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SIXTH FORM ADMISSIONS POLICY for 2018-19
Introduction As a Catholic School we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At our School Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the School’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the School’s education is fully supported by all families in the School. All applicants and are therefore expected to give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the School.
Sixth Form Admission Requirements
The same requirements apply for girls already at St. Michael’s as for girls and boys applying to St. Michael’s Sixth Form from other Schools.
The School will admit a minimum of 30 new female and male students who meet the admission requirements.
The requirements (which take account of the new numbered grading system which will occur for English and Maths GCSE from 2017) are:
A. Applicants should have achieved the equivalent of at least 6 GCSE passes at grade 7 or above including at least a level 7 in English Language and Mathematics.
B. Applicants should also have at least a grade 7 at GCSE in the subjects (or those closely related to them) they wish to study at Advanced Level, as a grade 7 to 9 at GCSE are a necessary preparation for success at A Level. Where a GCSE subject has different components the School expects at least grade 7 in each component of a higher paper (where applicable). If students wish to study a subject at Advanced Level which they have not studied at GCSE then they will be expected to have at least a grade 7 in the most closely related subject(s): i.e. in English Language and Literature for English Literature, in English Language for Politics, in Maths and English Language for Business Studies and Economics and in English Literature for Classical Civilisation. However, in creative or practical subjects like Art, Drama, Food and Technology (Product Design), a 6 may be acceptable if an applicant can demonstrate evidence of talent, aptitude and prior achievement in that subject area. There is also greater flexibility in Psychology and Sociology where a grade 6 in English Language and Maths may be sufficient for the candidate who is highly motivated towards success in Social Sciences.
Admissions Criteria In the event of over-subscription of candidates who meet the requirements in A and B above then the following criteria will be used and in the following order of priority:
Catholic girls and boys who are looked after or have previously been looked after. (Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but have ceased to be so because they have been adopted or have become subject to child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders)Catholic girls and boys who exceed the minimum entrance requirementsNon-Catholic girls and boys who are looked after or have previously been looked after.Girls and boys from other Christian denominations who exceed the minimum entrance requirementsOther girls and boys who meet the minimum entrance requirements.
In the event that two or more applicants are of equal ranking under any of the criteria, but cannot all be admitted, then priority will be given to the applicant whose Home address is nearest to the School. For this purpose distance is measured in a straight line between the applicant’s Home address to the School’s main gate using Barnet Council’s computerised geographical information system.
Application Procedure Application forms for applicants from other Schools should be received by the School by 28 February. Applicants will be informed in writing after Easter whether the School is able to make them an offer of a place, or a place on the waiting list. Any offer will be provisional upon GCSE results. Students who make a late application run the risk that all the places on the AS courses of their choice will be taken.
N.B. Where misleading information has been given or has been allowed to remain on the form then governors reserve the right to withdraw the place even if the child has already started at the School.
Appeals Unsuccessful applicants have a right of appeal to an independent panel by 4:00pm on the 31st May.
Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a Certificate of Baptism in the Catholic Church or a Certificate of Reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purpose of this Policy this includes a looked-after child who is part of a Catholic family where a Certificate of Catholic Practice demonstrates that the child would have been baptised or received if it were not for their status as a looked-after child (eg. a looked-after child in the process of adoption by a Catholic family).‘Practising Catholic family’ means a practising Catholic family where this practice is verified by a reference from a Catholic priest in the standard format laid down by the Diocese of Westminster (The certificate of Catholic Practice). ‘Family’ includes the Catholic or Catholics who have legal responsibility for the child.‘Looked after’ children are children in public care as defined in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.‘Home address’ means the place where the child resides for 50% or more of the School week.‘Parent’ means the parent or person having legal responsibility for the child.‘Christian’ means a member of a church which belongs to ‘Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’.‘Adopted’. An adopted child is a child who is adopted from care and whose parents can provide evidence of this.‘Child Arrangements order’. A Child Arrangements order is an order under the terms of the Children Act 1989 s.8 settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live. Children ‘looked after’ immediately before the order is made qualify in this category.‘Special Guardianship order’. A Special Guardianship order is an order under the terms of the Children Act 1989 s.14A which defines it as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian(s). Children ‘looked after’ immediately before the order is made qualify in this category.