Admissions

Admissions 2018 - North Tyneside Family of Schools - Admission Policy 2018-19


Admissions 2017 -  please open this link


Admissions 2016
(please see North Tyneside Essential Guide)


This admissions policy has been formally adopted by the governing body of each school within the Roman Catholic Family of Schools in North Tyneside. The governing body of each individual school is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for determining the school’s admissions arrangements.

The Admissions Policy Criteria will be applied on an Equal Preference basis. How and when to apply Applications must be made on the North Tyneside Council’s common application form (CAF). Parents applying to a Voluntary Aided Catholic school should also complete the relevant section of the form aimed at Roman Catholic Schools. All forms must be returned by the closing date set by North Tyneside Council. Parents are asked to note that admission to any Nursery class in any North Tyneside Catholic School (that has a Nursery) is no guarantee of entry into that particular main school. Similarly gaining a place in any of North Tyneside’s RC primary schools is no guarantee of a place at St. Thomas More Academy.

Late Applications


Any applications received after the closing date will be accepted but considered only after those received by the closing date. Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs Children who have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) where the school is named as the most appropriate educational setting for the child will be admitted.

Oversubscription Criteria

If the school is oversubscribed, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in order:
(First priority in each category will be given to children who will have older brothers or sisters attending the school in September 2016)
  1. Catholic Looked After Children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being Looked After became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order.
  2. Catholic Children whose home address is within the parish(es) served by the school.
  3. Catholic Children whose home address is outside of the parish(es) served by the school.
  4. Looked After Children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being Looked After became subject to an adoption, child arrangements order or special guardianship order.
  5. Children, who are baptised or dedicated members of other Christian Churches. 
  6. Children of other world faiths.
  7. Other children.

Additional Notes

1.    Definition of CatholicChildren who have been baptised as Catholics or have been formally received into the Catholic Church.

All applicants seeking admission under criteria 1, 2 or 3 must provide evidence that the child has been baptised as a Catholic or has been received into the Catholic Church. A baptismal certificate or a letter from their priest confirming their baptism or reception into the Catholic Church will suffice. Lack of such evidence, even after prompting, will result in a re classification of 7.
2.    Definition of a Looked After Child

A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989): An adoption order is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A child arrangements order is an order outlining the arrangements as to the person with whom the child will live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. A special guardianship order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians.
3.    Definition of Sibling

Sibling refers to brother or sister and includes half sibling, adopted sibling, foster sibling, step sibling or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.


4.    Other Christian Churches

If applicants are seeking admission under criteria 5, they must provide a baptismal certificate or a letter confirming their church membership from their minister or faith leader. Lack of such evidence, even after prompting, will result in a re classification of 7.


5.    Children of Other World Faiths

If applicants are seeking admission under criteria 6, they must provide a letter of support to confirm their faith membership from their minister or faith leader.


6.    Tie-breaker

Even after applying the sibling rule, where there are not enough places to admit all the children falling within a particular criterion a distance measurement will also be used as a tiebreaker. Shortest distance measured as a straight line, from the centre of the parental home residence (including flats) to the centre of the school main entrance school, using North Tyneside Council’s Geographic Information System (GIS), with those living closer to the school receiving higher priority. In the case of flats if there is more than one home address with the same measurement the flat with the lowest number will be offered the place. In all other cases of the same measurement, random allocation will be used. This will be carried out independently of the school. Right of Appeal Where a parent has been notified that a place is not available for a child, every effort will be made to help the parent to find a place in a suitable alternative school. Parents who are refused a place have a statutory right of appeal. Further details of the appeals process are available by writing to the chair of governors at the school address. Home Address It is the primary parental address which will be used in applying the admission criteria. This means that, when stating your choice of school, you should give the parental/guardian address at the time of application. The address of childminders or other family members who may share in the care of your child should not be quoted as the home address.


7.    Waiting Lists

If your child has been refused admission, you can request that your child’s name be placed on the school’s waiting list. If places become available, we will consider all relevant applications based on the waiting list, which will be maintained until 31 December 2016. Catchment Area The catchment area for the school is the parish boundaries of each individual school as outlined in the grid above. Admission of children below compulsory school age and deferred entry to school The School Admissions Code requires school admission authorities to provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. However, a child is not required to start school until they have reached compulsory school age following their fifth birthday. For summer born children this is almost a full school year after the point at which they could first be admitted. Some parents may feel that their child is not ready to start school in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can request that their child attends part- time until he/she reaches compulsory school age, or that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the same academic year. The child must, however, start school full time in the term after his/her fifth birthday. Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the academic year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age Further information/advice on the admission of summer born children is available on North Tyneside Council’s website at www.northtyneside.gov.uk

Application Information

Places will be allocated by strict application of the above criteria, with no reference to the date of application (but please see earlier, “Late Applications”). Parents will be notified as to whether or not their child has been allocated a place on 18 April 2016.
Please note: This policy should be read in conjunction with NorthTyneside Council’s Essential Guide to NorthTyneside Schools booklet which can be found at www.northtyneside.gov.uk or by telephoning 0191 643 8724.