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Welcome to our School!

If you are interested in your child or children attending St Patrick's Catholic Primary Academy please find below all the information you require to complete your application. 

We would also encourage you to visit us as we are very proud of our school and would welcome the opportunity to show you round. Please contact the school office to arrange this.

Applications for September 2022

All children can start school in the September following their fourth birthday. This means that children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 can start full-time school in September 2022.

Applications need to be made through Kirklees Admissions online portal. Please refer to the Kirklees Primary Guide to Admissions.  Please click on the link below to make your application.

The Governing Body of St. Patrick's is the Admissions Authority for the school. Please refer to the Admissions Policy for 2022-2023.  Parents/Carers need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) as well as the Kirklees Online application.  A copy is available to download below. When submitting the SIF the school will need the following supporting documentation:                  Baptismal Certificate (if applicable), Birth Certificate and Proof of Address.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2022.

Offers of a school place are sent by email on National Offer Day (19 April 2022) to the email address you have used for the application to Kirklees. You will also be able to see your offer of a school place by logging into your Kirklees Parent Portal account.

In-Year Applications/Transfers

An in-Year admission is when a child already attends a school but wants to transfer to another school outside of the usual transfer time, for example because the child is moving to a new address. These transfers take place during the school year, which is why they are called in-year admissions. There are two different types of in-year admission:

  • Parents or carers who are moving/have moved house and wish to move to a school closer to their new home. Parents or carers who are not moving house, or whose change of address is not a significant one (a significant house move is defined as over 2 miles for Key Stage 1 or 3 miles for Key Stage 2 and above), but would like their child to change school. Making an application if you have moved If you have moved house and do not have a school place for your child, or if your child cannot continue to attend their current school because it is too far from your new home, you will need to complete the In-Year Common Application Form (ICAF).
  • If you are not moving house, or you have not moved very far but want to change your child’s school for personal reasons you should discuss this in the first instance with the Headteacher of your child’s present school. This may resolve any issues that may have made you think about changing your child’s school. If after speaking with the Headteacher of your child’s present school, you still want to transfer your child to another school, you should complete the In-Year Common Application Form (ICAF). 

Admission Appeals

If you are unsuccessful at gaining a place at your preferred school you will be advised of your right to appeal. The appeal should be made in writing directly to the Governing Body of the school.

Please read the Guidance Notes for Parents detailed below prior to requesting an appeal.

Admission appeals are heard by an independent appeal panel set up under the Education Act 1998 to hear appeals by parents against the refusal by the school’s Governing Body to admit their child to the school of their preference. Panels consist of three members who are independent of the school and their decision is binding on the school. The school are asked to present to the panel the reasons why admission was refused and why the admission of an additional child would cause prejudice to the school, this is known as a prejudice appeal. The parent will have the opportunity to say why they want a place at the school.

If the appeal is for an infant class (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)  where there are 30 children in the class this is known as an Infant Class Size appeal and there are limited grounds when a panel can grant an appeal.

Due to COVID 19 the way that we administer appeals this year will be subject to changes. 

Firstly, following the receipt of the request for appeal to the Chair of Governors, the Diocese of Leeds Appeal Service Form will be issued and should then be returned directly to the school. These will then be emailed by the school to the Education Office, Diocese of Leeds. 

Secondly, the format that appeal hearings will take in the current circumstances are also likely to change. In the event that an appeal will be considered by the appeals panel based on the written cases supplied by both school and parents only, rather than through an attended appeal hearing, it is essential that as much detail as possible is provided in the written statements.

DofE School Admissions Code (Updated Sept 21)

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