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St Albert The Great Catholic Primary School
September 30 2016

Reception Admissions

Governors At St Albert The Great

Reception 2016-17

Time table for Reception Applications

 Monday 9th November – Online application system opens

Thurs 15th January 2016 – Online application closes

Mon 18th April – Schools offer places to parents via online system.





In year appeals


Appeals resulting from in year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged


September 2016 entry


Appeals resulting from secondary transfer and under 11’s applications for admission in September 2016 will be heard according to the following timetable:


Allocation day

Appeals lodged by

Appeals to be heard between




1 March 2016

early April 2016

May and June 2016

Under 11’s

(Primary Reception, Junior / Middle)

18 April 2016

mid 22 May 2016

June and July


  • Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, which ever is the later date.
  • Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.
  • Appellants will be sent a copy of the school’s case 7 working days in advance of the hearing.

Additional supporting information

If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence, which was not included with their initial appeal, they should ensure this is received at least 7 clear working days, not counting the day of postage or the hearing, in advance of your appeal.   

Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter not previously available, will be accepted up to 4 clear working days prior to the hearing.  Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing. 

  • Secondary transfer appeals (Allocation Day 1 March 20146
    Entry to Secondary (Year 7) or Upper School (Year 9) in September 2016
  • Under 11 appeals (Allocation Day 18 April 2016)
    Entry to Primary (Reception), Junior (Year 3) and Middle School (Year 5) in September 2016.

The allocation day for these appeals is 18 April 2016. The deadline for receipt of these appeals is mid May 2016. These appeals should be submitted online. You can do this by logging into your online application, entering your parent ID and following the link to “register an appeal”.


Please be aware that infant classes (which includes Reception and Years 1 and 2) are restricted to a maximum of 30 pupils with a single teacher. Therefore, if you have been refused admission to your preferred school on the grounds that to admit your child would breach the ‘infant class size’ limit, the circumstances in which an appeal panel can uphold an appeal are severely limited.


If you made a paper application, please contact the Customer Service Centre 0300 123 4043 to request an appeal pack.


We would advise you to read the Guidance for Parents which provides detailed information about the process. This explains how the admission appeals process works and provides detailed information regarding the restrictions placed on appeal panels hearing ‘infant class size’ appeals.


Independent Appeal Panels must comply with statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education. In addition, the AJTC and National Association of School Appeal Clerks have published Best Practice Guidance for those involved in the appeals process. Whilst this has no statutory basis, it is intended to supplement the guidance issued by the Department of Education.