Admissions Year 7-11
Please click here for our Prospectus for Years 7-11.
St. John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive School (hereafter known as “the School”) strives for a school community built on the teachings of the Catholic Church as encapsulated in the school’s ethos and mission statement. The school’s admission policy, as such, provides for entry for all students, with preference given to those who adhere to the Catholic faith.
- Admissions to the school are made by the school governing body.
- Admission to the school is based on the principle of non-selection.
- The school caters for children of all abilities, including those with special educational needs.
- Those students with Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), who name the school as an option will be offered places first; The school’s planned admission number is 180.
Our Open Morning programme invites five families at a time to visit St. John Fisher for a personalised tour. You will meet with Mrs. Lennon, Headteacher, in small groups, before going on a tour of our Maidstone Road site led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. A minibus will then take you up to the City Way site so that you can view the progress on our new build. (Please visit https://stjohnfisher.school/new-build/ for more information on this). Your visit will take approximately 90 minutes.
Tours must be booked in advance. Please contact Mrs. Liffen, the Headteacher’s PA, at email@example.com. Kindly note that all visits will take place at the Lower Site (79 Maidstone Road, ME4 6DP.)
Tour dates are as follows: please book early to avoid disappointment.
- Tuesday 14th September 2021, 8.15am to 11am
- Wednesday 15th September 2021, 8.15am to 11am
- Tuesday 21st September 2021, 8.15am to 11am
- Wednesday 22nd September 2021, 8.15am to 11am
- Wednesday 29th September 2021, 8.15am to 11am
- Wednesday 6th October 2021, 8.15am to 11am
- Friday 8th October 2021, 8.15am to 11am
- Tuesday 12th October 2021, 8.15am to 11am
- Wednesday 13th October 2021, 8.15am to 11am
- Tuesday 19th October 2021, 8.15am to 11am
- Wednesday 20th October 2021, 8.15am to 11am
Annual Year 7 Intake (Supplementary form available here)
- Applications will be dealt with in accordance with the Medway co-ordinated secondary admission scheme. (full details will be set out in the Medway secondary admissions booklet which will be given to parents of Year 6 by primary schools).
- Parents who wish to apply for admission to the School must complete the Medway common Application Form (CAF) and return it to their child’s primary school by the required date.
- In addition to completing the CAF, parents must send/take a copy of the School’s Supplementary Form with a copy of their child’s baptismal certificate, if applicable, to the School by the same date.
- Ministers of Religion should be asked to fill in the relevant part of the form to confirm the applicant’s religious commitment, if applicable.
- Offers of places will be posted to parents by the LA, on behalf of the governing body.
- A waiting list will operate for Year 7 according to the co-ordinated scheme.
Additional information from Medway Council about the school can be found by clicking the following link: https://www.medway.gov.uk/directory_record/278672/st_john_fisher_catholic_comprehensive_school
The school admission policy is available for review; click here to view it.
Completing Application Forms for Year 7
Our school requires applicants to complete a Supplementary Information Form (please click here to access this).
- You must live in Medway to apply through Medway Council. If you live outside of Medway, you need to apply through your home local authority.
- You can name Medway schools and non-Medway schools on your application.
- Medway residents can apply for up to six different schools in order of preference (not including private, independent or special schools).
- You do not need to name six schools, but naming only one school does not give you a better chance of being offered a place there.
- Don’t name a school multiple times. It will only be considered as one of your preferences.
- You must use the child’s main address.
- If your child has a sibling at the school it does not guarantee them a place; you still have to apply.
- If applying for more than one child (e.g. twins), you must complete a separate application for each child.
- You must apply even if you have added your child’s name to a school’s expression of interest list.
Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with sections 88 and 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made. Appeals should be made to the Admissions Appeal Clerk at the school address. Parents/carers have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel.
Admission Appeals Timetable for Year 7 – September 2022
Tuesday 1st March 2022 – Offer letters sent out by Medway Council.
Wednesday 30th March 2022 – this is the deadline for submission of appeals for a place at St John Fisher Catholic School should you not want the school to which you have been allocated a place. Your appeal will be heard at what is called a Hearing, within a timescale of 40 school days from 31st March 2022.
You must complete and return the school appeal form (available here) . Your appeal can be submitted after the 1st March and should state your reasons for this request.
Once you have appealed, you will be invited to a hearing at the school and will be given at least 10 school working days’ notice of this hearing. You will also be given a deadline for providing any evidence. Any evidence provided after the deadline will not be considered at the hearing. A decision letter will be sent within five working school days of the hearing wherever possible.
17th June 2022 – this is the latest date by which your appeal may be heard.
Having consulted with the Local Authority, the Diocese and other admission authorities, the Governors intend to admit, in September 2022, up to 180 pupils without reference to ability or aptitude.
