St Boniface’s is an eclectic community that welcomes families from all faiths and backgrounds – we are not exclusively for Catholic children; all we ask is that our ethos is respected. 

Open events are being conducted a little differently this year given the circumstances. Presentations and information will be provided virtually here shortly.

Admissions 2022-23

Key Information

Policy consultation period  30th Nov 20 – 22nd Jan 21

Policy determined on  26th February 2021

Policy contact name and position Kevin Butlin – Director of Education

Amendments after determination

Department for Education school number; 879/4002

Age range; 11 – 16 (post 16 provision is delivered at Notre Dame College)

Type of school; Academy, secondary College

Admissions authority; Plymouth CAST

Normal round intake; Year 7

Published Admission Number 2022-23; 136

Priority for children from another setting; No

Designated religious character; Yes – Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

Admissions catchment area; No

School uniform; Yes

Application Form; Plymouth Schools Admissions

Supplementary Information Form; Yes

a)   To be used if seeking priority for an exceptional need to attend this school. Included below at Page 6

b)   To be used if seeking priority on the grounds of faith. Included below at Page 9

Key Dates Normal round

When to apply; 6th September 2021 – 31st October 2021

Decision; 1st March 2022

When to appeal; 1st March – 28th March 2022

Key Dates In-Year admission

When to apply; 1st September 2022

Decision; Within 20 school days of application receipt

When to appeal; TBC

Contacts for further information

Plymouth CAST Multi-Academy Trust 01752 686710

Plymouth LA Contacts 01752 307469

Plymouth policies, information and admissions application forms Plymouth Schools Admissions

LA School Transport:

Email – Telephone – 01752 308770

Post – School Transport, Windsor House, Tavistock Road, Plymouth PL6 5UF

Children’s Education Advisory Service – advice for service families

01980 618244 

The Department for Education (DfE)

0870 000 2288

Office of the Schools Adjudicator

01325 735303

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

0370 000 2288

Information about this policy

Vision and values:

This policy supports the vision and values of Plymouth CAST. (To be added to upon completion of vision and values consultation.)

Policy Principles:

This policy:

Ø Ensures Plymouth CAST schools comply with the requirements of the School Admissions Code

Ø Provides a CAST-wide approach to admissions

Ø Ensure all schools apply the same over-subscription criteria across the trust

Ø Provide a central point for consultation with local authorities

Ø Be reviewed each year by the trust leadership team and directors

Policy Aims:

Ø To enable parents to know when and how to apply for places at CAST schools

Ø To assist school leaders in meeting statutory requirements

Ø To identify a best practice approach to waiting lists

Ø To explain what supplementary documentation is required, when and to who

Ø To provide a transparent approach to allocation of places at CAST schools

Relevant legislation and linked policies

§ School Admissions Code 2014: DfE

§ Fair Access Protocols: DfE

§ School Admissions Appeal Code: DfE

§ Local authority admission arrangements

Roles and Responsibilities:

Headteachers are responsible for:

Ø Providing advice and guidance to the LGB and the directors as to requirements under the School Admissions and Appeals Codes

Ø Making arrangements for determining admissions and hearing admissions appeals

Ø Ensuring local authority deadlines are met

Local Governing Boards are responsible for:

Ø Supporting the Headteacher to determine arrangements

Ø Ensuring effective arrangements are in place for pupil recruitment

The trust senior executive leadership team are responsible for:

Ø Preparing a CAST wide admissions policy, which takes account of Diocesan guidance and the School Admissions and Appeals Code

Ø Providing oversight, and support, of the implementation of admissions arrangements across the company

Ø Ensuring that the impact of any proposed changes to an academy’s admission arrangements are considered in light of the other academies in the company and other catholic schools generally in the diocese 

Ø Report to the directors regarding admissions arrangements across the academies in the company

Ø Ensuring effective arrangements are in place for pupil recruitment to the academies in the company

Ø Providing advice and guidance to directors regarding the requirements of the Schools Admissions and Appeals Codes

Directors are responsible for:

Ø Approving a CAST wide admissions policy, which takes account of Diocesan guidance and the School Admissions and Appeals Code

Ø Adopting the CAST-wide admissions policy prepared by the senior executive leadership and ensure that it complies with all diocesan requirements

Local authorities are responsible for:

Ø Providing information to parents about the school

Ø Providing applications and other available documentation to the school to be able to place in order parents who have applied for a place at the school.

