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2019-2020 Consultation

Admission Consultation 2019-2020

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School is consulting on its admissions policy for the academic year 2019-2020.

As a result of revised guidance from the Diocese of Westminster (following a recent determination in the High Court) the policy below contains two significant changes to recent years.

The changes are as follows:

1. Sibling rule - As a school, families have always come first and, for many years, the Governing Board has allocated priority to siblings regardless of faith. The revised admissions guidance from the Diocese of Westminster specifies that priority must be given to Catholic children and our oversubscription criteria has been amended to reflect this, whilst maintaining a priority for siblings where possible.

2. Certificate of Catholic Practice – The guidance also states that schools should only use this certificate for admissions in exceptional circumstances if all Catholic schools in the local area are oversubscribed with Catholic children. Therefore, the requirement for a ‘Certificate of Catholic Practice’ on application has been removed.

The proposed admission arrangements for 2019-2020 are available below and the Herts website at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions2019 . The consultation period is for 6 weeks between 20th November 2017 and 5th January 2018.

All responses should be sent direct to The Admissions Committee via the school office (admin@st-catherine.herts.sch.uk or by post).