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Admissions Information

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA 2019-2020

The number of intended admissions into Year 7 for the year commencing September 2019 will be 124 (the maximum standard number).  Pupils will be admitted without reference to ability.

The Governors will consider all applications for admission to the School from girls who satisfy the following criteria, in the order of priority stated below:

(1) Catholic ‘Looked After’ Girls

  • ‘Looked After’ Catholic girls (a)
  • Catholic girls who were ‘Looked After’, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (b)
  • ‘Looked After’ Catholic girls who became subject to a residence order (c)
  • ‘Looked After’ Catholic girls who became subject to a special guardianship order (d)

(2) Baptised Catholic Girls *

  • Girls who are baptised members of the Catholic Church at the date of application.  (Copy of Baptismal certificate or certificate of reception into the Catholic Church will be required)

(3) Non Catholic ‘Looked After’ girls

  • ‘Looked After’ girls (a)
  • Girls who were ‘Looked After’, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (b)
  • ‘Looked After’ girls who became subject to a residence order (c)
  • ‘Looked After’ girls who became subject to a special guardianship order (d)

(4) Catechumens *

  • Girls who are Catechumens who are registering to become a member of the Catholic Church (a copy of the entry in Register of Catechumens will be required)

(5) Non Catholic Girls *

  1. Girls whose parents/carer(s) are seeking a place on compassionate grounds for a medical or social reason supported by a priest, doctor, social worker or education welfare officer which the Governing Body is satisfied makes attendance at the school highly desirable

  2. Christian girls (e) – a statement of membership from the minister of the appropriate church or chapel confirming that the child is a member of the religious community will be required

  3. Girls of other faiths – a statement from the minister or religious leader confirming that the child is a member of the religious community will be required

  4. Non Catholic Applications with no supporting statement from a minister or religious leader

* Priority will be given to those girls in these categories attending these named feeder schools:

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Grays; St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Stanford le Hope; Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, South Ockendon; St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Tilbury

Children With a Statement of Special Educational Needs

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs are allocated school places under different regulations and will override all other categories of priority.

Oversubscription within the above criteria:

Should there be more applicants than places available in any of the above criteria, the above order of priority will remain.  Applications within each criterion will then be given priority in the following order:

  1. Girls with a sister (f) who will continue to attend the school at the time of admission

  2. Girls living nearest the school (g)

The distance category (g) will also be used to further distinguish between applicants within the same category.

Definitions

  • A ‘looked after’ child is a child who is in the care of a Local Authority or 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)
  • Under the terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.  See section 46 (adoption orders)
  • Under the terms of the Children Act 1989.  Section 8 which defines a ‘residence order’ as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live
  • Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 which defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians)
  • A follower of Christ and his teachings who can provide a statement of membership of their church/chapel from their registered religious leader
  • Refers to sister, half-sister, adopted sister, step sister or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is being sought, is living in the same family unit at the same address as the sister
  • Distance from home to school will be measured in a straight line in metres by a digital mapping system.  Straight line measurements from the front door of the home address to the front door of the main school building (using information provided by Thurrock Local Authority) will be used.

Admissions of Twins, Triplets or Other Pupils of Multiple Births

Where fewer places within a category can be offered than there are girls from multiple births living at a single address, the Governing Body has the discretion to treat this as an exceptional case and may admit all such girls in order not to split the family.

Fraudulent Information

In the case of fraudulent information being supplied, any place offered will be withdrawn.

Additional Information

For further guidance and application deadlines visit www.thurrock.gov.uk/admissions and download Secondary Admission Information September 2019.