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Admissions to Voluntary Aided Schools

Voluntary Aided Schools - Church in Wales

Ysgol Bro Dewi Church in Wales Voluntary Aided Primary School, St Davids

Admissions to the school are the responsibility of the Governing Body.  The number of pupils to be admitted annually shall be determined by the admission number which shall be revised annually by the L.E.A. and the Governing Body in consultation with the Diocesan Council for Education.  The admission number is currently 23.  The official capacity of the school is 149 pupils.

Pupils are normally admitted to the Early Years Unit at the beginning of the term after they become three years old.  Pupils will enter Year 1 of this school in the September after they become five years old.  Uniform eligibility dates are not the start date of the school term, but the 1st of September, January and April for the respective terms.

If in any year the number of applications for places should exceed the admission number or should the number of applications exceed the total number of places available, then places will be allocated by the Governing Body of the school in accordance with the following criteria in priority order:

  1. Looked after children
  2. To children who reside within the catchment area
  3. To children who have brothers and sisters already attending the school
  4. To children of any denomination living outside the catchment area of the school whose parents specifically wish them to have a church school education

Applications for pupils due to start in September, January or April of any school year should be received by 30th April of the preceding year.  If an application for entry is refused, parents have the right to appeal to an Appeals Tribunal.  The decision of the Tribunal is binding upon the Governing Body.

 

St Aidan's Church in Wales Voluntary Aided School, Wiston

The admissions authority for this school is the Governing Body and this policy relates to the school year 2011-2012 and subsequent years unless changed.  The admission policy has been developed to ensure a consistent and fair system for admitting pupils to our school, especially if spaces are likely to be limited due to reaching the admission number of 21.

St Aidan's V.A. School is a Church in Wales' school which essentially serves the community within the parishes of Llawhaden, Walton East, Clarbeston Road, Slebech and Wiston and the admissions policy reflects this in its prioritised list of criteria.  In the event of oversubscription, priority will be given to the admission of pupils in the following order:

  1. Any children identified on the looked after children register
  2. Children from the parishes of Llawhaden, Walton East, Clarbeston Road, Slebech and Wiston
  3. Siblings of these children
  4. Children of parents wishing their children to have a Christian/Anglican education

Applications for a place at St Aidan's V.A. School should be made in writing to the headteacher.  An application form is available from the school.  The closing date for applications is 30th April preceding the calendar year in which the school place is required.  If the entry is refused then parents have the right of one appeal to an independent body that the Governing Body would set up.

 

St Mark's Church in Wales Voluntary Aided Primary School, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest 

The admissions authority for this school is the Governing Body, and this admissions policy is reviewed annually.  This policy relates to the years up to and including the school year 2011-2012.  This admissions policy has been developed to ensure a consistent and fair system for admitting children to the school, especially if spaces are likely to be limited due to reaching the admission number of 24 pupils in any particular year group.

The aim of the Admissions Authority is to have admission arrangements that will work for the benefit of all parents and children in the area and be as simple as possible for parents to use and help them make decisions.  St Mark's V. A. School is a Church in Wales school which essentially serves the community within the parish of Haroldston St. Issells and the admissions policy reflects this in its prioritised list of over subscription criteria:

  1. Looked after children
  2. Siblings of children already in the school
  3. Children residing within the community of Merlin's Bridge
  4. Children of practising members of the Church in Wales (application to be supported by a statement from their Parish Priest)
  5. Children of parents of other denominations who wish their child to have a church school education (application to be supported by a statement from their Faith Leader)
  6. Children of parents of other faiths who wish their child to have an Anglican Church school education
  7. Children of parents who wish their child to attend St. Mark's School

The normal age for admission to school in Pembrokeshire, in a school like St. Mark's with nursery provision, is start of the term after the child's third birthday.  Term starting dates are January 1st, April 1st and September 1st.  Compulsory education however does not have to begin until the term following a child's fifth birthday.

On admission to the school the children are entered into the Admission Register.  Their details, along with any information provided by their parents, are included on computer records that are subject to data protection regulations.

All classes will not contain more than 30 pupils.  If a child does move into the area during the school year, the number within that class may rise to over 30, but only for that school year.  The Governing Body may refuse to admit a child to school where admission would oblige the school to take such measures as employing an extra teacher or building an extra classroom in order to comply with the new limits or if it means classes would go to over 30.

Anyone expressing an interest in admission will be given an application form at the first point of contact.  Once received such applications will be considered without delay and a formal decision either to offer or to refuse a place will be made and notified to the applicant within 15 school days or 28 calendar days, whichever is the sooner.

