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Reception September 2024 Admissions Process


St Ethelbert's welcomes children from all faiths and cultures.


Applications for a place in Reception starting in September 2024 open on Friday 3rd November and close Monday 15 January 2024.


All Applications must be made online via:


If you would like your child to be considered under one of the below admission criteria please provide the relevant documentation to the school office by Monday 15th January 2024.


Admission CriteriaRequired Documentation
CatholicSchool Admission Form, Baptism Certificate, Supplemental Information Form
Eastern Orthodox ChurchesSchool Admission Form, Evidence of Baptism

Christian Denominations

(Churches Together in England)

School Admission Form, Evidence of Baptism
Other FaithsSchool Admission Form, Evidence of Membership provided by a priest, minister or religious leader.
Social, Pastoral & Medical NeedSchool Admission Form, Strong and relevant evidence must be provided at time of application by an appropriate professional authority.


National Offer Day will be Tuesday 16 April 2024 (emails are due to be sent after 4pm)



In-Year Admissions


Applications for In-Year Admissions for Reception to Y6 should be made to the School Office.   


The following documentation will need to be included in your application:

  • School Admission Form
  • In-Year Admission Form
  • Supplemental Form (Only required if you do not have a Baptism/Christening Certificate).
  • Birth Certificate (Original will need to be viewed when handing in forms).
  • Baptism/Christening Certificate (Original will need to be viewed when handing in forms).
  • Proof of Address - dated within 3 months of the application date.


For further information please contact the School Office by phone on 01843 585555 or email at



Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with section 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made. Appeals should be made to the Admissions Appeal Clerk at the school address. Parents/Carers have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel. Infant classes are restricted by the legislation to 30 children. Parents should be aware that an appeal against refusal of a place in an infant class may only succeed if it can be demonstrated that: - a. the admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit; or b. the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or had not been correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied; or c. the panel decides that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.