St Thomas More High School
Admission Arrangements 2018
St Thomas More Catholic High School is a five form, 11-18 bi-lateral school for boys, with a co-educational Sixth Form. The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children from Catholic families. The partnership between home, parish and school is the basis of the school’s existence as a centre for the education of all Catholic boys of secondary age in the area. In addition to applications for Catholic children, the Governors welcome applications for practising Christian children and children whose parents wish for them a Catholic education.
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.
Our dedicated staff is committed to the progress of all students, setting targets with them and supporting achievement through active learning and teaching.
Students are encouraged to enter wholeheartedly into the life of the school; to work hard, to respect the needs of others and to develop those skills and competencies that will be essential in their future lives.
St Thomas More is a forward looking school with a strong and successful tradition of Catholic Christian education and inclusive ethos where all students participate in the religious life of the school.
Admission limit at age 11: 180
To enable the school’s Governing Body to apply its admissions criteria, it will be necessary for parents to complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF) in addition to the Local Authority form. Where appropriate, the application should be supported by a Certificate of Practice obtained from the applicant’s Parish Priest (or another Priest who knows the family well).
Up to 30 places will be offered to boys who have passed the 11+ Exam Selective Test as administered by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (of which the school is a founder member). If two or more boys tie for the final selective place, then it will be awarded using the oversubscription criteria.
Non-selective places will be offered to bring the total intake for the year to 150.
The Governors will adopt the following criteria to decide which children to admit to the school:-
1) "Looked after" boys from Catholic families and boys who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted by Catholic families (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
2) Baptised, practising* Catholic boys living in the parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes, Leigh on Sea; St. Helen’s, Westcliff on Sea; Sacred Heart, Southend on Sea; St. Georges, Shoebury; St. Peter’s, Eastwood; St. John Fisher, Prittlewell; St. Teresa’s, Rochford; Holy Family, South Benfleet; Our Lady of Ransom, Rayleigh and Our Lady of Canvey, Canvey Island.
3) Other baptised, practising* Catholic boys.
4) Baptised Catholic boys.
5) Other "looked after" boys and boys who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted by families (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
6) Practising* Christian boys attending Catholic Primary schools, whose parents desire for them a Catholic education. In allocating places, the Governors will consider applications supported in writing by their Minister.
7) Practising* Christian boys whose parents desire for them a Catholic education. In allocating places, the Governors will consider applications supported in writing by their Minister.
8) Families who desire a Catholic education for their son.
Preference will be given within each category to
I. Boys with a sibling** at the school or at St Bernard’s at the time of admission
II. Proximity of the child’s home to the school as measured by the LA; those living closest to the school being accorded the highest priority.
Admission to the Sixth Form
Admission to the Sixth Form is by individual application using the School’s Sixth Form application form (available on the school website). Applications are welcomed from students outside the school. Prospective Sixth Form students are encouraged to visit the school in the autumn term. Details of the entry and course requirements can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus which is available from the school or on the school website.
To apply for a Year 7 school place after the normal admission cycle or for admission into Years 8-11, parents will need to complete an In-Year application form and Supplementary Information Form (both available from the school office).
Parents unsuccessful in securing a place for their child have the right to appeal to an Independent Admissions Appeal Panel. Details of how to do this can be found on the Academy’s website.
*The definition of practising being:
The application is supported in writing by the Parish Priest or Minister.
**The definition of sibling being:
Siblings are considered to be a 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. Bernard’s 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.
Secondary Admission Round
Deadline for receipt of appeals for on-time applications need to be submitted to the school
31st March 2018
Appeals for on-time applications (i.e those relating to decisions sent on national offer day, 1st March 2018)
Must be heard by 20th June 2018
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 31/3/2018 may not be heard before end of summer term.
If you are a practising Catholic, ask your priest for a completed Certificate of Practice.