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Admissions & Appeals

We look forward to welcoming you and child to St Peter's School and hope you will find the following information of assistance.

St Peter’s is a religious school serving the Catholic community across parts of Hampshire, Dorset and Bournemouth and whilst it prioritises children who have been Baptised Catholic, applications from other faith and non faith families are warmly welcomed.

If you wish to apply for a place in our Primary or Secondary Phase, you must make the application through your local council (where you pay your Council Tax). Most applicants will come under BCP Council using the following link – Applying for a school place

If you are applying under any of our religious categories please read the section 'Documentation to be provided' carefully.

You may find the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of use. If you still have any queries about the admissions process please email our Admissions Officer at admissions@st-peters.bournemouth.sch.uk

Should you wish to join our Sixth Form you apply directly here. Sixth Form applications open in October and close in January.

Please note on 19 July 2021 the Governing Board approved a variation to the Admissions Policies 2021-22 and 2022-23 following a change to the Admissions Code. Full details can be found below.

 

Admissions 2022-2023

If you wish to apply to join St Peter's in September 2022, please refer to the appropriate policy below

Primary Admissions Policy Primary Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
Secondary Admissions Policy Secondary Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
Sixth Form Admissions Policy  

All Primary and Secondary applications must be made to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council. For Primary and Secondary apply here. For Sixth Form apply here.

Variation to the Admissions Arrangements for 2021-22 & 2022-23

It is a legal requirement that an Admissions Authority gives notice of any proposed variations to its admissions arrangements.

Following the granting of parliamentary approval to the Admissions Code 2021*, the Governing Board of St Peter’s Catholic Voluntary Academy Trust (as its own Admissions Authority) hereby gives notice of a proposed variation to the determined Admissions Policy for September 2021-22 and 2022-23.

This variation was approved by the Board of Governors on 19 July 2021. A consultation is not required for the purposes of this amendment, but we offer notice of the following changes-

  1. Giving the same priority to children who have been adopted from state care outside of England (IAPLAC) as to Previously Looked After (PLAC) 
  • The 2021 School Admissions Code requires children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted- to be given equal first priority in admission arrangements, alongside looked after children (LAC) and children who were previously looked after by English local authorities (PLAC). These children are referred to as internationally adopted previously looked after children – “IAPLAC”.
  • It is therefore intended to extend the highest admissions priority to IAPLAC by including Catholic IAPLAC applicants in Category 1 and other IAPLAC applicants in Category 3.
  • The definition of previously looked after children within the Admissions Policy will therefore be amended to include those children who appear (to the Governing Board) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
  1. Catholic Faith applicants who provide the required Baptismal Certificate before the published submission deadline will be treated as falling into that category regardless of the submission of a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) detailing evidence of practice of the faith.
  • Paragraph 2.4 of 2021 School Admissions Code states that an applicant must not be given additional priority solely on the basis of having completed a supplementary form. (SIF).
  • If an applicant has provided the Baptismal Certificate but no SIF they will fall into the faith category but will rank below applicants who have submitted a SIF.

The revised Admissions Policy and associated Supplementary Information Form for September 2021-22 and September 2022-23 admissions years will be published to view on the school website. Hard copies can be obtained from the school office on request.

N Sharp, Chair of Governing Board, St Peter’s Catholic Voluntary Academy Trust

*Regulation 19 of the School Admissions Regulations 2012.

 (1) This regulation prescribes for the purposes of section 88E(9)(b) the circumstances in which an admission authority may vary the admission arrangements they have determined for a particular academic year.

 (2) An admission authority may vary the admission arrangements under which pupils are to be admitted to school to the extent that such variation is necessary to give effect to any of the following— (a) the School Admissions Code.

Admissions  2021-2022

If you wish to apply to join St Peter's in September 2021, please refer to the appropriate policy below

Primary Admissions Policy Primary Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
Secondary Admissions Policy Secondary Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
Sixth Form Admissions Policy  

All Primary and Secondary applications must be made to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council. For Primary and Secondary apply here. For Sixth Form apply here.