Where the number of applications exceeds 180 the Governors will offer places using the following criteria in the order stated: –
- Looked after Catholic children or looked after children in the care of Catholic families and previously looked after Catholic children who have been adopted or who have become the subject of a residence or guardianship order.
- Catholic children, a baptismal certificate or evidence of reception into the Catholic Church must accompany the supplementary information form. (see note a).
- Children enrolled in the catechumenate. Evidence of enrolment in the catechumenate will be required.
- Other looked after children and other previously looked after children who have been adopted or who have become the subject of a residence or guardianship order.
- Non-Catholic children who have attended a Catholic primary partner school, that is:
- English Martyrs’, Strood
- St Augustine of Canterbury, Rainham
- St Benedict’s, Lordswood
- St Edward’s, Sheppey
- St Mary’s, Gillingham
- St Michael’s, Chatham
- St Peter’s, Sittingbourne
- St Thomas More, Walderslade
- St Thomas of Canterbury, Rainham
- St William of Perth, Rochester.
- Children of families who are members of other Christian denominations that are part of Churches Together in England. Evidence of baptism (or dedication) provided by a priest or minister of a designated place of worship will be required.
- Children who are members of other faiths. Evidence of membership of the faith provided by a priest, minister or religious leader of a designated place of worship will be required.
- Any other children.
The following order of priorities will be applied when applications within any of the above categories exceed the places available and it is necessary to decide between applications.
- A brother or sister on the school roll at the time of admission. Evidence of the relationship may be required. (see note b).
- Social, pastoral and medical needs which make the school particularly suitable for the child in question. Strong and relevant evidence must be provided by an appropriate professional authority (e.g. qualified medical practitioner, education welfare officer, social worker or priest).
- Proximity to the School from the child’s home address. (see note c).
- Catholics include members of the Ordinariate and the Latin and Oriental Rite Churches that are in union with the Bishop of Rome. Reference to other Christian denominations refers to denominations that are full members of Churches Together in England.
- A “brother or sister” means children who live as brother and sister including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers or sisters; it would not include other relatives e.g. cousins.
- Home refers to the permanent home address at which the child lives for the majority of his/her time and with the parent who is in receipt of child benefit.; The distance calculated is the shortest available safe walking route known to the geographical information home/distance software used by Medway Student Services (Admissions). This graphical information software may not know all footpaths that are in existence and certain new roads may not be known. Where a footpath or new road is not known to the software an alternative route will be used. Where a child’s home is situated on a new road the distance calculation will begin from the nearest available known road plotted in the software. New developments may be subject to this. In certain cases, it may not be possible to calculate a distance where the entire route is deemed as a safe walking route. In these circumstances, the distance calculated is used purely to prioritise an application for admission. There is no expectation that the walk should be taken.
- Looked after children are those in the care of a public authority and are in public care.; Applications made under this criterion must be accompanied by details of circumstance and professionally supported evidence (e.g. from an appropriate social worker).
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 will be operated using the same admissions criteria listed above. Placing a child’s name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available. This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place. It is possible that when a child is directed under the local authority’s fair access protocol, they will take precedence over those children already on the list.
Admission into Years 8-11 and Year 7 after the start of the Academic Year
All applications for admission for students in year 8 to 11 and for Year 7 after the start of the academic year will be referred to the LA and dealt with according to the co-ordinated scheme.
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 will be operated using the same admissions criteria listed above. Placing a child’s name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available. This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place.
Fair Access Protocol
The school participates in the local authority’s Fair Access Protocol to allocate places to vulnerable and other children in accordance with the School Admission Code 2012. Admitting pupils under the protocol may require the school to admit above the planned admission number for the relevant year group.
Once You Have Been Accepted
If you have accepted a place at St John Fisher parents/carers are requested to bring New intake Year 7 Application forms (St John Fisher application only), birth certificates, baptism forms or other papers required by the school, to the Upper School reception on Ordnance Street (ME4 6SG) where they will be processed, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Casual Admission forms can be emailed to email@example.com
Planned admission to the Sixth Form is 185. All pupils will be expected to support fully the distinctive Catholic Ethos of the Sixth Form.
For Advanced, Advanced-Subsidiary and Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education courses, the minimum entry requirement is five 9 – 4 passes at GCSE. Some courses will require a student to have gained at least a ‘6’ grade in that subject before study at A-level can commence, e.g. physics and chemistry.
There are no minimum entry requirements for Level Two courses.
The Governing Body is the Admissions Authority. The Head of Sixth Form will advise but the final discretion is with the governors.
All courses are subject to availability and timetabling constraints.
Click Here to link to the separate sixth form admissions page.