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Admissions Policy 2019-20: Main School

Our admissions policy reflects the governors’ intent in creating an inclusive school that serves all families in the local area and that has a distinctive Christian ethos. We believe our school should:

  • serve the community in which it is based;
  • welcome children and their families regardless of any disability or special educational need they may have;
  • provide an education that enables all children to achieve the highest possible standards.
  • strengthen the faith of Christian children.

In order to achieve this, our admissions policy includes Foundation Places for those who regularly attend a Christian church, Other Faith Places for those who are regular worshippers of other faiths and Open Places for anyone who wishes to come to this school because of its Christian ethos. In order to provide an education that lets children achieve the highest possible standards we have a standard class size of 30. This is because we strongly believe that to go above this number would be to compromise the efficiency of the education we would be able to offer to all of the pupils in the class. It is also the limit imposed upon us by law for infant classes.

When there are more applications than places, children with a statement of special educational needs, or Education, Health and Care Plan, that names the school on the statement will automatically be admitted to the school.

Governors will allocate places, firstly, according to the following priorities:

– Children who are looked after by the local authority or who, immediately following having been looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.

– Children for whom it is deemed there is strong medical, mobility or social reason to attend the school applied to (see Note 1).

– Children of staff employed at St Matthias School, subject to the conditions detailed in Note 2.

The remaining places will be allocated on the basis of:

– Foundation Places: 53{02997cd57d56ee5012139c1c2780a81dab474aaf8e3c310cf4051ca8da2fb8a6} (maximum of 16 pupils)

– Other Faith Places: 27{02997cd57d56ee5012139c1c2780a81dab474aaf8e3c310cf4051ca8da2fb8a6} (maximum of 8 pupils)

– Open Places: 20{02997cd57d56ee5012139c1c2780a81dab474aaf8e3c310cf4051ca8da2fb8a6} (maximum of 6 pupils)

Foundation Places as follows:

Foundation Places for children whose parent(s)/carer(s) regularly attend a Christian church (see Notes 3 and 4):

– Children who have siblings in the school at the time of attendance (see Note 5).

– Children who live within the catchment area of the school (see Note 6).

– Children living outside of the catchment area of the school applied to (see Note 7)

Other Faith Places as follows:

Other Faith Places for children whose parent(s)/carer(s) regularly attend another world faith place of worship (see Note 2):

– Children who have siblings in the school at the time of attendance (see Note 5).

– Children who live within the catchment area of the school (see Note 6).

– Children living outside of the catchment area of the school applied to (see Note 7).

Open Places as follows:

– Children who have siblings in the school at the time of attendance (see Note 5).

– Children who live within the catchment area of the school (see Note 6).

– Children living outside of the catchment area of the school applied to (See Note 7).

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Note 1

This can include the parents’, carers’ or other family members’ medical conditions and the family’s social needs. Parents must complete the relevant section on the application form and attach medical and/or social reports from a suitable professional (e.g. a doctor or social worker) to support the application.

Note 2

There are two possible conditions. First, the member of staff must have been employed on a continuous basis at the school for two or more years. For normal round admissions the date that will be used to assess the length of time that a member of staff has been employed will be the closing date for applications. Second, a member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which, in the opinion of the governing body, there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Note 3

By ‘regular’ we mean once a month for the year preceding the date of application.  Certification of attendance in writing from an official of the worship centre attended is required.

Note 4

By ‘Christian church’ we mean, in order of priority, a) an Anglican church in the Tower Hamlets deanery and b) any other church that is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or those affiliated to the Evangelical Alliance within the geographical area of St Matthews parish. A map of the parish is available to see in the school office.

Note 5

‘Sibling’ refers to a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address.

Note 6

In the event of oversubscription within this category, priority will be given, to children for whom St Matthias is their nearest school within the catchment area; and then to children who live nearest to the main entrance of the school on Bacon Street measured by a straight line.

Note 7

Within this category, priority will be given to children who live nearest to the main entrance of the school on Bacon Street measured by a straight line.

Where there is oversubscription in any category priority will be given to children who live nearest to the main entrance of the school on Bacon Street measured by a straight line. Where more than one child has the same distance, allocation will be made using random allocation.

Parents/carers need to complete the Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) and submit the form to the Authority by the closing date of 15 January 2016. Parents/Carers will also need to complete the school’s Supplementary form, available from the school office, and return the form to the school by the closing date.

Proof of address will be required to confirm residency.

In the event of a twin being the 30th child in a year, the other twin will also be admitted.

In the event of over subscription, a waiting list will be maintained from which places will be allocated at the time of a vacancy in accordance with the above criteria. Names will be kept on the waiting list for one year from the date for which entry was requested.

Applications for in-year admissions will, in the event of oversubscription, be treated in the same way as those made during the normal admissions round, including addition to the waiting list, the names being removed at the end of the academic year during which entry was requested.

Appeals

Parents who are not offered a place at the school have a right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Parents will need to contact the school to obtain further information and an appeal form.

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