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ST GREGORY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR SEPTEMBER 2014

Admissions to the school are made by the Governors in the light of the Mission Statement “Christ at the Centre of Living and Learning”.
The Governors, having consulted with the Kent Education Committee, intend to admit 180 children for the year 2014 into Year 7 (519 students applied for places in 2013).
The school participates in the Kent County Council co-ordinated scheme and all deadlines within that should be adhered to by applicants.
Closing date for applications will be 31st October 2013.

Places will be allocated in the following order of priority:

Category 1: Baptised Catholic children.
Priority within this category is given first to baptised Catholic children in the care of a Local Authority, then Looked-After Children in the care of a Catholic family (see Note 1).
All other Baptised Catholic Children are ranked according to the over-subscription criteria as detailed below.

Category 2: Other Baptised/Dedicated and/or Practising Christian* children and Looked-After Children.
Priority within this category is given to all other children in the care of a Local Authority (see Note 1).
All other Baptised/Dedicated and/or practising Christian* children are ranked according to the over-subscription criteria as detailed below.

*  By ‘Christian’, we understand as a minimum those who accept the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation as professed in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.

Category 3: Children of other faiths.
Governors would consider under this Category applications from parent(s) who are practising members of other world faith-based communities, and who attend, as defined by local practice, the meetings of their community and are actively involved in its life. Evidence of religious commitment provided by a priest, minister or religious leader or a designated place of worship will be required.

Category 4: Any other children.
Applications where the Supplementary and Reference forms are not available, or which do not fall into the above three categories.

Applications will be ranked, within each Category, using the following over-subscription criteria:
a.  the presence of a brother or sister (see Note 2) in the school at the time of admission
b.  attendance at one of the following partner primary schools: St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School (Tunbridge Wells), St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School (Tonbridge), St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Crowborough), St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School (Sevenoaks), St Philips Catholic Primary School (Uckfield) or More Park R. C. Primary School (West Malling).
c   frequency of the child's and parent's church attendance as verified on the reference form by their Priest, Minister or local Religious Leader.
The governors will give priority to those who attend their place of worship most frequently, as indicated on the completed reference form.  If necessary they will then differentiate between forms of worship and allocate places in the following order:
1st.   those who attend the main Sunday/ Family service or its equivalent;
2nd.   those who attend a Bible Class or its equivalent;
3rd.   those who attend Sunday School or its equivalent
d.  commitment to the ethos of Catholic and Christian education
e.  in the event of a tie-break, distance as measured by the LA (see Note 3) will be used to rank applications

   For applications within Categories 1, 2 and 3
Appropriate documentary evidence of church membership will be required. This should ideally be a certificate of baptism or dedication and a completed reference form.  If any of these documents are unavailable (e.g the church attended does not practise baptism or dedication), a letter from the church elder or minister clearly detailing the child's and parent's/guardian's commitment to and attendance of worship and church life will be required.
It may also be necessary to enquire into the level of involvement of the family with its Church community.  Please give as much information as possible.

Supplementary and Reference Forms, plus any supporting evidence must be received in school by 31st October 2013.
Papers received after that date will be treated as late and ranked after all other applicants in the same category (see Note 4).

Additional notes to St Gregory’s 2014 Admission Policy 

1                  Looked –After Children

Children in Local Authority Care - a child under the age of 18 years for whom the Local Authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. In accordance with the Admissions Code of Practice, Governors will give priority to baptised Catholic children in the care of a Local Authority and Looked-After Children in the care of a Catholic family. All other Looked-After Children will be given priority within Category 2.

2                   Siblings
A brother or sister attending the school when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.

