Admission for a child starting in their first year at school
Pupils Due to Start Reception September 2024
The Cathedral School is a Church of England, Voluntary Aided Primary School and therefore the governors are responsible for admissions not the Local Authority. However, an application must be submitted to the Local Authority. (See "how do I apply" section below). It is important that you read the criteria for admissions before you apply for a place. The criteria document is available via the below link.
Admissions for September 2024
If your child is due to start primary school from September 2024, here are some important dates for you.
It is the responsibility of parents to apply for a school place at the correct times. The Local Authority will not send you any letters to inform you to apply for your child’s school place.
If you would like to register an interest for a place at our school, please complete the appropriate form on the website or telephone the School Office for a copy.
How do I apply?
Primary places for September 2024
From 6 November 2023 you can apply online for your child’s primary (Reception) school place.
You must submit an application by the national closing date of 15 January 2024. Applications received after this date are considered late and will reduce your chance of being offered a place at your preferred schools.
The primary school (Reception) admission round opens 6th November 2023, for parents of children to apply for a Reception school place for the academic year that starts in September 2024.
The statutory national closing date for applications is in 15th January 2024.
The School will require a completed
Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
by the 31st January 2024
The Local Authority sends the school a list of all applicants and we send the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) (usually late December) to everyone on the list to complete by a given date (The SIF can be collected by parents from the school office). The SIF asks for details of your church connections and enables the Governors to apply the School’s admission criteria. A copy of this form can be viewed here.
School place offers
Offers will be sent to online applicants by email on 16 April 2024.
From 16 April 2024, if you applied online, you can log into your account to see your allocation.
Find out more about what to do after you get your school offer.
If you have any questions please telephone to arrange a discussion about your child’s individual needs with the Head teacher, Deputy Head Teacher or SENDCo.
Normally tours are available from September to December.
School Tour Dates
Thursday 9th November 2023 11am
Wednesday 15th November 2023 9am
Thursday 16th November 2023 11am
Wednesday 22nd November 2023 9am
Thursday 23rd November 2023 11am
Wednesday 29th November 2023 9am
Thursday 30th November 2023 11am
Wednesday 6th December 2023 9am
Thursday 7th December 2023 11am
Wednesday13th December 2023 11am
Thursday 14th December 2023 9am
If you would like your child to be added to one of our waiting lists please complete and return to the school office our Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you can appeal against the decision.
You will receive a letter with the appeal hearing date within 30 school days for mid-year appeals and 40 school days for normal admission round appeals.
Please visit Appeals - Essex County Council
Statutory Appeals Team
PO Box 11
Essex, CM1 1LX
Previous Supplementary Information Form
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