How you can apply for your child to be admitted to our school in Reception
As our school is an academy, the school determines its own admission arrangements. The criteria for admissions to our school can be viewed below and are also published in our admissions policy which can also be downloaded below.
The Local Authority publishes a composite admissions prospectus on their website each year, which gives information about how parents can apply for a school of their choice. Parents have a right to express a preference for the school of their choice and they should do so on the application form. Expressing a preference does not in itself guarantee a place at this school. Application forms can be obtained online (see link below), or from Children’s Services at the Town Hall. The forms should be completed and returned by the date stipulated.
In this area, children enter school in the academic year they become five. There is one admissions date per year, early in September (i.e. at the start of the school year). Therefore, parents who would like their child to be admitted to this school during the year their child is five should ensure that they complete the necessary preference form by the closing date in January.
St Michael’s Admissions Criteria
The Admissions Criteria are listed below in priority order
Children who are ‘Looked After’, who were previously ‘looked after’ by the Local Authority but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, or appear to the Admissions
Authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
Children living in the designated catchment area of the school who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission
(see note A below)
Children living in the designated catchment area of the school
Children living outside the designated catchment area of the school who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission
(See note A below)
Children living outside the catchment area of the school who live closest to the school as measured by straight-line distance
A) Brothers and sisters are defined as half or full brother or sister, adoptive brother or sister and the children of parents who are married or cohabiting, where the parents and children live together in the same household.
The governors will admit any pupil whose education, health and care plan (previously a final statement of special educational needs) names The School. Where possible such children will be admitted within the PAN.
If The School is oversubscribed from within any of the above criteria or sub-criteria, straight line distance will be used to prioritise applications using the Synergy system (currently used by the Local Authority) to calculate distance; applicants living nearer The School have priority.
If distances are equal (for example within a block of flats) lots will be drawn by a person independent of The Governing Body to determine the allocation of a place.
How do I apply for a school transfer to St Michael’s during the academic year?
If your child is already attending a school but you wish to apply for a place at St Michael’s, you will need to complete an application form and submit it to the Bournemouth Admissions Services Team.
If you would like information or advice about the process please contact Bournemouth Borough Council’s Children and Education department on 01202 456222.