Admissions Policy

Our Determined Admission Policy 2017 – 2018

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St Mary’s is a Roman Catholic Primary School provided by the Diocese of Salford and is maintained by The Lancashire Local Authority as a Voluntary Aided School. The school’s Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.

For the school year commencing September 2017 the Governing Body has set its planned admissions number at ten.

Applications for a place in reception at September 2017 should be made on the Common Application Form (CAF) issued by Lancashire County Council and returned to the school by the date specified by Lancashire County Council (15th January 2017). Parents who wish to seek priority for baptised Catholic children should also complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and return it at the same time.

As required by law all children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school will be admitted before the application of the over subscription criteria.

Where more applications are received than the planned admissions number for the school the over subscription criteria will be applied in the following order:

  1. Baptised Roman Catholic children who are in public care and adopted children who were previously looked after.
  2. Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in the parish of St Mary’s.
  3. Baptised Roman Catholic children resident in the parish of St Mary’s.
  4. Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in another parish.
  5. Baptised Roman Catholic children resident in the parish of St Mary and St John Southworth, Samlesbury.
  6. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in another parish.
  7. Other children who are in public care and adopted children who were previously looked after.
  8. Exceptional Needs
  9. Other children with a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.
  10. Other children.
NOTESa) The governing body is the admissions authority. The admissions committee is comprised of the following governors: Chair of governors, vice chair of governors, parish priest and headteacher.b) In the autumn term all parents will be sent a copy of the Local Authority ‘Primary Admission Booklet; which gives details of the LA co-ordinated admissions arrangements. These are available from Local Authority offices, public libraries and primary schools.c) For information visit: www.lancashire.gov.uk school admissionsd) Parents must complete a common application form and express their preferences for primary school admission.
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