Admission Arrangements

Admission limit: 150

The school is a five form entry, boys’ bi-lateral school, designed to serve the Catholic community of  Essex, admitting 150 pupils annually into Year 7.

The governors place particular emphasis on the commitment of pupils and their families to the expectations and opportunities of St. Thomas More High School, and seek those who demonstrate that they will support the school and enhance its reputation.

Consideration will only be given to boys whose parents, applying for admission to years 7 to 11, have completed the Common Application Form (CAF).  In order for the school’s Governing Body to apply its admissions criteria, it will be necessary for parents also to complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and, where appropriate, the application will be supported by a Certificate of Practice from the applicant’s Parish Priest (or another Priest who knows the family well).

The governors will adopt the following criteria to decide which children to admit to the school.

Selective Places

30 places will be offered to boys who have passed the selection procedure as administered by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (of which the school is a founder member).  Baptised practising Catholic boys will be given priority and any remaining selective places will be filled first by baptised Catholic selective boys and second by non-Catholic selective boys where priority will be given to practising Christians.  The following criteria will be used, in order, to decide which boys to admit should there be more than 30 Catholic boys who pass the selection procedure.

(Throughout this document “Catholic Church” is defined as any Church in communion with the See of Rome).

  1. The commitment of the family to the practice of the faith as defined by (I) Catholic Baptism, and (II) attendance to Mass each Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation, as attested by the Priest who completed the Certificate of Practice.
  2. Where an older sibling* will be on roll at the time of the child’s admission.
  3. Where the boy has a sibling* currently on roll St. Bernard’s High School at the time of the child’s admission.
  4. Proximity of the child’s home from school, measured by the shortest walking route from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the nearest pupil entrance to the school with those living nearest being given preference.  Distances will be measured using the Local Authority’s computerized measuring system.

*The definition of sibling in this document being:
Siblings are considered to be an older brother or sister, half-brother or half-sister, step-brother or step-sister, adopted brother or sister, living at the same address, who attends St. Thomas More High School or St Bernards High School at the time of application with a reasonable expectation that he or she will still be attending at the time of the proposed admission.

Non Selective Places

The next 120 places (plus any that are not filled by selective pupils) will be allocated as follows:

  1. Looked-After boys and previously Looked-After but were subsequently adopted boys from Catholic families will have priority overall.
  2. Baptised practising Catholic boys living in the parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes, Leigh on Sea; St. Helen’s, Westcliff; Sacred Heart, Southend; St. Teresa’s, Rochford; St. George’s, Shoebury; St. Peter’s, Eastwood; St. John Fisher, Prittlewell; Holy Family, South Benfleet; Our Lady of Ransom, Rayleigh and Our Lady of Canvey.
    Should it be necessary to distinguish between applicants, the criteria (a) to (d) above will be used.
  3. Other baptised practising Catholic boys.
    Should it be necessary to distinguish between applicants, the criteria (a) to (d) above will be used.
  4. Baptised Catholic boys living in the parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes, Leigh on Sea; St. Helen’s, Westcliff; Sacred Heart, Southend; St. Teresa’s, Rochford; St. George’s, Shoebury; St. Peter’s, Eastwood; St. John Fisher, Prittlewell; Holy Family, South Benfleet; Our Lady of Ransom, Rayleigh and Our Lady of Canvey.
    Should it be necessary to distinguish between applicants, the criteria (a) to (d) above will be used.
  5. Other baptised Catholic boys.
    Should it be necessary to distinguish between applicants, the criteria (a) to (d) above will be used.
  6. Other Looked-After boys and previously Looked-After but were subsequently adopted boys will have priority over the non-Catholic categories overall.
  7. Practising Christian boys within the Essex area whose parents desire for them a Catholic education.  In filling places, the governors will consider applications only from practising Christians as verified by a Church Minister. 
    Should it be necessary to distinguish between applicants, the criteria (b) to (d) above will be used.
  8. Should any places still remain, the governors will consider applications from families who desire a Catholic education for their son, even though they are not themselves practising Christians. 
    Should it be necessary to distinguish between applicants, the criteria (b) to (d) above will be used.

A child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs is dealt with by a separate process.

IF YOU ARE NAMING ST THOMAS MORE HIGH SCHOOL AS ONE OF YOUR CHOICES FOR ADMISSION TO YEARS 7 TO 11, THE SCHOOL’S SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FORM (SIF) SHOULD BE COMPLETED TO ENABLE THE GOVERNING BODY TO APPLY ITS ADMISSIONS CRITERIA.  THIS FORM IS AVAILABLE FROM THE LOCAL AUTHORITY, THE SCHOOL OR CAN BE COLLECTED ON THE OPEN EVENING.

Admission to the Sixth Form

Prospective Sixth form students are encouraged to visit the school in the autumn term.
Application details, including a prospectus, can be obtained via the school. The
date for applications is the end of the autumn term. However late applicants can be considered.
Prospective Sixth Formers will be invited to a meeting in the spring term.
Students should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the school.

Up to 170 students can be accepted into Year 12 of the Sixth form providing they achieve the
entry requirements detailed below and in the prospectus, subject to available places on the
courses.

Places on A level and other courses can, subject to availability, normally be offered to applicants who meet the minimum course requirements. Our Sixth Form entry requirement is usually based on a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* to C, including a 5 in English and Maths, with the minimum subject requirements that are specified in the sixth form options booklet. This minimum subject requirement is usually a grade A*, A or B in the chosen or related subject. However, the sixth form options booklet should be consulted for specific details for each course.

Should there be more candidates of the required level than places available, selection will be based on rank ordering the GCSE grades. ‘Looked-After’ children are to be given the highest priority in the oversubscription criteria.

Progression onto the second year of the course is dependent on several factors, including:

  • Whether the student has performed well enough in three of their chosen Level 3 courses, not including General Studies or any other enrichment courses.
  • Whether your attendance, punctuality and commitment in Year 12 have been good.

In-Year Admissions

To apply for a school place during the academic year, or for Years 8-11 parents will need to complete an In-Year Application Form and Supplementary Information Form.

Appeals

Parents unsuccessful in securing a place have the right to appeal to an Independent Admissions Appeals Panel.

On time appeals will be heard on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May 2016.



Secondary Admission Round

Deadline for receipt of appeals for on-time applications need to be submitted to the school

31st March 2017

Appeals for on-time applications (i.e those relating to decisions sent on national offer day, 1st  March 2017)

Must be heard by 20th June 2017

Appeals for late applications

Should be included with those being heard for the same admissions round.  However, if this is not feasible, must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged

 

Appeal requests received after 31/3/2017 may not be heard before end of summer term.

 

If you are a practising Catholic, ask your priest for a completed Certificate of Practice.

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