Appeals
If the entry is refused then parents have the right of one appeal to an independent body that the Governing Body would set up.

Parental Preference
The Admissions Authority will show regard for the general principle that pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents, unless to admit that child would prejudice the provision of efficient education, or the efficient use of resources.  If a child has been permanently excluded from two or more schools (at least one of the exclusions being since September 1st 2000) the requirement to comply with the parental preference is disapplied for a period of two years following the second exclusion.

Applications
Applications for a place at St. Mark's V. A. School should be made in writing to the headteacher. An application form is available from the school.  The closing date for applications is 30th April preceding the calendar year in which the school place is required.  Parents of pupils residing outside the parish of Haroldston St. Issells should reapply for a place on transfer from part time to reception education.

 

St Oswald's Church in Wales Voluntary Aided School, Jeffreyston

Preamble
The policy and arrangements set out below are governed by the relevant parts of education legislation and the provision of the school's Trust Deed.

Rights of parents
The school seeks to provide places for all children who reside within the current catchment area from which the former Jeffreyston V. C. School and Loveston C.P. School drew their pupils up to 31st August 2001.  However, any parent may apply for his/her child to be admitted to the school.  A form of application can be obtained from the headteacher.

If a child is refused admission the parent may, within a period of 14 days, appeal against the decision to a Panel constituted for that purpose in accordance with the provisions of the Education Acts.  Information on how to appeal will be given by the headteacher at the time of the original decision.

Number of pupils to be admitted
The school's standard admission number, established on the basis of the relevant legislation, is that 17 pupils will be admitted to the Early Years Class up to that number.  Applications to other classes will be made where there are vacancies (calculated according to the admission number and statutory size limits set by efficient provision of education or efficient use of resources).

Criteria for determining admissions
If the number of children whose parents are seeking admission to the school exceeds the number of places available offers will be made in the following order of priority:

  1. Looked after children who are communicants of the Anglican faith
  2. Children who are looked after
  3. Children with brothers or sisters at the school at the date of the proposed admission
  4. Children who live in the catchment area of the school as defined above
  5. Children from families living outside the catchment area as defined above and who are regular communicants at an Anglican Church within the catchment area
  6. Children from families living outside the catchment area as defined above and who are regular communicants at an Anglican Church
  7. Children from families of other Christian denominations from outside the catchment area as defined above whose parents wish them to be educated in an Anglican Church school
  8. Children from families outside the catchment area as defined above who are not active Christian worshippers but whose parents wish them to be educated in an Anglican Church school

There is, in all instances, a ‘right of appeal' against refusal of an application for admission.

 

Voluntary Aided Schools - Catholic 

Holy Name Catholic Primary School, Fishguard

Admissions to the school are the responsibility of the Governing Body.  The planned admission number is 18 per year group.  If in any year the number of applications for places should exceed that number and there is insufficient room within the school, then the Admissions Committee will apply the following oversubscription criteria in priority order:

  1. Looked after children
  2. Children who are baptised Catholics
  3. Children, one of whose parents at least is a member of the Roman Catholic Church
  4. Non-Catholic children who have an elder brother or sister already a pupil in the school
  5. Children, one of whose parents at least is a member of a recognised Christian denomination and the child's admission to the school is supported by a Priest or Minister of Religion

An appeal against an unsuccessful application may be made in writing by the parent to the Chair of Governors.  The Diocese of Menevia has an Appeals Panel which will inform parents of the procedure thereafter.

All parents of potential new admissions of any age are asked to visit the school and are given a school prospectus and application form.  All applications for first admission should be submitted by the 30th April of the previous year.

 

Mary Immaculate School, Haverfordwest

By arrangement with Pembrokeshire County Council, in order to preserve the denominational character of the school, the Governing Body will admit its Admission Number of 29 to its first year of entry in the school year 2011-2012.  The Governors will restrict the admission of non-Catholics taking into account the number required to maintain a one-form entry school from Reception to Year 6 whilst at the same time preserving the Catholic ethos of the school.

