FAITH-BASED OVER-SUBSCRIPTION CRITERIA - CLARIFICATION STATEMENT FOR 2020/21 SCHOOL YEAR
The governing body of Bishop Gilpin Church of England Primary School has agreed the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based oversubscription criteria will be interpreted whilst churches are closed or attendance at church is unsafe due to COVID- 19. This statement has been shared widely with churches in order to ensure that determinations made by relevant ministers concerning church attendance are being made on a consistent basis. If a parent/carer attended a given church prior to the closing of churches for public worship, then where a parent/carer has not subsequently attended worship at a given church for a given period, the parent/carer will be considered to have attended worship at that church for that period where either of the following apply:
(a) the church was closed for public worship;
(b) by returning to church the parent/carer would not be taking account of government guidance concerning shielding and protecting persons either moderately or extremely clinically vulnerable to COVID-19.
Similarly, if a parent/carer was actively involved in the work and mission of a given church (as defined in the school’s Admissions Policy 2020/2021) prior to the closing of churches for public worship, but has not subsequently carried out the relevant activities for a given period, the parent/carer will be considered to have fulfilled the requirements of categories (iv), (v) or (ix) of the foundation oversubscription criteria for that period where either of the above conditions (a) or (b) apply.