St. Luke’s Catholic Primary School is a Catholic Primary School under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Shrewsbury. It is maintained by Telford and Wrekin Local Authority. As a Voluntary Aided School, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions. The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.
ADMISSIONS TO THE SCHOOL will be made by the Governing Body. All preferences listed on the Local Authority Preference Form will be considered on an equal basis with the following set of ADMISSIONS CRITERIA forming a priority order where there are more applications for admissions than the school has places available.
a) All applicants will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is the date set in January by Telford and Wrekin Local Authority in the academic year immediately before the children are due to start school.
b) All Catholic applicants will be required to produce baptismal certificates.
c) It is the duty of governors to comply with class size limits at Key Stage One.
d) If category (3) is oversubscribed, children who satisfy (2) and (3) will have priority over children who satisfy only (3). Subsequently if in this or any other category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of distance from home to school. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the front door of the child‟s home address (including the community entrance to flats) to the main entrance of the school using the Local Authority‟s computerised measuring system with those living nearer to the school having priority.
e) Sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer‟s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.
f) A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept and will be ranked according to the Admission Criteria. Parents will be informed of their child‟s position on the waiting list which will not be operated for longer than the end of the October half-term.
g) For ‘In Year’ applications received outside the normal admissions round and if places are available then children qualifying under the published criteria will be admitted. If there are places available but more applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied. ‘In Year’ and late applications will be treated as per the admissions arrangements published by the Local Authority.
h) If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. This appeal must be sent in writing to the Clerk to the Governors at the school within 14 days of refusal. Parents must give reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on the Governors.
i) The Governing Body reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to baptism, sibling connections or place of residence.
Appointments can be made to meet the Headteacher who will gladly show prospective parents and their children around the school and answer any questions.
Parents who wish to apply for a place at the school for their child should fill in the registration form and return it to the school. Parents will also need to complete a Telford & Wrekin application form (available from Telford & Wrekin Council’s website see link below). Early registration is appreciated as this aids planning for future years.