Admission Arrangements

The full 2022-23 Admissions Policy is available under the Policies page, but you may find the information below helpful.

To apply for a place at a secondary school in South Tyneside, please see guidance from the local authority on their website. 

View the school prospectus here

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. 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 2021.

1. Looked after and previously looked after children
2. Catholic children who attend a feeder primary school
3. Other Catholic children
4. Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church
5. Children who attend a feeder primary school
6. 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
7. Children of other Christian denominations
8. Children of other faiths
9. Any other children

If applicants are seeking admission under criteria 2, 3 or 4 above, for a child to be treated as Catholic, evidence of Catholic baptism or reception into the Church will be required. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism 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 7 or 8 above, applicants must provide a baptismal certificate or where child baptism is not practised, a letter confirming their church membership from their minister or faith leader.

As stated in the Admissions policy, if the parent is required to provide supplemental evidence to support the application (e.g. a baptismal certificate), this evidence should be provided at the time of application. If not provided, evidence may be sought by the governing body following the closing date for applications. This information must have been correct at the date of closing for applications.

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.

September 2022 appeals process

If it has not been possible to offer a place at the school, you have the right to appeal to an independent panel. You must request the appeal form directly from the school (admin@st-wilfrids.org FAO Sally Glover/Delaine Johnson)

For September 2022 admissions, your appeal form should be completed and returned by no later than 1 April 2022. If it is received after this date, it may be heard after the other appeals.

For more information on the appeals process, please visit https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/36370/Admission-appeals-panels

Timetable for secondary school admissions (September 2022)

 

Friday 10 September

2021, 8.30am

Applications are available. We recommend that you apply online.
Monday 1 November 2021, 4.30pm Deadline date for applications to be received. Any applications received after this date will be considered as ‘late’ applications. Online system is not available after this date.
By the end of December 2021 All parents who have completed and returned their application will be sent an acknowledgement to confirm that we have received and are processing your application.

If you applied online, you will receive an acknowledgement to your individual email account.

If you completed a paper application, you will be sent an acknowledgement letter through the post.

Tuesday 1 March 2022 ‘Offer Day’ – Parents will be notified which school their child has been offered.

If you applied online, you will be notified by email.

If you completed a paper application, a letter will be sent to you by 2nd class post.

Friday 11 March 2022 Deadline for parents to:

·  accept the school place offered (for oversubscribed schools only)

·   request to place their child’s name on a waiting list

·    request an appeal form

Wednesday 16 March 2022 Any places that have become available will be allocated from the waiting list in criteria order.
Thursday 17 March 2022 Appeal forms sent out where requested.
 

Thursday 31 March 2022

 

Where parents have not accepted the school place offered for oversubscribed schools, we will withdraw the offer of the school place.

Friday 29 April 2022  

Deadline for appeal forms to be returned.

June 2022 Appeals to be heard.

 

September 2023 appeals process

If it has not been possible to offer a place at the school, you have the right to appeal to an independent panel. You must request the appeal form directly from the school (admin@st-wilfrids.org FAO Sally Glover/Delaine Johnson)

For September 2023 admissions, your appeal form should be completed and returned by no later than 1 April 2023. If it is received after this date, it may be heard after the other appeals.

For more information on the appeals process, please visit https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/36370/Admission-appeals-panels

Timetable for secondary school admissions (September 2023)

 

 

Friday 9 September 2022
 

 

Applications are available. We recommend you apply online.

 

 

4.30pm on Monday           31 October 2022

(National Closing Date)

 

Closing date for Secondary applications.

 

Online applications are not available after the closing date.

 

 

 

 

 

By the end of December 2022

 

All parents who have completed and returned their application will be sent an acknowledgement to confirm that we have received and are processing your application.

 

If you applied online, you will receive an acknowledgement to your individual email account.

If you completed a paper application, you will be sent an acknowledgement letter through the post

 

 

Wednesday 1 March 2023 (National Offer Day)
 

Secondary ‘Offer Day’ notification sent to parents
 

If you applied online, you will be notified by email.

If you completed a paper application, a letter will be sent to you by 2nd class post

 

 

Friday 10 March 2023
 

Deadline for parents to:

 

  • accept the school place offered (for oversubscribed schools only)
  • request to place their child’s name on a waiting list
  • request an appeal form

 

 

Wednesday 15 March   2023
 

Authority will allocate any places that have become available for oversubscribed schools in criteria order.

 

 

Thursday 16 March 2023
 

Appeal forms sent out where requested
 
 

Friday 31 March 2023
 

Where parents have not returned their acceptance slip for oversubscribed schools the Authority may withdraw the offer of the school place (Community Schools only)

 

 

Friday 28 April 2023

 

Deadline for appeal forms to be returned

 

 

By Monday 15 May 2023
 

Appeal hearing notice sent to parents
 
 

From week commencing 5     June 2023

 

 

Appeals to be heard