School Admission Policy


The schools have their own procedure to enrol candidates, however, the following guidelines will help you to ensure that your child gets a place in one of the three parish schools.

The admissions process is part of the Sandwell local authority co-ordinated scheme.

The Admission Policy of the Governors of the three schools use the following general criteria as follows:

The ethos of the schools is Catholic. The schools were founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. The definition of a “Practicing Catholic” can be found in this online book: catholic_schools_and_the_definition_of_a_practising_catholic_revised_07.04.09 which all parents should read before contacting the Parish office for a baptism certificate. The schools is conducted by their respective governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with their Trust Deeds and Instruments of Government; and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ. We ask all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its importance to the schools community. This does not affect the right of parents who are not of the faith of this school to apply for and be considered for a place here.

The School’s Admission Number for the school year can be obtained by contacting the respective schools directly.

If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, the governors will give priority to applications in accordance with the criteria listed, provided that the governors are made aware of that application before decisions on admissions are made (see Note 1 below). If there is over-subscription within a criterion, the governing body will give priority to children living closest to the Church determined by shortest distance (see Note 4)

An interactive map of the parish boundary is available on this web site.

1. Baptised Catholic children who are in the care of a local authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

2. Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) living within the Parish of Holy Name Catholic Church of England boundary, Great Barr who have a brother or sister (see Note 3 below) in the school at the time of admission

3. Baptised Catholic children living within the Parish of Holy Name Catholic Church of England boundary, Great Barr.

4. Other Baptised Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission

5. Other Baptised Catholic children

6. Non-Catholic children who are in the care of a local authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

7. Non-Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission

8. Non-Catholic children

Note 1

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs that names the school must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available to applicants.

Note 2

In all categories, for a child to be considered as a Catholic, evidence of Catholic Baptism into the Holy Name Catholic Church or Reception into the Holy Name Catholic Church will be required. For a definition of a Baptized Catholic see the Appendix below. Those who face difficulties in producing written evidence of Catholic Baptism should contact their Parish Priest. It is a requirement that your child or your parent is Baptized and the parent/guardian is an active member of the Holy Name Parish at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Great Barr, Birmingham; and live within the parish boundary in order to qualify for a place at one of our schools.

Parents making an application for a Catholic child should also complete the school’s supplementary information form (SIF). Failure to complete the SIF/provide evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception may affect the criterion the child’s name is placed in.

Note 3

The definition of a brother or sister is:

A brother or sister sharing the same parents;
Half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent;
Step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage;
Step-brother or step-sister
Adopted or fostered children. The children must be living permanently in the same address.

Note 4

Distances are calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between the applicant’s home address and the front door of the Holy Name Catholic Church in Great Barr, Birmingham. The local authority uses a computerized system, which measures all distances in miles. British National grid references are used to plot the Church and an applicant’s home address within this system. You may used the interactive parish map on this web site to determine the distance via Google Map scale.

In a very small number of cases it may not be able to decide between the applicants of those pupils who are qualifiers for a place, when applying the published admission criteria.

For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or if the distance between the home and school is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats. If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both or all of the children would cause the legal limit to be exceeded, the local authority will use a computerized system to randomly select the child to be offered the final place. As an exception, the governing body will give careful consideration to offering places above the Admission Number to applications from children whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted even when there are no other vacant places.

The home address of a pupil is considered to be the permanent residence of a child. The address must be the child’s
only or main residence for the majority of the school week. Documentary evidence will be required. Where care is split equally between mother and father, parents must name which address is to be used for the purpose of allocating a school place.


Children must, by law, start school by the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. A parent may defer a child’s entry to the school, but not beyond the academic year for which the application is accepted. Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents may discuss these points with the Head Teacher.


Attendance at a nursery does not automatically guarantee that a place will be offered in main school. Parents must apply on the local authority form for a place in Reception Class.


Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse their child a place in the school may apply in writing to Chair of Governors. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.


Any parent can apply for a place for their child at any time outside the admissions round. Parents do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of the same school for the same academic year unless, in exceptional circumstances, the admission authority has accepted a second application from the appellant because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or school but still refused admission


Applications received after the closing date will only be considered alongside those received by the closing date under the following circumstances:

The family were unable to complete an application form before the closing date because they moved into the school’s parish area after the issue of application forms OR

The family were unable to comply with the admissions timetable because of exceptional circumstances which prevented the application arriving on time – the circumstances must be given in writing and attached to the Application Form.

Applications received after the notification date (after places are offered) will be added to the school’s waiting list in admission criteria order.


Waiting lists for admission will remain open until the end of December 2015 and will then be discarded. Parents may apply for their child’s name to be reinstated. The waiting list will be kept by the governing body in admission criteria order.


An application should be made to the local authority who will need to consult with the governors. There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to this Parish schools, however, it is the parent’s responsibility that they find out and pay any or all the relevant fees before an application can be considered.


A “Baptised Catholic” is one who:


Has been baptised into full communion (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 837) with the Catholic Church by the Rites of Baptism of one of the various ritual Churches in communion with the See of Rome (i.e. Latin Rite, Byzantine Rite, Coptic, Syriac, etc, Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1203). Written evidence* of this baptism can be obtained by recourse to the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the baptism took place (Cf. Code of Canon Law, 877 & 878).


Has been validly baptised in a separated ecclesial community and subsequently received into full communion with the Catholic Church by the Rite of Reception of Baptised Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Written evidence of their baptism and reception into full communion with the Catholic Church can be obtained by recourse to the Register of Receptions, or in some cases, a sub-section of the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the Rite of Reception took place (Cf. Rite of Christian Initiation, 399).


The Governing bodies of Catholic schools will require written evidence in the form of a Certificate of Baptism or Certificate of Reception before applications for school places can be considered for categories of “Baptised Catholics”. A Certificate of Baptism or Reception is to include: the full name, date of birth, date of Baptism or Reception, and parent(s) name(s). The certificate must also show that it is copied from the records kept by the place of Baptism or Reception.

Those who would have difficulty obtaining written evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception for a good reason, may still be considered as baptised Catholics but only after they have been referred to their parish priest who, after consulting The Vicar General on +44 (0) 121 230 6237 will decide how the question of Baptism/Reception is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church.

Those who would be considered to have good reason for not obtaining written evidence would include those who cannot contact the place of Baptism/Reception due to persecution or fear, the destruction of the church and the original records, or where Baptism/Reception was administered validly but not in the Parish church where records are kept.

Governors may request extra supporting evidence when the written documents that are produced do not clarify the fact that a person was baptised or received into the Catholic Church, (i.e. where the name and address of the Church is not on the certificate or where the name of the Church does not state whether it is a Catholic Church or not.)

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