3                   Distance Tie-Break
In the event of a tie-break, distance, as measured by the Local Authority, will be used.  Details of how distance is calculated and the definition of ‘home address’ used in the calculation can be found in the “Admission to Secondary School in Kent” booklet. Alternatively you can get this information from the Kent County Council website (www.kent.gov.uk) or contact Kent Admissions 01622 696565 or email the Kent Admissions team at kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk

4                   Late Applications
Late applications where the SCAF (Secondary Common Application Form) was submitted after the closing date will be handled in accordance with the Kent Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.
Late applications where the SCAF was submitted by the closing date but the St Gregory’s Supplementary and Reference forms were not received on time will be considered by the Governors’ Admissions Committee after all other applications for the same Category have been ranked.

5                   Appeals
Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel, set up in accordance with Section 84 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing, giving the reasons for the appeal, and sent to the Admissions Appeal Clerk at the school address by the date indicated on the appeal application form.

6                   6th Form Applications
Students are able to join the School in Year 12 for 6th Form studies. The specific academic entry requirements are set down in the 6th Form Centre Prospectus. Students in Year 11 at St Gregory’s School have priority over those seeking to join the Sixth Form from other schools, but external applications are very welcome. The 6th Form Centre has a capacity for 210 students (Years 12/13 combined) and, in the event of over subscription, applications will be ranked according to the admissions criteria as set out in this Admissions Policy. A PAN of 1 has been set for external admissions, which is the minimum number Governors will accept.

7.                  In Year (casual) Applications
Applications for a place at the school in-year must be made using the Common Application Form of the Local Authority (LA) where the child resides. This form must be returned to the LA. The school's Supplementary and Reference forms should also be completed, and returned to the school, to enable the governors to rank the application in the event of there being more than one application for a place. Governors will use the same criteria to rank the application as detailed in our Admissions Policy. The offer of a place at the school will be made by the LA on behalf of the governors. NO places will be offered if a year group has reached its Published Admissions Number (PAN).  In the event of Governors deciding that a place cannot be offered parents will be offered the opportunity of placing their child's name on the waiting list. This does not affect the statutory right to appeal (see Note 5 above).
Years 7-11          PAN 180
Year 12               PAN 1   (External applications, see note 6 above for 6th Form Applications)

8.                  Waiting List
Parents of children who have not been offered a place at the school may ask for their child's name to be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list, which will be maintained until the last day of term 6, will be operated using the same admissions criteria as above. Placing a child's name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available. This does not affect the statutory right to appeal (see Note 5 above).
nb.  It is possible that when a child is directed under the LA's Fair Access Protocol they will take precedence over those children already on the list.

Approved by Full Governing Body: 20th September 2012 

To download a copy of our Admissions Policy and Supplementary Form please click here

St. Gregory’s Catholic School
GCSE Results - August 2013

The school is proud to report another very good set of GCSE results this year at St. Gregory’s. The overall 5+ A*-C pass rate was 100%, the highest the school has achieved. This means that every student attained 5 or more passes at A*-C. Seven out of every ten students achieved 5+ A*-C grades including English and Maths. These outstanding results are a reflection of the hard work and commitment of both students and staff and are particularly encouraging in a year where nationally there has been some turbulence in pass rates.

Outstanding individual performances from:
Ella Bishop 12 A* grades
Callum Palmer 7A*, 3A grades and 2 Merits
Alice Berendt 6A* 4A and 2B grades
Calum Harrington -Vogt 6A* 4A, 3B grades
Peter McCarthy 6A*, 3A and 3B grades
Reshma Sajimon: 5A*, 5A, 2B grades
Rebecca Howie 5A*, 4A, 3B grades
Callum Ryan 4A*, 6A, 2B grades

St. Gregory’s Catholic School maintains its impressive achievement in its specialisms of Maths, Statistics & ICT. Art achieved a 100% pass rate for the third year running. The pass rate in D & T (Food) was 100% and in several other subjects it was over 90% including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature, French, Spanish, Science and Sports & PE studies.

Headteacher, Stephen Adamson commented: “I am very pleased with this set of results, students have worked very hard to achieve them. It demonstrates that St Gregory’s is able to develop the full potential of all students and ensure that they reach high academic standards. I would like to congratulate both students and staff and thank parents for their support in helping us attain this level of success.”

