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Admission Policy 2011 - Girls Reviewed Mar 2010

Admission Policy 2011 - Girls Reviewed Mar 2010

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BISHOP CHALLONER CATHOLIC COLLEGIATE SCHOOLADMISSIONS POLICY FOR ADMISSIONS IN SEPTEMBER 2011GIRLS SCHOOL
Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate Schools were founded by the Church to provideeducation for Catholic students who will have priority in accordance with this policy.As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At aCatholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’sactivity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education is fullysupported by all families in the school. All applicants are therefore expected to givetheir full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.
The Tower Hamlets Co-ordinated Scheme
The Girls’ School is its own admission authority and its Governing Body decides onapplications for places in the school. In common with other maintained schools in theBorough, the school is obliged to participate in the Tower Hamlets Borough co-ordinated scheme for admissions. Applicants will need to complete Tower Hamlets’Common Application Form (CAF) and submit it to Tower Hamlets by
31 October 2010
Tower Hamlets will make offers on behalf of the school.
The Supplementary Information Form
In addition to completing Tower Hamlets’ CAF, the school strongly encouragesparents to complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF). Completionof the SIF allows the school to collect the necessary information needed for fullconsideration of applications by the Governing Body in the event that the school isoversubscribed and oversubscription criteria (see below) need to be applied. If anapplicant does not complete the SIF, the Governing Body will apply the school’soversubscription criteria using only the information submitted on his or her CommonApplication Form. This may result in the application being given a lower priorityagainst those criteria due to lack of available information. Supplementary InformationForms are available from the Clerk to the Admissions Committee at the school and attdavis@bishop.towerhamlets.sch.uk. The SIF must be completed ands returned tothe school by
31
st
October 2010Indicated Admission Number 
The Governing Body intends to admit 150 students in Year 7 in the school year whichbegins 1
st
September 2011.
Oversubscription Criteria
Where there are more applications for places than the total of 150 places available(after allowing for students with statements of special educational needs naming theschool), places will be offered according to the following order of priority:1.Catholic children who are in care (‘looked-after’ children)
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2.Practising Catholics as evidenced by frequency of attendance at Mass asdemonstrated on the diocesan priest’s reference form3.Baptised Catholics4.Other looked after children5.Practising Christians as evidenced by a reference from the applicant’s vicar,priest or equivalent religious leader 6.Other Christians7.Practising members of other faiths as evidenced by their religious leader 8.Any other applicant
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‘Looked-after child’ means a child in the care of the Local Authority or provided withaccommodation by them e.g. children with foster parents (see section 22 of The Children’sAct 1989)
 
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If the applicant has a sister in the Girls’ School, a brother in the Boys’ Schoolor a brother or sister in the Sixth Form College then s/he will have siblingrights within the category in which they are placed.The Governors will give top priority within a category to children in respect of whomthe governors are satisfied that there is a well-documented pastoral, social or medical reason showing that it is essential for the child to attend the school, and thattheir needs cannot be readily met by any other school. All evidence that theapplicant wishes the Governing Body to take into account must be supplied to theschool at the time of application and it must include support from either a registeredmedical practitioner, parish priest or a local authority social worker.
Tie-Breaker 
If the school is oversubscribed in any of the above criteria, (i.e. the remaining number of places is less than the number of children meeting relevant criterion) priority will begiven in the following order:a.To applicants with a sibling (which includes adopted, half and step siblings)attending either the Girls’ or the Boys’ school and who is attending that schoolat the date of application and is expected to be attending that school at thedate of intended admissions. If there are more children qualifying under thisrule than there are available places, the further distance tie-breaker below willapply to allocate places to them.b.Up to 10% of places in each category will be allocated for children who showan aptitude for sport on the basis of an assessment of aptitude carried out bythe school (see notes below) Priority will be given to those with the highestscore in this test.c.Thereafter priority will be given to those living nearest the school asmeasured in a straight line from the permanent residence of the child to theschool gate in Commercial Road. For this purpose the address to be used isthe permanent domestic address of the parents. Business addresses are notacceptable. If the child does not live with both parents, it is the address of theparent, guardian or carer with whom the child lives permanently or for 50% or more of the week. If access is equal then it is the address nearest to theschool. In the event of there being two or more applicants at a flat or multi-occupational dwelling vying for the last available place a random lottery willbe used as a further tie-breaker. The school reserves the right to requireevidence that the address stated is the permanent domestic address after anoffer has been made and accepted. If it subsequently appears that a placehas been offered in reliance on information that is shown to be materiallyincorrect or misleading (eg the parental address) and that a place would nothave been offered had the information been correct, offer may be withdrawn.d.Practising Catholics ‘Practising Catholic’ means a Catholic child from apractising Catholic family where this practise is verified by a reference from aCatholic Priest in the standard format laid down by the Diocese.

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