St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School is a school within the Frassati Catholic Academy Trust and is part of the parish of St Joseph's and St Margaret Clitherow. If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of admission arrangements below.
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The Governing Body of St. Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School is responsible for the admission of children to the school. We ask all parents applying for a place to respect the ethos of the school and its importance to the school community. This does not affect the rights of parents who are not of the faith of the school , to apply for and be considered for a place.
Every academic year, the Governing Body of St. Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School will admit up to 30 children who will become 5 years of age within that academic year (on or between 1st September of that year and the 31st August of the following year). Whilst children are normally admitted in September of the admission year, parents do have the right to defer entry for their child until his/her statutory start date - the start of the term following his/her 5th birthday. However, they cannot defer entry to the next school year. If a parent wishes to defer to the next academic year, a new application for entry into year R or Year 1 for the relevant school year would be necessary. In that case a new application for the entry into Year R or Year 1 would be necessary. Parents have the right to request that their child takes up their place on a part time basis until the child reaches compulsory school age. Should you be considering deferring entry for your child, please discuss this further with the Head Teacher.
To make an application for a place at St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School, parents/guardians/carers must contact the School Admissions Team at Bracknell Forest (Tel: 01344 354023) and ask for a Common Application Form (CAF). Alternatively you can click here to apply for a place now. All parent/guardian/carers will be required to complete this form.
A Supplementary Information Form (SIF) needs to be completed if you are supplying additional evidence to support your application. A copy of the SIF is available to download below, or may be collected from the school office. Once the SIF is completed it must be returned to the school office with original documentation. The parent/guardian/carer needs to ensure that the CAF is completed and returned direct to Bracknell Forest.
If your child’s application for a place at St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School is unsuccessful, then you may appeal to an independent panel.
Appeals should be made in writing on the appropriate form, which can be obtained from the school office or the school web site, within 20 school days of the letter of refusal being received.
In the case of an application for a place in Reception, September 2024, the appeal should be submitted by 16th May 2024.
Appeals should be made to:
The Clerk to Governors
St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School
Admission Appeal Timetable for Reception Year:
Parents / carers will be notified by the Local Authority (LA) of the result of their application on 16th April 2024 (or next working day).
The deadline date for parents lodging an appeal is within 20 school days from the date of notification of an unsuccessful application.
Appeals will be heard within 40 days of the deadline for lodging appeals.
Appellants will be given at least 10 days’ notice of the date and location of the appeal hearing.
Appellants will be able to submit additional evidence to support their appeal up to 6 school days before the hearing. This will enable photocopying and circulation to all parties in advance of the hearing.
Decision letters will be sent to parents / carers within five school days of the hearing.
Appeals lodged after 20 school days will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged whichever is the latest date.
Admission Appeal Timetable:
Appeals lodged with the clerk of the Governors will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.