St. Wilfrid’s Catholic VA Primary school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. 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 Jesus Christ.
Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic applicants in accordance with the over subscription criteria listed below. It is desirable that all applicants declare their positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.
Over Subscription Criteria
Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority.
- ‘Looked after’ children from Catholic families.
- Catholics who are resident in the parishes of St. Joseph, St. Margaret Clitherow, St. Paulinus and St. Wilfrid.
- Catholics who are resident in other Catholic parishes of the York Pastoral Area for whom St. Wilfrid’s is the nearest Catholic school. (Parish Boundaries available from the office)
- Other Catholic children.
- Other looked after children.
- Catechumens, children whose parents are catechumens, those who are candidates for reception into the church and members of an Eastern Christian Church.
- Christians of other denominations whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose application is supported by a minister of religion or authenticated by a Certificate of Baptism
- Children of other faiths whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose application is supported by a religious leader.
- Any other applicants.
Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would lead to over subscription the following provisions will be applied:
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. The governing body may increase the priority of an application within a category where evidence is provided at the time of application of an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child, which can be most appropriately met at this school.
Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the sub-categories listed above would still lead to over subscription, the places up to the admission number will be offered to those living nearest to the school.
(Please also refer to notes a – f on page 2 of this policy)
- a) ‘looked after child’ has the same meaning as in section 22 of the Children Act 1989, and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them ( e.g. children with foster parents).
- b) ‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in 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.
- c) ‘catechumen’ means a person preparing for entry into the catechumenate (Catholic Church). This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of reception into the order of catechumens.
- d) ‘Eastern Christian Church’ includes Orthodox Churches, and is normally evidenced by a certificate of baptism or reception from the authorities of that church.
- e) 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 normally require written evidence from an appropriate professional, such as a social worker, doctor or priest.
- f) For the purposes of this policy, parish boundaries are as shown on the attached map. Distances will be measured from the main entrance of the school [in a straight line on a large scale map].
Agreed by the Governing Body November 2008