We're thinking we'd like DD to go to our nearest local Catholic school in September 2013. I know we apply for shools via the LEA etc. but how does the application work if one of the schools we want is a faith school? In the applications booklet it states for this school that all baptised catholics within the catchment area are likely to get a place, and DD fits both criteria.
But how does this work when submitting the application? Does the school contact applicants later on to get proof of baptism etc, or do we send something with the application, as otherwise the school has no idea which applicants are Catholics and which not? Sorry this sounds really stupid, just have never done it before! Thanks
You fill out the council form as normal and list this school (at number 1 if it is your preferred school). The school itself will probably have a supplementary form that you fill out in addition to the council form. It will probably ask for a copy of the baptism certificate and your address details and maybe a signature from your priest if attendance at mass is also a criteria.
You will also need to list other schools too on your council form. Usually if you meet the top criteria of a faith school, you will get a place but some years there might be more baptised children living in your town than others so meeting the criteria doesn't 100% guarantee a place especially if the school is small or very popular. Make sure you list at least a couple of other schools you'd be happy with too just in case and make sure you keep a copy of the completed form you send to the Catholic School too so you can prove it was handed in on time (everything needs to be done within the deadlines for admissions).