Admissions

The Admissions Policy for Year 7 September 2014 entry from primary schools is attached here: Admissions Policy 2014 to 2015

If you require information regarding in-year transfer for September 2013 to July 2014, please see current policy 2013/2014 below or contact Mrs Brown at the school.

Governors require the following:
- Proof of Baptism
- Admissions Form signed and dated by your priest
- Letter to the Chair of Governors requesting a place

Admissions form for priests

Admissions form for priests in Polish

ST. AUGUSTINE’S SCHOOL, SCARBOROUGH
ADMISSIONS POLICY 2013/2014
St. Augustine’s School is a voluntary-aided Catholic school serving the coastal area from Whitby to Bridlington and inland to Pickering. Through a holistic approach to education, and in a caring environment, it encourages the development of each pupil’s full potential within the framework of the teaching of the Gospel and the Church.
This policy was revised in March 2012. The policy will be reviewed by the Governing Body each year and submitted to the Local Authority by April 15 of each year. This review reflected the demands of the School Admissions Code (February 2012), and the guidance from Middlesbrough Diocese (September 2007).
Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Need which names our school will be admitted to the school.
 
The maximum admissions limit for Year 7 entry in September 2014 will be 96.
 
Over- subscription criteria
Where there are insufficient places available to meet all parental preferences, the Board of Governors has adopted the following over-subscription criteria for admission to St Augustine’s School. In order for governors to apply the over-subscription criteria, it is necessary for parents to produce the following evidence where relevant:
Certificate of Baptism
Admissions support form available from school for Priest statement-compulsory
Admission request letter to the Chairman
(Baptismal certificates or notification of baptism may be obtained from the parish where a child was baptised. The procedure is to give the child’s full name, date of birth, the names of the parents and the approximate date of baptism when you request the certificate. A stamped, self-addressed envelope should be included.)
Please note that if parents do not supply this information within the timescale given, this may adversely affect your application.
Priority will be given to applications in the following order:
1.             Children who are looked- after or were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to residence order or special guardianship order. (See definition1)
2.             Children who are baptised Catholics, evidenced by the production of a baptismal certificate or notification of baptism, who attend Catholic primary schools in the coastal Deanery, Pickering and Bridlington.
3.             Children who are baptised Catholics, evidenced by the production of a baptismal certificate or notification of baptism, attending other Catholic schools.
4.             Children who are baptised Catholics, evidenced by the production of a baptismal certificate or notification of baptism and have a brother or sister (see definition 2) in the school at the time of admission.
5.             Children who are baptised Catholics, evidenced by the production of a baptismal certificate or notification of baptism, who attend non- Catholic primary schools.
NB In the event of there being more Catholic applicants than places then a higher test of practising Catholic may be employed – (See definition 3), (Guidance on Admissions, Middlesbrough Diocese, September 2007)
6.             Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and practising members of a Christian denomination and who attend church at least once a fortnight and have a brother or sister (see definition 2)   in the school at the time of admission. To meet these criteria, a baptism certificate and testimony of church attendance from the Minister must be in evidence. A testimony form can be found in the school prospectus or from the school office.
7.             Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and practising members of a Christian denomination and who attend church at least once a fortnight and attend a Catholic primary school. To meet these criteria, a baptism certificate and testimony of church attendance from the Minister must be in evidence. A testimony form can be found in the school prospectus or from the school office.
8.             Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and practising members of a Christian denomination and who attend church at least once a fortnight and attend a voluntary- aided Christian primary school. To meet these criteria, a baptism certificate and testimony of church attendance from the Minister must be in evidence. A testimony form can be found in the school prospectus or from the school office.
9.             Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and practising members of a Christian denomination and who attend church at least once a fortnight and attend other primary schools. To meet these criteria, a baptism certificate and testimony of church attendance from the Minister must be in evidence. A testimony form can be found in the school prospectus or from the school office.
10.          Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and practising members of a Christian denomination and who attend church at least once a month and have a brother or sister (see definition 2) in the school at the time of admission. To meet these criteria, a baptism certificate and testimony of church attendance from the Minister must be in evidence. A testimony form can be found in the school prospectus or from the school office.
11.          Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and practising members of a Christian denomination and who attend church at least once a month and attend a Catholic primary school. To meet these criteria, a baptism certificate and testimony of church attendance from the Minister must be in evidence. A testimony form can be found in the school prospectus or from the school office.
