Reception Admissions 2021 Virtual Open Days
As we move out of 2020 and look towards 2021 with hope that school life will gradually become more like the ‘old-normal’ that we know and love, we know many of you will be wanting to see what schools have to offer. Your decisions this year will largely be based on more remote judgements than group visits and Open-Days in their truest sense. While you can’t beat actually seeing it for yourself, we have a selection of videos and documents to help you get a flavour of life at St. Catherine’s right here and now, enhanced for 2021 to give you the very best window into a school that puts care above everything else.
St. Catherine’s Virtual Tour
A message from our pupils
A message from Mr Mistry, class teacher, and Mrs Green, teaching assistant
A message from our Chair of Governors
As you will see St. Catherine’s is a school which is filled with a buzz of happy activity and the warmth of positive relationships between pupils and adults. The children are taught a broad and balanced curriculum by wonderful teachers, and the academic standards are high; but St. Catherine’s is about so much more than this. It is about giving everyone the opportunity to shine and be proud; it is about having the confidence to have a go at anything and the belief that you can succeed. It is about tolerance and respect for the beliefs of others and pride in what others do well. It is about the fun, magic and laughter of school life and the making of all those memories that last into old age.
We believe that it is these things that make our children lively, confident and articulate and is why they move on to fulfilling lives built upon the Christian values and strong foundations laid in the school.
If you would like to hear more about us there will be an opportunity to join a Microsoft Teams live session as follows:
Tuesday 3rd November 9.15am Please follow this link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZGQ1YzI4MjEtNGFlNS00OTYxLTk1MmMtOGMyNTgzYmViZWZm%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22c77a8216-f22b-4f1d-b177-04eeee071713%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22d56be09a-4e8b-42ae-830e-6cb16dcb43e9%22%7d
Tuesday 3rd November 1.15pm Please follow this link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZDJiMjIzMGMtYjZjYy00YmZlLTg1OGQtZGEzZjIwNWViYzg0%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22c77a8216-f22b-4f1d-b177-04eeee071713%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22d56be09a-4e8b-42ae-830e-6cb16dcb43e9%22%7d
These virtual sessions will be a chance to hear from Mrs Graham, Headteacher, as well as ask any questions you may have.
We look forward to seeing you. You can be assured of a very warm welcome.
Notification of variation to admission arrangements for admission in September 2021
As a result of measures taken nationally to combat COVID-19, places of worship have been closed since mid-March 2020. As a school with a religious character, this school’s admission arrangements include faith-based oversubscription criteria involving attendance at public worship. These faith-based oversubscription criteria cannot now be satisfied without amendment, and the academy trust, as the admission authority for the school, is seeking approval from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for a variation to the admission arrangements because of this major change in circumstances.
For admissions in September 2021, the academy trust will vary the faith-based oversubscription criteria that require attendance at public worship so that, in the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admission arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for worship.
The detailed amendment, showing the amended oversubscription criteria and the Supplementary Information Form, is attached:
Children are usually admitted to school at the beginning of the school year (September) in which your child achieves his/her fifth birthday.
In the autumn term 2020 the Bolton Local Authority (LA) will provide parents with access details to the online application form which will be distributed to their registered home address. The reception admissions booklet will be available to view or download from the Council’s website.
The Bolton LA application form will allow parents/carers to express at least 3 preferences in rank order and to state reasons for the preferences.
In addition to the LA Application Form, applicants for a Church place at the school, as defined in our Admissions Policy, should complete a Supplementary Information Form, available above or from the School Office, to which it needs to be returned within the timescales indicated on the form.
The Local Authority will forward relevant information from the application forms in February to St. Catherine’s where parents/carers have expressed a preference for us. The Admissions committee from St. Catherine’s then meets to rank all applications based on the different criteria in our admissions policy. This is then sent back to the LA for them to allocate places.
If your child is offered a place at St. Catherine’s during the summer term they will be invited to a series of activity afternoons in our Reception class to give them an opportunity to meet their new class teacher and the other children who will be in their class. They will also be introduced to our Seeds and Gardeners scheme where an older child will act as your child’s ‘gardener’ and help settle them into school. This will aid your child’s smooth transition to starting full time education in September. For more details on Seeds and Gardeners please see the ‘pupils’ section of our website.
We also hold a welcome meeting for all parents of our new Reception class during the summer term during which gives parents an opportunity to talk to members of staff, discuss school procedures, purchase school uniform etc
Parents may contact school at any time after their child is born to place their child’s name on the ‘interested list’ for a place in our Nursery. Children are normally admitted in the September after they turn 3 years old and will stay in Nursery until they progress into Reception. From time to time we may have availability in the spring and summer terms for children who turn 3 early. We are able to offer part time or full time places. More details are available from the school office.