Admission Arrangements

The full Admissions Policy is available here, but you may find the information below helpful.

All decisions concerning the admissions of pupils to Academies and administrative procedures are the responsibility of the Governing Body. However St. Wilfrid’s RC College admits pupils in accordance with the Local Authority’s co-ordinated admissions scheme and Governors consult the Local Authority (LA) on an annual basis, concerning the arrangements for the admissions.

The Academy operates an equal preference system which means that all first, second and third preference applications are considered equally against the criteria below and in the following order of priority:

First priority in each category will be given to children who will have an older sibling attending the college at the time of application.

  1. Looked after and previously looked after children
  2. Catholic children who attend a feeder primary school
  3. Other Catholic children
  4. Children of a member of school staff who has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which application for admission to the school is made.
  5. Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church
  6. Children of other Christian denominations
  7. Children of other faiths
  8. Any other children

If applicants are seeking admission under criteria 2,3 or 5 above, they must provide proof of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism or reception should contact their parish priest. Due to updated guidance, evidence of First Holy Communion is no longer sufficient to evidence being Catholic.

If applicants are seeking admission under criteria 6 or 7 above, they must provide proof of baptism in their Church or a certificate of reception into their Church. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism or reception should contact their minister / Faith leader, or suitable equivalent.

The college must give priority to pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education and Health Care Plan which names the college.


Tie-breaker

Where there are places available for some, but not all applicants within a particular criterion, distance from home address to the school entrance will be the deciding factor.


Right of Appeal

Where a parent has been notified that a place is not available for a child, every effort will be made to help the parent to find a place in a suitable alternative school. Parents who are refused a place have a statutory right of appeal.