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Admissions

To download a copy of the School Prospectus for Year 7 admissions 2016, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

The school operates a clear and transparent admissions policy in keeping with our statutory responsibilities. This is published in full below.

How to apply

For a copy of our application form, scroll to the bottom of the page.

To apply for a place, you must complete and return two separate forms by our published closing date: Dates for 2017 admissions will be published here once available.

In order to make an application, you should complete the School's Supplementary Information Form and return it to the Governors' Admissions Panel via the school office, together with all other relevant paperwork required for your application.

You must also complete a Common Application Form issued by your Local Education Authority and return it to them as per their instructions, and by the date they require.

If you do not complete both of the forms described above and return them by the closing date, the Governing Body may be unable to consider your application fully and it is very unlikely that your son will get a place at the school.

A waiting list will be maintained in the order of the over subscription criteria until the end of the academic year. Late Applications for Secondary Transfer will only be considered if there are extenuating circumstances for the delay. All such applications will be considered by the Admissions Authority.

 All unsuccessful applicants will be offered a right of appeal. Information on how to register an appeal will be available from the Admissions Officer from the beginning of the second week
in March.

For further clarification on how to apply or to request hard copies of any documents, please contact us by phone or email.
 

Information on appeals (2017 Admission)

If your child was unsuccessful on their application and you would like to appeal, please be aware of the following dates:

  • Deadline for appeals to be lodged with the Admissions Officer 14th April 2017

  • Additional papers must be received by 3pm 12th May 2017

  • Appeals to be heard in week commencing 22nd May 2017

If you require any clarification on these matters, please contact Fran Kelly by email on fkelly@finchleycatholic.org.uk
 

Admissions Criteria (2017)

The Governing Body is the admission authority for the School. Boys will be admitted at the age of 11 without reference to ability or aptitude, in keeping with our Catholic and Comprehensive education principles. The number of intended admissions for September 2017 is 180 which is our Published Admission Number (PAN).

As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils.  Catholic doctrine and practice permeates every aspect of the school’s activities.  It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education is fully supported by the families of the pupils in the school.  All applicants are therefore expected to give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.

Places will be awarded primarily to applicants who are baptised Catholics, with a certificate of Catholic practice who reside in the London Borough of Barnet and its surrounding boroughs and who meet our religious criteria.

Applications must be supported by:

  • A Baptismal Certificate in the Catholic Faith (criteria 1-5 inclusive).
  • A current Certificate of Catholic Practice signed by the family’s parish priest or by the priest of the parish in which the family normally worship and issued within the last six months.
  • Proof of residential address where the applicant lives for more than 50% of the school week.

The school is committed to taking its fair share of vulnerable children who are hard to place, in accordance with locally agreed protocols.  Accordingly, outside the normal round of admissions, the governing body are empowered to give absolute priority to a child where admission is requested under any local protocol which carries the agreement of both the governing body and the Diocese of Westminster for the current admission year.  The governing body has this power even when admitting such a child would exceed the normal admission number.

Oversubscription Criteria

Where the number of applications exceeds the intended number of admissions, places will be awarded using the criteria set out below, which will be applied in strict priority order:

  1. Catholic looked after children and Catholic boys who have been adopted (or made subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been looked after (in the care of the local authority).
  2. Catholic siblings of current or past pupils of the school where they meet the criteria for practising Catholic boys outlined below.
  3. Catholic children of members of staff who are employed by the Governing Body and have been in post for at least two years, at the time of application; where they meet the criteria for Catholic boys outlined below.
  4. Other Catholic boys with a certificate of Catholic practice.
  5. Other Catholic boys
  6. Other looked after male children and children who have been adopted (or made subject to ‘child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after (in the care of the local authority).
  7. Non-Catholic children of members of staff who are employed by the Governing Body and have been in post for two years, at the time of application.
  8. Boys of other faiths or none.

For the purpose of clarity, the term ‘Catholic’ means a member of a church that is in full communion with the See of Rome, including the Eastern Catholic Churches. 

Governors will give top priority within a category to a boy whose exceptional medical, social or pastoral needs justify a place at this school. Governors will require compelling written evidence from an appropriate professional e.g. doctor, priest or social worker. This evidence must be submitted by the closing date.

In case of applications in any category exceeding the number of places available, places will be offered according to the proximity of the boy’s home to the front gate of the school. The distance between these points is calculated using the Council’s computerised geographical information system. In the case of equal distance from the school or of more than one applicant from the same family applying for a remaining place, places will be offered by random allocation which will take place in the presence of an independent witness. Where the final place is offered to a child who has a twin/triplet etc applying for a place in the same school year, these siblings will also be admitted.

Requests for children to be educated outside their chronological age group will be considered by governors on an individual basis and will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) is dealt with by a completely separate procedure.  This procedure is integral to the making and maintaining of EHC plans by the pupil’s home Local Education Authority.  Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

Please note, the School is usually heavily over-subscribed and all places have, in recent years, been filled by boys meeting our Catholic criteria.

To apply for a place at this school you must complete and return two separate forms, by our published closing date.  In order to make an application you should complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form and return it to the Governors’ Admissions Panel via the school office, together with all other relevant paperwork required for your application.  You must also complete a Common Application Form from your Local Education Authority and return it to them as per their instructions.  If you do not complete both of the forms described above and return them by the relevant closing dates, which may be different, the governing body may be unable to consider your application fully and it is very unlikely that your son will get a place at the school.

Unsuccessful applicants will be invited to join the waiting list which will be maintained in the order of the over subscription criteria until the end of the academic year.

Late Applications for Secondary Transfer will only be considered in the normal admissions round if there are extenuating circumstances for the delay. All such applications will be considered by the admissions authority.

All unsuccessful applicants will be offered a right of appeal.  Information on how to register an appeal will be posted on the school website by 28th February each year. Appellants will have 20 school days in which to lodge an appeal.

The final date for submitting the school application is Friday 21st October. Notification letters will be sent out by the local authority on behalf of the Governors on March 1st 2017.

 

Applications for In-Year Admissions

Applications for in-Year admissions are made directly to the school. If a place is available and there is no waiting list then the school will inform parents whether or not a place is to be offered. If more applications are received than there are places available then applications will be ranked by the governing body in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  If a place cannot be offered at this time then you may ask for the reasons and you will be informed of your right to appeal. You will be offered the opportunity of being placed on a waiting list. The waiting list will be maintained by the governing body in the order of the oversubscription criteria and not in the order in which the applications are received. Names are removed from the list at the end of each academic year. When a place becomes available the governing body will decide who is at the top of the list and the school will inform parents of an offer of a place.

 

Applications for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11

Applications should be made directly to the Headteacher using the application form available from the school. Applicants are required to fulfil the entry requirements above and will be subject to the same over subscription criteria.
 

Sixth Form Applications

For details of the admissions policy for Sixth Form students, including female students applying from other secondary schools, please click here.