Admissions policy

Admissions Policy  2016/17


1) Introduction

New Life Christian Academy (NLCA) is an integral part of Revive Church and as such it will reflect the vision and culture of the church. We seek to provide an education that meets the need of each individual child spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically. In a peaceful and loving environment and on a foundation of biblical truth and character development, we are:

• Reaching for excellence
• Producing integrity
• Finding wholeness

We aim to enable children to:

• achieve academic success
• gain a greater understanding of the world around them
• have an understanding and acceptance of people and systems different to their own
• become a confident, resourceful, enquiring and independent life-long learner
• fulfil all that God has called them to be
• know God and see His Spirit outworked in daily life
• be instructed in God’s ways through knowledge of the bible and biblical principles
• develop a Godly character
• prepare children to live successfully in the world, whilst living by integrity and loving Jesus

We will achieve this by:

• providing a wide and varied curriculum
• giving a Christian perspective on academic subjects
• seeing children as God sees them
• valuing them as individuals, each with their own gifts and talents
• creating an environment where children are free to worship God and develop their gifting
• basing our approach on biblical values and principles

2) Admissions Process

Parents and carers are asked to complete an expression of interest form and provide the names of two referees. These should include, where possible, the Pastor or Minister of their local church and, where a child is already in education, the Headteacher of their current school. Arrangements will then be made for a formal interview with the Headteacher, which will take place at New Life Christian Academy with the parents/carers and the child.

Successful applications will be confirmed in writing. Upon acceptance of an offer of entry into the school, parents/carers will need to complete the necessary forms and a

non-refundable registration fee of £50 will be required. Arrangements will then be made for the payment of fees, which will usually be a standing order of 12 equal monthly instalments, payable in advance. The fees for 2016/17 will be £250 per calendar month (£3000 for the year). Pupils will also complete diagnostic testing (educational assessment) and attend an orientation day. Parents/carers are also expected to attend an orientation meeting.

3) Admission Arrangements for the School

Applications for 2016/2017 are being considered for any child born between 1st September 2001 and 31st August 2012. (From Reception to Year 9).

Those whose 5th birthday falls within the school year 2016 – 2017 (i. e children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012) will commence school at the beginning of the academic year, September 2016.

Applications will be acknowledged when they are submitted and parents/carers will then be contacted regarding the next stages of application.

The final date for submission of applications is 1st May 2016. Our maximum pupil number for 2016/17 is 40. Applications after this date will be considered, but priority will be given to those who have applied before the deadline.

4) Admission Criteria

New Life Christian Academy welcomes applications from all interested parents and carers and seeks to operate an open and inclusive admission policy.

In the allocation of places, consideration will be given to children:

• whose parents/carers are Christians who are regular worshippers at a church
• whose parents/carers are not attached to a church but are willing to respect and accept the school’s leadership, vision and ethos, and abide by its decisions and policies

Consideration will also be given to the overall balance of the school population to ensure that it remains consistent with its vision and maintains its ethos.

Parents and carers whose children are not accepted to the school have a right of appeal but the decision of the Governing Body will be final.

5) Waiting List

If the school is oversubscribed, a waiting list will be drawn up. Parents/carers must notify the school in writing if they wish their child’s name to remain on this list. Any places that become available will be allocated by the Governing Body according to the criteria of the admission policy with no account being taken of the length of time on the waiting list or any priority order expressed as part of the main admission round.

The waiting list will be reviewed and revised:

• each time a child is added to or removed from the waiting list;
• when a child’s changed circumstances will affect their priority;
• at the end of each school year, when parents/carers with a child on the waiting list will be contacted and asked if they wish to remain on the list for the following school year

6) Term Dates 2016/17 for Pupils

Autumn Term

Wednesday 7th September 2016 to Monday 19th December 2016

Half term Break: Closes Fri 24th October – Reopens Mon 7th November (2 weeks)

Spring Term
Thursday 5th January 2017 to Friday 31st March 2017

Half Term Break: Closes Fri 17th February – Reopens Mon 27th February (1 week)

Summer Term
Tuesday 18th April 2017 to Friday 21st July 2017

Half Term Break: Closes Fri 2nd June – Reopens Mon 12th June (1 week)

NB: Where bank holidays fall within the school term the school will also be closed.

7) Training Days for Staff

Tuesday 6th September 2016
Tuesday 20th December 2016
Wednesday 4th January 2017
Monday 17th April 2017

Additional Training Day – Tuesday May 2nd 2017

8) Review of Policy

This policy will be reviewed annually, unless a change of legislation necessitates an earlier review.