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Admissions Policy – September 2022

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College Admission Policy - September 2022

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College was founded by the Diocese of Shrewsbury to provide education for children of Catholic families. Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below. The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its trust deed and instrument of government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education be fully supported by all families in the school. We therefore hope that all parents will give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school. This does not affect the right of an applicant who is not Catholic to apply for and be admitted to a place at the school in accordance with the admission arrangements.

The governing body is the admission authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school. The local authority undertakes the co-ordination of admission arrangements during the normal admission round, excluding admission to year 12. The governing body has set its admission number at 290 pupils to year 7 and 125 applicants to year 12 in the school year which begins in September 2022.

Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (see note 1)

The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan is dealt with by a completely separate procedure.  Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school must be admitted. Where this takes place before the allocation of places under these arrangements this will reduce the number of places available to other children.

Oversubscription Criteria

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority. Proof of baptism is essential. For a definition of parent (see note 5).

  1. Catholic looked after and previously looked after children. (see notes 2&3)
  2. Catholic children who attend a Shrewsbury Diocese Catholic primary school listed below (see note 3)
  •  St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School
  •  St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School
  •  St Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School
  •  St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
  •  Holy Family Catholic Primary School
  •  All Saints Catholic Primary School
  •  Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
  1. Catholic children who attend a Salford Diocese Catholic primary school listed below: (see note 3)
  •       English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
  •       St Monica’s Catholic Primary School
  •       St Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Primary School
  •       St Ann’s RC Primary School
  •       Our Lady of the Rosary RC Primary School
  •       St Teresa’s RC Primary School
  •       St Alphonsus RC Primary School
  1. Other Catholic children. (see note 3)
  2. Other looked after and previously looked after children. (see note 2)
  3. Any other children.

Within each of the categories listed above, the attendance of a brother or sister at the school at the time of enrolment will increase the priority of an application within each category so that the application will be placed at the top of the category in which the application is made. (see note 4)

Tie Break

Priority will be given to children living closest to the school, calculated in a direct straight line from the child's permanent place of residence to the School.  The co-ordinates that will be used for the School are 377397, 387864.For the home address the distance will be calculated using property co-ordinates provided from Trafford’s Local Land and Property Gazetteer (BS7666) (Royal Mail postal address information may be used in some instances). In the case of a child living in a block of flats, co-ordinates will be obtained in the same way. In the event of distances being the same for two or more children where this would determine the last place to be allocated, random allocation will be carried out and supervised by a person independent of the school. All the names will be entered into a hat and the required number of names will be drawn out.

In the case of parents who are separated the application will be considered from the address where the child lives most of the time, even though the child may regularly spend some time at another address. Where it is claimed that the child’s residency is shared equally between two addresses parents may decide which address will be used for the purpose of the application.  You may be required to provide proof of residency.

 

Application Procedures and Timetable

To apply for a place at this school in the normal admission round, you must complete a Common Application Form available from the local authority in which you live.

The timetable for admission to Year 12 is set out on the Sixth Form section of the school website. Places are awarded on the GCSE results day when the outcome of a candidate’s GCSE results are known.

For Year 7 applications you will be advised of the outcome of your application on 1st March 2022 or the next working day, by the local authority on our behalf. If you are unsuccessful you will be advised how to exercise your right to appeal to an independent appeal panel.

All applications which are submitted on time will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is 31st October 2021.

Late Applications

Applications or changes made after 31st October will only be considered once all on time applications have been dealt with. You are encouraged to ensure that your application is received on time. 

Admission of Children Outside their Normal Age Group

A request may be made for a child to be admitted outside their normal age group, for example if the child has missed significant amounts of schooling or is a recent arrival in the UK.

Any such request should be made in writing to the Admissions Officer at the school at the same time as the admission application is made. The governing body will make its decision about the request based on the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child. In addition to considering the views of the head teacher, including the head teacher’s statutory responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, the governing body will take into account the views of the parents and of appropriate medical and education professionals, as appropriate.

