Some nearby Church of England secondary schools (such as Crompton House CofE School in Shaw and The Blue Coat School in Oldham), and some Church of England primary schools base part of their admissions criteria on church attendance and require the completion of a Supplementary Form, completed by the Vicar, in addition to the main application form.
Under normal circumstances, to help us complete these supplementary forms, there is a folder at the back of church and we ask you to sign in each time you and your child(ren) come to a church service (it doesn't have to be on Sunday). However, due to the COVID-19 restrictions on churches, attendance is NOT currently being recorded for school admission purposes.
We have been advised that, "following the lockdown period, attendance patterns at public worship can start to be observed again when there is unrestricted and open access to all for public worship in the church building. Therefore, if churches are having to put restrictions on numbers attending in order to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 health and safety guidance then for the purpose of observing church attendance for compliance against Admission Arrangements the church is still technically closed for public worship."
Schools have already made any necessary adjustments to their admissions policies for those who will be applying this year. In light of the ongoing restrictions on numbers attending churches, I am sure that schools will be giving consideration to their admissions policies for following years and will publish these in due course.
Supplementary Forms are usually completed in September / October each year, for entry the following September. If you need a form completing, please arrange a time to meet with Mother Katy, preferably not leaving it to the last minute!
Further information on admissions for the schools mentioned above, including how to get a Supplementary Form, is available via the links below:
If you have any questions about the process, please contact Mother Katy.