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The Deanery CE Academy admission arrangements for academic year 2019-2020

 

Introductory statement

The Deanery CE Academy is an 11-18 Academy with a faith designation and a Christian religious ethos that is both distinctive and inclusive. Distinctive in the sense that all decisions about the nature and purpose of the Academy are taken through the lens of Christian values. Inclusive in the sense that all students and staff are equally valued for their uniqueness in the eyes of God and their belonging to the school community.

 

Admission number(s)

The school has an admission number of 210 for entry in year 7.

The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number(s) for the relevant year group are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied.

 

Application process

The school is part of the Local Authority co-ordinated admissions scheme.  Please apply via your Local Authority.

 

Those wishing to have their application considered under the Free School Meals criterion (oversubscription criteria 2 below) or faith criterion (oversubscription criterion 4 below) must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which is included at the end of this document and is available on the Academy’s website (www.thedeaneryceacademy.co.uk). This must be submitted by post to the following address: The Deanery CE Academy, Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust, 1st Floor Hillside House, 1500 Parkway North, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8YU.

 

Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

 

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.
  2. Priority will next be given to 21 children registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children who have been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Evidence of eligibility will need to be submitted with the application. See notes below on eligibility.
  3. 106 children living within the catchment area set out in the map at the end of this policy in the order set out below. Children living on the boundary line will be considered to be living within the priority area.
    1. Siblings of pupils attending this school at the time of admission
    2. Other children living in the priority area
  4. Remaining places, up to a maximum allocation of 50% of the PAN, will be allocated to Christian children prioritised in the following order:
    1. Siblings of pupils attending this school at the time of admission who are ‘at the heart of the church’
    2. Siblings of pupils attending this school at the time of admission who are ‘attached to the church’
    3. Others who are ‘at the heart of the church’
    4. Others who are ‘attached to the church’
  5. If any places remain, they will be allocated to other children.

 

Tie-break

If in categories 2-5 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child living closest to the school will be given priority for admission. Distance is as a straight line between the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) address point of the applicant’s house and the address point of the school.

Random allocation undertaken by the local authority or another body unconnected with the Academy Trust will be used as a tie-break in categories 2-5 above to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and the academy/free school is equidistant in any two or more cases.

Random allocation will not be applied to multiple birth siblings (twins and triplets etc.) from the same family tied for the final place. We will admit them all and exceed our PAN.

Late applications

All applications received by the Local Authority after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants the school is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group.  To do so parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission out of normal year group is being requested.

When such a request is made, the Academy Trust will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the Principal and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.

Waiting lists

The school will operate a waiting list. Where the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the academic year. This will be maintained by the Academy Trust and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.

Appeals

All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

Appellants should contact the Principal, The Deanery CE Academy, Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust, 1st Floor Hillside House, 1500 Parkway North, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8YU or by email to admissions@thedeaneryceacademy.co.uk within 20 school days of the date of your refusal letter for information on how to appeal. Information on the timetable for the appeals process will be on our website at www.thedeaneryceacademy.co.uk/

Notes

Home address:

The home address is where a child normally lives.  Where a child lives with parents with shared parental responsibility, each for part of a week, the address where the child lives is determined using a joint declaration from the parents stating the pattern of residence. If a child’s residence is split equally between both parents, then parents will be asked to determine which residential address should be used for the purpose of admission to school. If no joint declaration is received where the residence is split equally by the closing date for applications, the home address will be taken as the address where the child is registered with the doctor. If the residence is not split equally between both parents then the address used will be the address where the child spends the majority of the school week.

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).

Sibling:

‘Sibling’ means a natural brother or sister, a half brother or sister, a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, a step brother or sister, a fostered brother or sister or other child living in the same household as part of the same family who, in any of these cases, will be living at the same address at the date of their application for a place.

Parents will be required to provide evidence of eligibility with their application and complete the Supplementary Information Form.

Free School Meals Priority:

Children are likely to be eligible for free school meals if the parents receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who are paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Children are also likely to be eligible for free school meals if the parents receive any of the above benefits and the child is both:

Parents will be required to provide evidence of eligibility with their application and complete the Supplementary Information Form.

Establishing Faith:

‘Faith’ will be established by a Supplementary Information Form. For the purposes of these admission arrangements ‘of the Christian faith’ means that the parent/carer or child is either ‘at the heart of the church’ or ‘attached to the church’.

‘At the heart of the church’ means a regular worshipper, i.e. who has worshipped at a Christian church at least twice a month for a minimum of two years prior to the date of application.

‘Attached to the church’ means an infrequent worshipper, i.e. who has worshipped at a Christian church less than twice a month or for less than two years prior to the date of application.

Parents will be required to provide evidence of eligibility with their application and complete the Supplementary Information Form. 

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