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Notre Dame School is renowned for its welcoming, friendly and happy atmosphere and its high standards of behaviour and academic excellence.

Last year 322 applications were received for the places available.  Places are awarded on the following basis:

ADMISSIONS POLICY
Notre Dame Roman Catholic Girls’ School was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame to provide education for girls of Roman Catholic families. The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Roman Catholic Church in accordance with its trust deed and instrument of government, and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ.  The school exists primarily to serve the Roman Catholic community and Roman Catholic girls always have priority of admission.  However, the Governing Body welcomes all applications, particularly from those of other denominations and faiths who support the religious ethos of the school. 

The governing body has responsibility for admissions to this school and intends to admit 124 pupils to Year 7 in the school year which begins in September 2017.

Oversubscription Criteria (Please read Notes on pages 3 and 4 for definitions)

Where the number of applications exceeds 124, the Governors will offer places using the following criteria in the order stated : -

1.

Looked After Roman Catholic girls or Looked After girls in the care of Roman Catholic families and previously looked after Roman Catholic children who have been adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

2.

Baptised Roman Catholic girls.  Evidence of baptism will be required.  Applications in this category will then be placed within the following sub categories, based on the strength of evidence to the faith as demonstrated by the level of the family’s Mass attendance on Sundays, age at baptism and whether the applicant attends a feeder school. This evidence must be provided by the parents/carers and be endorsed by a priest at the church(es) where the family normally worship.


 

Baptism

 

Sunday Mass Attendance

 

Primary School

a.

Baptised

 

Weekly

 

Feeder School

b.

Baptised

 

Weekly

 

Other School

c.

Baptised

 

One or more times each month

 

Feeder School

d.

Baptised

 

One or more times each month

 

Other School

e.

Baptised

 

Less than monthly

 

Feeder School

f.

Baptised

 

Less than monthly

 

Other School


3.

Girls who are enrolled in the catechumenate or candidates.  Evidence of enrolment in the catechumenate or attendance at RCIC programme will be required.

4.

Other Looked After Children and other previously looked after children who have been adopted.

5.

Girls who are members of Eastern Orthodox Churches.  Evidence of Baptism will be required.

6.

Girls of families who are members of other Christian denominations that are part of Churches Together in England.  Evidence of Baptism (or dedication) provided by a priest or minister of a designated place of worship will be required.

7.

Girls of families who are members of other Christian denominations who are not affiliated to Churches Together in England.  Evidence of Baptism (or dedication) provided by a priest or minister of a designated place of worship will be required.

8.

Girls who are members of other faiths. Evidence of membership of the faith provided by a priest, minister or religious leader of a designated place of worship will be required.

9.

Any other girls.


The following order of priorities will be applied when applications within any of the above categories or sub-categories exceed the places available and it is necessary to decide between applications. 

(i)

The attendance of a sister or sisters at the school at the time of admission (natural sisters, step-sisters, adopted and foster sisters).  This does not include other relatives e.g. cousins.

(ii)

Exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child which can be met most appropriately at this school.  Strong and relevant written evidence must be provided by an appropriate professional authority (eg qualified medical practitioner, social worker, Roman Catholic priest).

(iii)

Age of child at baptism.

(iv)

Distance from home to school.  Places will be offered to girls living nearest the school using a straight line measurement from the front door of the applicant home to the main gate of the school.  This will be measured by a Geographical Computerised Information System.  Evidence of residence may be required. Where the last remaining place is to be allocated and two or more girls are deemed to live at the same distance from the school, the place will be decided by the drawing of lots. See note (i) on page 4 of the policy. 

Application Procedures and Timetable
A common application form (CAF) from the child’s home Local Authority must be completed and returned to the Admissions Section of the home Local Authority or completed online.

In addition a ‘Supplementary Form’ available from the School should be completed by parents/guardians.  A copy of the child’s baptism certificate and any other evidence required by the Oversubscription Criteria above should be attached.  The completed Supplementary Form must be returned to the Clerk of Admissions, Notre Dame RC Girls’ School, 118 St. George’s Road, London, SE1 6EX by 28th October 2016.  This should be done either in person, where you will be given a receipt to confirm your documents have been received, or by post.  Should you choose to submit your supplementary form and a copy of your daughter’s baptismal certificate by post, you are strongly advised to include a self-addressed envelope which will be used to confirm receipt of your form. This should be done even if the CAF is completed on line.

Parents will be advised of the outcome of their application by the Local Authority (and not by the School) on the common offer date as notified.  Unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Applicants and their parents are requested to note that applicants are required to complete both forms and failure to complete the Supplementary form will affect their chances of being fully assessed against the school’s oversubscription criteria. 

Any late applications made between the offer date and 31st August will need to be made through the local authority.

Waiting Lists

Parents of children who have not been offered a place at the school may ask for their child’s name to be placed on a waiting list.  The waiting list, which will be maintained by the LA until the 31st August and subsequently by the school until 31st December, will be operated using the same admissions criteria listed above.  Placing a child’s name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available.  This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place.  It is possible that when a child is directed under the local authority’s fair access protocol they will take precedence over those children already on the list.

Fair Access Protocol
The school participates in the local authority’s Fair Access Protocol to allocate places to vulnerable and other children in accordance with the School Admission Code 2012.  Admitting pupils under the protocol may require the school to admit above the planned admission number for the relevant year group.

Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)/Statement of Special Educational Needs

The admissions of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or with an EHC Plan are dealt with by a completely separate procedure.  The procedure is integral to the making and maintaining of statements and EHC plans by the pupil’s home local authority.  Details of this separate procedure are set out in the SEND code of practice.  Pupils with a statement or EHC plan naming the school will be admitted without reference to the above criteria.

Notes (these notes form part of the oversubscription criteria)

  1. a) “looked after children” has the same meaning as in section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989, and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents). Applications made under this criterion must be accompanied by details of circumstance and professionally supported evidence (e.g. from an appropriate social worker). Please note that children in private fostering arrangements are not considered looked after children.

  1. b) “Roman Catholics” include members of the Ordinariate and the Latin and Oriental Rite Churches that are in union with the Bishop of Rome. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Roman Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into full communion within the Roman Catholic Church.

  1. c) Where a child regularly attends Mass at more than one church it is important that this is confirmed by the priests at each parish in order that the application can be placed in the correct category or sub-category. Where a child has been baptised as a result of Catechumen initiation and has followed a RCIC course, the Governors will consider Baptism to be on or before the first birthday, provided Sunday Mass attendance has been for at least three years.

  1. d) “Catechumen” means a member of the Catechumenate of the Roman Catholic Church. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of reception into the Order of Catechumens.

  1. e) “Candidate” means one who is beginning the process of conversion to the Roman Catholic faith as evidenced by attendance at an RCIC programme.

  1. f) If Catholic parents have lived in a parish for fewer than two months at the time of application, they may seek support from the parish priest of their previous parish or from a priest who knows the family well.

In the event that a parish priest has been in post for fewer than two months before the time of signing, the Governors will accept a signature from the previous parish priest, or from a parish worker, such as a Eucharistic Minister, who knows the applicant well.  In the later case, the parish priest should countersign.

  1. g) Feeder Schools are :

Corpus Christi, Brixton

English Martyrs, Tower Hamlets

 

 

English Martyrs, Walworth

Holy Family, Tower Hamlets

Our Lady of Victories, Kensington

Sacred Heart, Battersea

St. Anne’s, Tower Hamlets

 

 

St. Anne’s, Vauxhall

 

 

St. Anthony’s, Dulwich

St. Elizabeth’s, Tower Hamlets

 

 

St. Francesca Cabrini, Forest Hill

 

 

St. Francis, Peckham

 

 

St. George’s Cathedral School

 

 

St. Helen’s Brixton

 

 

St. James the Great, Peckham Rye

 

 

St. John’s, Surrey Docks

 

 

St. John the Evangelist, Islington

 

 

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Borough

 

 

St. Joseph’s Junior School, Camberwell

 

 

St. Joseph’s Primary School, George Row

 

 

St. Joseph’s Primary School, Gomm Road

 

 

St. Joseph’s Primary School, Macklin Street

 

 

St. Mary’s, Battersea

 

 

St. Mary’s Clapham

St. Mary and St. Michael’s, Tower Hamlets

 

 

St. Mary Magdalen’s, Brockley

 

 

St. Peter & St. Paul, Islington

 

 

St. Vincent de Paul, Westminster

 

 

St William of York, Forest Hill

 

 

Westminster Cathedral, Pimlico

 

 

  1. h) Schools not designated as “Feeder Schools” will be considered as “Other Schools”.

  1. i) The child’s home address refers to the permanent home address at which the child lives for the majority of her time and excludes any business, relatives or childminder’s address which are not the normal place of residence. If there is a genuine equal share custody arrangement between the two parents, the address that will be used as the home address is the one of the parent who is claiming child benefit for the child.