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Secondary Schools – applying for a school place for September 2020
Please see important dates below:
September 2019 – online application system opens
September and October – Secondary and upper schools hold their open events (details available at
31st October 2019 – deadline for applications

Admissions 2020 / 2021 – Reception

Reception – applying for a school place for September 2020
4th November 2019 – online system opens to apply online.
15th & 22nd November – Reception open mornings, please call school office to book your place.
15th January 2020 – deadline for applications


Admissions 2019 / 2020 – In Year


Admission Appeals Timetable

Appeals service – Information for parents

Online Application Link



Admissions to the Reception Class:

At the beginning of the Autumn term, parents of eligible children will receive information from County. The County form must be completed online. The school’s Supplementary Information Form and the Certificate of Catholic Practice should be completed and handed in to Sacred Heart School at this time.

In January each year, all applications received for the school year starting in the following September will be considered by the Governors. Places in the Reception class will be allocated in accordance with the criteria. If the class is oversubscribed a continuing interest list will be kept. Offers of places will be sent out early in the Spring term and parents must accept the place within 14 days. Our admissions’ process runs alongside the County process and offers for all primary schools are sent out at the same time. Places declined at this stage will be offered in the order determined by the admissions criteria. Parents have the right of appeal if their request for a place for their child is refused.

It is school policy to admit pupils in September of the school year in which their fifth birthday occurs.

Admissions to Other Year Groups (In-Year Admissions):

For In-Year admissions please apply online at  You will also need to complete the school’s SIF form (Supplementary Information Form) and return it to the school office to ensure your application is considered under the correct criteria in our oversubscription criteria.  If a place is available and there is no waiting list, the child will be admitted. If there are more applications than places available, then applications will be ranked by the Governing Body in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  If a place cannot be offered at this time then you may ask us for the reasons and you will be informed of your right of appeal.  You will be offered the opportunity of being placed on a continuing interest list. This list will be maintained by the Governing Body in the order of the oversubscription criteria and not in the order in which the applications are received. Names are removed from the list at the end of each academic year and applicants will need to re-apply at the end of the academic year to the Local Authority should they wish to continue to be considered for the next academic year. When a place becomes available, the Governing Body will decide which applicant meets the oversubscription criteria best and an offer will be made on our behalf by the Local Authority.

Admission Number:

The current admission number for Reception is 45. Children are taught in classes of no more than 30, grouped by age.


In the event of the Governors refusing admission to Sacred Heart School, parents can exercise their right of appeal by writing to the Chairman of Governors. The appeal will be heard by an independent appeals board. The applicant will be able to present his/her case and can be accompanied by a friend or relative.