 

St Gregory’s Catholic School
Advanced Level Results - August 2013

St. Gregory's is delighted to report some excellent results at A level.

Outstanding individual performances from Miriam Sadowska (2A*, A, B, C), Freddie Viner (2A*, B) and Brogan Bates (2A* plus a Distinction). Other outstanding performances include Rosie Kyne (A* and 2A grades and a B), Laurie Denman (A* and 2A grades and a B), Ross Leslie (A* plus 2 A grades) and Mathew Miles (4 A grades).

Outstanding individual achievements at AS Level included Oliver Leonard (3 A grades and a B), Nicola Oxley (2 A grades, 2 B grades), Julia Sadowska (2 A grades and 2 C grades) and Kieran Brown (2 A grades).

As in previous years St Gregory’s Value added is very strong, indicating that our students make greater than expected progress during their 2 years in the sixth form.

Headteacher Stephen Adamson said: "These are a very good set of results and are a just reward for all the hard work put in by students in completing their courses. I would like to congratulate all students for their achievements and I would thank the teachers for their expertise and parents for their support at home. The school is particularly pleased that the A Level pass rate has been maintained again this year, the results endorse the Outstanding grade given to the 6th form at our last OFSTED inspection. The school remains committed to offering a wide and varied curriculum and to encouraging each student to his or her best performance. I want to mention two students in particular: Sarah Cameron (Head Girl) and Edward Gill (Head Boy) both of whose leadership and commitment to the school have been outstanding."

Summary:
A*-A pass rate: 18%         
A*-B pass rate: 46%  
A*-C pass rate: 79%

The following reports are available for download:

View the Ofsted School Profile - Click Here

If I have to make the decision to close the school during the day because of worsening weather conditions and uncertainty about public transport, it is not always possible to notify you in advance. 

It is imperative that your child knows what to do in such a situation; e.g., do they know where they are to go to in the event of the school closing early; do they know how to get home by public transport; have they got “emergency” money with them at all times; do they have keys to your house, etc.

In extreme conditons information will be given to local radio and posted on the school website.

S Adamson

Head teacher

 

  • The Senior Leadership Team
  • Subject Leaders
  • School Governors

Senior Leadership Team

Head Teacher - Stephen Adamson, BA, MA. Hons

Deputy Head Teacher - Sean McQuillan, B.Sc (Hons)

Deputy Head Teacher - Jorden Dawkins M.A.

Director of Learning - Pauline Kerr, B.A. (Hons)

Director of Learning - Noel Bradbury B.Ed (Hons)

SUBJECT LEADERS

Art & Design - Phil Teckkam

Drama -
Kerren Garner

English -
Chris McGaughey

Geography -
Glenn Welch

History -
Ruth Walker

ICT -
Steve Parker          

Mathematics -
Jason Newland            

Modern Foreign Languages -
Pauline Kerr         

Music -
Emma Shoreland      

Physical Education -
Hannah Knowles       

Religious Education -
Noel Malone        

Science -
Samantha Hawkins   

Technology -
Sara Molyneux

Lay Chaplain - Emily McGranaghan

THE GOVERNING BODY

Foundation Governors
Mr B Wilmot(Chairman) 
Mr A Moffatt
Mr M Walker
Mr M Oxley
Mr D Cameron
Father P Stodart
Mr R Thomas
Fr A Cassidy
Mr D Volpato
Mr J Thomson

Elected Staff Governors
Mrs D MacAdie
Mr D Burgess
Mr N Hunter

Elected Parent Governor 
Mr Darren Bramley
Mr S MacDonald
Mrs K Wolfle

L.A Governors

Rev G Hovenden

Headteacher Governor: Mr S Adamson

Committees of the Governing Body
Admissions Committee
Catholicity, Community and Care Committee
Learning and Teaching Committee
Finance, Environment & General Purposes Committee

