RECEPTION 2019 TOUR OF SCHOOL
TOURS FOR RECEPTION 2019 WILL BE ON THE DATES BELOW, PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE TO CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE
MONDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2018 - 9:30AM PROMPT
MONDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2018 - 9:30AM PROMPT
ARCHDIOCESE OF WESTMINSTER
Botwell House Catholic Primary School
2019 - 2020
“LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU”
Botwell House Primary School is a Catholic School intended for the education of Catholic children where we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils.
At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education be fully supported by all families in the school. All applicants are therefore expected to give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.
To apply for a place at this school, parents must complete the eAdmissions form/online form from the Local Authority where you live. The school’s Supplementary Information Form should also be completed by those applying under criteria 2 - 6 and 8 - 10 and returned to the school together with a baptismal certificate Applicants wishing to claim priority will be required to provide a current “Certificate of Catholic Practice” which can be obtained from the priest in the parish in which the family normally worships. The Certificate of Catholic Practice is also available on the Diocese of Westminster website at www.rcdow.org.uk
(NB current Certificate of Catholic Practice means dated within one year of admission)
If you do not apply to BOTH the Local Authority and the school as described above and return the forms by the closing date, the Governing Body will be unable to consider your application fully.
The Governing Body intends to admit up to the school’s published admission number of 90 pupils into the Reception class year. Pupils whose 5th birthday falls between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 inclusive are invited to apply for entry for September 2019. Admission to the school is the direct responsibility of the Governing Body whose admission panel meets in the spring term to consider the applications.
Please note that admission to the Nursery DOES NOT automatically guarantee a place in reception.
THIS INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM THE SCHOOL WEBSITE
IN A LARGER FONT
Where more than 90 applications have been received by the published deadline, places will be offered according to the following criteria which are listed in order of priority:
The governors will give top priority to an application within a category where compelling professional evidence is provided at the time of an application of an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child that can only be met at this school. Evidence must be provided at the time of application, from a doctor, priest or social worker.
When the last offer is made to a child of a multiple birth i.e. twin, triplet etc., the remaining child(ren) will also be offered a place, even though it will mean exceeding the published admission number.
Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would lead to oversubscription the governors will implement the following provisions:
When the offer of places to all applicants in any of the sub-categories listed above would still lead to oversubscription, the places up to the admission number will be offered to those living nearest to the school.
(For information on how this is measured, please see NOTES)
APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND TIMETABLE
Parents applying for a place in the Reception classes must submit the eAdmissions form/online form from your local authority and return it to them by the 15th January 2019. You should also complete the School’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF). Whilst this is not compulsory, the information on the SIF enables the Governing Body to assess your application fully against the school’s criteria in the event of oversubscription. Please return the SIF (in person or by post) to the school, together with all other relevant paperwork required for your application. If you do not complete both forms described above and return them by 15th January 2019, the Governing Body will be unable to consider your application against the oversubscription criteria and your child will be ranked under the lowest criterion. It is very unlikely that your child will be offered a place if a SIF is not supplied.
Parents will be advised of the outcome of their application by their Local Authority on 16th April 2019. Unsuccessful applicants will be given reasons related to the over-subscription criteria listed above and advised of their right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.
CERTIFICATE OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE
Applicants applying under criteria 2 -5 must submit a Certificate of Catholic Practice by the closing date. The Certificate is available from your parish or from the diocesan website. It is the parent’s duty to ensure that the Certificate of Catholic Practice is submitted to the school in good time.
CHANGE OF DETAILS
If any of the details on either of your forms changes between the date of application and the receipt of the letter of offer or refusal, you must inform the school and the local authority immediately. If misleading information is given or allowed to remain on either of your forms, the Governing Body reserves the right to withdraw the place, even if the child has already started school.
In addition to their right of appeal, unsuccessful candidates will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained in order of the over-subscription criteria set out above and not in the order in which applications are received or added to the list. Names are normally removed from the list at the end of the academic year.
PUPILS WITH AN EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE PLAN (EHC)
The admission of pupils with an Education, Health Care Plan (EHC) is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the SEND Code of Practice. Children with this school named in their EHC plan will be admitted.
FAIR ACCESS PROTOCOLS
The School is committed to taking its fair share of children who are vulnerable and/or hard to place, as set out in locally agreed protocols. Accordingly, outside the normal admission round the Governing Body is empowered to give absolute priority to a child where admission is requested under any local protocol that has been agreed by both the Diocese and the Governing Body for the current school year. The Governing Body has this power even when admitting the child would mean exceeding the published admission number.
Applications for In-Year admissions are made directly to the school. If a place is available and there is no waiting list then the school will communicate the governors’ offer of a place to the family. If more applications are received than there are places available then applications will be ranked by the governing body in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. If a place cannot be offered at this time, then you may ask us for the reasons and you will be informed of your right of appeal. You will be offered the opportunity of being placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained by the Governing Body in the order of the oversubscription criteria and not in the order in which the applications are received. Names are removed from the list at the end of each academic year. When a place becomes available the governing body will re-rank the list so an offer can be made.
RIGHT OF APPEAL
If you are unsuccessful you may ask us for the reason for the refusal of a place. These reasons will be related to the oversubscription criteria listed in the policy and you will have the right of appeal to an independent panel. You will have a minimum of 20 school days from the date of offer of a school place in which to lodge an appeal. Should you wish to appeal please contact the school as soon as possible for an appeal form on which you must list your reasons for making an appeal.
NOTES (these notes form part of the over-subscription criteria)
Children of other faiths” means children who are members of a religious community that does not fall within the definition of ‘other Christian denominations’ and which falls within the definition of a religion for the purposes of charity law. The Charities Act 2011 defines religion to include:
Case law has identified certain characteristics which describe the meaning of religion for the purposes of charity law, which are characterised by a belief in a supreme being and an expression of belief in that supreme being through worship.
When applying for a place at this school, Parents must complete the Common Application Form from the Local Authority where you live.
Applicants wishing to claim priority will be required to provide a current “Certificate of Catholic Practice” which can be obtained from the priest in the parish in which the family normally worships. The Certificate of Catholic Practice is also available on the Diocese of Westminster website at www.rcdow.org.uk
(NB current Certificate of Catholic Practice means dated within one year of admission)
It is the parent’s duty to ensure that the Certificate of Catholic Practice is submitted to the school office in good time with our Supplementary Information Form and all other relevant paperwork required for the application.