12.          Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and practising members of a Christian denomination and who attend church at least once a month and attend a voluntary- aided Christian primary school. To meet these criteria, a baptism certificate and testimony of church attendance from the Minister must be in evidence. A testimony form can be found in the school prospectus or from the school office.
13.          Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and practising members of a Christian denomination and who attend church at least once a month and attend other primary schools. To meet these criteria, a baptism certificate and testimony of church attendance from the Minister must be in evidence. A testimony form can be found in the school prospectus or at the school office
14.          Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and are supported by a copy of their baptism certificate but do not attend church, who have a brother or a sister (see definition 2) in the school at the time of admission.
15.          Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and are supported by a copy of their baptism certificate but do not attend church, who attend a Catholic primary school.
16.          Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and are supported by a copy of their baptism certificate but do not attend church, who attend a voluntary-aided Christian primary school.
17.          Children of other Christian denominations who are baptised and are supported by a copy of their baptism certificate but do not attend church, who attend other primary schools.
18.          Other children.
Tie–break
In the event of a tie-break then distance measured from the school entrance to the front door of the child’s home, or in the case of a flat, the main entrance to the building from the street, door to door will be the determining factor. This will be calculated using Google Earth.
Late and casual applications
Late applications and casual applications will be considered against the school’s admission arrangements. Local Authorities publish an annual timetable which defines when they must receive common application forms. Applications received after this date will be considered “to be late applications”, and will be considered after applications received by the published date.
ADDITIONAL NOTES
The Admissions Policy Criteria will be applied on an equal preference basis. St. Augustine’s in line with the admissions code operates an ‘equal preference’ system in relation to all preferences for schools. This means that all applications for school are assessed according to the admissions criteria, without reference to the order that the schools have been listed on the application form.
Home Address 
It is the parental address which will be used in applying the admission criteria. This means that, when stating your choice of school, you should give the parental/guardian address at the time of application. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the home closest to school will be the determining factor. The address of childminders or other family members who may share in the care of your child should not be quoted as the home address.
Application
An application for admission must be made on the form provided by the Local Authority and returned to them by the stated date. Places will then be allocated by strict application of the above criteria, with no reference to the date of application. Parents will be notified as to whether or not their child has been allocated a place during the first week of March of the year of intake.
Right of Appeal
Parents who are refused a place have a statutory right of appeal. Further details of the appeal process are available by writing to the Chair of Governors at the school address.
Waiting Lists
If your child has been refused admission, a waiting list is available where priority will be given according to the above criteria based on the information provided at the time of application. Children will remain on the list for the duration of their school life in 11-16 education, unless a place becomes available or a parent/guardian asks that the child be removed from the list.
Transport
Transport to school, please refer to the Local Authority Composite Prospectus
 
Definitions
Definition 1: Children who are looked-after or were previously looked after children.
A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is (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 the definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.
18 Under the terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. See Section 46 (adoption orders).
19 Under the terms of the Children Act 1989. See Section 8 which defines a ‘residence order’ as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child it to live.
20 See Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 which defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
Definition 2: brother or sister.
The term ‘brother or sister’ refers to children living permanently as part of the family unit at the same address. A family unit consists of children and their parents/carers. The term parent/ carer includes any person who is the birth parent, person with the parental responsibility, special guardianship or who has care of the child
Definition 3: Higher test of practising Catholic:
Children who attend mass more than twice per month would take preference over:
Children who attend mass less than twice a month would take preference over:
Children who do not attend mass.
This would be evidenced by a statement from the priest.
Relevant Documentation
School Admissions Code (February 2012)
School Admission Appeals Code of Practice (DfES) (February 2012)
Guidance on Admissions- Diocese of Middlesbrough (September 2007)
A Guide to Parents Admission to Secondary School (2013/2014)