Clerk to the Governors: Mrs L Birchard

 

 

Hearing Impaired Resource Base (HIRB)

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(HIRB) newsletter is available to view here

There are ten members of staff at the Resource Base.  The Teacher in Charge is Mrs J Griffiths who works alongside Mrs J Collins our Teacher of the Deaf and eight full or part-time Teaching Assistants (Mrs A Goodchild, Mrs T Moffatt, Mrs E Pratt,  Ms T Reed, Miss S Towers, Mrs H Matthews and Mrs T Parfitt). Most of the staff can sign, some to BSL Stage II, although many of our students are aural, meaning they use lip reading skills and excellent audiology equipment to help their listening skills.

For most of the timetable, our HI students attend lessons in the mainstream school. However, Hearing Impaired pupils have time out of the mainstream to go to Supported Studies lessons in the Resource Base. These lessons are usually taken by Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Collins, often assisted by a member of the TA Team. During Supported Studies the students also work on their skills in English and recap topics and vocabulary from all their mainstream subjects.

In most mainstream classes students are supported by a member of the HIRB team who differentiates the curriculum as appropriate for each student. Support staff complete a ‘Link Sheet’ explaining what has been covered during the lesson, including relevant vocabulary and any homework given. This link sheet is then filed used during Supported Studies to recap key points and vocabulary.

The Resource Base is equipped with computers, an interactive whiteboard and a comprehensive selection of differentiated curriculum support materials.

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However, not everything is in the Resource Base is work!

We arrange activities for both deaf and hearing students, for example a Deaf Youth Club is held once a month and Signing Club offers British Sign Language classes to both deaf and hearing students. The deaf students participate in many activities outside school which we find out about and arrange in conjunction with other agencies like the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) and the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID). Please take a look at our Newsletters to see what our students have been doing recently.

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The Teacher of the Deaf is also there to help mainstream students who have hearing problems, she advises subject teachers on how best to help students with a unilateral loss or glue ear, for example, with regard to classroom seating and teaching strategies.

We run a Deaf Awareness Enrichment Programme for all students in Year 7 as part of their ACE work. There is also the opportunity for sixth form students to take part in this programme after school. Currently a group of sixth form students are undertaking a sign language course which will lead to a recognised national qualification.

Outcomes for HIRB Students

Our students who receive support from the HIRB at St Gregory’s, achieved a 100% pass rate in Grades A*- C in five or more GCSE’s in 2012. One student achieved 2 A Level passes including Maths A Level, and one achieved 3 AS Level passes.

Links to Other Sites:


The National Deaf Children’s Society www.ndcs.org.uk 
The Royal National Institute for Deaf People www.rnid.org.uk  
CACDP http://www.cacdp.org.uk/
RAD – Royal Association for Deaf www.royaldeaf.org.uk
Internet Search Engine for the Deaf www.deafclub.co.uk
Listening Simulations
http://www.utdallas.edu/~loizou/cimplants/children/children.html

 We are a deaf friendly school

 

High Achievers at St. Gregory's School

High Achievers Statement

Courses and Events

GIFT goes to Grendon

GIFT goes to Hatfield Peveral

GIFT comes to Swancombe

GIFT comes to TATE Britain

Villiers Park
Courses for able students post-16
www.villierspark.org.uk

The Young People's Participatory Theatre has launched a new website for young people aged 14+ to find out more about working in the theatre industry. www.getintotheatre.org

 

 

School Policies are found on the Governors website, to view St. Gregory's Catholic School Policies and Procedures please click here

At St Gregory’s Catholic School we aim to create an environment in which all members of the School can feel safe, valued and respected.

The School will not tolerate disrespectful behaviour or verbal abuse directed at any member of the school staff either on the telephone or in person.

 

 

 

 


St Gregory's Catholic School, Reynolds Lane, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9XL T: +44 1892 527 444 F: +44 1892 546 621