Secondary School Admissions

Church Schools Admission Process

Welcome to St Michael’s

Many thanks for your interest in St Michael’s Church and in applying for a place for your child at one of our Church Secondary Schools. It’s great to have you with us.

The Church of England and joint CofE/Roman Catholic Secondary Schools are among the best in the city. It is good that you are thinking of applying for a place at one of these schools for your child. We wish you well in your application, and we will do everything to support you within the guidelines provided by the schools.

Church Schools operate a points-based application system, considering factors including catchment area and church affiliation. For some schools, an entrance exam can also be taken.

For applications by Church attendance, the criteria are set by the schools and not by individual churches or the Diocese of Liverpool. As a church we are required to apply these honestly and fairly, as follows:

  1. SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE

Church schools ask us to assess Sunday Church attendance (OVER THREE YEARS) as either: weekly; three-weekly (on some forms), fortnightly; occasionally.

At St Michael’s Children are invited to attend Children’s Church in the Church Hall or to sit with their parents, other than on All Age & Parade Sunday’s, when we are all in together.

There is a creche for under-4’s at the back of the Church. The creche is supervised. Parents sit in the main body of the church.

FROM JANUARY 2018 A REGISTER HAS BEEN TAKEN OF CHILDREN ATTENDING CHURCH SERVICES AND CHILDREN CHURCH.

  1. CHURCH COMMITMENT

Some Church schools ask us to assess Church Commitment as either: very strong; strong, reasonable; very little.

We are a very active church and there are lots of ways you can get involved in church life, including helping with Children’s Church, Sunday Creche, flower, maintenance & gardening teams, Church fairs & events, Young People’s organisations. Details of these are on the notice sheet.

Signing up to the ‘Electoral Roll’ (Church membership) is a sign of commitment, as is Baptism and Confirmation (for both adults and children). Confirmation classes run every year.

Twice yearly we host an evening ‘Why Church?’, specifically for parents thinking about Baptism for their children, as well as church school admission.

Unfortunately, the school’s admission process does not take into account attendance at church-base youth organisations (like Boys Brigade or GFS), as these are not church services.

  1. EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

Regarding extenuating family circumstances, making schools aware of these is the responsibility of parents/guardians.

 

 


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