Admissions

Thank you for your interest in applying for a place for your child at Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School.

The Governing Body review the schools admission policy every year. It tries to ensure that the school serves its associate primary schools yet meets the needs of the wider community who want an Anglican secondary education.

For admissions enquiries, please contact Miss Catherine Owen on 01925 636414 or cowen@boteler.org.uk.

 

CONSULTATION ON ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2020 ADMISSIONS POLICY

The consultation period opens 6 December 2018 and closes on 31 January 2019 at 5pm. Visit https://www.warrington.gov.uk/consultations for info.  

The law states that all schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will apply if there are more applications received than there are places available at the school (oversubscription criteria).

Admission authorities are required to consult when they intend to make changes to their admission arrangements. The law states that consultations to make changes must take place for a minimum of six weeks between 1 October and 31 January.

When considering oversubscription criteria, state funded schools (Community, Faith, Academy and Free Schools) must give highest priority to looked after children and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted, (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

The Minister of State for School Standards has recently confirmed that the law relating to looked after children will soon be changing and there will be an additional requirement for all state funded schools to prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England.

In light of this, most schools in Warrington have decided to make changes to their arrangements for admissions to their school starting from September 2020.

Looked after children and previously looked after children including those previously in state care outside of England*

In order to accommodate the change and prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England, schools will be amending their first criterion to read as follows:

In addition to this change, we are also proposing the following changes to our oversubscription criteria order and introduced a tie breaker:

Oversubscription Criteria

The governors will admit up to 165 children in Year 7 in September 2020.  If there are more than 165 applications, places will be allocated according to the following criteria in the order of priority stated.

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children including those previously in state care outside of England*
  2. Siblings of children currently attending the school and expected to continue to attend the school in the following year.  This includes full, half or step brothers and sisters and foster brothers and sisters who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit.
  3. Children who have (or whose parent(s)/carer(s) have) a strong and dedicated commitment to the life and worship of a Christian Church, that is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (their website is http://www.ctbi.org.uk/), shown by worship at least twice per month for at least two years confirmed by the local minister on the application form.
  4. Children who have (or whose parent(s)/carer(s) have) a reasonable commitment to the life and worship of a Christian Church, that is a member of  Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (their website is http://www.ctbi.org.uk/), shown by at least monthly worship for at least two years confirmed by the local minister on the application form.
  5. Children attending primary schools associated with Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School, which are:
  • Alderman Bolton Primary
  • Latchford St James’ Primary
  • St Elphin’s C of E Primary
  • Oakwood Avenue Primary
  1. Children who have (or whose parent(s)/carer(s) have) some commitment to the life and worship of a Christian Church, that is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, shown by worship at least twice per year confirmed by reference from the local minister.
  2. Any other applicant

Tie Breaker

A tie breaker must be applied to decide which application will be offered the last place at a school when two or more applicants cannot otherwise be separated.

Where the school reaches its published admission number from children within one of the categories listed above, those children to be admitted from within that category will be those whose permanent place of residence is closest to the school.  This will be measured as a direct distance from the child’s permanent place of residence to the school using a Geographical Information Address Point system based on local land and property gazetteer.  This measures straight line (direct) distance in miles from the address point of the permanent place of residence, in miles, to the address point of the school.

Our school’s full arrangements are available to view or download via the link below. For a paper copy, please speak to the school office.

Admissions Policy- 2020 for consultation

The consultation period runs from 6 December 2018 until 31 January 2019.

To comment on any of the proposed changes, please email admissionconsultation@warrington.gov.uk or you can post your comments to the following address:

Admission Consultation

School Admissions Team

2nd Floor New Town House

Buttermarket Street

Warrington

WA1 2NH

You will receive an acknowledgement to let you know we have received your comments. All responses to the consultation will be considered by the relevant schools before admission arrangements are finalised on or before 28 February 2019.

*A child in care is a child who is (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 under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making the application to the school.

The term previously looked after children is defined as children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted, (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

 

   
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