMISSIONS TO POST 16 EDUCATION AT THE SCHOOL
For the school year commencing September 2019 The Governing Body has set its Admissions number for external students entering into Year 12 at 50.
The Governing Body expects that all students selecting specifically a Roman Catholic Sixth Form education will wish to be both fully involved in the ethos and spiritual life of the Catholic High School, Chester, and in achieving the aims set out in its Mission Statement.
All applicants will be considered subject to meeting the academic requirements set out in the Sixth Form Prospectus for acceptance onto a course. The basic requirement is for at least five GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above, or the equivalent in different subjects. English Language and English Literature count as separate subjects, as does the Double Science GCSE. Subjects offering ‘multiple’ GCSE equivalencies such as BTEC courses will count as one GCSE equivalent.
Some courses have specific requirements. Students who wish to study Mathematics are usually expected to have at least a Grade 7 at GCSE. Students applying to study French, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry or Physics should have at least a Grade 6 in the relevant subject. In addition students studying A level Physics are expected to study A level Mathematics. Students applying to study Psychology should usually have at least Grade 5 or equivalent in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. These requirements may be revised from time to time.
Students who are transferring from Year 11 at The Catholic High School are entitled to join Year 12 if they have met the academic criteria set out above. Students applying from other schools will be considered using the same general admissions criteria / principles as set out above.
Appeals for Sixth Form places
As there is limited time between the publishing of GCSE results and the start of the school year, the admissions committee, or in their absence, three alternate governors will meet with the Head of Sixth Form before the start of the school year to consider any applications that do not meet these criteria. They will inform parents of the outcome of their deliberations, and in the event students are not admitted to the Sixth Form by the Committee, parents will be informed of their right to appeal to an independent panel as is the case with main school applications.
The same legal rights apply to parents of students wishing to be admitted to the Sixth Form. Appeals must be lodged with the independent panel within 20 school days of the governors’ decision.
Parents have the right to make objections to the Schools Adjudicator up to 30 June
Governing Board for The Catholic High School, Chester
Trustees for The Chester Catholic Academies Partnership
5 December 2017