Admissions

Admissions Consultation - 2023/2024 Admission Policy

 

St Francis school as part of Kernow Learning is reviewing its school admissions arrangements for the year 2023-24 and is proposing to remove the oversubscription criteria for pupils who attend a Christian Church that is part of Churches Together or the Evangelical Alliance, partner Church of Affinity or groups of Christians represented on SACREs. (Previously Oversubscription criteria 4). It is the preference of the Diocese that this criteria is removed and has been done in liaison with the Diocese to ensure that we maintain a provision that continues to uphold our Christian distinctiveness and an excellent learning environment for all of our pupils. The proposed policy and letter that has been sent to interested parties can be found below.

We welcome your comments and feedback on these proposed admission arrangements in accordance with the School Admissions Code. The consultation period will begin on Friday 26th November 2021 and ends on Friday 7th January 2022. Please submit any feedback by email to Claire Collins at ccollins@kernowlearning.co.uk or in writing to Claire Collins at St Francis School, Longfield, Falmouth, TR11 4SU using the reference Kernow Learning Admission Arrangements Consultation. 
Please follow the links below to view our admissions policy and to get more information on admissions arrangements.

Useful documents
Timetable for organising and hearing Appeals

This timetable is in line with the School Admission Appeals Code

Here is our timetable for organising and hearing appeals: 

  1. We have a deadline for the lodging of appeals which allows appellants 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to prepare and lodge their written appeal; 
  2. We give appellants 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing; 
  3. This notice includes reasonable deadlines for appellants to submit additional evidence, for admission authorities to submit their evidence, and for the clerk to send appeal papers to the panel and parties; 
  4. We ensure that decision letters are sent within 5 school days of the hearing wherever possible. 

Our appeals timetable is published on our website by 28 February each year. 

The Academy ensures that appeals lodged by the appropriate deadlines are heard within the following timescales: 

  1. for applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals; 
  1. for late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged; 

Any appeals submitted after the appropriate deadline must still be heard, in accordance with our usual timescales. 

Notifying appellants of the right to appeal and the appeal hearing 

When we inform a parent of a decision to refuse their child a place at a school for which they have applied, we include the reason why admission was refused; information about the right to appeal; the deadline for lodging an appeal and the contact details for making an appeal. We inform parents that, if they wish to appeal, they have to set out their grounds for appeal in writing. We are not allowed to limit the grounds on which an appeal can be made. 

No later than 10 school days before the hearing, the Academy provides appellants with written notification of the date of and arrangements for the hearing. The notification includes a deadline for the submission of any further evidence that was not sent with the initial appeal. The Academy informs appellants that any information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal 

The Academy asks appellants whether they intend to call any witnesses or be represented at the hearing. Parents may waive their right to 10 school days’ notice of the hearing. The Academy complies with reasonable requests from parents for information which they need to help them prepare their case for appeal.