Admissions Policy – 2020/21
The school operates a clear and transparent admissions policy in keeping with our statutory responsibilities. This is published in full below.
Secondary School Transfer - Year Seven
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 2020 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 be 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.
Applications must be supported by:
Copy of Proof of residential address where the applicant lives for more than 50% of the school week, in the form of a Council Tax bill or the Electoral Roll within the last 12 months.
Applicants should note the criteria for over subscription and so should support their application (where applicable) with the following:
- 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 (criteria 2-4 inclusive)
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 is 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.
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:
- 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).
- Baptised Catholic siblings of current or past pupils of the school with a Certificate of Catholic Practice.
- Baptised 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; with a Certificate of Catholic Practice.
- Other Baptised Catholic boys with a Certificate of Catholic practice.
- Other baptised Catholic boys
- 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).
- 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.
- Boys of other faiths or none.
- Incomplete applications
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. Boys with the school named in their EHC Plan will be admitted. 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.
All applicants must complete their local authority’s admissions form which is available from and returnable to the local authority in which the family is resident. Applicants should complete Finchley Catholic High School’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which is supplied in the application pack and is on our website. The local authority’s admissions form must be completed by Thursday 31st October 2019. The Supplementary Information Form (SIF) is available from the school and should be completed and returned to the school by Thursday 17th October 2019. If you do not complete both the local authority admissions form and the SIF and return them by the relevant closing dates, which are different, the governing body may be unable to consider your application fully against the oversubscription criteria and it is possible that your child will not get a place at the school. Late applications will be considered after the initial allocation process has been completed.
Applications for criterion 1 must be accompanied by written proof of the child’s status from the appropriate authority. Applicants applying under criteria 2, 3 and 4 should submit a Certificate of Catholic Practice (CCP) by the closing date. This certificate is available from the priest at the parish where the family normally worships or from the diocesan website. It is the parent’s duty to ensure that the CCP is submitted to the school in good time. The priest will only sign the form if he knows you and agrees that you are a practising Catholic family.
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 a minimum of 20 school days in which to lodge an appeal.
The final date for submitting the supplementary information form is Thursday 17th October 2019. Notification letters will be sent out by the local authority on behalf of the Governors on March 2nd 2020.