Parent is concerned about admissions policy change
A parent has raised concerns after a feeder school for Congleton children changed its admissions policy to prioritise Catholics from any area.
Previously children who attended Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School, on Belgrave Avenue, could feed into All Hallows Catholic College, in Macclesfield regardless of their faith.
The current admissions policy for All Hallows in 2019 to 2020 prioritises children who are, or were previously in care, those who need help due to a hearing impairment, and those who have a sibling at the school.
This is followed by children from feeder schools, including Saint Mary’s, followed by Catholic children from other primary schools.
However, this is now due to change in 2020 if the school is oversubscribed.
Catholic children from Saint Mary’s will be second in priority to children in care however, Catholic children from anywhere else, including outside Cheshire East, will be given priority over non-Catholic children from Saint Mary’s and other feeder schools.
No mention is made in the new admissions policy of children who are deaf or partially deaf.
A parent with children at Saint Mary’s, who did not wish to be named, said: “I was happy with the policy the way it was.
“I think it’s reasonable that they prioritise Catholic children but I am very upset that they no longer use the feeder school system.
“How will they talk to year six children and say if you’re not Catholic you haven’t got a place?
“I think that it’s a Cheshire East school so it should offer places to Cheshire East children.
“They have to use non-Catholic children to make up the numbers.
“They use them and then discard them.
“I find that abhorrent.”
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Saint Mary’s has changed the wording of its admissions policy.
Chairman of governors, Catherine Ingram, said: “The proposed changes are to ensure that all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Shrewsbury follow the same format and presentation for their admissions policies.
“There is not a material change to the priority order for admission to Saint Mary’s in the proposed new policy when compared to our existing policy.”
All Hallows did not respond to a request for comment.
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