THE CONSULTATION HAS NOW CLOSED
Consultation Timeframe: 19 December 2014 to 20 February 2015
As the admissions’ Authority for the schools within the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust, the Directors wish to consult on the following changes to their admissions policies.
Each school’s proposed policy is attached and the changes are as follows:
Catholic siblings- The Bishop of Leeds Marcus Stock, wishes all Catholic schools within the Diocese
“to reflect what I think is right and just for a Catholic school exercising special care for families”. In order to properly reflect this all Catholic children who have siblings at the school will fall within a single oversubscription category.
Cathechumens- Previously this category had been used for children who were undergoing instruction to become Baptized. Following advice from the Admissions Adjudicator, applicants will only be defined as Catholic (as evidenced by proof of Baptism) or other. The Directors believe that this will be fairer and easier for all applicants to understand.
In addition the Directors wish to consult on increasing the admission number of St Mary’s, Menston from 180 to 200.
St Mary’s is a very popular, highly successful school which has recently been graded as outstanding by Ofsted.
The purpose of the school is to provide a Catholic education to the families within the defined areas as outlined in our existing policy, this proposed change is to assist in fulfilling that mission.
For many years the school for has been oversubscribed and continues to be so. This is due to a large number of successful appeals from Catholic families within the area. This pressure on school places continues to increase due to additional housing within the school’s defined area. There are an increased number of baptisms within our Parishes, new Catholic families moving into the area during the primary stages of their children’s education and every year we see a growing number of applications from Catholic pupils who have been unable to gain places in our partner primary schools.
In particular St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Pudsey, a Voluntary Academy will have an increased admission number from 30 to 45 from September 2015, due to pressure on places within the area. This will have a direct knock on effect for our families.
St Mary’s also seeks to provide a comprehensive sixth form education for all our pupils, in order to sustain this and provide a broad and appropriate curriculum a year size of 200 is more realistic.
The Directors believe that this increase in admission number will help alleviate pressure on school places within the locality and will allow the school to admit pupils in line with its previously agreed criteria. The admission criteria will remain unchanged (other than the minor alterations outlined above for all schools within the BWCAT).
The Directors are not seeking to increase or alter the defined area in any way, but merely to allow provision for all families within that area to effectively plan to provide a Catholic Education to all families within our defined area.
If you would like to comment on these proposals please contact Anne Tindall, Clerk to the Trust, via the online form on the contact us page or at St. Mary’s, Menston (please state which school you are referring to), by Friday 20 February 2015.
Each Academy will also have this information on their school website: