Sion-Manning Catholic Girl’s School Admissions Policy 2010- 2011

Sion-Manning Catholic Girls' School is a Catholic School founded by the Church to provide education for Catholic girls from within the Central London area.  Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic applicants, who will be required to provide a reference from a Catholic Priest as to catholicity. 

Sion‐Manning Catholic Girls' School has been awarded, as from July 2002, Specialist School status in the Visual Arts and renewal has recently been confirmed for a further four years.

The Governing Body of the School has sole responsibility for admissions to the School and intends to admit 120 pupils to Year 7 in the school year commencing September 2010.

All applicants complete the School’s own Application Documentation which includes providing as and when appropriate evidence of catholicity by means of the Priest’s Reference Form (Section B) in addition to the home LEA’s Common Application Form.

For the last academic year – 2008-9 - the school was over-subscribed in terms of numbers of applicants.  We received 220 applications for 120 places.  All catholic applicants were offered a place and the following were also offered places:

  • Other Christian Faiths                        25

  • Non Christian Faiths                          17

  • Number of Appeals Heard                  0

  • Number of Successful Appeals         0 

The timetable for applications to the School will be in accordance with that published for the Pan London Applications to Secondary Schools.

Oversubscription Criteria

In the event of the number of applicants exceeding the number of places available, places will be offered in the following order of priority:

  1. Catholic looked-after children who are public care authority.  It will be the responsibility of the Local Authority to adduce evidence of Baptism in accordance with the rites of the Catholic Church.

  2. Catholic children baptised, into and practising their Faith, whose parents/guardians produce a completed Priest’s Reference Form (Section b).

  3. Other Catholic children baptised into the faith. (Evidence of Baptism must be produced in support of the application within this criteria).

  4. Other looked - after children who are in the care of a Local Authority or provided with accommodation by that Authority.

  5. Other baptised Christian children whose parents whose parents/guardians wish them to have a Catholic education.

  6. Any other applicants.

Priests Reference

It is the normally the norm for the Priest’s Reference to be completed by the Parish Priest of the Parish which parents/guardians reside. It is acknowledged, however, that some applicants may not be known in what might be termed their home Parish and in such instance; such persons are free to nominate a Priest of their own choice to complete the Priest’s Reference.   

Waiting Lists

Where an application for Year 7 is unsuccessful, parents/guardians may request the child’s name to be placed on a Waiting List.

Applicants will be drawn from the Waiting List in accordance with the School’s Oversubscription Criteria and not in the date a particular name was placed on the said List.  The Waiting List remains open at all times to fill any casual vacancies which may occur whether it is in Year 7 or any other year as time progresses.  From time to time parents / guardians are asked if they wish their child to remain on the list.

Casual admissions are also filled in accordance with the published oversubscription criteria.

Admissions Appeals

Parents/guardians who are unsuccessful in their daughter’s/ward’s application to the school have the right of appeal to an Independent Admissions Appeal Panel in accordance with the provisions of the  Code of Practice:- School Admission Appeal.

Pupils with a statement of Special Educational Needs

Girls who have a statement of Special Educational Needs signed by their Local Authority are admitted under completely separate procedures in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice.

Tie Break

Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the sub-categories listed above would still lead to oversubscription, the places up to the admission number will be offered to those living nearest to the school.  Distance will be measured from the main entrance of the school in a straight line on a large scale map.

Definition of ‘Catholic’ for the Purposes of Admission Criteria

For the purposes of admission criteria, the term ‘Catholic’ is taken to denote a baptised person who is in full communion with the Catholic Church, that is to say, a member of any Catholic Church that is in full communion with the See of Rome.  Membership of a Catholic Church is gained by baptism in that Church. It can also be gained by other baptised Christians who are subsequently received into the Catholic Church.