The Admission Policy of the governors of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School is as follows:
The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. The School is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ.
The school’s Admission Number for the school year beginning in September 2005 is 30.
If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, governors will consider applications according to the following order of priority (see note 1 below):
1. Baptised Catholic children who are in the care of the local authority (looked after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents). (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989)
2. Baptised Catholic children (see note 2 below) living within the Parish of St. Elizabeth’s who have a brother or sister (see note 3 below) in the school at the time of admission.
3. Baptised Catholic children living within the Parish of St. Elizabeth’s.
4. Baptised Catholic children living outside the Parish of St. Elizabeth's who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission.
5. Baptised Catholic children living outside the Parish of St. Elizabeth's.
6. Non-Catholic children who are in the care of the local authority (looked after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents). (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989)
7. Non-Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission
8. Non-Catholic children.
If there is over subscription within a category, the Governors will give priority to children living closest to the school determined by the shortest straight line distance measured from the main entrance of the school to the home address
(see note 4 below).
Children with a statement of special educational needs that names the school must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available to applicants.
Written evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the church will be required. Those who face difficulties in producing written evidence of baptism should contact their Parish Priest.
The definition of a brother or sister is:
a brother or sister sharing the same parents;
half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent;
step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent's marriage;
adopted or fostered children.
The home address of a pupil is considered to be a permanent residence of a child. The address must be the child's only or main residence. Documentary evidence may be required.
Children must, by law, start school by the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. A parent may defer a child's entry to the school. Parents may discuss this with the Head Teacher.
Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse their child a place in the school may apply in writing to the Chair of the Governors c/o St. Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School.
Applications received after the closing date will only be considered alongside those received by the closing date under the following circumstances:
Applications received after the notification date (after places are offered) will be added to the school's waiting list in admission criteria order.
In the case of over subscription a waiting list will be held, and maintained in the order of the over-subscription criteria.
PLEASE NOTE that admission to the Nursery does not guarantee admittance to the Foundation Stage Reception Class. Catholic children whose parents submit an application on their behalf will normally be admitted but parents of non-Catholic children must make specific application to the Governors.
TO REQUEST A PLACE
Parents who wish their child to attend St. Elizabeth’s School must complete the form in the Primary Education in Coventry booklet and return it to the school. The schools own application form must also be completed. The Governors consider all applications and places are offered in accordance with the admission criteria.
The child's birth and baptismal certificates must be produced with the application form.
During the summer term a meeting is arranged for the parents of children due to start school in September. Parents and children have the opportunity to see the Reception classroom and meet the teacher and education assistant.
TRANSFERS TO ST. ELIZABETH’S SCHOOL
Parents who wish to transfer their child to St. Elizabeth’s School should complete an application form which is available from the School Office.
The Headteacher will be pleased to meet parents who are considering sending their children to St. Elizabeth's School. An appointment can be made by phoning the school office on: