Policy & Procedure
Milton Keynes Council co-ordinates admissions for entry into school and produces an information pack for parents.
Governors are responsible for admission at 3+ to nursery, details are available from the school office.
A place at nursery does not automatically guarantee a place at the school. A separate application and supporting documentation must be made at 4+.
1. St Mary Magdalene School is promoted by the Diocese of Northampton and is maintained by the Milton Keynes Local Education Authority.
2. The Governing Body of the school is responsible for determining and administering the policy relating to the admission of pupils to the school. It is guided in that responsibility by the requirements of the law, by the advice of the Diocesan Trustees, and its duty to the school and the Catholic Community.
3. The school primarily serves the parishes of St. Mary Magdalene, St. Francis de Sales and St. Edward the Confessor.
4. Having consulted the LA and others in accord with the requirements of law, the Governing Body has set as its planned admissions number at 30 for the school.
5. Parents wishing to apply for a place at our school for the school year commencing September 2013 must complete the Milton Keynes Council application form and the supplementary information form provided by the school.
6. Places will be offered to Catholic children who have a statement of special educational needs. Thereafter, the Governing Body will consider all applications according to the criteria set out below without reference to the ability or aptitude of the child. In the case of oversubscription the governors will give priority to children in the following order.
As required by law, the Governing Body will not admit more than 30 pupils to any one Reception or infants class.
a) Catholic Children in Care including those who were previously in care, who immediately after being in care became subject to an adoption, or residence or special guardianship order within the last year
b) Baptised Catholic Children whose families attend Mass each Sunday at St. Mary Magdalene, St. Francis de Sales or St. Edward the Confessor
c) Baptised Catholic Children
d) In the event of there being under-subscription for places in the school, then the Admissions Committee will admit baptised Catholic children whose parents are resident in other parishes at the time of application.
e) Children in care other than Catholic including those who were previously in care, who immediately after being in care became subject to an adoption, or residence or special guardianship order within the last year
f) Children from other Christian denominations whose parents wish them to receive a Christian education and whose application is supported by their priest or minister of religion.
g) Children from other faith backgrounds whose parents are prepared to support the ethos of the school and whose application is supported by their minister of religion.
h) Any other children.
Within each category, children will be placed in the following order:
1. Siblings of children attending the school at the admission date for the child involved. A sibling is a brother or sister, which for admission purposes means brothers and sisters of whole or half blood or any other child (including an adopted child) who permanently resides at the same address and for whom the parent also has parental responsibility.
2. Multiple births In cases where there is one remaining place available and the next child on the waiting list is one of a twin, triplet or other multiple birth groups both twins would be admitted (or all siblings in the case of multiple births) even if this goes above the admission number for the school or takes any class above the threshold
of 30 in line with Infant Class Size legislation.
All parents, whether their application has been successful or not, will be informed in writing by the Pupil Support Section of Milton Keynes Council. This will include the Admissions Committee’s reasons for not offering a place and a description of the rights of parents to lodge an appeal against the decision. Details of how and to whom such an appeal should be made will also be included.
Definition of catholic: “a catholic child is a child baptised according to the rites of the Catholic Church”
Distance will be measured by the shortest walking route from the front door of the child's home to the school's main entrance gate, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.