Admissions Procedure and Criteria for Year 7 September 2018 Intake

How do I apply for a place for my son at the school?

Application forms may be obtained from the school on and after the Open Evening 2017 (see below) and must be returned to the school by the Closing Date (see below).

Timetable for Admissions

Event Date
Open Evening Thursday, 29 June 2017
Closing Date for Examination Registration Form Friday, 8 September 2017
Entrance Examination Saturday, 16 September 2017
Entrance Examination Results sent to parents Friday, 13 October 2017
Closing date for St Margaret’s application Forms Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Outcome letters from Local Authority sent to parents March 2018
Appeals May 2018

Introduction

1. St Margaret’s is an 11-18 Church of England Academy in the Diocese of Liverpool. The Academy Trust decides St Margaret’s Admissions Policy (this document). It is administered by the Governing Body’s Admissions Committee. When considering admissions, the Governors must act in accordance with the School Admissions Code, a document which is published by the Government. The current (2014) edition of the Code is online at:

2. This policy came into force on 15th April 2017, and will be used for all applications received after that date – including those for admission into Year 7 in September 2018.

3. Liverpool Local Authority co-ordinates Admissions in Years 7 to 11 across Liverpool. This means that to apply for a Year 7 place for September 2018, parents must name St Margaret's as one of their choices on their Local Authority Preference Form.

4. After some general points, this Admissions Policy is split into three sections, and after that there are two appendices.

  • Section A sets out how we allocate places at the Academy to boys who will start in Year 7 in September 2018.
  • Section B sets out how we give places to young men and women in Year 12 each September.
  • Parents may apply for a place at St Margaret's at any time; Section C sets out how we respond to such applications.
  • Appendix 1 gives some important dates for admission into Year 7 in September 2018.
  • Appendix 2 gives the current versions of three forms:

This form is for those who wish to apply for admission on the basis of faith or medical/social need (see paragraphs 11 to 14)

This form is for those who wish to apply for admission on the basis of ability (see paragraph 15)

This form is for those wishing to appeal against a decision not to offer a place (see paragraph 7)


General points

5. St Margaret's is a Church of England boys' Academy with a mixed Sixth Form. Only boys are admitted to Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

6. The Published Admissions Number ('PAN') for each year-group (except the Sixth Form) is 160 boys. We will not admit more than this number to any year-group unless:

  • we are directed to do so by an Appeals Panel (see paragraph 7); or
  • we are directed to do so by Liverpool Local Authority under an arrangement such as the Fair Access Protocol (a local agreement that allows the Authority to find schools for hard-to-place pupils)

7. Any applicant refused a place has a right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. An appeal form, SMA3: Appeal Form, will be included with any letter we send refusing a place at St Margaret's, and is available on our website. An appeal hearing will be arranged within 40 school days of the appeal being lodged; both the Academy and the applicant will be invited to attend the hearing in person. At the hearing, an Independent Appeal Panel, comprising three independent members, will consider reasons for the appeal and will decide whether the child should be admitted. Its decision is binding. More details about this process will be sent out before the hearing. A Government Code of Practice sets out how we deal appeals; the current (2012) edition is online at:

Section A: Admission into Year 7

8. If 160 or fewer boys apply for places, all will be admitted. If more than 160 boys apply, the following paragraphs set out how the 160 places will be offered. There will be two Categories for admission:

Category 1 (136 places)

This consists of:

  • Boys who are "looked after" or previously looked after (paragraph 9)
  • Boys with a Statement of Special Educational Need that names St Margaret's as the only school the boy can attend (paragraph 10)
  • Boys who have particular medical or social need (paragraph 11)
  • Applications on the basis of faith (paragraphs 12 and 14)

Category 2 (24 places)

This consists of:

  • Applications on the basis of ability (paragraph 15)

9. Looked After Child is a child who is:

  • either (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 (as defined in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). Any boy who is a "Looked After Child", or who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order, will be admitted under Category 1.

10. Any boy with a Statement of Special Educational Need that names St Margaret's as the only school the boy can attend will be admitted under Category 1.

11. Up to 3 boys will be admitted under Category 1 because of Medical or Social need. In order to be considered for admission on these grounds:

  • a suitably qualified medical professional (in the case of medical need) or a suitably qualified social worker (in the case of social need) must complete form SMA1: Supplementary Information Form (available from our website); and
  • • the professional completing form SMA1: Supplementary Information Form must confirm that St Margaret's is the only school that can meet the boy's needs, or the best-placed school to do so.

Having regard to the professional's advice, we will then first admit those boys whose needs are such that St Margaret's is the only school that can meet them, and then those boys whose needs are such that St Margaret's is the best-placed school, up to a maximum of 3 boys. If necessary, distance will be used as a tie-break within each group.

11.1. Distance tie-break
If a distance tie-break is required, boys who live closest to the school will be given priority. The direct distance between the home address and the main school gate will be calculated by the Local Authority using a computerised mapping system. In the event of more than one pupil living the same distance from school, random allocation will then be used as a tie-break – see paragraph 13.

11.2. Home address
The boy's home address must be the current one at the time of application. Where the parents live at different addresses, the current-at-the-time-of-application, normal address of the boy will be the one used (but see paragraph 11.3 below). We may seek further confirmation of home address by requesting sight of a council tax bill, utility bill or bank statement header.

11.3. Children of UK service personnel
We will not refuse a service boy a place solely because the family does not currently live locally. We will therefore accept an official letter that confirms a relocation date, and a Unit postal address or quartering area address, as evidence of a home address, even if it is not the "current-at-the-time-of-application, normal address" of the boy.

12. Christian applications
After boys have been admitted through the criteria in paragraphs 9, 10 and 11, all bar 5 of the remainder of the 136 places in Category 1 will be offered on the basis of Christian commitment, measured as described below. Those wishing to be considered for these places are strongly advised to complete and return the Supplementary Information Form, SMA1 (available from our website), and to ensure the information on it is verified by a church leader. Not to do so is likely to decrease the chances of an application's success.

12.1. If there are more applications for admission on the basis of Christian commitment than there are places on offer, each such application will be allocated points. Points will only be given where the information required has been verified by the leadership of the church attended (normally the priest in charge of the church). A total of 99 points are available, awarded as follows:

Question Points Criteria
4.1 19 if the church attended by either the parent or the boy is an Anglican church
or 18 if the church attended by either the parent or the boy is a Christian church (see paragraph 12.2)
4.2 12 if a parent has attended a regular service at church at least weekly during 2015 and 2016 (to date)
or 9 if a parent has attended a regular service at church at least fortnightly during 2015 and 2016 (to date)
or 4 if a parent has attended a regular service at church at least monthly during 2015 and 2016 (to date)
or 2 if a parent has attended a regular service at church occasionally during 2015 and 2016 (to date)
4.3 28 if the boy has attended a regular service at church at least weekly during 2015 and 2016 (to date)
or 15 if the boy has attended a regular service at church at least fortnightly during 2015 and 2016 (to date)
or 9 if the boy has attended a regular service at church at least monthly during 2015 and 2016 (to date)
or 4 if the boy has attended a regular service at church occasionally during 2015 and 2016 (to date)
4.4 12 if the parent has attended a regular service at church at least fortnightly during 2012, 2013 and 2014
4.6 28 if the boy has attended a regular service at church at least fortnightly during 2012, 2013 and 2014
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