Waiting Lists

In addition to their right of appeal, unsuccessful children will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained in order of the oversubscription criteria set out above and not in the order in which applications are received or added to the list. Waiting lists for admission will operate throughout the school year. The waiting list will be held open until 31st August 2023.

Inclusion in the school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.

In-Year Applications

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. Application should be made to Admissions Officer at the school or by completing the information on the school website: https://www.bthcc.org.uk/inyearapplications

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out above, will be applied.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list (see above).

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing, and you have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Fair Access Protocol

The school is committed to taking its fair share of children who are vulnerable and/or hard to place, as set out in locally agreed protocols. Accordingly, outside the normal admission round the governing body is empowered to give absolute priority to a child where admission is requested under any locally agreed protocol. The governing body has this power even where admitting the child would mean exceeding the published admission number.

The governing body reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place or, where the child is already attending the school the place itself, where it is satisfied that the offer or the place was obtained by deception.

Notes

  1. An Education, Health and Care Plan is a plan made by the local authority under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014, specifying the special educational provision required for a child.
  2. A ‘looked after child’ has the same meaning as in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 and means any child who is (a) in the care of a local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by them in the exercise of their social services functions (e.g. children with foster parents) at the time of making application to the school.

A ‘previously looked after child’ is a child who was looked after but ceased to be so because he or she was adopted, or became subject to a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order. Included in this definition are those children who appear (to the governing body) to have been in state care outside of England and who ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

  1. ‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purposes of this policy, it includes a looked after child who is part of a Catholic family where a letter from a priest demonstrates that the child would have been baptised or received if it were not for their status as a looked after child (e.g. a looked after child in the process of adoption by a Catholic family).

For a child to be treated as Catholic, evidence of baptism or reception into the Church will be required. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism should contact their Parish Priest who, after consulting with the Diocese, will decide how the question of baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the laws of the Church.

  1. ‘brother or sister’ includes:
  1. all natural brothers or sisters, half brothers or sisters, adopted brothers or sisters, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters, whether or not they are living at the same address; and
  2. the child of a parent’s partner where that child for whom the school place is sought lives for at least part of the week in the same family unit at the same address as the applicant.
  1. A ‘parent’ means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child, and any person who has care of a child.

Admission to the Sixth Form

The school operates a sixth form for a total of 250 pupils. 125 places overall will be available in year 12. While the admission number is 125, if fewer than 125 of the school’s existing pupils transfer into year 12, additional external pupils will be admitted until year 12 meets its capacity of 125.

Both internal and external pupils wishing to enter the sixth form will be expected to have met the same minimum academic entry requirements for the sixth form. These are that pupils will have achieved at least grade 5 in both English Language and Mathematics and the minimum entry requirements for each subject area, which is grade 6 or above.

Any applicant who has studied an alternative curriculum, such as, overseas students who have not studied GCSEs, the qualifications achieved must be equivalent to GCSE standard and grades must be converted prior to enrolment into Year 12.

If applicants fail to meet the minimum course requirements, they will be given the option of pursuing any alternative courses for which they do meet the minimum academic requirements. Course requirements are published annually in the school’s prospectus and website.

When year 12 is undersubscribed all applicants meeting the minimum academic entry requirements will be admitted or permitted to progress.

When there are more applicants that satisfy any academic entry requirements, priority will be given in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above.

Where there is a space in year 13 i.e. where there are fewer than 125 pupils in the year group, the school will admit additional pupils up to this number using the oversubscription criteria set out above.

Admissions Policy – September 2023

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College Admission Policy - September 2023

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College was founded by the Diocese of Shrewsbury to provide education for children of Catholic families. Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below. The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its trust deed and instrument of government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education be fully supported by all families in the school. We therefore hope that all parents will give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school. This does not affect the right of an applicant who is not Catholic to apply for and be admitted to a place at the school in accordance with the admission arrangements.

The governing body is the admission authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school. The local authority undertakes the co-ordination of admission arrangements during the normal admission round, excluding admission to year 12. The governing body has set its admission number at 290 pupils to year 7 and 125 applicants to year 12 in the school year which begins in September 2023.

Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (see note 1)

The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan is dealt with by a completely separate procedure.  Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school must be admitted. Where this takes place before the allocation of places under these arrangements this will reduce the number of places available to other children.

Oversubscription Criteria

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority. Proof of baptism is essential. For a definition of parent (see note 5).

  1. Catholic looked after and previously looked after children. (see notes 2&3)
  2. Catholic children who attend a Shrewsbury Diocese Catholic primary school listed below (see note 3)
  •  St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School
  •  St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School
  •  St Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School
  •  St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
  •  Holy Family Catholic Primary School
  •  All Saints Catholic Primary School
  •  Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
  1. Catholic children who attend a Salford Diocese Catholic primary school listed below: (see note 3)
  •       English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
  •       St Monica’s Catholic Primary School
  •       St Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Primary School
  •       St Ann’s RC Primary School
  •       Our Lady of the Rosary RC Primary School
  •       St Teresa’s RC Primary School
  •       St Alphonsus RC Primary School
  1. Other Catholic children. (see note 3)
  2. Other looked after and previously looked after children. (see note 2)
  3. Any other children.

Within each of the categories listed above, the attendance of a brother or sister at the school at the time of enrolment will increase the priority of an application within each category so that the application will be placed at the top of the category in which the application is made. (see note 4)

Tie Break

Priority will be given to children living closest to the school, calculated in a direct straight line from the child's permanent place of residence to the School.  The co-ordinates that will be used for the School are 377397, 387864.For the home address the distance will be calculated using property co-ordinates provided from Trafford’s Local Land and Property Gazetteer (BS7666) (Royal Mail postal address information may be used in some instances). In the case of a child living in a block of flats, co-ordinates will be obtained in the same way. In the event of distances being the same for two or more children where this would determine the last place to be allocated, random allocation will be carried out and supervised by a person independent of the school. All the names will be entered into a hat and the required number of names will be drawn out.

In the case of parents who are separated the application will be considered from the address where the child lives most of the time, even though the child may regularly spend some time at another address. Where it is claimed that the child’s residency is shared equally between two addresses parents may decide which address will be used for the purpose of the application.  You may be required to provide proof of residency.

Application Procedures and Timetable

To apply for a place at this school in the normal admission round, you must complete a Common Application Form available from the local authority in which you live.

The timetable for admission to Year 12 is set out on the Sixth Form section of the school website. Places are awarded on the GCSE results day when the outcome of a candidate’s GCSE results are known.

For Year 7 applications you will be advised of the outcome of your application on 1st March 2022 or the next working day, by the local authority on our behalf. If you are unsuccessful you will be advised how to exercise your right to appeal to an independent appeal panel.

All applications which are submitted on time will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is 31st October 2022.

Late Applications

Applications or changes made after 31st October will only be considered once all on time applications have been dealt with. You are encouraged to ensure that your application is received on time. 

Admission of Children Outside their Normal Age Group

A request may be made for a child to be admitted outside their normal age group, for example if the child has missed significant amounts of schooling or is a recent arrival in the UK.

Any such request should be made in writing to the Admissions Officer at the school at the same time as the admission application is made. The governing body will make its decision about the request based on the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child. In addition to considering the views of the head teacher, including the head teacher’s statutory responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, the governing body will take into account the views of the parents and of appropriate medical and education professionals, as appropriate.

Waiting Lists

In addition to their right of appeal, unsuccessful children will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained in order of the oversubscription criteria set out above and not in the order in which applications are received or added to the list. Waiting lists for admission will operate throughout the school year. The waiting list will be held open until 31st August 2023.

Inclusion in the school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.

In-Year Applications

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. Application should be made to Admissions Officer at the school or by completing the information on the school website: https://www.bthcc.org.uk/inyearapplications

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out above, will be applied.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list (see above).

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing, and you have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Fair Access Protocol

The school is committed to taking its fair share of children who are vulnerable and/or hard to place, as set out in locally agreed protocols. Accordingly, outside the normal admission round the governing body is empowered to give absolute priority to a child where admission is requested under any locally agreed protocol. The governing body has this power even where admitting the child would mean exceeding the published admission number.

The governing body reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place or, where the child is already attending the school the place itself, where it is satisfied that the offer or the place was obtained by deception.

Notes

  1. An Education, Health and Care Plan is a plan made by the local authority under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014, specifying the special educational provision required for a child.
  2. A ‘looked after child’ has the same meaning as in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 and means any child who is (a) in the care of a local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by them in the exercise of their social services functions (e.g. children with foster parents) at the time of making application to the school.

A ‘previously looked after child’ is a child who was looked after but ceased to be so because he or she was adopted, or became subject to a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order. Included in this definition are those children who appear (to the governing body) to have been in state care outside of England and who ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

  1. ‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purposes of this policy, it includes a looked after child who is part of a Catholic family where a letter from a priest demonstrates that the child would have been baptised or received if it were not for their status as a looked after child (e.g. a looked after child in the process of adoption by a Catholic family).

For a child to be treated as Catholic, evidence of baptism or reception into the Church will be required. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism should contact their Parish Priest who, after consulting with the Diocese, will decide how the question of baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the laws of the Church.

  1. ‘brother or sister’ includes:
  1. all natural brothers or sisters, half brothers or sisters, adopted brothers or sisters, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters, whether or not they are living at the same address; and
  2. the child of a parent’s partner where that child for whom the school place is sought lives for at least part of the week in the same family unit at the same address as the applicant.
  1. A ‘parent’ means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child, and any person who has care of a child.

Admission to the Sixth Form

The school operates a sixth form for a total of 250 pupils. 125 places overall will be available in year 12. While the admission number is 125, if fewer than 125 of the school’s existing pupils transfer into year 12, additional external pupils will be admitted until year 12 meets its capacity of 125.

Both internal and external pupils wishing to enter the sixth form will be expected to have met the same minimum academic entry requirements for the sixth form. These are that pupils will have achieved at least grade 5 in both English Language and Mathematics and the minimum entry requirements for each subject area, which is grade 6 or above.

Any applicant who has studied an alternative curriculum, such as, overseas students who have not studied GCSEs, the qualifications achieved must be equivalent to GCSE standard and grades must be converted prior to enrolment into Year 12.

If applicants fail to meet the minimum course requirements, they will be given the option of pursuing any alternative courses for which they do meet the minimum academic requirements. Course requirements are published annually in the school’s prospectus and website.

When year 12 is undersubscribed all applicants meeting the minimum academic entry requirements will be admitted or permitted to progress.

When there are more applicants that satisfy any academic entry requirements, priority will be given in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above.

Where there is a space in year 13 i.e. where there are fewer than 125 pupils in the year group, the school will admit additional pupils up to this number using the oversubscription criteria set out above.

Draft Admission Policy - September 2024

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College Admission Policy - September 2024

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College was founded by the Diocese of Shrewsbury to provide education for children of Catholic families. Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below. The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its trust deed and instrument of government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education be fully supported by all families in the school. We therefore hope that all parents will give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school. This does not affect the right of an applicant who is not Catholic to apply for and be admitted to a place at the school in accordance with the admission arrangements.

The governing body is the admission authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school. The local authority undertakes the co-ordination of admission arrangements during the normal admission round, excluding admission to year 12. The governing body has set its admission number at 290 pupils to year 7 and 125 applicants to year 12 in the school year which begins in September 2024.

Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (see note 1)

The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan is dealt with by a completely separate procedure.  Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school must be admitted. Where this takes place before the allocation of places under these arrangements this will reduce the number of places available to other children.

Oversubscription Criteria

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority. Proof of baptism is essential. For a definition of parent (see note 5).

