If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.
St. Matthews C of E Primary School Admissions Policy 2016
As an Aided School, admissions at St Matthew’s are the responsibility of the Governors, in agreement with the Diocesan Board of Education and the Local Authority.
Children will be admitted to the Reception class at the beginning of the Autumn term before their fifth birthday.
The standard number agreed for admission to the Reception class is 60.
Responsibility for admissions is delegated to the Governing Body Admissions Committee.
From 2010-11 all applications (ie. Normal year of entry) have been coordinated by Oldham Local Authority therefore their Online Application Form must be completed and submitted to them. Please see the link at the bottom of the page.
A Supplementary Information Form from St. Matthew’s school should also be completed and returned to school to assist in the allocation of places where the school is oversubscribed and a waiting list is in operation. This form can be found at the bottom of this page.
The governing body will admit all children who have a statement of special educational needs in which the school is named. In the event of oversubscription for the remaining places they will be allocated by use of the following criteria in the order printed.
1. All Looked after Children and previously looked after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
2. Children whose medical or social circumstances which affect their education or ability to get to school that therefore means that their needs can only be met at this school. (Evidence must be provided see Note ‘Ref 1’ )
3. Children who will have an older brother or sister attending St Matthew’s C of E Primary School at the time of their admission. (see Note ‘Ref 2’ )
4. 20% of the Planned Admission Number (12 places) will be allocated to any children based on geographical proximity to the school. (without using faith criteria)
5. Baptised or dedicated children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are in regular attendance at St. Matthew’s Church. (see Note ‘Ref 3 & 4’ )
6. Baptised or dedicated children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are in regular attendance at a church within the parish which is a member of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. (see Note Ref ‘3 & 4’)
7. Any children resident in the parish boundary of St. Matthew and St. Luke, Chadderton as defined by the Diocese of Manchester. (website www.manchester.anglican.org).
8. Children whose families regularly attend another mainstream place of worship.
(see Note ‘Ref 5’)
9. Any other children by geographical proximity.
Ref All TIE-BREAKS Where there are more applicants for the available places within a category, then distance to the child’s normal home front door from the main gate of the school in a straight line measured on a map will be used as the final determining factor, nearer addresses having priority over more distant ones. The ‘normal’ home of the child will be taken to be the home in which the child sleeps for the majority of the school week.
Ref 1 Where admission is sought under special medical or social circumstances criteria, professional supporting evidence, i.e. from a doctor, psychologist or social worker, is essential. Such evidence must set out the particular reasons why the school is the most suitable for the child and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. It is the responsibility of parents/carer to ensure school has the most up to date information available.
Ref 2 ‘Brother’ or ‘sister’ includes step, half, foster and adopted brothers or sisters living at the same address and full brother or sister living apart.
Ref3 Regular attendance is normally taken to mean a minimum of twice a month at church of public worship for at least one year prior to 1st September in the year before admission to school. (i.e. for admission in September 2016, attendance will be taken from the year September 2014 to September 2015).
Ref 4 Evidence of infant baptism or dedication of the child and of regular attendance of parent(s)/guardian(s) must be provided by a member of the clergy or other designated church officer on the form provided.
Ref 5 Evidence of regular attendance of parent(s)/guardian(s) must be provided by the leader of the mainstream faith e.g. Imam, Rabi, etc. Regular attendance is normally taken to mean a minimum of twice a month at a place of public worship for at least one year prior to 1st September in the year before admission to school. (i.e. for admission in September 2016, attendance will be taken from the year September 2014 to September 2015).
Where there are children of multiple births wishing to be admitted and the sibling is the 60th child, the governors may admit over the infant class requirement if it is possible to do so. If this is not possible, the governors will inform the Local Authority which may consult with the parent to consider whether all the siblings can be offered a place at the same alternative school.
Children will be admitted to the Reception class at the beginning of the Autumn term before their fifth birthday. Parents may request that their school place be deferred until later in the school year and if they do this the place will be held for the child. They cannot, however, defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the school year for which the original application was accepted.
Please give details of the points you wish to be taken into consideration regarding your child’s qualifications for entry under the above criteria in a covering letter.
Where we have more applications than places, the admissions criteria will be used. Children who are not admitted will have their name placed on a waiting list. The names on this waiting list will be in the order resulting from the application of the admissions criteria (excluding criteria 4 which is only relevant to the initial offers to Reception classes). Since the date of application cannot be a criterion for the order of names on the waiting list, late applicants for the school will be slotted into the order according to the extent to which they meet the criteria. Thus it is possible that a child who moves into the area later to have a higher priority than one who has been on the waiting list for some time. If a place becomes available within the admission number, the child whose name is at the top of the list will be offered a place. This is not dependent on whether an appeal has been submitted.
In Year Admissions
Since September 2013, the Local Authority no longer co-ordinate in-year admissions, therefore, parents will be able to collect the necessary forms from the school office. Once completed, these forms should be returned to the school who will offer a place if there is one available or apply the oversubscription criteria as explained in the section titled “waiting list”. Parents will be informed of the outcome by letter and also of their right to appeal.
RIGHT OF APPEAL:
Where the governors are unable to offer a place because the school is over subscribed, parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel, set up under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998, as amended by the Education Act, 2002. Parents should notify the Local Authority within 14 days of receiving the letter refusing a place. Parents will have the opportunity to submit their case to the panel in writing and also to attend in order to present their case. You will normally receive 14 days’ notice of the place and time of the hearing.