Becket Keys

Admissions Policy

 

Becket Keys Church of England School Church of England School

Admissions Policy 2016/2017

The agreed admissions number for Year 7 of the school will be 150.  That number of places will be offered in Year 7 annually.  All children with a statement of Special Educational Need that names Becket Keys Church of England School will be offered a place at the school.

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the number of places available for any given intake, the following over-subscription criteria will apply, in the order set out below:

1. Children who are looked after or have been looked after by a local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.

2. Children for whom it is essential to be admitted to this school because of special circumstances to do with significant medical needs evidenced by written professional advice from a doctor or other health professional, explaining why these needs can realistically only be met by Becket Keys Church of England School.

3. Children whose parents have been granted Founders’ status of the school by the Secretary of State.

4. Children who, on the date of admission, will have a sibling on the roll of the school. Sibling means a full, step, half, adopted or fostered brother or sister, but not cousin, who will be living permanently with them at the same address at the date of their entry to the school; the school may require proof of relationship.

5. Becket Keys Church of England School is a faith school (Church of England) and after the application of 1, 2, 3 and 4 above, up to 50% of the remaining places will be offered to applicants who meet the “faith criterion”.  The faith criterion is based on regular Church attendance and a Church/Priest’s reference confirming attendance will need to be submitted via our supplementary information form, which can be downloaded from our website.  This must be submitted by the last working day in November; again details are on our website.  This faith criterion will be applied in the following order,

i) Fortnightly attendance at a Church of England church in the Brentwood Deanery or former Ongar Deanery for at least two years at the closing date for applications, which is the last day in November 2015.  A priest or minister will need to sign the supplementary information form, confirming the attendance and the form must be submitted to the school before midday on the last working day in November 2015 (a list of churches in these two Deaneries is included in the “notes” to this admissions policy).

 ii) Fortnightly attendance at another Christian Church (which is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or a member of the Evangelical Alliance) for at least two years at the closing date for applications, which is the last working day in November 2015.  A priest or minister will need to sign the supplementary information form, confirming the attendance and the form must be submitted to the school before midday on the last working day of November 2015.

If more applications that meet the faith criterion are received than there are places available, then they will be offered in order of distance from the school.

As part of the coordinated admissions scheme operated by Essex County Council for all maintained schools, straight line distances are calculated by the Local Authority, as defined in the Secondary Education in Essex booklet, by use of a Geographical Information System which accurately measures the distance from the child’s home address to the school.

6.  After the application of criteria 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 listed above, the remaining places will be offered to any other applicants.  If more applications are received than there are places available, then they will be offered in order of distance from the school, those living closest being offered places as a priority; distances will be measured by the method described in 5 above.

Notes to the Admissions Policy

Distance tie-breaker

If more applications are received than there are places available under any criterion, then the available places will be offered in order of distance from the home address to the relevant point, distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the pupil's accommodation to the relevant point.  For this purpose, the ground floor is considered closer than the first and so on. Should there be a 'tie' between two or more applicants for a place in any category, then the place will be allocated by ‘random allocation’ – the process being conducted by a body independent of the school.

Home Address

The home address is where the child spends the majority of time and is living with the person who has parental responsibility and is the parent as defined in Section 576 of the Education Act 1996 (we may require documentary evidence). If a child regularly lives at more than one address the Governing Body will have to reach a conclusion about which should be counted as the main address when allocating places. This will normally be the address where Child Benefit is paid and where the child is registered with a doctor.

Operation of waiting lists

Where in any year the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until at least the end of their first academic year at BKS. This will be maintained by the School and it will be open to any parent/carer to ask for his or her child's name to be placed on the waiting list following an unsuccessful application. A child's position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set (as applicable). Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

Appeals

Parents who fail to gain a place at Becket Keys Church of England School Church of England School for their child can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel; this will be set up in conjunction with the Local Authority.

Faith Criterion

The faith criterion is based on the regular Church attendance of a parent and a Church/Priest’s reference confirming attendance will need to be submitted via our supplementary information form, which can be downloaded from our website. 

Anglican Churches which constitute the Brentwood or former Ongar Deanery are listed below:- 

Brentwood Deanery

 

Former Ongar Deanery

Bentley Common, St Paul

Blackmore, St Laurence

Brentwood, Immanuel Church

Bobbingworth, St Germain,

Brentwood, St George

Chipping Ongar, St Martin,

Brentwood, St Thomas of Canterbury

Fyfield, St Nicholas

Buttsbury, St Mary

Greensted juxta Ongar, St Andrew,

Childerditch, All Saints

High Laver, All Saints,

Doddinghurst, All Saints

High Ongar, St Mary the Virgin

East and West Horndon, St Francis

Little Laver, St Mary the Virgin

Fryerning, St Mary the Virgin

Magdalen Laver, St Mary Magdalen

Great Warley, St Mary the Virgin

Matching Green, St Edmund

Hutton, All Saints and St Peter

Matching, St Mary,

Ingatestone, St Edmund and St Mary

Moreton, St Mary the Virgin,

Ingrave, St Nicholas

North Weald, St Andrew

Ingrave, St Stephen

Norton Mandeville, All Saints

Kelvedon Hatch, St Nicholas

Shelley, St Peter,

Little Warley, St Peter

Stanford Rivers, St Margaret,

Margaretting, St Margaret

Stapleford Tawney, St Mary the Virgin,

Mountnessing, St Giles

Stondon Massey, St Peter & St Paul

Navestock, St Thomas

Theydon Mount, St Michael

Shenfield, St Mary the Virgin

Willingale, St Christopher, with Shellow and Berners Roding

South Weald, St Peter

 

Warley, Christ Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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