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St Mary`s Catholic Primary School
Northwood Road, Tankerton, CT5 2EY, UK Whitstable
+44 (0)1227 272692

Headteacher Mrs. E Leaman
St. Mary's Catholic Primary School
If your child is to join us for the first time, we welcome you as parents and look forward to a happy and successful association over the coming years.


The Governing Body is the admissions authority for St Mary’s Catholic Primary School. The Governors, in consultation with the LEA, have an admission number of 60 pupils for admission to Year R and Year 1 and an admission number of 44 for all other years.

As a Roman Catholic Foundation conducted in accordance with its Trust Deed and instrument of government, priority will be given to Catholic children.

Pupils will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. Where applications exceed the number of places available the admission criteria will be applied in the following order:
  1. Baptised children of practising Catholic parents as verified by reference from the parish priest of the parish where the family regularly worships in the standard format laid down by the Diocese.
  2. Children baptised in the Catholic faith whose parents may not be practising at the time of admission. Proof of baptism must accompany the application.
  3. Children whose parents are practising members of other Christian denominations as verified by reference from the priest/minister where the family regularly worships in a standard format provided by the school.
  4. Other children.
  5. The following order of priorities will be applied when applications within any of the above categories exceed places available and it is necessary to decide between them :
(i) the presence of a brother or sister in the school at the date when the child starts school;
(ii) medical or social grounds which make the school particularly suitable for the child in question. Verification by an appropriate authority (e.g. medical practitioner, education welfare office, social worker) would be required;
(iii) distance from home to the school (measured in a straight line)

In accordance with the Code of Practice, looked after children will be given top priority in each of the categories.

Procedures and Timetable
The School will now operate under the co-ordinated admission arrangements for all Kent Primary Schools. Applications for admission must be made by filling in the Common Application Form (CAF) obtainable from the school office or the LEA. The CAF must be returned to the LEA or the School by 2 February 2006.

The Governors of St Mary’s also require all applicants to submit a Supplementary Form available from the school office. This must be completed and returned to the school with the appropriate supporting evidence requested in paragraphs 1–5 above by 2 February 2006.

The LEA will act as a clearing house for the allocation of places:


By 2 March 2006 - The LEA will notify each school of every application that has been made including all the relevant details from the CAF.

ii By 24 March 2006 – the Governing Body will consider all applications for St Mary’s, apply the school oversubscription criteria and provide the LEA with a list of all applicants ranked according to the school's oversubscription criteria.
iii By 13 April 2006 - The LEA will match this ranked list against the ranked list of the other schools named on the form and:

  • Where the child is eligible for a place at only one of the named schools, that school will be offered.
  • Where the child is eligible for a place at two or more of the named schools, they will be allocated a place at whichever of these is the highest ranked preference.
  • Where the child is not eligible for a place at any of the named schools, the child will be allocated a place at the nearest appropriate school with a vacancy. If the school is a Foundation or Voluntary Aided school, this will take place after consultation with the governing body.
iv On 19 April 2006 - The LEA informs primary schools of the pupils to be offered places at their schools.
v On 21 April 2006 - Parents will be sent decision letters. The letter will give the following information:

  • The name and contact details of the school at which a place is offered..
  • The reasons why the child is not being offered a place at any school named on the CAF as a higher preference than the school offered.
  • Information about the right of appeal against the decisions to refuse places at other named schools.
  • An invitation to parents to contact primary schools if they want their child to be considered for any places that might become available.
vi 5 May 2006 - The deadline for parents to accept the place offered.
vii 6 May 2006 - Schools re-allocate any places that have become vacant since 21 April 2006 giving priority to applicants according to individual schools' oversubscription criteria.

Late Applications
The closing date for applications in the normal admission round is 2 February 2006. As far as is reasonably practicable applications for places in the normal admissions round that are received late for a good reason will be accepted, provided they are received before 24 February 2006.

Applications received after 24 February 2006 will be considered after places have been offered to pupils on 25 April 2006.

Applications received after 6 May 2006 will be forwarded to each primary school named on the CAF to consider along with all other outstanding requests.

Waiting List and Right of Appeal
Unsuccessful applicants will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained in order of the oversubscription criteria set out above and NOT in the order in which applications are received or added to the list.

Parents have the right to appeal against a decision by the Governing Body not to admit their child. The duty falls to the Governing Body as the admissions authority to establish an appeal panel. The panel membership is independent from the school's Governing Body and the LEA which maintain the school and its decisions are binding on the School and on the parents.

Arrangements for Starting School
It is the School's policy to start a child's education on a part-time basis at first. From experience the staff know that many children who are very active at home often find a full school day very exhausting for the first few weeks. The children are allocated to small groups related to their age and each group will have a separate start date.

Visits from prospective parents are always welcome by prior arrangement. Parents of new pupils are invited to meet the Headteacher and Reception Teaching Staff at meetings in the term before their child is due to begin.

Reception staff visit children in their local nursery/playgroup and the children are invited to meet their class teacher prior to starting school. Special visits are organised for the new children in the Summer Term before they are due to start. These visits help the children to get to know their teacher and classroom.

If you have any queries about the operation of these admission arrangements or about the information required please contact the school and we will be pleased to advise you further.

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