Admissions

Admissions

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.

Please be aware that admission to Holy Rosary Nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception.

Admission and Over Subscription 

 

Holy Rosary RC Primary is a Catholic School in the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford.  It is maintained by Oldham Local education Authority and is a voluntary aided School.  The Governing Board is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking all decisions on applications for admissions.  The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.

For the school’s year commencing September 2023, the Governing Body has determined that the number of children to be admitted to Reception will be 30 and to Nursery 30.

The school’s role is to participate in the mission of the Catholic Church by providing a curriculum, including Catholic religious education and worship, which will help children to grow in their understanding of the Good News and in the practice of their faith.  The school will help the children develop fully as human beings and prepare them to undertake their responsibilities as Catholics in society.  The school requires all parents applying for a place here to understand and respect this ethos and its importance to the school community.  This does not affect the rights of parents who are not of the Catholic faith to apply for a place here.

Admissions to the school will be determined by the Governing Board.  Parents must complete a Local Authority Preference Form or apply online via the website www.oldhamprimaryadmissions.co.uk.

If you wish to have your application considered against the school’s religious criteria then you must ALSO complete the Supplementary Form which is available from the school.

If there are fewer than 30 applications, all applicants will be offered places.  If there are more applications than the number of places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied:

Please be aware that admission to Holy Rosary Nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception.

In-Year Applications

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places.  An application should be made to the school by completing the in-year admissions application form and returning it to Headteacher – info@holyrosary.oldham.sch.uk

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2022 will be applied.

Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list.  Please see the admission arrangements for more details.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible.  Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of receipt.

You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.

If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact Headteacher – info@holyrosary.oldham.sch.uk.

You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority ecs.pupils@oldham.gov.uk

Admissions and Over subscription Criteria 2022-2023

    1. Catholic looked after and previously looked after children. (see notes 2&3)
    2. Catholic children who are resident in the parish of Our Lady and St Patrick – see map (see notes 3&11)
    3. Catholic children who are resident in the parish of Our Lady and St Patrick for whom Holy Rosary RC Primary is the nearest Catholic school]. (see notes 3&11)
    4. Other Catholic children. (see note 3)
    5. Other looked after and previously looked after children. (see note 2)
    6. Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church. (see notes 4&5)

Notes related to above can be found in our admission policy below

Belong – Committed – Love – Faith – Joy

Notes

Notes (these notes form part of the oversubscription criteria)

  1. A Statement of Special Educational Needs is a statement made by the local authority under section 324 of the Education Act 1996, specifying the special educational provision for a child. An Education, Health and Care Plan is a plan made by the local authority under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014, specifying the special educational provision required for a child.
  2. A ‘looked after child’ has the same meaning as in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989, and means any child who is (a) in the care of a local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by them in the exercise of their social services functions (e.g. children with foster parents) at the time of making application to the school.

A ‘previously looked after child’ is a child who was looked after, but ceased to be so because he or she was adopted, or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.  Included in this definition are those children who appear (to the governing body) to have been in state care outside of England and who ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

  1. ‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full 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. For the purposes of this policy, it includes a looked after child living with a family where at least one of the parents is Catholic.

For a child to be treated as Catholic, evidence of Catholic baptism or reception into the Church will be required. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism should contact their Parish Priest who, after consulting with the Diocese, will decide how the question of baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church.

  1. ‘catechumen’ means a member of the catechumenate of a Catholic Church. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of reception into the order of catechumens.
  2. ‘Eastern Christian Church’ includes Orthodox Churches, and is normally evidenced by a certificate of baptism or reception from the authorities of that Church.
  3. “children of other Christian denominations” means children who belong to other churches and ecclesial communities which, acknowledge God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves: to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. An ecclesial community which on principle has no credal statements in its tradition is included if it manifests faith in Christ as witnessed to in the Scriptures and is committed to working in the spirit of the above.

All members of Churches Together in England and CYTÛN are deemed to be included in the above definition, as are all other churches and ecclesial communities that are in membership of any local Churches Together Group (by whatever title) on the above basis.

  1. “children of other faiths” means children who are members of a religious community that does not fall within the definition of ‘other Christian denominations’ at 6 above and which falls within the definition of a religion for the purposes of charity law. The Charities Act 2011 defines religion to include:
  • A religion which involves belief in more than one God, and
  • A religion which does not involve belief in a God.

Case law has identified certain characteristics which describe the meaning of religion for the purposes of charity law, which are characterised by a belief in a supreme being and an expression of belief in that supreme being through worship.

  1. ‘brother or sister’ includes:
  • all natural brothers or sisters, half brothers or sisters, adopted brothers or sisters, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters, whether or not they are living at the same address; and
  • the child of a parent’s partner where that child lives for at least part of the week in the same family unit at the same home address as the child who is the subject of the application.
  1. A ‘parent’ means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child, and any person who has care of a child.
  2. 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 require compelling written evidence from an appropriate professional, such as a social worker, doctor or priest.
  3. For the purposes of this policy, parish boundaries are as shown on the attached map (Appendix B) and will be applied to the admission arrangements for 2023-2024
  4. A child’s “home address” refers to the address where the child usually lives with a parent or carer, and will be the address provided in the Common Application Form (“CAF”). Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives for part of the week with each parent, the home address will be the address given in the CAF, provided that the child resides at that address for any part of the school week.