The Governors have ultimate responsibility for the admission of pupils. In the event of oversubscription they will admit children in the following categories and in the priority listed:

  1. Baptised Catholic children who are looked after within the County
  2. The baptised Catholic children of parents who are parishioners of St. David's and St. Patrick's Haverfordwest and Immaculate Conception Narberth
  3. The baptised Catholic children of parents who are parishioners of parishes adjoining those listed above or who have moved to the area
  4. Applications for the admission of the baptised children of other Christians will be considered when accompanied by a baptism certificate and where the Governors are satisfied that the religious ethos and teaching of the school is the main reason for the application.  Priority will be given to children who are looked after within the County
  5. Requests for admissions on social or compassionate grounds will be considered seriously by the Governors, giving priority to children who are looked after within the County

Applications for pupils due to start in January, April or September should be received by the previous 30th April and will be considered shortly after that date.  Families moving into the area will be treated as separate cases but the criteria above will be used.

In all cases, the Governors must be satisfied that the religious and moral atmosphere of the school is of prime importance to those making the application and that the efficient use of resources will not be impeded by additional admissions.  Parents whose application for admission is unsuccessful have the right to appeal against the decision not to admit.  This appeal should be in writing and forwarded to the headteacher at the school.  The appeal will be forwarded to the Diocesan Office in Swansea and heard by a panel independent of the school.

 

St Francis Catholic Primary School, Milford Haven

Admission to the school is the responsibility of the Governing Body.  The limit for the admission into the Reception class for the academic year commencing September 2011 will be 27 children.  Where the number of applications received does not exceed 27 in a particular year group, all pupils will be admitted.  If there are more than 27 applications for a year group, pupils will be admitted on the basis of the following oversubscription criteria, applied in priority order:

  1. Looked after children
  2. Catholic pupils living in the Parish of St. Francis
  3. Catholic pupils from other parishes
  4. Practising Christians from other denominations with brothers or sisters in the school
  5. Practising Christians of other denominations
  6. Others genuinely seeking a Christian education as supported by a letter from the family's vicar or minister

An appeal against an unsuccessful application may be made in writing by the parent/guardian to the Chair of Governors.  This will be considered by an independent appeals panel. 

The Pembrokeshire Admission Policy is that any child may start school the term after reaching his or her fourth birthday.  To help new entrants to settle in they may attend for the morning sessions only during their first week.  New entrants will be invited for a morning session the term before they are due to start school.  Children moving into the area will be offered places subject to availability.

The deadline for receipts of applications for admission to the school in January, April or September 2012 will be 30th April 2011.  Applications for admission during the 2013 calendar year will be required by the 30th April 2012.  Admissions will take place termly.  All applications for the first admission should be submitted by the 30th April of the previous year.

 

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Pembroke Dock

Admissions to the school are the responsibility of the Governing Body.  The Admission number for the school is 16.  If in any one year the number of applicants for places should exceed that number then the Admissions committee will apply the following criteria:

  1. Looked after Catholic children
  2. The baptised Catholic children of parents who are parishioners of St. Mary's, Pembroke Dock and St. Joseph's, Pembroke
  3. The baptised Catholic children of parents who are parishioners of parishes adjoining those listed above or who have moved to the area
  4. Looked after non-Catholic children
  5. Non-Catholic children with brothers or sisters already in the school
  6. Christians from other denominations
  7. Others who wish for a Christian education for their child

Applications for pupils due to start in January, April or September should be received by the previous 30th April.

In all cases, the Governors must be satisfied that the religious and moral atmosphere of the school is of prime importance to those making the application and that the efficient use of resources will not be impeded by additional admissions.  Parents whose application for admission is unsuccessful have the right to appeal against the decision not to admit. This appeal should be in writing and forwarded to the Chair of the Appeal Committee at the school. The appeal will be forwarded to the Diocesan Office in Swansea and heard by a panel independent of the school.

 

St Teilo's Catholic Primary School, Tenby

Admissions to the school are the responsibility of the Governing Body.  The Admission Number for the school is 16 and if in any one year the number of applications for places should exceed that number then the Admissions Committee will apply the following oversubscription criteria in priority order:

  1. Roman Catholic looked after children from the Parish of Holyrood and St. Teilo
  2. Roman Catholic children from the Parish of Holyrood and St. Teilo
  3. Roman Catholic children from other areas
  4. Looked after children
  5. Christians from other denominations; a letter from a Minister of Religion may be required
  6. Non-Catholic children who have an elder brother or sister already a pupil in the school
  7. Others genuinely seeking a Christian education
  8. Requests for admissions on social or compassionate grounds will be seriously considered by the Governors

An appeal against an unsuccessful application may be made in writing by the parent to the Chair of Governors.  The Diocese of Menevia has an Appeals Panel which will inform parents of the procedure thereafter.

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