St James's Church of England High School

St James Church of England High School

'A National Teaching School'

September 2013

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Admission Details

ADMISSION TO ST JAMES’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND HIGH SCHOOL

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Admissions Details for September 2018

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Age range : 11 - 16

Admission number September 2018 for Admission to Year 7 : 210

St James’s is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Secondary School judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted. We are currently judged to be in the top 3% of schools nationally for our teaching and learning. Our motto of “Caring For Others † Achieving Excellence” is central to everything we do. When young people join our school, they become part of the family and through this we develop their potential through academic success, personal and social development and self-discipline, based on the beliefs and values of Christian faith.

Admission Criteria

  • All pupils of transfer age, wherever they live, are eligible to apply for admission to St James’s Church of England High School.
  • All pupils are admitted without reference to their ability or aptitude.
  • All children that have a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan that names the school will be admitted.
  • Difficult to place pupils will be admitted in accordance with the Local Authority 'Fair Access Protocol'.
  • In the event of the number of applicants exceeding the number of places available after the admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care plan which names the school, the following criteria will apply:

Looked After and Previously Looked After Children 

The highest priority for admission if the school is oversubscribed will be given to a "looked after child" or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order.. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

Thereafter the Governors will rank applications (highest points to lowest points) using the published criteria and points allocation system set out below and will offer places to those applications which reach the "qualifying score" - this is the point at which 210 pupils can be admitted - the "qualifying score" may vary from year to year, as it is dependent on the number of applications received and the information contained within them, therefore it cannot be determined before all applications have been processed;

Criteria

Points Available

Sibling currently at school

6

Residence in a named Parish

4

Christian Act of Worship (Child)

Up to 10

Christian Act of Worship (Parent)

Up to 8

Other Faiths Act of Worship (Child)

Up to 5

Other Faiths Act of Worship (Parent)  

Up to 4

When the total points score has been calculated for each child, the governors will provide their rank order to Bolton Local Authority who will send out offers of places.

Where there are more applicants than places available for pupils with the same number of points, the Governors will implement a “Tiebreak” ranking of applications and the following criteria shall apply when offering places:

1. Applications that have a sibling in school (at the time of application) - if more than one applications satisfies this criterion and have the same number of points the places will be ranked on the basis of home to school distance by the shortest walking distance; this distance will be calculated by the Local Authority method using a computerised mapping system Routefinder.  In the event of more than one pupil (with a sibling) living the same distance from school, random allocation will then be used as a  final“Tiebreak”. The process will be independently verified.

2. Other applications - Home to school distance by the shortest walking distance; this distance will be calculated by the Local Authority method using a computerised mapping system Routefinder.  In the event of more than one pupil (with a sibling) living the same distance from school, random allocation will then be used as a  final“Tiebreak”. The process will be independently verified.

Waiting List

All applications received before the school’s admission closing date will be ranked in accordance with the published oversubscription criteria.  Applications that do not receive an offer will be held on a waiting list in rank order.  As offers are declined the next ranked application on the waiting list will receive an offer.

Any late application, received after the school’s admission closing date will be ranked following offers day and then placed in rank order on the waiting list.

Looked after children and those previously looked after, and those allocated a place at the school in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.  The waiting list will be maintained for at least the first term of the academic year.

If you are applying for a place at St James’s you are strongly advised to complete the school’s supplementary form.  This form is available from and is returned to the school.  Your preference for St James’s must also be indicated on the Local Authority form/online application.