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Admissions

General process.

The local education departments common application form will ask you to list your favourite schools in order of preference. In Suffolk you can put down three schools.

Wherever possible you will be offered a place at your first-choice school, but this cannot be guaranteed. It largely depends on whether your child meets the admission criteria for that school. Places in popular schools will be allocated to those children who most closely meet those criteria.

If your child is in line for more than one of your chosen schools and they meet the criteria better than others, you will be offered a place at the school you ranked highest on the form. If none of your chosen schools can offer your child a place, the education department should offer you a place at another school.

St Louis specific process.

St Louis School applies other faith-based admission criteria. The St Louis Admissions Policy is listed below or click here to download a copy from the Policies Library. More information can be found in the Prospectus. In brief, applications are prioritised in the following way:

  1. Baptised Looked After Catholic children.
  2. Baptised Catholic Children.
  3. All Other Looked After Children.
  4.  Other baptised children whose parents wish their child to have a Catholic education and who are willing for him/her to participate in the religious teaching and life of the school.
  5. Other children whose parents wish their child to have a Catholic education and who are willing for him/her to participate in the religious teaching and life of the school.
  6. Children whose health or social conditions would in the view of the Governors benefit from attendance at St. Louis Catholic Academy.  Written evidence from a medical or social professional will be required.
  7.  All other applicants.

with an independent lottery system being used to distinguish between children matching a particular criteria when over subscribed.

The Forms.

You need to complete the:

CAF forms are available from the Local Education Office – Click here – from November before the September your child starts school and must be returned to the Local Education Office by the following January. The actual date is confirmed on the back of the form. The SIF must be returned directly to the school.

St Louis Admissions Policy.

The Governing Body is the admissions authority of St. Louis Catholic Academy, Newmarket.  The Governors of St. Louis Catholic Academy are able to welcome up to 45 pupils into each year group. For admission to the 2015-16 school year the Governors must provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday.

Applications should be made on the Local Education Authority Common Application form (C.A.F.), together with a Supplementary Information Form (S.I.F.) for Academy schools; these are available from the school, the Local Area Education Office or online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/onlineadmissions.  C.A.F. forms must be either returned to the Local Education Office or completed online by (TBA) January 2015 or completed online.  The S.I.F. form must be returned directly to the school as soon as possible to enable applications to be ranked in order of criteria. Please note that the S.I.F. is not an alternative to submitting the C.A.F.

Applications made after this date are processed as stated in the ‘Admissions to Schools in Suffolk’ booklet.

The Governors are required to admit children who have a statement of Special Educational Needs which names St. Louis Catholic Academy as the school appropriate to their needs.

Children will be admitted to this school in the following order of priority: –

 1. Baptised Catholic ‘Looked After’ children.

a)   Children from the Nursery and have a brother or sister who attends the school at school entry.

b)   Children from the Nursery without a sibling. (Brother or sister)

c)   Children who have a brother or sister who attends the school at school entry.

d)   All other applicants

 2. Baptised Catholic children.

a)   Children from the Nursery and have a brother or sister who attends the school at school entry.

b)   Children from the Nursery without a sibling.  (Brother or sister)

c)   Children who have a brother or sister who attends the school at school entry.

d)   All other applicants

 3.All other ‘Looked After’ children.

a)   Children from the Nursery and have a brother or sister who attends the school at school entry.

b)   Children from the Nursery without a sibling . (Brother or sister)

c)   Children who have a brother or sister who attends the school at school entry.

d)   All other applicants

 4. Other baptised children whose parents wish their child to have a Catholic education and who are willing for him/her to participate in the religious teaching and life of the school, in the following order of priority: –

a)   Children from the Nursery and have a brother or sister who attends the school at school entry.

b)   Children from the Nursery without a sibling. (Brother or sister)

c)   Children who have a brother or sister who attends the school at school entry.

d)   All other applicants

 5. Other children whose parents wish their child to have a Catholic education and who are willing for him/her to participate in the religious teaching and life of the school, in the following order of priority: –

a)   Children from the Nursery and have a brother or sister who attends the school at school entry.

b)   Children from the Nursery without a sibling . (Brother or sister)

c)   Children who have a brother or sister who attends the school at school entry.

d)   All other applicants

 6.  Children whose health or social conditions would in the view of the Governors benefit from attendance at St. Louis Catholic Academy.  Written evidence from a medical or social professional will be required.

 7. All other applicants.

Where several children meet the same criteria, within the category where the oversubscription occurs, priority will be decided by random selection (i.e. a lottery). Applications from families with twins, triplets or children from multiple births that fall either side of the oversubscription cut off will be dealt with the same as any other single child. The lottery will be drawn by an independent person not associated with admissions to the school.

A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate will be requested with the application form for admission to school and governors reserve the right to seek the views of the family’s priest, minister or religious leader.  For practising Christians of faiths where there are no infant baptisms the Governors also reserve the right to seek the views of the family’s religious leader. Any additional details in support of their child’s application can be provided on the S.I.F.

On behalf of the Governing Body, the Local Education Authority will write to you with offers on (TBA) April 2015.  Late applications will then be considered after this date.  These arrangements do not apply to those being admitted purely for nursery provision.

Parents of children who are admitted for nursery provision must also apply for a place at the school if they want their children to transfer to the reception class. Attendance at the nursery does not guarantee admission to the school.

Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year.

Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

If the school is oversubscribed a waiting list will be maintained by the school. Children on the waiting list will be ranked in the same order as the published oversubscription criteria.

The order of children on a waiting list does not remain static as circumstances can change a child’s place on the waiting list to go up or down, for example, due to withdrawals or additional applications. If you change your address while your child is on a waiting list you must let us know.

Parents who are unsuccessful in securing a place for their child at the school have a right to appeal against the decision. Having your child’s name on a waiting list will not affect your right to appeal for a school place in any of the schools you have applied for. Further details are available from the school. All appeals against the decision not to admit pupils are now processed by the Local Education Authority (Suffolk County Council) and heard by an independent panel.

Details of Suffolk’s Primary Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme are included in the ‘Schools in Suffolk’ admissions guidance booklet for parents. These are available from the school or can be viewed online at http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/education-and-careers/schools-and-support-in-education/applying-for-a-school-place/

The Governors on the Admissions Committee review and update the Admission Policy annually.

School contact details:

Business Manager
St. Louis Catholic Academy
Fordham Road
Newmarket
Suffolk
CB8 7AA
Tel No: 01638 662719
admin@stlouisacademy.co.uk