Policy & Procedure
Milton Keynes Council co-ordinates admissions for entry into school and produces an information pack for parents.
A place at nursery does not automatically guarantee a place at the school. A separate application and supporting documentation must be made at 4+.
St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will be given to Catholic children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below. 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 Our Lord Jesus Christ.
As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education be fully supported by all families in the school. We therefore hope that all parents will give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school. This does not affect the right of an applicant who is not Catholic to apply for and be admitted to a place at the school in accordance with the admission arrangement.
The governing body is the admissions authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school. The local authority undertakes the co-ordination of admission arrangements during the normal admission round. The governing body has set its admission number at 50 pupils to be admitted to the reception year in the school year which begins September 2021.
The governing body will, where logistically possible, admit twins and all siblings from multiple births where one of the children is the last child ranked within the school’s published admissions number (PAN).
Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (see note 1)
The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. Children with an EHCP that names the school must be admitted. Where this takes place before the allocation of places under these arrangements this will reduce the number of places available to other children.
Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority.
- Catholic looked after and previously looked after children (see notes 2&3)
- Other looked after and previously looked after children (see note 2)
- Catholic children with a Certificate of Catholic practice who are resident in the parishes of St Mary Magdalene, St Francis de Sales and St Edward the Confessor (see notes 3,4 & 8) who have a brother or sister (see note 5) attending St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School at the time of admission
- Catholic children with a Certificate of Catholic practice who are resident in the parishes of St Mary Magdalene, St Francis de Sales and St Edward the Confessor
- Catholic children with a Certificate of Catholic practice who are resident in other parishes in Milton Keynes
- Other Catholic children (see note 3)
- Any other Christian children
- Other children
Within each of the categories listed above, the following provisions will be applied in the following order:
- Where evidence is provided at the time of application of an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child which can most appropriately be met at this school, the application will be placed at the top of the category in which the application is made (see note 7)
- The attendance of a brother or sister at the school at the time of enrolment will increase the priority of an application within each category so that the application will be placed at the top of the category in which the application is made after children in (i) above (see note 5).
Priority will be given to children living closest to the school determined by the shortest distance. Distances are calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between the front door of the child’s home address (including the community entrance to flats) and the main entrance of the school using the local authority’s computerised measuring system on the following basis. In the event of distances being the same for two or more children where this would be determine the last place to be allocated, random allocation will be carried out and supervised by a person independent of the school. All the names will be entered into a hat and the required number of names will be drawn out.
Application Procedures and Timetable
To apply for a place at this school in the normal admission round, you must complete a Common Application Form available from the local authority in which you live. You are also requested to complete a school admission form. The school admission form should be returned to the school office to Mrs Renn.
You will be advised of the outcome of your application by the local authority on our behalf. If you are unsuccessful (unless your child gained a place at a school you ranked higher) you will be informed of the reasons, related to the oversubscription criteria listed above and you have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.
If you do not provide the information required in the school admission form and return it by the closing date, together with all supporting documentation, your child will not be placed in criteria 1 and 3 to 9, and this is likely to affect your child’s chance of being offered a place.
All applications which are submitted on time will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions.
Late applications will be administered in accordance with your home local authority primary co-ordinated admissions scheme. You are encouraged to ensure that your application is received on time.
These notes form part of the oversubscription criteria
- An Education, Health and Care Plan is a plan made by the local authority under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014, specifying the special educational provision required for a child.
- A ‘looked after child’ has the same meaning as in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989, and means any child who is (a) in the care of a local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by them in the exercise of their social services functions (eg children with foster parents) at the time of making application to the school.
A ‘previously looked after child’ is a child who was looked after, but ceased to be so because he or she was adopted, or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.
3. ‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purposes of this policy, it includes a looked after child living with a family where at least one of the parents is Catholic.
For a child to be treated as Catholic, evidence of Catholic baptism or reception into the Church will be required. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism should contact their Parish Priest (who, after consulting with the Diocese, will decide how the question of baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church).
4. ‘Certificate of Catholic Practice’ means a certificate issued by the family’s parish priest (or the priest in charge of the church where the family attends mass) in the form laid down by the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales. It will be issued if the priest is satisfied that at least one Catholic parent or carer (along with the child, if he or she is over seven years old) have (expect when it was impossible to do so) attended mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation for at least five year (or, in the case of a child, since the age of seven, if shorter). It will also be issued when the practice has been continuous since being received into the Church if that occurred less than five years ago. It is expected that most Certificates will be issued on the basis of attendance. A Certificate may also be issued by the priest when attendance is interrupted by exceptional circumstances which excuse from the obligation to attend on that occasion or occasions.
5. ‘Brother or sister’ includes:
All natural brothers or sisters, half brothers or sisters, adopted brother or sisters, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters, whether or not they are living at the same address; and
The child of a parent’s partner where that child lives for at least part of the week in the same family unit at the same home address as the child who is the subject of the application.
6. A ‘parent’ means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child, and any person who has care of a child.
7. To demonstrate an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child which can be most appropriately met at this school, the governing body will require compelling written evidence from an appropriate professional, such as a social worker, doctor or priest.
8. A child’s “home address” refers to the address where the child usually lives with a parent or carer and will be the address provided in the Common Application Form (CAF). Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives for part of the week with each parent, the home address will be the address given in the CAF, provided that the child resides at that address for any part of the school week.