  1. Catholic looked after and previously looked after children. (see notes 2&3)
  2. Catholic children who attend a Shrewsbury Diocese Catholic primary school listed below (see note 3)
  •  St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School
  •  St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School
  •  St Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School
  •  St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
  •  Holy Family Catholic Primary School
  •  All Saints Catholic Primary School
  •  Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
  •  
  1. Catholic children who attend a Salford Diocese Catholic primary school listed below: (see note 3)
  •       English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
  •       St Monica’s Catholic Primary School
  •       St Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Primary School
  •       St Ann’s RC Primary School
  •       Our Lady of the Rosary RC Primary School
  •       St Teresa’s RC Primary School
  •       St Alphonsus RC Primary School
  •  
  1. Other Catholic children. (see note 3)
  2. Other looked after and previously looked after children. (see note 2)
  3. Any other children.

Within each of the categories listed above, the attendance of a brother or sister at the school at the time of enrolment will increase the priority of an application within each category so that the application will be placed at the top of the category in which the application is made. (see note 4)

Tie Break

Priority will be given to children living closest to the school, calculated in a direct straight line from the child's permanent place of residence to the School.  The co-ordinates that will be used for the School are 377397, 387864.For the home address the distance will be calculated using property co-ordinates provided from Trafford’s Local Land and Property Gazetteer (BS7666) (Royal Mail postal address information may be used in some instances). In the case of a child living in a block of flats, co-ordinates will be obtained in the same way. In the event of distances being the same for two or more children where this would determine the last place to be allocated, random allocation will be carried out and supervised by a person independent of the school. All the names will be entered into a hat and the required number of names will be drawn out.

In the case of parents who are separated the application will be considered from the address where the child lives most of the time, even though the child may regularly spend some time at another address. Where it is claimed that the child’s residency is shared equally between two addresses parents may decide which address will be used for the purpose of the application.  You may be required to provide proof of residency.

Application Procedures and Timetable

To apply for a place at this school in the normal admission round, you must complete a Common Application Form available from the local authority in which you live.

The timetable for admission to Year 12 is set out on the Sixth Form section of the school website. Places are awarded on the GCSE results day when the outcome of a candidate’s GCSE results are known.

For Year 7 applications you will be advised of the outcome of your application on 1st March 2022 or the next working day, by the local authority on our behalf. If you are unsuccessful you will be advised how to exercise your right to appeal to an independent appeal panel.

All applications which are submitted on time will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is 31st October 2023.

Late Applications

Applications or changes made after 31st October will only be considered once all on time applications have been dealt with. You are encouraged to ensure that your application is received on time. 

Admission of Children Outside their Normal Age Group

A request may be made for a child to be admitted outside their normal age group, for example if the child has missed significant amounts of schooling or is a recent arrival in the UK.

Any such request should be made in writing to the Admissions Officer at the school at the same time as the admission application is made. The governing body will make its decision about the request based on the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child. In addition to considering the views of the head teacher, including the head teacher’s statutory responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, the governing body will take into account the views of the parents and of appropriate medical and education professionals, as appropriate.

Waiting Lists

In addition to their right of appeal, unsuccessful children will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained in order of the oversubscription criteria set out above and not in the order in which applications are received or added to the list. Waiting lists for admission will operate throughout the school year. The waiting list will be held open until 31st August 2023.

Inclusion in the school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.

In-Year Applications

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. Application should be made to Admissions Officer at the school or by completing the information on the school website: https://www.bthcc.org.uk/inyearapplications

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out above, will be applied.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list (see above).

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing, and you have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Fair Access Protocol

The school is committed to taking its fair share of children who are vulnerable and/or hard to place, as set out in locally agreed protocols. Accordingly, outside the normal admission round the governing body is empowered to give absolute priority to a child where admission is requested under any locally agreed protocol. The governing body has this power even where admitting the child would mean exceeding the published admission number.

The governing body reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place or, where the child is already attending the school the place itself, where it is satisfied that the offer or the place was obtained by deception.

