We welcome applications as part of the mission of the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. Our school was founded by the Pallottine fathers so Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of school life. We expect pupils and their families to fully support the Catholic character of the school’s education.
The Governing Body is responsible for admissions to our school with a cap of up to 30 children in each school year. Applications are welcome from families whose child reaches his/her 4th birthday between 1st September and 31st August.
To apply to our school you must complete the following and bring them in, in person to the office:
The School’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF).
The information on the SIF enables the Governing Body to assess your application fully against the school’s admissions criteria in the event of oversubscription.
You should return the SIF (in person) to the school office with all other relevant paperwork required for your application which includes:
Two proofs of address from the last three months (not a bank statement, Council tax for the year is acceptable)
- Birth Certificate
- Baptism Certificate
- Catholic Certificate of Practise. For other faiths, a letter from your Religious Leader will be accepted to support your application.
Please ensure that you bring in the original documents. These will be photocopied and handed back to you.
Applications received after the closing date are dealt with after the initial allocation process has been completed.
You will also need to complete an online e-application form through the Local Authority. This can be accessed through the London Borough of Islington Application Portal.
If you would like help on where to obtain forms, please ring the school office on 020 7253 0839.
Parents of children already attending nursery must make a fresh application for reception. Attendance at our nursery does not guarantee a place in reception.
What happens next?
The local authority then writes to you on behalf of the Governing Body confirming whether your application is successful.
We appreciate it can be a stressful time for families waiting to hear if your child has received a place at our school. In 2016–2017 the school was oversubscribed, receiving 52 applications for 30 places. When applications exceed available places, we always give priority to Catholic applicants that cover the criteria listed below.
Before reading our criteria checklist, we suggest you visit our glossary below, which explains terms such as ‘looked-after’, ‘sibling’, ‘Catholic’, or ‘Catechumen’ in detail.
- Catholic looked-after children and Catholic children who have been adopted (or made subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately after having been looked after.
- Baptised Catholic children, from practising Catholic families, who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission.
- Baptised Catholic children from practising Catholic families who are resident in the Parish of St Peter and St Paul Clerkenwell.
- Baptised Catholic children from practising Catholic families who are resident in the parish of St Joseph’s Bunhill Row and St Mary Moorfields.
- Other baptised Catholics.
- Other looked-after children and children who have been adopted (or made subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately after having been looked after.
- Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church.
- Christians of other denominations whose application is supported by their Minister of Religion.
- Children of other faiths whose application is supported by their Religious Leader.
- Any other children
EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE
In exceptional cases, the Governing Body can give priority to an application for a ‘looked-after child’ (see glossary below) where compelling evidence is provided by an appropriate professional (such as a doctor, priest or social worker) in support of an exceptional social, medical, pastoral or other need of the child, which can only be met at our school. Where the final place is offered to a child who has other siblings applying for a place in the same school year, these siblings can also be admitted.
These terms form part of the oversubscription criteria. We have provided this glossary so can parents can fully understand definition of words:
‘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 for example children with foster parents.
‘Parent’ means the adult or adults with legal responsibility for the child.
‘Sibling’ means brother or sister, to include adopted brothers and sisters, half brothers and sisters or step brothers and sisters. A sibling relationship does not apply when the older child(ren) leave before the younger one starts.
‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. Normally there is a Certificate of Baptism in a Catholic church, or a Certificate of Reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
‘Practising Catholic’ means a Catholic child from a practising Catholic family where this practice is verified by a reference from a Catholic priest. ‘Family’ includes the Catholic or Catholics who have legal responsibility for the child.
‘Catechumen’ means a child who is a member of the catechumenate of a Catholic Church. Normally there is a Certificate of Reception into the Order of Catechumens.
‘Eastern Christian Church’ includes Orthodox Churches, and a Certificate of Baptism or Reception from the authorities of that Church.
‘Christian’ for the purposes of this policy, means a member of one of the Churches affiliated to ‘Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’.
‘Resident’ – A child is deemed to be resident at a particular address when he/she resides there for more than 50% of the school week.
For the purposes of this Policy, the parish boundary of St Peter and St Paul is indicated and shown on the PDF map†. Other parish boundaries can be found on the Diocese of Westminster website under Parish boundaries.
‘Distance’ – Applicants are prioritised by distance starting with the nearest to schools. This is measured on a computerised mapping system using a straight-line distance measurement. Routes are calculated from the home address (as defined by the Land and Property Gazetteer) to the midpoint of the school grounds (as determined by the London Borough of Islington).
How we calculate home to school distances:
We use the Capita ONE System to calculate the distance from your child’s home (the start point) to the school (the end point). This system calculates the distance in miles to three decimal places. The routing data base system uses two-dimensional maps, which does not take into account any contours or terrains.
The start point (applicant’s home)
For calculation purposes, the local authority uses the Nation Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) Database to determine the start point from the applicant’s address. Calculations are based on the assumption that the child’s home address is classified at the point of application as a residential property. If you live in a block of flats where you use a communal entrance, the local authority use the NLPG point from the block and not the centroid of your individual flat calculation.
The end point (school)
The centre of the school ground is used as the end point for calculation purposes of home to school distance as defined by the local authority.
You cannot compare distances procedure on the local authorities Capita ONE System to those calculated using any personal or online geographical information system software you may have access to such as satellite navigation systems or Google maps.
Islington residents can obtain an approximate distance measurement to any Islington school by clicking on ‘Find My Nearest Schools’ at the following address: www.islington.gov.uk/admissions. Alternatively, you can call the school admissions team for an approximate measurement on: 020 7527 5515.