Admissions

Mission Statement:

Our aim is to provide a rich and engaging educational experience in a caring, Christian environment in which each individual is valued and respected so that all are enabled to reach their full potential.

 

Making an application

Application for admission to our school for September 2022 should be made on the common application form enclosed with the Local Authority's brochure and also on the Diocesan Supplementary form between 1st September 2022 and 15th January 2023.

The website address for online applications is www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools.  It is not normally possible to change the order of your preferences for schools after the closing date. Parents must complete the Local Authority application form, stating three preferences. Parents who wish their application to this Church school to be considered against the faith criteria should also complete the supplementary form. If the school is oversubscribed, a failure to complete the supplementary form may result in your application for a place in this school being considered against lower priority criteria as the Governing Body will have no information upon which to assess the worship attendance. Applications may also be made on-line on the common application form; the Diocesan Supplementary Form appears when you click 'submit'. It should be printed off and handed in to the appropriate school or schools. Letters informing parents of whether or not their child has been allocated a place will be sent out by the Local Authority on 17th April 2023. Parents of children not admitted will be informed of the reason and offered an alternative place by the Authority.

 

Admissions procedures

Arrangements for admission have been agreed following consultation between the governing body, the Diocesan Board of Education, Local Authorities and other admission authorities in the area. The number of places available for admission to the Reception class in the year 2021 will be a maximum of 17.

 

The governing body will not place any restrictions on the admissions to the reception class unless the number of children for whom admission is sought exceeds their admission number. By law, no infant class may contain more than thirty children. The Governing Body operates a system of equal preferences under which they consider all preferences equally and the Local Authority notifies parents of the result. In the event that there are more applicants than places, after admitting all children with a statement of educational need naming the school, the governing body will allocate places using the criteria below, which are listed in order of priority.

  1. Children in Public Care. This includes any looked after child and any child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residences or special guardianship order.
  2. Children with special medical or social circumstances affecting the child where these needs can only be met at this school.
  3. Children who have a sibling attending the school on the date of application and on the date of admission.
  4. Children whose parents live in the ecclesiastical/civil parish of Newburgh.
    1. Children with a parent/guardian worshipping in a church in membership of Churches Together in England*
    2. Other children.
  5. Children whose parents live outside the ecclesiastical/civil parish of Newburgh.
    1. Children with a parent/guardian worshipping in a church in membership of Churches Together in England*
    2. Other children.

*At least once a month for six months.

Twins etc

Where there are twins, triplets wanting admissions and there is only a single place left within the admission number, then the governing body will exercise as much flexibility as possible with the requirements of infant class sizes.  In exceptional circumstances we are now able to offer places for both twins and all triplets, even when this means breaching infant class size limits.  This may also apply to siblings who are in the same year group.

 

Tie break

Where there are more applicants for the available places within a category, then the distance between the Ordnance Survey address points for the school and the home measured in a straight line will be used as the final determining factor, nearer addresses having priority over more distant ones.  This address point is within the body of the property and usually located at its centre. Where the cutoff point is for addresses within the same building, then the single measure between address points will apply and the Local Authority's system of a random draw will determine which address(es) receive the offer(s).

 

In Year Admissions

Parents wishing to enrol children in Years 1-6 should contact the school office on 01257 462916 to establish whether there is any availability of places. If no places are available, you will be offered a place on the waiting list and we will contact you should a place become available. Please refer to Lancashire County Council for further information should you wish to appeal.

 

The Supplementary form can be found here.

Our Admissions Policy can be found here.

 

Admission Consultation 2024-2025

Each Voluntary Aided School has to agree its Admissions Arrangements through its Governing Body and the Diocesan Board of Education on an annual basis. If a Governing Board decides to alter or amend any of its Admissions Arrangements it must then complete a 6 week consultation exercise. However if a school has not consulted on their Admissions Arrangements for 7 years then the Admission Code states that it becomes mandatory for them to do so.

 

We have decided that we will consult on our Admissions Policy 2024-205 in order to fulfil this requirement in line with the Diocese of Liverpool's recommendations.

 

Please note that we are not consulting on our policy for over subscription.

Comments on this policy during this 6 week consultation period are to be sent to bursar@newburgh.lancs.sch.uk

Admissions Document 2024-2025