Notes

  1. An Education, Health and Care Plan is a plan made by the local authority under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014, specifying the special educational provision required for a child.
  2. A ‘looked after child’ has the same meaning as in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 and means any child who is (a) in the care of a local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by them in the exercise of their social services functions (e.g. children with foster parents) at the time of making application to the school.

A ‘previously looked after child’ is a child who was looked after but ceased to be so because he or she was adopted, or became subject to a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order. Included in this definition are those children who appear (to the governing body) to have been in state care outside of England and who ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

  1. ‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purposes of this policy, it includes a looked after child who is part of a Catholic family where a letter from a priest demonstrates that the child would have been baptised or received if it were not for their status as a looked after child (e.g. a looked after child in the process of adoption by a Catholic family).

For a child to be treated as Catholic, evidence of baptism or reception into the Church will be required. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism should contact their Parish Priest who, after consulting with the Diocese, will decide how the question of baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the laws of the Church.

  1. ‘brother or sister’ includes:
  1. all natural brothers or sisters, half brothers or sisters, adopted brothers or sisters, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters, whether or not they are living at the same address; and
  2. the child of a parent’s partner where that child for whom the school place is sought lives for at least part of the week in the same family unit at the same address as the applicant.
  1. A ‘parent’ means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child, and any person who has care of a child.

Admission to the Sixth Form

The school operates a sixth form for a total of 250 pupils. 125 places overall will be available in year 12. While the admission number is 125, if fewer than 125 of the school’s existing pupils transfer into year 12, additional external pupils will be admitted until year 12 meets its capacity of 125.

Both internal and external pupils wishing to enter the sixth form will be expected to have met the same minimum academic entry requirements for the sixth form. These are that pupils will have achieved at least grade 5 in both English Language and Mathematics and the minimum entry requirements for each subject area, which is grade 6 or above.

Any applicant who has studied an alternative curriculum, such as, overseas students who have not studied GCSEs, the qualifications achieved must be equivalent to GCSE standard and grades must be converted prior to enrolment into Year 12.

If applicants fail to meet the minimum course requirements, they will be given the option of pursuing any alternative courses for which they do meet the minimum academic requirements. Course requirements are published annually in the school’s prospectus and website.

When year 12 is undersubscribed all applicants meeting the minimum academic entry requirements will be admitted or permitted to progress.

When there are more applicants that satisfy any academic entry requirements, priority will be given in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above.

Where there is a space in year 13 i.e. where there are fewer than 125 pupils in the year group, the school will admit additional pupils up to this number using the oversubscription criteria set out above.

Anti-bullying policy

Attendance Policy

Behaviour and Learning Policy

Charging and remissions policy 

Complaints Policy 

If you wish to make a complaint to the school then please follow this procedure:

Use the email complaints@bthcc.org to register your complaint.

The process for your complaint will be monitored by Mrs J Oliver who will notify you that your complaint has been received and provide you with an update.

Unless you indicate otherwise your complaint will be investigated by the Executive Headteacher or Head of School.

Complaints Policy 

Covid-19 Catch up funding

The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. Below is the expenditure at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College with Intent and Impact. 

Catch Up Funding Statement

Covid-19 Catch up premium allocation 

curriculum policy

Data Protection Policy 

Encompass

Our school is part of a project, which is run between Trafford Local Authority, schools and Greater Manchester Police. The project called Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is communicated through a secure email to school following an incident.

The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the key adult, is available to liaise with children’s services and the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.

In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident.

The key adults at Blessed Thomas Holford College are Mrs GeogheganMs WardMrs TarryMr Worth and Miss Baskerville.

If s/he receives an Encompass notification they will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help – if the child needs this. Most of the time this support is silent; keeping a careful eye on him or her and making sure the child has a calm school day. The confidential information is ordinarily not shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help, if needed.

All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adult may contact other organisations.

The sharing of information from the police allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the Key Adult knows that something has happened. Parents can come and talk to our Key Adult. The Key Adult can point you towards other people that can help.

Our aim is to support children and their families.

