St Thomas More Catholic Primary School: admissions information

​St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Northampton Road, Kettering, NN15 7JZ

Oversubscription criteria

In the case of oversubscription, after the admission of pupils with a statement of Special Educational Needs, places will be allocated according to the following order of priority:

  1. Baptised Catholic 'looked after' children or previously 'looked after' children but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order
  2. Baptised practising Catholic siblings of children whose siblings will be in attendance at the school at the date of admission, as verified by the baptismal certificate and priest’s reference form
  3. Baptised practising Catholic children, as verified by the baptismal certificate and priest’s reference form
  4. Baptised non-practising Catholic siblings of children whose siblings will be in attendance at the school at the date of admission, as verified by the baptismal certificate
  5. Baptised non-practising Catholic children, as verified by the baptismal certificate
  6. 'Looked after' children other than baptised Catholic or previously 'looked after' children but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order
  7. Siblings of other children whose siblings will be in attendance at the date of admission
  8. Children of other Christian denominations, as supported by a reference from their minister of religion
  9. Children of other faiths, as supported by a reference from their minister of religion
  10. Other children

Tiebreaker

In the event that any category is over-subscribed priority will be given to applicants in order of geographical proximity to the school. The governing body will use Northamptonshire County Council’s GIS computer system to determine the distance between the address point of the applicant’s address and the address point of the school. Parents considering making an application are most welcome to make an appointment to visit the school.

Definitions

Catholic

This refers to children baptised in accordance with the rites of the Catholic Church, or enrolled in a baptismal programme.

Practising

This means weekly attendance at Sunday mass.

Priest’s reference form

The form provided by the school which parents fill in and give to the priest for verification. The form will then be forwarded to the school by the priest so that it may be used to support applications for a place at the school.

'Looked after' children

Children  who are in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by a local authority.

Siblings

Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent and carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address.

Joint custody arrangements

Where a child lives between two parents the qualifying address will be where the child sleeps the majority of the school week. If the child spends equal amounts of time at the two addresses parents must nominate which address they wish to be the child’s main address. Documentary proof may be sought such as a medical card. If a child is resident with any other relative it must be clearly stated on the application form. It should be noted that childcare arrangements are not sufficient reason for stating another address. A fraudulent claim to an address may lead to the withdrawal of the offer of a place.

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