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Nursery (Foundation Stage 1) Admission Policy
St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for baptised Catholic children. The school is run 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.
Nursery is an integral part of school and so admissions into nursery mirror admissions into Reception (FS2).
However, attendance at St Augustine’s nursery does not guarantee a place in school. There is a separate admissions policy for school places.
If the number of preferences received is less than the admission number then all preferences will be met. However, when there are more applications than places available, applicants will be offered places in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below.
The governing body has responsibility for admissions to the school and intends to admit 52 pupils into nursery in the school year which begins in September 2019. Generally the nursery intake is in the Autumn term. If any places become available in the January or in April then these places will be offered to children on the waiting list.
Application Procedures and Timetable
Children will be admitted to nursery for 15 hours of free nursery education on the relevant term following their third birthday. Application forms are available from the school office from the 1st February each year and are to be returned by the 1st March for Governors to process.
A standard application form, must be completed and returned to the school office during the application period once the child has reached 2 years of age. Parents or carers will be advised of the outcome of their applications by 30th April. Unsuccessful applicants will be given reasons related to the over-subscription criteria listed above and placed on the waiting list.
Admissions outside the normal admission round – applications should be made to the school and will be dealt with by the admission authority of the school i.e. the governing body. If there is more than one application for an available place the governors will make their decision using the over-subscription criteria listed in the appropriate policy for the year group. Unsuccessful applicants will be given reasons related to the over-subscription criteria and placed on the waiting list.
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 set out in the 1996 Education Act. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered in the following order of priority:
- Looked After Children from Catholic Families or children from Catholic families who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order with a sibling who attends St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School.
- Looked After Children from Catholic Families or children from Catholic families who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order.
- Baptised Catholic children with a sibling who attends St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School.
- Baptised Catholic children who live in the defined area.
- Other baptised Catholic children.
- Other looked after children or other children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order with a sibling who attends St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School.
- Other looked after children or other children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order.
- Other children with a sibling who attends St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School.
- Other children.
- Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would still lead to oversubscription, the available places will be offered to those living nearest to the school. ‘straight line distance’ will be used as the measure (see notes).
- If two or more pupils live equidistant from the school, the distance each pupil lives by road from the preferred school will be measured and the place offered to the pupil who lives nearest by this means. In the event of this being equal, places will then be decided by random allocation (see notes).
- Where there is more than one application from a postal address contained within a block of flats, places will be decided by random allocation (see notes).
Notes (these notes form part of the over-subscription criteria)
Catholic means a member of a church in communion with the See of Rome. A certificate of baptism in a Catholic church, or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church, will normally evidence this alternatively a letter from a parish priest confirming membership of a church in communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches.
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.
Looked After Children from Catholic Families – this has a dual meaning. It could be the child themselves who are baptised Catholic or it could be the family who are caring for the child that is Catholic. If it is the child who is a baptised Catholic normal rules apply and a baptism certificate should be seen by the admission authority. However, (in limited situations) this may not always be possible and in these cases the admission authority should seek to ensure that there is evidence that the child has been baptised. If a child is placed with a Catholic family who wish the child to have a Catholic education this should be evidenced by a letter from a priest evidencing the baptism of the parent carer.
Defined area is a geographical area. Please see boundary maps available for inspection in school (boundaries determined by the Diocese of Leeds).
Siblings (brother or sister) includes children with a brother or sister (including step-siblings, adoptive siblings and foster siblings) of statutory school age, living at the same address, in attendance at the same school on the date of admission.
Twins or triplets (or multiple births) - where a family of twins or triplets request admission and if one sibling has been offered the 30th or last place the ‘excepted pupil’ rule comes in and the other twin/triplets are offered a place.
Live - In all categories “live” means the child’s permanent home address. A child is normally regarded as living with a parent or guardian and we will use the parent or guardian’s address for admission purposes. You cannot lodge a child with a friend or relation in order to gain a place at a school. For admissions purposes only one address can be used as a child’s permanent address. When a child lives with more than one parent/carer, at different addresses, we will use the preference expressed by the parent/carer at the address where the child lives the majority of the time during the school week as the main place of residence.
Straight line distance - in all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criterion, children living nearest to the school, using a straight line measure, have priority.
Random allocation – this is only to be used when the last place to be offered would fall into one of the two categories above i.e. children living in a block of flats or children who live equidistant from the school using straight line distance criterion. An independent person will be used to make the random selection.