Equality and Diversity Policy

Financial Information 

“As of September 2020 we do not have any members of staff earning a  gross annual salary of £100,000 or more”

Link to our schools financial benchmarking service – https://schools-financial-benchmarking.service.gov.uk

Holiday Policy

Holiday Policy

Parents wishing to apply for their child to have leave from school should complete the attached form and return it to school for authorisation six weeks in advance of the proposed leave.  The completed form should be sent to Mrs R Geoghegan, Associate Headteacher.  A response to the request will be sent to Parents / Carers in writing.

Legislation clearly states that Parents / Carers do not have a right to take their children on holiday during Term Time. If a pupil is absent from school due to a holiday or without authorisation, the school will refer the matter to the Local Authority who will issue a Penalty Notice according to Section 23 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

Please click the buttons below to get access to the holiday form and the Trafford CYPS document which explains about requesting leave absence throughout term time.

ICT Compliance Policy

ICT Compliance Policy

Looked-after and Previously looked after children 

Mobile Phone Policy

The College recognizes that there may be genuine reasons for some pupils to have a mobile phone at College. However, we do not allow the use of mobile phones in school. Any pupil who brings a mobile phone into school does so at their own risk. If phones are seen or heard during the course of the school day, they will be confiscated for a period of 7 days.

As a working community, we do need to have regulations governing the use of mobile phones or tablets in order that lessons are not interrupted, and pupils do not use these devices unnecessarily. Parents must be aware of and agree to the following points:

  • The College does not accept any responsibility for mobile phones or tablets and they are not necessity in college. Pupils must take full responsibility for their safe-keeping, and they bring them into College at their own personal risk. If devices go missing, we cannot be expected to take time to search for them. May we suggest that parents take out insurance cover for mobile phones and tablets that are being brought into College, and that expensive models are not used.
  • Smart Watches are not allowed in College. Pupils are advised to use a normal watch. If a Smart Watch is worn, it will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day.
  • It is advisable to protect mobile phones and tablets with security markings and codes, and keep them locked in a locker during the College day.
  • Mobile phones and tablets must be switched off within the College premises. If they ring, or are visible during the day, members of staff are instructed to confiscate them and lodge them at Pupil Services. A pupil whose phone has been confiscated may report to Pupil Services at the end of the school day, 7 days after the date of confiscation.
  • Pupils may not use mobile phones at any time during the College day to make or receive calls or texts. Pupils who have a real emergency can use the College telephone at Pupil Services to contact parents / carers.
  • If parents need to contact pupils in an emergency, they should telephone the College in the usual way and emergency messages will be passed on.
  • Please do not call or text your child’s mobile phone during the school day, as this could result in a confiscation of their phone. Similarly, please do not encourage your child to use their phone in school.
  • Mobile telephones and tablets must never be taken into examinations and for this reason the College does not allow them to be taken into any examination room.
  • The use of the camera function is strictly prohibited in College. It constitutes a breach of privacy and can be used for intimidation and bullying. The potential for the images of children to be used for inappropriate purposes is our primary concern. The use of images without permission of the person photographed is a breach of their right to privacy.
  • Please note mobile phones must never be used during break, lunch, after school activities or detentions.
  • It is forbidden to use a mobile phone in the toilet or changing rooms in order to protect and safeguard our pupils. The misuse of mobile phones in these circumstances can lead to a criminal investigation.
  • The College will not accept any liability for lost or stolen items.
  • If these items are displayed or used on College premises, including playground areas, they will be confiscated and held securely within the College. They may be reclaimed 7 days later from the date of confiscation at Pupil Services.
  • Finally, we wish to point out that all staff in our college deserve to be able to carry out their duties and follow our policies without fear of intimidation from parents / carers. Once a decision has been made to confiscate a mobile phone, no negotiation will be entered into.

Parents are warned that failure to comply with this policy could result in their child being issued with a fixed term exclusion.

Our Mission and British Values 

Our Mission and British Values 

“We are a Catholic family of aspiration, dedicated to all our students excelling spiritually and academically in our school and beyond.

We change lives through our culture of high standards and expectations of everyone who learns and works in our school and a belief that achievement is for all.”

Our mission guides the work of our school. We believe our children have a right to:

  • Achieve their potential
  • Receive teaching that is consistently good
  • Feel safe and be safe
  • Have an adult to talk to if any problems arise
  • Be respected whatever their faith, cultural background, ethnicity or lifestyle

Background

The Ofsted framework (April 2018) contains a requirement that the school:

“Prepares pupils positively for life in modern Britain and promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.”

In producing this policy on promoting British values the Governing body agreed the following:

  • The views of the staff and pupils are important and were gathered at a training days and school council meetings
  • The Governors’ Curriculum Committee considered the statement and approved it before presenting to full governing body

Our last Ofsted report in June 2013 judged the school to be outstanding in all areas and was particularly positive about the ethos of the school:

Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding because the school’s Catholic ethos promotes an accepting, respectful and caring school community.

Students are happy at school because the school community has an outstandingly positive ethos. In lessons students’ attitudes to learning are exemplary. Students know what is expected of them and are enthusiastic, motivated and keen to do well.

Views of Staff and Students

The staff listed the following values:

  • fairness
  • resilience
  • manners
  • tolerance
  • heritage
  • respect for diversity

The School Council and Sixth Form Ambassadors listed the following:

  • Patriotism
  • Acceptance of different cultures
  • Respect for other faiths, beliefs and ethnic backgrounds
  • Democracy is important
  • Important things are free – education, health service, museums and galleries
  • Things to change – the sometimes negative influence of wealthy and / or famous people, negative internet and social media, safety of young people, more respect for the law and authority, reduce the obsession with image and lifestyles which are contrary to harmony and self-respect

Actions we will take

  • Regularly involve our students in discussions about the values and belief that shape our school community
  • Take every opportunity to involve representatives of other faiths in our religious education curriculum and assemblies.
  • Develop our links with students of other faiths started at our inter faith week
  • Ensure our curriculum is broad and balanced and prepares pupils for life in modern Britain
  • Plan our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education to promote social cohesion and mutual respect, individual liberty and freedom of speech
  • Provide opportunities for charitable works – pilgrimages to Lourdes, support for charities such as CAFOD and young homeless in Manchester
  • Continue to invite MPs and local councillors to talk to students about their work
  • Use our pupil voice to promote debate about values and beliefs
  • Uphold our behaviour policy and general school ethos to ensure strong guidance on right and wrong
  • Continue Family Dining as a way of promoting a strong social and cultural message
  • Promote The Edge across all year groups to encourage and measure important personal qualities
  • Develop a whole school wellbeing curriculum for staff and students to help build resilience and offer support more readily when it is needed.

 

Pupil Premium 

The Pupil Premium is funding provided by the Department for Education to enable the enhancement in education of pupils entitled to free school meals and also looked after children.

The allocation gives schools the freedom to decide how the Pupil Premium should be spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils.Pupil Premium 2020-2021

Pupil Premium 2021-22

Pupil Premium 2020-21

Pupil Premium 2019-20

Pupil Premium 2016-17

 

Relationship and Sex Education policy 

Relationship and Sex Education policy 

 

RSE – The Right to Withdraw

In certain circumstances, parents / carers do have the right to withdraw their children from RSE (Relationship and Sex Education).

Following discussion with the school, parents can withdraw their child from the ‘sex’ elements of Relationships and Sex Education. Parents do not have a right to withdraw their child from Health education, relationships or any other aspect of PSHCE education.

There is no right of withdrawal from National Curriculum Science which includes elements of sex education such as puberty and reproduction.

Three terms before a pupil turns 16, parents no longer have a right to withdraw. At this point the guidance states ‘if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those terms.’

At Blessed Thomas Holford if a parent / carer wishes to withdraw their child, they need to have a discussion with the Headteacher and put their wishes in writing. This is so that the headteacher is aware of the parent’s reasons and can provide alternative arrangements.

We will try to accommodate any concerns as far as possible.cy 

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