Ø Managing in-year admissions

This policy applies to all admissions for the school year 2022-23.

Religious education and worship are in accordance with the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church. This does not affect the right of parents or carers who are not of the faith of these schools to apply for and to be considered for places. We ask all parents or carers applying for a place to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community.

Our school serves the Catholic communities of Plymouth. We also welcome applications from all parents and carers, regardless of faith or background, who would like their sons to be educated in a Christian environment.  

Plymouth CAST is the admission authority for the school and is responsible for determining the admissions policies. On behalf of the Trust, the admissions process for our schools is coordinated by the local authority. 

The directors of the academy trust are responsible for the admissions policy and for ensuring the policy is implemented in CAST schools. School leaders (supported by the Local Governing Board) are responsible for following the admissions policy and providing information to directors to enable them to fulfil their responsibilities.

Oversubscription Criteria

To be used only when there are more applications for places than there are places available.

A child whose Education, Health and Care Plan names the school will be admitted without regard for these criteria.

1.    Looked after children[1] and children who were previously looked after[2] but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order and children who appear to the admission authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in care as a result of being adopted.[3]

2.    Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs[4] or those of their parents.[5]

3.    Priority will next be given to children who are Baptised Catholic.7

4.    Priority will next be given to children who are siblings8 of pupils on roll at this school.

5.    Priority will next be given to children who have attended one of Plymouth CAST’s Catholic Primary schools

6.    Priority will next be given to children of other Christian denominations9 whose membership is evidenced by a minister of religion.

7.    Priority will next be given to children of other faiths10 whose membership is evidenced by a religious leader.

8.    Priority will next be given to children of members of staff11 who have been employed at this school for more than two years or recruited within the past two years to fill a vacancy for which there was a skills shortage.

9.    Priority will next be given to other children.

   Tiebreaker – to prioritise applications in the same oversubscription criterion:

a)   straight-line distance from home to school and then,

b)   where distances are equal (within a metre) an electronic list randomiser will be used.

  [1] These children are Looked After by or provided with accommodation in the exercise of its functions (see the Children Act 1989 section 22(1)) by a local authority.

[2] These children were Looked After until they were adopted (see the Adoption and Children Act 2002 section 46) or made the subject of a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order (Children Act section 14A). Child arrangements orders are defined in s.8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by s.12 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

[3] This change will be introduced only as a mandatory requirement under a revised School Admissions Code 2014. We anticipate that the Code will be revised in spring 2021. If the revision comes into force before this policy is determined, it will be included. If the revision comes into force after determination, it will be absent from the policy and will be added when we are required to do so.

5To request this priority, the application must be accompanied by a completed Supplementary Information Form for Exceptional Need which will include evidence, from a medical specialist or social worker of the need and why the child must attend this school rather than any other, based on the needs or either the child or parent or of both. If evidence is not submitted to the with the application, exceptional need will not be considered.

6 A parent is any person who has parental responsibility or care of the child. When we say parent, we also mean carer or guardian. Applications do not require both parents to agree on the preference for school.

7A child baptised in the Catholic Church, evidenced by a completed Faith Supplementary information Form.

8 By sibling we mean a natural brother or sister, a half-brother or sister, a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, a stepbrother or sister or other child living in the same household as part of a single-family unit.

9 ‘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 to 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 (CTE) and Churches Together in Wales (CYTUN) 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. Evidence will be by a completed Faith Supplementary information Form.

10Evidence will be by a completed Faith Supplementary information Form, together with a Baptism Certificate, a Certificate of Dedication or verification by a minister of religion for that faith.

11 This will be any salaried person employed at this school. Where the duties of a member of staff are undertaken at different schools, there will be admissions priority only at one school. This will be at the member of staff’s base school, where he or she undertakes duties for the majority of the time. Where that cannot be identified, priority will be at the school where he or she expects to work for most of the time in the current academic year. All members of staff are an important part of the school community. This includes members of staff employed by a third party, whose duties are solely at the school.

Supplementary Information Forms

Download “Faith Supplementary Information Form” Supplementary-Information-Form-2022-23_SBC.pdf – Downloaded 8 times – 404 KB

Download “Supplementary Information Form for Exceptional Need” Exceptional-Social-or-Medical-Supplementary-Form_SBC.pdf – Downloaded 8 times – 436 KB