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Revised Admissions Policy for September 2020

Revised Admissions Policy for September 2020

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for St. Columba’s RC Primary School 2020 – 2021

Our Governing Body, in conjunction with the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, are currently reviewing the admissions policy for all Roman Catholic primary schools for admission into Reception class for September 2020. Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are required to consult before these are then determined and published.

You can request a copy of the policy for consultation from the school office, along with a consultation response form.

The consultation period has now been extended to Monday 28th January 2019. We would ask that all consultation forms are returned to school no later than 4pm on this day.

The Governing Body will consider all comments received before they determine the final arrangements for 2020 – 2021.

The Governors propose to combine Category 1: Catholic looked after and previously looked after children with Category 4: Other looked after and previously looked after children as one single category from September 2020.

The over subscription criteria would therefore be:


Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority.

First priority in each category will be given to children who will have an older sibling attending the school in September 2020.

1.       Looked after and previously looked after children (see note 2)

2.       Catholic children who are resident in the parish served by the school (see page 1)                (see note 3)

3.       Other Catholic children

4.       Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church (see notes 4&5)

5.       Children of other Christian denominations whose membership is evidenced by a minister or faith leader. (note 6)

6.       Children of other faiths (see note 7)

7.       Any other children

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Jordan or Mrs Wallace.

Consultation Response Form – Admissions Consultation 2020-2021

North- Tyneside Family of Schools Admission Policy 2020-21

Ofsted Inspection of St. Columba’s 04.12.18

Ofsted Inspection of St. Columba’s 04.12.18

Inspection of St Columba’s Roman Catholic Primary School Aided by Ofsted A message from Ofsted: We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 4th December 2018. The lead inspector will be Andrew Cummings. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school.…Read More

ECO Club Prize

You may remember last year, you all made pledges as families to ‘Wash, Squash and Recycle’ your waste. The wonderful work you have been doing at home has been recognised by our Local Authority. On Monday 8th October, the children were presented with a certificate as we have won £100 to spend on new resources!…Read More

Care packages for new Nursery parents/carers

Following six glorious weeks in the sunshine we welcomed Mrs Walton (TA) into Nursery! It is a very exciting time for Nursery, meeting new children, meeting new parents and establishing routines. Saying goodbye to your little ones on their first day of Nursery can be a real tearjerker. ‘First day of Nursery’ packs were put…Read More

Teddy Bears Picnic with Nursery and Year 5

Buddy systems help to promote friendship and support between older and younger peers. The benefits of a buddy system are twofold – the older children learn to take on responsibility, while the younger children know that they have a special friend they can confidently turn to for support. The Year 5 children joined with the…Read More

A Musical Visitor!

A Musical Visitor!

On Monday, we welcomed a special visitor to our whole school assembly. Adam is from a company called Front Row Music and he teaches children how to play the ukulele and guitar. Adam showed us a ukulele, classical guitar and electric guitar. He talked about how the instruments make their sound and the special names…Read More

A visit from Sister Vincent

On Thursday morning Father David came to school to tell us all about his friends who live in Kenya and the work he has done there. He brought along Sister Vincent who lives in Kenya and helps the local people. We learnt so much about the work they both do to help people who are…Read More

Erasmus Project Meeting Lithuania

Last week Miss Metcalfe, Miss Quinn, Mrs Cowburn, Mrs Weir and Mrs Wallace attended our final project meeting held in Radvilskis in Lithuania. They observed many fantastic project based lessons in both English and Lithuanian. They thoroughly enjoyed working with the other project partners, Lithuanian teachers and all of the children. During their visit they…Read More

Breakfast Club Assistant Vacancy

Breakfast Club Assistant Vacancy

Breakfast Club Assistant Vacancy After many years of hard work and dedication, Mrs Craggs has decided to retire from Breakfast Club. She will still be working in our office every day though, so parents and children will see her smiling face every morning! We would like to thank Mrs Craggs for taking our Breakfast Club…Read More

School Closed – Friday 2nd March

School Closed – Friday 2nd March

St Columba’s School will be closed today – Friday 2nd March. This decision has been made by the Governors following concerns around the continued amber weather warning and health and safety for all. We definitely plan to open as normal on Monday morning – 5th March and will text all parents on Sunday evening to…Read More