Admissions Policy for All Saints’ CE Primary School, Trysull
St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust is undertaking consultation of the Admissions Policy for All Saints’ CE Primary School. This revision is proposed to come into effect from September 2022.
The Admissions Policy and Supplementary Information Form (SIF) can be found in the downloads section.
The main changes being proposed are:
- Inclusion of a new “religious reasons” criteria based on attendance at a place of worship as defined in the draft Supplementary Information Form, in order to prioritise children of faith; and
- Removal of the “catchment area” criteria, in order to prioritise children who live closest to the school
You are invited to have your say on the Admissions Policy and comments can be made to Lauren Prosser, PA to the CEO, by completing a Survey Monkey questionnaire.
Any comments must be received by 14 December 2020 at which point the consultation process will end.
Variation to admission arrangements for 2021/22
The Department for Education (DfE) has provided guidance for schools with a faith based criteria and those with a selection process regarding variations to the admissions process’ and policies in light of the Covid 19 outbreak .
The guidance is aimed at admissions authorities of schools with a religious character that prioritise applicants based on membership or practice of the faith, evidenced through regular attendance at a place of worship or at communal worship, and refers to children entering school in September 2021.
Guidance has also been provided on assessment process’ for selective school admissions.
On 24 July 2020, the Department for Education (DfE) published guidance on changes to faith oversubscription criteria in the admission arrangements for faith schools.
The guidance is aimed at admissions authorities of schools with a religious character and refers to admissions arrangements that prioritise applicants based on membership or practice of the faith, evidenced through regular attendance at a place of worship or at communal worship.
Those admission authorities may find their admission arrangements have been affected for the September 2021 intake because parents and children may have been unable to attend their place of worship as normal due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, authorities may need to seek a variation to their admission arrangements (from either the Schools Adjudicator in relation to maintained schools or the Regional School Commissioner (RSC) if the school is an academy) to ensure that parents are clear on what they need to do to meet the relevant criteria.
In respect of selective schools the guidance states ‘Given the extraordinary circumstances due to the coronavirus outbreak it is unlikely that children will be ready to perform at their best in a test which takes place at the normal time in September.
Moving the test date ‘will enable as many children as possible to get back into the routine education before being tested and therefore minimise the disadvantage’.
Parents may wish to consider the consequences of choosing only selective schools in their preferences in case their child does not attain a sufficiently high score to attain a place.
For Wolverhampton residents, where a place cannot be offered at a preferred school the City of Wolverhampton Council will allocate a place at the nearest Wolverhampton school to the home address with places available.
In light of the guidance, the following variations to the faith criteria have been made:
Nishkam Primary School
Propose a variation to the Supplementary Information Form as follows:
*If your place of worship is inaccessible due to COVID 19, please make a self-declaration with your own signature.
The proposal also allows the supplementary Information form to be completed online, minimising personal contact into the school.
This variation would be for the academic year 2020 -2021.
All other admissions arrangements would remain the same.
Please see link to website - https://www.nishkamschooltrust.org/npsw/page/?title=How+to+Apply&pid=355
The following changes to test dates:
- Wolverhampton Girls High School – the test has been postponed and will now been held between 3 – 6 October
- Thomas Telford UTC – no current changes
Please contact the individual schools direct for further information.
St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust
St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust is proposing an in-year variation to their admissions policy for St Bartholomew’s CE and St Benedict Biscop CE Primary schools for the academic year 2021-22. This will affect admissions to Reception Year in September 2021 and beyond. The closure of places of worship as a result of COVID-19 has raised the issue of faith ministers being able to verify an applicant's level of place of worship attendance in order to meet governors' admissions requirements. St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust have clarified the period of attendance at a place of worship for the faith criterion. The revised policy document can be viewed here.
This proposal is based on advice received and after consulting the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.
St Luke’s CE (Aided) Primary School
St Luke’s CE (Aided) Primary School is proposing an in-year variation to their admissions policy the academic year 2021-22. The revised policy document can be found in the Downloads section.