Appeals Timetable for September 2021 Entry

The following deadlines will be of assistance to any parent/carer considering such an appeal:

  SECONDARY PRIMARY
Offers are issued to parent/carer by Local Authority on “ National Offers Day” 1 March 2021 16 April 2020
Deadline for acceptance of offers by parent/carer 15 March 2021 30 April 2020
Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal 1 April 2021 18 May 2021
Appeal Hearing Dates (set by Local Authority) Between 4 May and 30 June 2021 Between 8 June and 30 July 2021

GENERAL

  • Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, in line with legislation, all appeals lodged before 30 September 2021 are being heard based on written information only.
  • Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable.
  • You will receive at least 14 calendar days’ notice of your appeal hearing date.
  • Appeals are normally heard during the daytime on weekdays and are not normally heard during school holidays unless essential to avoid un-necessary delays.
  • Where there are a number of parents all appealing for places at the same school, the hearings may go over a number of days.
  • The school’s case will be dispatched to parents and Panel members at least 7 calendar days before the start of the appeal hearing.
  • The Panel will set a deadline for any additional evidence to be received.
  • Following the hearing, decision letters will be sent, where possible, within 7 calendar days of the end of the hearing. During busy periods, such as main entry, full decision letters may take longer than this, so the Clerk will send a brief decision summary letter in the interim.
  • Appeal hearings for in-year places will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable, based on written information only.

APPEALS FOR YEAR 3-13

Please refer to the following link Frequently Asked Questions document which should hopefully answer any question you might have as to any possible next steps.

If having read the document, you believe you have grounds to appeal against the decision not to offer a place to your child, you can download the appeal form here

Please complete the form in full clearly detailing the grounds upon which you are appealing before returning it with any supporting documents you wish to be considered by the Independent Appeals Panel before the deadline as detailed below; send to Mrs S Wallace-Abbott, the Clerk to the Governing Body, St Peter’s School, St Catherine’s Road, Bournemouth BH6 4AH. Telephone 01202 421141 ext 2297 or email swo@st-peters.bournemouth.sch.uk

The appeal hearing will take place virtually for Secondary applications. Please note that the final decision of the Panel is legally binding on all parties.

If you are unable to access either the Frequently Asked Questions or the appeals form, a copy of either can be made available from the School.

APPEALS FOR RECEPTION, YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2

Infant class sizes for Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are limited to no more than 30 pupils. An appeal for an infant class where an extra child would take the class over 30 pupils will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, as the powers of the Appeal Panel are limited by legislation.

Please refer to the following link Frequently Asked Questions before you consider lodging your appeal.

If having read the document, you believe you have grounds to appeal against the decision not to offer a place to your child, you can download the appeal form here

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS RENEWING YOUR WAITING LIST PLACE 2021-2022

You will need to reapply to renew your child’s place on the waiting list for September 2021 to July 2022.

Please ensure you have applied for St Peter’s School via Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council at the Town Hall in Bournemouth and received an official letter from the council on behalf of the school refusing your child a place. If you have not been refused a place officially in writing from BCP Council, you need to apply through the council for a place and be refused, before you can join the waiting list for the school.

If you wish to apply for a place on the waiting list under any of our religious categories you will also need to complete a 2021-2022 Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and it must be signed by your Priest or Faith Leader. If they have not signed the form it will not be possible to consider your child in any of the religious categories for the waiting list for 2021-2022. This is the same even if you previously provided a signed supplementary information form. 

Primary SIF  2021-2022

Secondary SIF 2021-2022

If you have recently applied and already provided a SIF for 2021-2022 signed by your Priest or Faith Leader, you need do nothing further, your child will automatically be carried forward onto the relevant year group waiting list for 2021. You are welcome to email admissions@st-peters.bournemouth.sch.uk for confirmation and information.

The school holds their own waiting lists, however, these are based on the lists held by BCP Council. So please ensure you do not instruct BCP Council to remove your child’s name from the St Peter’s waiting list if you wish them to remain on the list.

Completed Supplementary Information Form(s) (SIFs) should be sent to Admissions Officer, St Peter’s School, St Catherine’s Road, Bournemouth BH6 4AH. The original forms must be sent, but you are welcome to take a copy for your records if you wish. There is no photocopying service available at the school. You are welcome to contact the school at the email address above to confirm receipt and position on the waiting list for September 2021, details of which will be confirmed by email.

Admissions Officer June 2021