Admissions Policy 2016-2017

The governing body of St Bede’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School is the Admission Authority for this school.  The governing body intends to admit up to 30 pupils to the Reception year group in September 2016. 

The Admissions Policy criteria will be applied on an equal preference basis.

Catholic Children are those who have been baptised Catholics or formally received into the Catholic Church.

Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Need which names our school will be admitted to the school. 

Late Applications

Any applications received after the closing date will be accepted but considered only after those received by the closing date have been considered in their relevant category.

A child in nursery will have no priority in admission to reception.

Oversubscription Criteria

Where there are insufficient places available to meet all parental preferences, priority will be given to applications in the following order:

1.    Looked after Catholic children and those who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, residence or special guardianship order.

2.    Catholic Children whose home address is within the boundaries of St Bede’s Pastoral Area[1].

3.    Catholic Children whose home address is outside of the boundaries of St Bede’s Pastoral Area but within the parish boundaries of St. John XXIII, Washington and Penshaw.

4.    Catholic Children whose home address is outside of the boundaries of St. John XXIII, Washington and Penshaw but within the boundaries of the deanery of St. Michael.

5.    Catholic Children whose home address is outside of the boundaries of the deanery of St Michael.

6.    Looked after non-Catholic children and those who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, residence or special guardianship order.

7.    Children who will have an older sibling in the school in September 2016.

8.    Children, who are baptised or dedicated members of other Christian Churches as recognised by Churches Together in England (see note 4).

9.    Children of other Faith traditions.

10.    Other children.

Applicants seeking admission under criteria 8 or 9 above will be asked to present a letter of support to confirm their church membership from their minister or Faith leader, or suitable equivalent. 

Priority within categories 1 to 6 will be given to children with a sibling in the school at the time of admission.


[1] St Bede’s RCVA Primary School serves the parish of St. John XXIII, Washington and Penshaw. The boundary of St Bede’s Pastoral Area covers the area of the former parish of St Bede’s, Washington. A boundary map is available to view in the school.