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St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Nursery and Primary School is a 3-11 co-educational Catholic Voluntary Academy situated on Chancet Wood Drive, Sheffield. The Governing Body is the Admissions Authority. The nursery exists to provide early years ‘education’ rather than ‘childcare’.

 

The date of admission to the Nursery School for 2017/2018 is 6th September 2017

The term following their third birthday, a child is entitled to 15 hours per week Free Early Learning (FEL) in an early years setting for 38 weeks in a full year. At St Thomas of Canterbury Nursery School this entitlement is taken:

Every morning from 8.30am – 11.30am or
Every afternoon from 12.30pm – 3.30pm or
Monday, Tuesday all day (8.30am – 3.30pm) and Wednesday 8.30am – 11.30am
(two hours charged for lunchtime at £4.00 per hour) or
Wednesday 12.30pm 3.30pm and all day Thursday and Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm
(two hours charged for lunchtime at £4.00 per hour).

 

If there is more demand for one of the options than we are able to accommodate, the sessions would be offered to parents randomly.

Parents whose needs would not be accommodated by the above options should contact the school in order to discuss the possibility of any further available options, which may be considered if there are places available after the main admissions round.

Children will be admitted the September after their third birthday without reference to ability or aptitude. Governors have set the admissions number for September 2017 at 30.

Additional morning and afternoon sessions are available at a cost of £16.00 per session, or Monday to Friday at £80.00 per week, therefore it is possible for a child to have a full time place. Additional sessions include staying for lunch, either buying a school meal (£2.00) or bringing a packed lunch, and some playtime outside with the other children.

To ensure that the statutory level of staffing is in place the Nursery can accommodate only 15 FEL morning places and 15 FEL afternoon places.

Procedures for Admission

Parents/carers should complete an application form and send or bring it to the school, together with any relevant documentation as required, (Baptism certificate & birth certificate) when the child is two years old, or as soon as possible after that. The closing date for applications for admission in September 2017 is 16 January 2017 (the main admissions round).

The Governors will consider applications in accordance with the admission criteria and parents/carers will be informed by letter of their decision by 8 February 2016. If after this date places for some sessions are still available, further applications for specific sessions will be invited and the places offered in the order of their receipt by the school until all sessions are full. At that stage, the school would also accept applications for children to start the term after their third birthday, thus starting either in January 2017 or April 2017 in order to fill the remaining places.

The final decision on the number of hours a child is able to attend the Nursery and the pattern of attendance rests with the Headteacher.

Criteria for Admission

Where there are more applications for admission to the nursery than the planned admission number stated the Governing Body will apply the following criteria in strict order of priority:

Category One

  1. Catholic Looked After Children or previously Looked After Children.
  2. Catholic siblings of children attending St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School at the time of admission
  3. Catholic children who live within the parishes of Our Lady of Beauchief and St Thomas of Canterbury and the Holy Spirit, Dronfield.
  4. Other Catholic children.

Category Two

  1. Looked After Children or previously Looked After Children who are not baptised Catholics.
  2. Children who are not baptised Catholics but have siblings attending St Thomas of Canterbury Primary school at the time of admission.
  3. Children who are not baptised Catholics who live within the parishes of Our Lady of Beauchief and St Thomas of Canterbury and the Holy Spirit, Dronfield.
  4. Other children

Please note that children with a specific educational, medical or emotional need will be prioritised within each sub category, provided that appropriate written evidence from a suitably qualified professional, e.g. Doctor or Social Worker, is submitted with the application, indicating why St Thomas of Canterbury Nursery school is the most appropriate setting.

Tie Breaker

Should the planned admission number be reached mid-category, the Governing Body as Admissions Authority will allocate places, using a random allocation process which will be independently monitored, for all the applicants in that category.

Please note that admission to St Thomas of Canterbury Nursery School does not guarantee admission to St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School which has a separate admissions policy.

Waiting List

The names of any children who have been refused admission will be placed on the waiting list for the Nursery. The waiting list is determined according to the Governing Body’s admission criteria. Subsequently, should an application be received where the child has a higher priority, as determined by the admissions criteria, for a place at the Nursery, they will be placed on the list above those with a lower priority.

PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL IF YOU NEED ANY HELP IN APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Notes

  1. For a child to be considered for Category One (Catholic children) the Governing Body requires that parents/carers produce a copy of a Catholic Baptismal Certificate.
  2. A Looked After Child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (Sect 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). A previously Looked After Child is a child who immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
  3. Siblings are defined as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted brothers or sisters, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.
  4. The place of residence of a child will be deemed to be the residential property at which the parent or persons with parental responsibility for the child reside on the date of application for admission to the Nursery.
    Where parental responsibility is held by more than one person and those persons reside in separate properties, the child’s ordinary place of residence will be deemed to be that property at which the child resides for the greater part of the week.

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The date of admission to the Nursery School for 2017/2018 is 6th September 2017