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Cliftonville Integrated Primary School, Belfast

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications are made through the EA online portal.  Further details can be obtained from the following links:

https://www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions

https://www.eani.org.uk/school-management/ea-digital-admissions-online-resource-hub/videos-and-presentations

 

PRIMARY ONE ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Respective Functions

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

During the admissions procedure, when applying the criteria, punctual applications will be considered before late applications are considered.  The application procedure opens on 7 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) and an application submitted by the closing date of 29 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) will be treated as a punctual application.  An application received after 12noon (GMT) on 29 January 2021 will be treated as a late application.

 Y1 Intake

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 and fulfil our admissions criteria, it is the responsibility of all parents/guardians to provide information regarding their child’s perceived community background. 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 at Cliftonville Integrated, complete our Pupil Information Form (available from the school office) as well as answering the supplementary religious affiliation question within the online application. The Pupil Information Form and any verifying information must be received by our school office on or before 12 noon on Friday 5 February 2021. If you do not supply the required information on or before the date above, then your child’s application will be considered with those from the majority category of that year’s applicants.

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only consider information which is detailed on or attached to the application form and on the completed Pupil Information Form.

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. Children who are currently enrolled in Cliftonville Integrated Nursery unit.
  3. Children that are a Looked After Child (LAC) as defined by the Children NI Order 1995. (Evidence will be sought)
  4. Children 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.

 

  1. Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are presently permanent or long-term employees of the school.
  2. 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.

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

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 application form.

If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the offer of a place being withdrawn.  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 28th April 2021, 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 2021.

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 your child’s name to be removed from the list.

During the 2021/2022 school year the above criteria will be applied to fill a vacancy arising within the school’s admissions number.

Applications and Admissions to Primary 1.

YEAR Total Applications

 

i.e. All Preferences

Total

 

Admissions

 

2018/19 53 53
2019/20 75 58
2020/21 62 58

IMPORTANT NOTES 

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that all information, which is relevant to the admission criteria, is included within the application form, including answering the supplementary religious affiliation question when selecting an integrated school. In addition, please ensure that you have indicated your child’s religious denomination on our separate Pupil Information Form, which is available from the school office. Completed Pupil Information forms as well as any verifying information must be provided to the school as soon as possible but no later than 12 noon on Friday 5 February 2021.  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 on the application or on the completed Pupil Information Form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application or provided to the school e.g. eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending the school.

Please Note: If you are experiencing difficulty completing the online application process then contact the EA Admissions Helpline for advice. The school will also accept paper application forms and these are available from the school office upon request. Regardless of the application method, all applications must be completed by 12 noon (GMT) on 29th January 2021. If you are completing a paper application, then please ensure that it has been received by the school office on or before the date above.

All application forms received after this will be treated as late applications.

P2 – P7 Admissions Criteria available from school.

NURSERY ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Respective Functions of the Board of Governors and the Principal in relation to admissions. 

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.

NURSERY ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

A timetable of pre-school admissions procedures setting out the dates, by which an application is to be submitted, is available at www.eani.org.uk/admissions under ‘Pre-School Admissions’.  During the admissions procedure, when applying the criteria, punctual applications will be considered before late applications are considered.

The application procedure opens on 7 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) and an application submitted by the closing date of 29 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) will be treated as a punctual application.  An application received after 12noon (GMT) on 29 January 2021 will be treated as a late application.

As the pre-school admissions procedure is in two stages, the timetable also specifies the relevant dates at Stage 2 which will determine if an application is to be considered as punctual or late.

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 and fulfil our admissions criteria, it is the responsibility of all parents/guardians to provide information regarding their child’s perceived community background. 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 at Cliftonville Integrated, complete our Pupil Information Form as well as answering the supplementary religious affiliation question within the online application. The Pupil Information Form (available from the school office)  and any verifying information must be received by our school office on or before 12 noon on Friday 5th February 2021. If you do not supply the required information on or before the date above, then your child’s application will be considered with those from the majority category of that year’s applicants.

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only consider information which is detailed on or attached to the application form or on the completed Pupil Information Form.

Admissions Criteria

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. born between 2 July 2017 and 1 July 2018 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
  2. born between 2 July 2017 and 1 July 2018.

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 provide Benefit Verification to confirm that they are in receipt of a qualifying payment.  This should be provided to the Pre-School of first preference and the application procedure for Pre-School will outline how this can be submitted.

Sub-Criteria

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) or a primary aged sibling who had been enrolled at Cliftonville Nursery or Primary School but who now attends special school.

c. Children with a sibling who will be enrolled at Cliftonville IPS in September 2021 (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 program 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.

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

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 2018 and 1 July 2019 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.

4. Born between 2 July 2018 and 1 July 2019.

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 2021/2022 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 application form.

If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the offer of a place being withdrawn.  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 9 June 2021, 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 2021.

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 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 application form, including answering the supplementary religious affiliation question when selecting an integrated school. In addition, please ensure that you have indicated your child’s religious denomination on our separate Pupil Information Form, which is available from the school office. Completed Pupil Information forms as well as any verifying information required, within the application, must be provided to the school as soon as possible but no later than 12 noon on Friday 5th February 2021.  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 application form or on 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 application form e.g. eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending the school.

Please Note: If you are experiencing difficulty completing the online application process then contact the EA Admissions Helpline for advice. The school will also accept paper application forms and these are available from the school office upon request. Regardless of the application method, all application forms must be completed by 12 noon (GMT) on 29th January 2021. If you are completing a paper application, then please ensure that it has been received by the school office on or before the date above.  All forms received after this will be treated as late applications.