Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to St. Mary’s Catholic Academy Admissions Arrangements for 2022/2023

Proposal

St. Mary’s Catholic Academy (part of BEBCMAT – The Blessed Edward Bamber Multi Academy Trust) is consulting on proposed changes to the admissions policy to take effect for academy admissions for September 2022. The proposed changes will affect new applications for Years 7 to 13 in St. Mary’s Catholic Academy (from September 2022 onwards).

Proposed Changes to the Admissions Policy for Years 7-11
The proposed changes under St. Mary’s oversubscription criteria are:

  • Point 8 would read – Children of staff employed by BEBCMAT (removal of the phrase… for two or more years or who have been recruited to meet a particular skills shortage’)
  • New points 9 to 12 would read – Children of faith…
  • Add a new point 15 – Children of other faiths
  • New point 16 would read – Other children whose parents/carers wish them to be educated within the ethos and values of a Roman Catholic Academy

You can find the current document with the proposed changes on this page or by asking for a copy of the information at the school office.

Proposed Changes to the Admissions Policy for Sixth Form
The proposed changes under St. Mary’s Sixth Form oversubscription criteria are:

  • Add a new point 9 – People of other faiths
  • New point 10 would read – Other students whose parents/carers wish them to be educated within the ethos and values of a Roman Catholic Academy

You can find the current document with the proposed changes here or by asking for a copy of the information at the school office.

Background

In line with the School Admissions Code, admission authorities are required to consult on their admission policy whenever they would like to make a change.In accordance with the Admissions Code, a consultation period must run for a minimum of six weeks and take place between 1 October and 31 January. The process allows parents, other schools, local authorities and other interested stakeholders to raise comments or concerns about the proposed arrangements. This document is particularly for the attention of parents, other admissions authorities, the local authority and other local dioceses. This consultation will run between Monday 7th December 2020 and Friday 29th January 2021. Information on how you can respond can be found below.

The Process of the Consultation
The consultation is being communicated by BEBCMAT as follows:

  • Notification to the Diocese of Lancaster
  • Notification to Blackpool Local Authority
  • Notification to Lancashire Local Authority
  • Notification to BEBCMAT trustees.
  • Notification to all parents, carers and guardians of students at the Academy by letter and through the Academy website.
  • Headteachers of all primary feeder schools.
  • Headteachers of all schools in the authority.

You are welcome to pass this consultation on to anyone you feel may be interested. All comments and suggestions are invited, and you can respond by email to BEBCMAT’s central team using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than the consultation deadline of 5pm Friday 29th January 2021.

On conclusion of the consultation on Friday 29th January 2021, all responses will be collated and presented to the Trust Board for full consideration. The outcome of the consultation will be notified to all parents by the end of February 2020 with a full reportposted on the Academy website. Consultation outcome, and a final revised policy, will also be presented to Blackpool Council Admissions by 28th February 2021 ahead of application process for applications for 2022/23 entry.

FAQ

Why is the academy consulting on changes?
We are required to do in line with the admissions code. Schools and academies are legallyrequired to consult every seven years or if they are proposing some changes to theAdmissions Policy.

Will all current and future parents be aware of any proposed changes?
All current parents will be written to as part of the consultation process and all parents inlocal primary schools that are affected will be notified of the consultation also. Any parent isable to contribute in writing to BEBCMAT's central teamusing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than the consultation deadline of Friday 29thJanuary 2021.

How will I know the outcome of the consultation?
The consultation will be completed and all contributions referred to the BEBCMAT trustboard for consideration. Outcomes of the consultation will be published on the Academy Website and will be listed under the policies section.

My child is in primary school currently. Will my child still be able to get a place at St.Mary’s Catholic Academy?
As with all schools, this will depend on where you and your child sit on the categories laidout in the proposed admissions criteria. We can assure parents that applying for St. Mary’sas your first choice ahead of the initial application closing date in October and providingproof of faith, gives you the very best chance of securing a place.

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