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Admission to our school in Reception Class

Our policy for school admission is in the Policies section of this website and below.  If you wish to apply for a school place you will find all the information you need at


If you do not have internet access you can contact the admissions team on 0300 111 8007.  Parents are given the option of entry to school for their children at the beginning of the school year in which their fifth birthday falls.


Applications are usually invited in the November prior to the child's enrolment date, our School Nursery pupils will be contacted directly by School to undertake this process.  Public buildings and newspapers also advertise school enrolment.  Applications must be submitted by mid January.  You will be notified in the April as to whether you have secured a place within our school.  


Prior to starting school new entrants are invited to spend several half days with our Reception Class.  We find this helps the child to become familiar with the school environment and helps them to settle more easily into full time school.


Parents are invited to a meeting with our Reception Teacher and Principal to ask any questions you may have. We will also give you an Admission Pack with helpful information and forms to complete for our records.


Joining School In Years Reception - Year 6 (In-Year Applications)

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places.  An application should be made directly to school by completing the in-year admissions application form below. As a Catholic School, parent will also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form in addition to the standard application form that is submitted to the local authority.  Supplementary Information Forms can be obtained below by viewing Admissions 22-23 Policy below or a hard copy can be provided on request by contacting the school office on 01785 413275 or emailing  Supplementary Information Forms must be returned directly to the school at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School & Nursery, Marston Road, Stafford, ST16 3BT or via email at  If a Supplementary Information Form is not submitted directly to the school this may affect the priority given to the application and could affect the likelihood of your child being offered a place.


The school will forward your application for consideration to our governors.


Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2022/23, will be applied. The full admission arrangements can be accessed below by viewing Admissions 22-23 or by contacting the school office to request a hard copyParents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.


If there are no places available, the school will notify you of this decision on behalf of the governors and the child will be added to the waiting list.  Please see the admission arrangements for more details regarding waiting lists.


You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible.  Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of its receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of its receipt.


You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.


If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact Mrs Miles or Mrs Lester on 01785 413275.    You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority – Staffordshire County Council – School Admissions 0300 111 800.


St Patrick’s has well developed pastoral systems that help children who choose to join the school settle in quickly.


If you have moved into the area or are considering moving your child to St Patrick’s then please feel free to contact the school to arrange an informal visit.  


Pupil Induction

Once a place has been formally offered then please contact the school to arrange a further visit and/or a start date.  There will be opportunity then for you to meet your child/children’s new teachers and find out about class routines.  If your child joins mid year, in their first few weeks they will be assessed and their needs identified.  The Class Teacher will then arrange a meeting with you to discuss your child’s induction and short term targets.

Our Reception Class

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