Admissions Clarification (Covid-19) St Mary’s RC Primary School Admission Arrangements 2021-2022
Parents and carers applying for places in the academic year 2021-2022 are asked to note the following statement in relation to the Mass Attendance oversubscription criterion set out in St Mary’s RC Primary School’s admission arrangements: On the advice of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Southwark, the governing body of St Mary’s RC Primary School Primary School has agreed the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based oversubscription criteria will be interpreted while churches are closed or attendance at church is not possible due to Covid-19. This statement has been shared widely with parishes by the Education Commission in order to ensure that determinations made by parish priests concerning regular practice of the faith are being made on a consistent basis.
The suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass was announced on 18th March 2020 by Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. If a parent/carer attended Mass at a certain frequency at a particular parish (or parishes) prior to 18th March 2020 then they will be considered to have attended Mass in that parish (or parishes) at the same frequency since that time. This will remain the case until the Sunday obligation is reintroduced by the Bishops
St Mary’s Roman Catholic School is a voluntary aided school in the Archdiocese of Southwark. It is in the trusteeship of the Diocese. The school is conducted by its Governing Body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government, and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ. As a Catholic School, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeates every aspect of the school’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education is fully supported by all families in the school. The Governors welcome all applicants but as a Catholic school we exist primarily to serve the Catholic community and priority is given to baptised Catholic children who have one or two parents who are committed practising members of the Catholic Church.
If insufficient applications are received in respect of baptised Catholic children, the Governing Body will admit practising Christians from other denominations and then, subject to the availability of places, from those of other faiths who support the religious ethos of the school. The Governing Body has responsibility for admissions to this school and, having consulted with the local authority and other admissions authorities, admits 45 pupils to the Reception class each school year. The Governors may admit up to 52 part time children into the Nursery class.
Children start in the Nursery class in the term after they have had their third birthday. 45 children are admitted into the Reception classes in September of each year. Children have to be four years old by the 31st August to be considered for entry into the Reception classes. We hold meetings for prospective parents and their children when you can meet children and staff of the school and have a guided tour of the premises. You will automatically be invited to these meetings if you have been offered a place in the school.
Note: Admission to the Nursery class does not automatically guarantee a place in the main school. Applicants will be required to reapply for a place in Reception
In applying for a place at this school, parents must complete:
1. The Common Application Form available from Lambeth Education which should be returned to School Admissions, Lambeth Education, International House, Canterbury Crescent, London SW9 7QE.
2. Supplementary Information Form our school also requires applicants to complete our supplementary form (attached below) which includes the Priest’s Declaration Form. This form is not mandatory; however if one is not received the governors will not be able to apply their admission criteria and the application will be considered under the ‘any other children’ category.