Governors are proposing to amend the oversubscription criteria in our Admissions Policy for the academic year 2020-2021....

CONSULTATION ON ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021.
The law states that all schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will apply if there are more applications received than there are places available at the school (oversubscription criteria).
Admission authorities are required to consult when they intend to make changes to their admission arrangements. The law states that consultations to make changes must take place for a minimum of six weeks between 1 October and 31 January.
When considering oversubscription criteria, state funded schools (Community, Faith, Academy and Free Schools) must give highest priority to looked after children and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted, (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).
The Minister of State for School Standards has recently confirmed that the law relating to looked after children will soon be changing and there will be an additional requirement for all state funded schools to prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England.
In light of this, most schools in Warrington have decided to make changes to their arrangements for admissions to their school starting from September 2020.
In order to accommodate the change and prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England, schools will be amending their first criterion to read as follows:

Looked after children and previously looked after children including those previously in state care outside of England*

*A child in care is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services functions under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making the application to the school.

The term previously looked after children is defined as children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted, (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

Our school’s full arrangements are available to view on the Admissions page of our website.
For a paper copy, please speak to the school office.
The consultation period runs from 6 December 2018 until 31 January 2019.
To comment on any of the proposed changes please email: stphilips_admin@warrington.gov.uk
You will receive an acknowledgement to let you know we have received your comments. All responses to the consultation will be considered by the relevant schools before admission arrangements are finalised on or before 28 February 2019.

Westbrook Orchard...

Children from Year 3 and Year 4 are visiting Westbrook Orchard this term for some exciting outdoor learning in partnership with the Land Trust. It is wonderful to see the children appreciating, and learning from, this special area.

School Council...

Thank you to all of the junior children who made speeches throughout the week in a bid to be elected for the school council. Everybody did a wonderful job and spoke with confidence and clarity – well done and good luck! The class representatives will be announced during worship on Monday.

Worship Boxes...

The children have really enjoyed designing and creating their class worship boxes this week.Inside the boxes are special worship items to support class based worship each week. A group of children are responsible for using the box to prepare for class worship, they then support the class teacher in leading worship, in the final week of half term the children will plan and lead the worship themselves. The boxes are looking beautiful!IMG_0720IMG_0722A42DBB45-103B-4721-96A1-3242EFFC1C97