Starting school for the first time in September 2019

The round of admissions for starting primary school in September 2019 opens on 1st November 2018 to 15th January 2019. Children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 are due to start primary school in September 2019. If your child is due to start school you should receive a letter from the Local Authority inviting you to apply. If you do not receive a letter and your child is due to start school, please phone School Admissions on 0113 222 4414.

All parents must complete an online primary application and a Supplementary Information Form which is available to download on this page or a paper copy can be collected from the school office. The Supplementary Information Form must be returned to the school along with proof of baptism/a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate if your child is a baptised Catholic along with proof of date of birth i.e. The child’s passport or birth certificate.

Follow the link below for help on how to apply for a primary school.

https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/children-families-and-carers/schools-and-learning/school-places/admissions-primary-schools

Open Day Visits

We warmly welcome all families who are thinking of choosing Corpus Christi Catholic Primary as a school for September 2019 to come and look around during our open day sessions for parents/carers. Each session will follow the same format of a brief meeting to explain our admissions processes and the forms to complete, followed by a guided tour led by pupils of our Reception setting and school with an opportunity for any questions. This is a great opportunity to see how our wonderful school runs and to see our children learning in a variety of ways.

We look forward to meeting you very soon.

Reception Admissions

Starting school in September 2020

All parents must complete an online primary application and a SIF Supplementary Information Form which is available to download on this page or a paper copy can be collected from the school office. The Supplementary Information Form must be returned to the school along with proof of baptism/a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate if your child is a baptised Catholic along with proof of date of birth i.e. The child’s passport or birth certificate.

 

All other admissions are referred to as In-Year Applications.  This is if you move into the local area and require a school place for your child, you want to request a school transfer for your child or are applying for your child to start school for the first time in a year group other than Reception. All Leeds schools handle their own in-year applications for school places so you will need to you need to apply directly to our school.


School waiting lists

If you are not happy with the place you have been offered,  you can put your child on a waiting list for a different school without going through the formal appeal process. As a voluntary aided school we manage our own waiting lists but there is additional guidance via the link below.

https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/children-families-and-carers/schools-and-learning/school-places/school-waiting-list

Appeals

If you have not been offered a place at the school you wanted you are entitled to appeal against the refusal. Appeals are heard by panels which are independent of the ​school, governing body and council. The independent panel follows the School Admission Appeals Code drawn up by the Department for Education with advice from the Local Government Ombudsman.

Should I appeal?

Only you can decide whether you would like to appeal. Before making this decision, it is worth considering the reasons that have been given for the refusal to offer a place, and the grounds on which an appeal panel can grant your appeal.

Infant Class Size appeals

Infant class size legislation relates to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and states that there can be only 30 children in an infant class with one qualified teacher.

For appeals where class size legislation applies (this is the case for the majority of appeals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in Leeds), the appeal panel may only grant an appeal if they are satisfied that:

  • the admission of an additional child would not breach the infant class size limit; or
  • the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied; or
  • the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.

Please note that the threshold for unreasonableness is extremely high in infant class size appeals.

Prejudice appeals

For appeals where class size legislation does not apply (often known as prejudice appeals), the appeal panel must consider:

  • whether the admission arrangements (including the area’s co-ordinated admission arrangements) complied with the mandatory requirements of the School Admissions Code and Part 3 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998
  • whether the admission arrangements were correctly and impartially applied in the case in question.

The appeal panel must then decide whether the admission of additional pupils would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.

Where the panel is satisfied that prejudice would be caused by a further admission, they must then balance the prejudice to the school against the parent/carer’s case for the child to be admitted. This second stage is called “the balancing of arguments”. Stage 2 of the appeal hearing provides you, as the parent/carer, the opportunity to outline the reasons why you feel your child should be admitted into the school. Following the hearing, the panel will consider both arguments and decided which argument outweighs the other.

How do I appeal for Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School?

As a voluntary aided school, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary arranges its own appeals so if you would like to appeal for a place you must contact the school directly using the Corpus Christi Primary School Appeals Form and see the school’s  Appeals Timetable for deadlines.

School Appeals

Following appeals:

If you do wish to pursue a complaint, the Ombudsman can be contacted as follows:

Telephone: 0845 602 1983 or 024 7682 1960 (please note that calls may be recorded for training and quality purposes).

Alternatively you can contact them at:

The Local Government Ombudsman
PO Box 4771
Coventry
CV4 0EH

www.lgo.org.uk/making-a-complaint

Leeds, Corpus Christi School Catchment Map

Please read the information given below which gives details of our admission arrangements for the school. As a Catholic School all admissions should be directed via the school office to Admissions Panel, in an envelope marked ADMISSIONS, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Halton Moor Avenue, Leeds, LS9 0HA . All applicants need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which can be downloaded from this site or collected from the school office.

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