In Year Admissions

An application can be made for a place in years 7-11 at any time outside the admission round. Governors will admit up to a maximum of 180 students in any single year group.
Applications are made through the local authority admissions team, but parents are encouraged to contact Mrs Lyth, Headteacher’s PA, in the first instance.
Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria will apply (please see below and the school’s Admissions Policy).
If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list.
Oversubscription Criteria
At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:
1. Looked after and previously looked after children. (see note 2)
2. Catholic children who attend a feeder Catholic primary school, namely Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, St Bernard’s RC Primary School, St Mary of the Angels Primary School and St Saviour’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School (see notes 3&4)
3. Other Catholic children. (see note 3)
4. Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church. (see notes 5&6)
5. Non-Catholic children who attend the feeder Catholic primary schools namely Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, St Bernard’s RC Primary School, St Mary of the Angels Primary School and St Saviour’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School.
6. Any other children.
Within each of the categories listed above, the following provisions will be applied in the following order.
i. The attendance of a brother or sister at the school at the time of enrolment will increase the priority of an application within each category so that the application will be placed at the top of the category in which the application is made after children in (1) above. (note 7).
ii. The children of staff will be given increased priority within each category so that the application will be placed at the top of the category in which the application is made after children in (1) above (note 8).
Notes (these notes form part of the oversubscription criteria)
1. A Statement of Special Education Needs is a statement made by the local authority under section 324 of the Education Act 1996, specifying the special educational provision for a child. An Education, Health and Care Plan is a plan made by the local authority under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014 specifying the special educational provision required for a child.
2. A ‘looked after child’ has the same meaning as in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989, and means any child who is (a) in the care of a local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by them in the exercise of their social services functions (e.g. children with foster parents) at the time of making application to the school.
A ‘previously looked after child’ is a child who was looked after, but ceased to be so because he or she was adopted, or became subject to a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.
3. ‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purposes of this policy, it includes a looked after child who is part of a Catholic family where a letter from a priest demonstrates that the child would have been baptised or received if it were not for their status as a looked after child (e.g. a looked after child in the process of adoption by a Catholic family).
For a child to be treated as Catholic, evidence of baptism or reception into the Church will be required. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism should contact their Parish Priest who, after consulting with the Diocese, will decide how the question of baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the laws of the Church
4. For the purposes of this admission policy, attendance at a feeder primary school includes those who were prevented from attending a feeder school due to oversubscription of Catholics and whose application to attend was unsuccessful, normally evidenced by a letter of rejection from the feeder primary school.
5. ‘catechumen’ means a member of the catechumenate of a Catholic Church. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of reception into the order of catechumens.
6. ‘Eastern Christian Church’ includes Orthodox Churches, and is normally evidenced by a certificate of baptism or reception from the authorities of that Church.
7. Brother or sister’ includes:
7.1 all natural brothers or sisters, half brothers or sisters, adopted brothers or sisters, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters, whether or not they are living at the same address; and
7.2 the child of a parent’s partner where that child for whom the school place is sought lives for at least part of the week in the same family unit at the same address as the applicant.
8. This applies where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
9. A ‘parent’ means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child, and any person who has care of a child.
Where applications in other categories, taken in order, take numbers above the admissions number, the tie-breaker to be used is that places will be offered in terms of distance from the school as notified by the LA (measured in a straight line from the centrally plotted Basic Land and Property Unit point (PLPU) of the child’s home address to the PLPU point of the school as defined by Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG).