Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admissions criteria and has delegated to the Principal its function and responsibility in relation to the application of the criteria and the admission of pupils to the school.

 

Admissions Criteria

Children of compulsory school age only will be admitted. As an integrated nursery and primary school we are committed to maintaining our religious balance. Our key purpose is to educate together children of different religious traditions. In applying the admissions criteria, the Board of Governors will strive to ensure a balance of 40% Catholic, 40% Protestant and 20% for others who may be from a different religious/ethnic grouping, a ’mixed’ tradition background and children of no religious affiliation. In the event of any category not meeting its quota then the balance will be divided equally between the other categories.

 

In order to establish this balance, the Admissions Committee must know about the religious background of the applicants. It is therefore essential that all parents who seek a place for their child complete the school’s own Pupil Information Form to indicate which category that their son/daughter is to be included in. This form is available from the school office.

 

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the online application form or attached to the Pupil Information Form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated within the online application form e.g. eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending the school.

 

The Admissions Committee will list all applicants in order of priority by selecting those who fall into the following categories in the order set out below.

1.Children with a sister/brother, half-sister/brother, stepsister/brother, foster sister/brother currently enrolled at Cliftonville IPS (Y1-Y7). (Indicate name and year group).

2. Who are currently enrolled in Cliftonville Integrated Nursery unit.

3. Applicants that are a Looked After Child (LAC). (evidence will be sought)

4. Applicants for whom ‘Cliftonville Integrated Primary School’ is their closest integrated primary school.

5. Children who are the only or eldest* in their family eligible for admission. Twins will both be treated as the eldest child. This is subject to satisfying verification as set out below: –                                                                                                The verifying letter must state that the child is the eldest child and that the family are known to the verifier. It must be provided directly to the school, written on headed notepaper and signed by one of the following who is not a member of the applicant’s family: 

    • a medical practitioner
    • a solicitor
    • a clergyman or equivalent
    • a nursery/pre-school/private day-care provider.    

       *In cases where the child is more than 7 years younger than their next nearest sibling, the child will be treated as eldest and also in cases where the eldest sibling attends or attended a special school/unit.

 

6. Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are presently permanent or long-term employees of the school.

7. Children on the basis of the initial letter of their surname in the order set out below. The surname used will be registered on the birth certificate or as subsequently changed and documented.

P L M Z A Q W O S K N X C B D J E Mc I R Mac U Y T F H G V O’

The order was determined by a randomised selection of letters of the alphabet.  In the event of surnames beginning with the same letter, the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames, the alphabetical order of the forename, as registered on the birth certificate, will be used. In the event of first forenames beginning with the same letter the subsequent letters of the forename will be used. In the event of a double barrelled surname the first surname will be used for purposes of selection.

Duty to Verify

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any applicant’s online application form or Pupil Information Form.

If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place. Similarly, if information is supplied which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.

Waiting List

Should a vacancy arise after 9th May 2019, all applications for admission to P1, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.  This waiting list will be in place until 30th June 2020.

The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place by this method.

Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school in writing (FAO Principal at the address given) if you wish for your child’s name to be removed from the list.

During the 2019/2020 school year the above criteria will be applied to fill a vacancy arising within the school’s admissions number.

P2 – P7 Admissions Criteria available from school.

Applications and Admissions to Primary 1.

 

YEAR Total Applications

i.e. All Preferences

Total

Admissions

 

2016/17 72 58
2017/18 69 58
2018/19 53 53

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that all information, which is relevant to the admission criteria, is included within the statutory online application form. In addition, please ensure that you have indicated your child’s religious denomination on the Pupil Information Form, within the Religious Background section. Parents are reminded that they must complete the separate Pupil Information Form, available from the school office as well as any verifying information required within the online application. Where parents fail to state their child’s religious tradition, their application will be allocated to the category with most applicants in that particular year. In selecting children for admission, the Board of Governors will only take account of information included within the online application form or attached to the Pupil Information Form.

NURSERY ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admissions criteria and has delegated to the Principal its function and responsibility in relation to the application of the criteria and the admission of pupils to the school.

Admissions Criteria

As an integrated nursery and primary school we are committed to maintaining our religious balance. Our key purpose is to educate together children of different religious traditions. In applying the admissions criteria, the Board of Governors will strive to ensure a balance of 40% Catholic, 40% Protestant and 20% for others who may be from a different religious/ethnic grouping, a ’mixed’ tradition background and children of no religious affiliation. In the event of any category not meeting its quota then the balance will be divided equally between the other categories.

In order to establish this balance, the Admissions Committee must know about the religious background of the applicants. It is therefore essential that all parents who seek a place for their child complete the school’s own Pupil Information Form to indicate which category that their son/daughter is to be included in. This form is available from the school office.

1. born between 2 July 2015 and 1 July 2016 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.

2. born between 2 July 2015 and 1 July 2016.

Note: Children from ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’ means a child whose parent is in receipt of (i) Income Support, or (ii) Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or (iii) an award of Income Support which has been converted into an Employment and Support Allowance and the level of benefit remains the same, or (iv) Universal Credit. When parents apply for places for their child on this basis they must have their Benefit Verification stamped by the Social Security /Jobs and Benefits Office to confirm that they are in receipt of a qualifying payment.  This should then be sent by the parent directly to the provider of first preference.

In the event of over-subscription in any of set criteria 1-2 above, the following sub-criteria will be applied in the order listed:

a. Children who currently attend the Nursery and are eligible to attend for a further year.

b. Children with a sister/brother, half-sister/brother, stepsister/brother, foster sister/brother currently enrolled at Cliftonville IPS (Y1-Y7).

c. Children with a sibling who will be enrolled at Cliftonville IPS in September 2019 (Y1-Y7).

d. Children who are the only or eldest* in their family eligible for admission. Twins will both be treated as the eldest child*. This is subject to satisfying verification as set out below: –

The verifying letter must state that the child is the eldest child and that the family are known to the verifier. It must be provided directly to the school, written on headed notepaper and signed by one of the following who is not a member of the applicant’s family:

  •   a medical practitioner
  • a solicitor
  • a clergyman or equivalent
  • a nursery/pre-school/private day-care provider.

*In cases where the child is more than 7 years younger than their next nearest sibling, the child will be treated as eldest and also in cases where the eldest sibling attends or attended a special school/unit.

e. Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are presently permanent or long-term employees of the school.

f. Whose permanent residence is the shortest distance from the school. The distance will be determined by a straight line measurement generated electronically, using the computer programme provided by the Ordnance Survey, Northern Ireland.

G. Children on the basis of the initial letter of their surname in the order set out below. The surname used will be registered on the birth certificate or as subsequently changed and documented.

 

 

P L M Z A Q W O S K N X C B D J E Mc I R Mac U Y T F H G V O’

The order was determined by a randomised selection of letters of the alphabet. In the event of surnames beginning with the same letter, the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames, the alphabetical order of the forename, as registered on the birth certificate, will be used. In the event of first forenames beginning with the same letter the subsequent letters of the forename will be used. In the event of a double barrelled surname the first surname will be used for purposes of selection.

Should places still be available these will be offered to children in the following order:

3. Born between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.

4. Born between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017.

In the event of applications exceeding available places in any of the categories 3-4 priority will be given to the oldest children with, if necessary, the additional application of sub-criteria (b-g).

During the 2019/20 year the above criteria will be applied to fill a vacancy arising within the stated enrolment number.

Duty to Verify

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any applicant’s online application form.

If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the withdrawal offer of a place. Similarly, if information is supplied which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.

Waiting List Policy

Should a vacancy arise after 11th June 2019, all applications for admission to Nursery, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.  This waiting list will be in place until 30th June 2020.

The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place by this method.

Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school in writing (FAO Principal at the address given) if you wish for your child’s name to be removed from the list.

IMPORTANT NOTES

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that all information, which is relevant to the admission criteria, is included within the statutory online application form. In addition, please ensure that you have indicated your child’s religious denomination on the Pupil Information Form, within the Religious Background section. Parents are reminded that they must complete the separate Pupil Information Form, available from the school office as well as any verifying information required within the online application. Where parents fail to state their child’s religious tradition, their application will be allocated to the category with most applicants in that particular year. In selecting children for admission, the Board of Governors will only take account of information included within the online application form or attached to the Pupil Information Form.