Admissions 2016 (Year 7)

 

 

These arrangements have been amended in light of an adjudicator’s determination.

Click here to download the Year 7 Admissions policy 2016 (with forms)

 

 

The Governing Body welcomes applications from all pupils regardless of academic ability, aptitude or gender.

Bishop Justus Church of England School seeks to serve its community in the name of the Church by ensuring excellent education in a Christian setting.  The school’s distinctive ethos and approach are offered to all members of the school and we welcome applications from all members of the community.  Parents/carers applying for places do so knowing that Bishop Justus Church of England School provides an education based on Christian principles.

 

Bishop Justus Church of England School is part of the locally agreed coordinated admissions scheme.  Parents must complete their home authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) and return the form to the home authority; if applying for a place at this school parents must name this school as one of the preferences on the CAF. 

 

If an application is being made for a foundation place, as defined below, then a supplementary form must be completed and sent to the school by the statutory closing date for secondary school applications, 31st October in the year preceding that of required admission.  The Governors will consider late applications in accordance with the procedure in the Local Authority’s secondary admission booklet.

 

If an application is being made for a community place, the only form required for completion is the CAF

 

The Governors admit 180 students to year 7 each September.  If there are more applications than places available, priority will be given in the following order.

 

A.  FOUNDATION PLACES

Up to 90 places each year have been designated as Foundation places for children who attend or whose parent/ carer attends a Christian place of worship according to the criteria below.

 

A1 – up to 60 places are offered to

1.     Looked after or previously looked after children who worship or whose parent/carer worships within a Church of England Church that is within the Deanery of Bromley, Beckenham or Orpington and the priest or minister confirms attendance at the principal act of worship on Sunday.

2.     Children who worship or whose parent/carer worships regularly within a Church of England Church that is within the Deanery of Bromley, Beckenham or Orpington.  Regular means that the priest or minister confirms attendance on average twice or more each month over the preceding two years at the principal act of worship on Sunday.

3.     Children who worship or whose parent/carer worships irregularly in a Church of England Church that is within the Deanery of Bromley, Beckenham or Orpington.  Irregular means that the priest or minister confirms attendance on average less than twice each month over the preceding two years at the principal act of worship on Sunday.

 

A2 – up to 30 places are offered to

1.     Looked after or previously looked after children who worship or whose parent/carer worships regularly in another Christian denomination within the Deanery of Bromley, Beckenham or Orpington (Christian is defined as a church in membership of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or the Evangelical Alliance) and the priest or minister confirms attendance at the principal act of worship on Sunday.

2.     Children who worship or whose parent/carer worships regularly in another Christian denomination within the Deanery of Bromley, Beckenham or Orpington (Christian is defined as a church in membership of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or the Evangelical Alliance).  Regular means that the priest or minister confirms attendance on average twice or more each month over the preceding two years at the principal act of worship on Sunday.

3.     Children who worship or whose parent/carer worships irregularly in another Christian denomination within the Deanery of Bromley, Beckenham or Orpington (Christian is defined as a church in membership of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or the Evangelical Alliance).  Irregular means that the priest or minister confirms attendance on average less than twice each month over the preceding two years at the principal act of worship on Sunday.

 

If there are more applicants than places in Category A, priority will be determined using the “Tie break”.

 

B.  AQUINAS PLACES

Up to 60 places each year are designated as Aquinas places for children who attend a primary school within the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust.   There is no requirement to complete a supplementary form when applying under this category. 

 

Priority will be given to:

1.     Looked after and previously looked after children who attend a primary school within the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust.  See definition below.

2.     Children who attend a primary school within the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust.  See definition below.

 

If there are more applicants than places in Category B, priority will be determined using the “Tie break”.

 

C.  OPEN PLACES

At least 30 places each year are designated  as Open Places. There is no requirement to complete a supplementary form when applying under this category. 

 

Priority will be given to:

1.     Looked after and previously looked after children.

2.     All other pupils applying for a place at Bishop Justus Church of England School.   

 

If there are more applicants than places in Category C, priority will be determined using the “Tie break”.

 

Tiebreak

1.     Children of staff at the school – Bishop Justus may give priority to children of staff in either or both of the following circumstances:

a) 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

b) The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

2.     Children who have a brother, sister or step or half siblings including fostered and adopted siblings living at the same home address attending Bishop Justus at the time of admission. Children with siblings in Year 11 who will have left Bishop Justus at the time of the younger child’s admission do not qualify.

3.     Children who live shortest distance to the school, measured along a straight line from the child’s home to the main entrance of the school building.

 

Appeals Procedure

The Local Authority writes to Parents/Carers of all applicants on 1st March giving details of the school to which their child has been allocated, and the contact details of the school should the family wish to appeal. Appeals should be put in writing to the Clerk of the Appeals panel care of the school by the appeals deadline and clearly state the grounds for the appeal. The school has adopted the same appeals deadline as the Local Authority Community Schools, which varies from year to year and is published in the Local Authority Secondary Transfer Booklet. Appeals will be heard by an Independent Appeals Panel before the end of the summer term.

 

Should a vacancy arise at the school before the Appeals Panel meets, the school will allocate the vacancy to an applicant in accordance with its published admissions criteria.

 

Fair Access

The school, in common with all other schools in Bromley, will admit pupils referred under the Fair Access Protocol.  A ‘Hard to Place’ pupil will be given priority for admission over any others who are seeking or applying for a school place and the school can admit over their published admission number.  The other criteria detailed in this document do not apply to pupils referred under the Fair Access Protocol.

 

Twins, triplets and other multiple births – where twins, triplets or children from other multiple births qualify for the last place to be allocated the governors will admit all the qualifying siblings in excess of the published admissions limit and they will be considered as ‘excepted pupils’.

 

In-Year Admissions

Waiting lists are kept by the Local Authority for each year in line with the Co-ordinated In-Year Admissions process.  Whenever an application is received for a student to join a year group at a time other than when joining Year 7, the school will, in the event of over subscription, consider each case in light of genuine need.  Any student not offered a place will be placed on the waiting list which is reordered each time an application is made.  Parents have a statutory right of appeal.

 

Waiting Lists

Waiting lists for Year 7 are held until the end of the Autumn term in that Admission year in accordance with our normal admissions criteria as published in the Secondary Co-ordinated Admissions Policy.  Applications to join the waiting list for Year 7 after that time will be dealt with in line with in year admissions as published below.  Any student not offered a place will be placed on the waiting list which is reordered each time an application is made.  Parents have a statutory right of appeal.

Admissions Outside the Normal Age Group

Parents of exceptionally more able children, or those who have experienced problems or missed part of a year, for example due to ill health, can seek places outside their normal age group.  There is no automatic right to choose this option as decisions will be made by the Admissions Authority on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned.  The views of the headteacher of the school concerned must also be taken into account.

Where a child has been admitted into KS1 or KS2, out of his/her age group, a request for entry into Year 7 out of age group must be made to the Admission Authority.

All such requests must be sent to mary.capon@aquinastrust.org

 

DEFINITIONS

 

Aquinas Church of England Education Trust is a multi-academy education trust.  It currently consists of Bishop Justus Church of England School, Chislehurst (St. Nicholas) Church of England School, Cudham Church of England School, Keston Church of England School, Parish Church of England School, Trinity Church of England Primary School and St. Mark’s Church of England School.  (Membership of the Trust is subject to revision with the most up to date list to be found on the Aquinas website – aquinastrust.org).

 

 Distance - If there are insufficient places to accommodate all applicants qualified under one criterion, places will be allocated to those children who live the shortest distance from the school.  Distance will be measured (in a straight line) from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school building, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system that identifies the unique national grid reference (Easting and Northing) for the property; those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. The furthest distance reached is checked to confirm it is unique. Where the next applicant measures the same distance, the system will go to further decimal places within a measurement to qualify who is nearer. Where applications are received from flats that have the same “easting and northing” measurements, places will be allocated by door number; the lower the number the higher the priority.

 

Looked after and previously looked after children are children who are (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). A previously looked after child is a child who was adopted, or subject to a residence order, or special guardianship order, immediately following having been looked after (details must be supplied by the allocated social worker or foster carer). 

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