NURSERY / RECEPTION PARENTS SEPTEMBER 2020
Parents can download an application form and supplementary ethnicity form for St Thomas More and return to school if you wish your child to attend St. Thomas More School. You must bring a birth and baptismal certificate (if not baptised at St Thomas More church) and proof of address with you when you return the form.
This gives the school a clear picture of expected numbers over the next few years and helps to organise our resources. It is never too early to return your child's completed application form.
The Rochdale Local Authority has requested that parents must also apply online for Reception 2020 from September 2019 at:- www.rochdale.gov.uk/schooladmissions the closing date for applications is the 13th January 2020.
If you wish to apply for a place for a child in any other year group, please contact the school to check if there are any vacancies in the first instance. Then ask for a within school year transfer from from your current school and send with a covering letter explaining the reason you want your child to move schools, to the Chair of Governors C/O St Thomas More R.C. Primary School.
ADMISSION POLICY Main School
St Thomas More R.C. Primary School is established in the Diocese of Salford and is maintained to by the Rochdale Local Authority as a Voluntary Aided School to form, in partnership with home and parish, an integral part of that local Catholic faith community which bears the mission of the Church to embrace the gospel of Christ, to live by its values, and to proclaim Christ as the light of all peoples. A key role of the school is to assist parents of baptised Catholics to fulfill the responsibilities taken on at their child’s baptism. By striving to be a Christ-centered community providing excellent education, the school will also play its part in the witness and mission of St Thomas More church.
The school’s Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions. For each school year commencing September 2016, the Governing Body has set its planned admission number at 45.
Admissions to the school will be made by the Governing Body in accordance with all preferences listed on the Local Authority preference form. They will be considered on an equal basis following a priority order where there are more applications for admissions than the school has places available at the time of application.
STATEMENT OF ETHOS
The Catholic Faith and the Teachings of the Roman Catholic Church have an essential role in school life and influence every aspect of the curriculum. We ask all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community. This does not affect the right of parents who are not of the faith of this school to apply for and be considered for a place here.
- Baptised Roman Catholic Looked After children and previously Looked After children.
- Baptised Roman Catholic children, who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and resident in the parish of St. Thomas More. (Sibling shall include stepsiblings, half siblings and children of the family resident with the applicant child).
- Baptised Roman Catholic children, resident in the parish of St Thomas More.
- Other 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.
- Baptised Roman Catholic children whose parent is a member of staff at St Thomas More School but living outside the parish.
- Other baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in the parishes of St Peter’s, Our Lady of the Assumption and St John Fisher’s.
- Other baptised Roman Catholic children.
- Other Looked After children and previously Looked After children.
- Other baptised Christian children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in St Thomas More parish.
- Other baptised Christian children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in another parish.
- Other baptised Christian children who are resident in St Thomas More parish
- Other baptised Christian children who are resident in another parish
- Other children, who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission, who are resident in the parish of St Thomas More. (Sibling shall include stepsiblings, half siblings and children of the family resident with the applicant child).
- Other children, who are resident in the parish of St. Thomas More.
- Other children.
Failure to provide the requested evidence (see notes) or misrepresentation of the place of residence and / or baptismal status may lead to the withholding of any offered place or where a child has been admitted the admitted child shall not rank as an admitted sibling.
This was agreed at the Full Governing Body Meeting on 22nd October 2014
a) All applicants will be considered by the Admissions Committee of the Governing body during the Spring Term, (under the co-ordinated scheme of Rochdale Local Authority) prior to the September admission.
b) Each Roman Catholic applicant (see Appendix C of Diocesan Advice Admissions 2014 for definition of Roman Catholic) will be required to produce a Roman Catholic baptismal certificate except those children baptised in St Thomas More Parish.
c) Parents should check within which parish they and the applicant child are resident. A map illustrating the boundaries of St Thomas More Parish is available for inspection at the school.
d) For applicants who apply under the criteria for ‘other Baptised Christian children’ proof will be required via a baptismal certificate or a letter confirming baptism from a Minister of Religion.
e) All applicants will be required to provide proof of address, by supplying an original utility bill (within the last 3 months) and photo ID. If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of proximity to the school. Governors define this as the shortest walking distance taken from the main gate of the school to the centre point of the applicant child residence using a safe lit paved path / pavement. (This is calculated using the LA computer system SCANA). In the event of a tie-breaker, a random lottery will be carried out in a public place.
f) It is the duty of Governors to comply with regulations on class size limits at Key Stage1. The Governing Body may exceed the regulations for twins, siblings in the same year group and children from multiple births where one of the children is the 30th child admitted to the class.
g) If an application for admission has been 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 days of notification of refusal. The date of notification will be 2 working days after posting by first class post. The parents must give their reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on the Governors.
h) A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept and ranked according to the Admissions Criteria. Parents will be informed of their child’s position on the waiting list which will not be operated for longer than the end of the Autumn Term.
i) Admission arrangements to the Reception class are separate to those for Nursery. Attendance at the Nursery does not give a child any guarantee or priority when it comes to consideration by the Governors of applicants for admission to the Reception class.
j) For ‘In Year applications received outside the normal admissions round and if places are available then children qualifying under the published criteria will be admitted. Direct application to the school can now be made under this heading. If there are places available but more applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied. Late applications will be treated as per the arrangements published by the Local Authority.
k) The home address is the address of the parents/carers and their child. That is taken to be the address of the parent where the child spends the greater amount of nights, even if he or she lives at a different address for some days of the week.
l) For rented property to be considered as the child’s permanent home, a copy of the signed tenancy agreement, for not less than 12 months covering the date that your child will be admitted to the school.
m) Members of staff who wish their children to be admitted at St Thomas More School must be employed at the school for at least two years at the time of admission.
n) A Looked After child who is (a) in the care of the Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services functions (under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989. A previously Looked After child is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
The Nursery Admission Policy is slightly different from above. Please click on the link below to access the policy.
As part of the Governments 30 hours free entitlement scheme. You now have the choice to take up a full time 30 hours place in our Nursery. For more information visit websites below or click on the document with more information.