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St Cecilia Catholic


Admission Enquiries

Enquiries to the school with regard to Admissions are always welcome. 

Applications for the Nursery Class are made directly to the school.
All other applications for starting Reception at age 5 and in-year applications for all other year groups are made directly to the local authority where you live, you can find links to their application websites below.

Before applying, we hope that parents will visit the school on one of our many guided tours.  You will get to meet the Head Teacher over a cup of tea and learn more about the school in a presentation.  All of our guided tours visit the whole school so you can see the work of the school in detail.  We have more information for you below, for queries about admissions please email us at admissions@stcecilias.school and we will be happy to help.

Good news!

Demand for primary school places is much lower than in the years before the pandemic.  In 2023, all Reception Class applications were successful.  In light of this change in demand we are able to move to a simpler admissions process in the future, we will be consulting on a new policy this year for implementation for September 2025.

Nursery applications

Applications for Nursery Class are made online directly to the school via this form:

Nursery Online Application

Our Nursery class admits children in the academic year of their fourth birthday.  The academic year runs from September to August.  Parents need to apply the year before admission, in the academic year of their child's third birthday between September and 15th January.

Nursery places tend to be part-time with morning or afternoon sessions available, if they are ready for Nursery, children attend 5 mornings or 5 afternoons per school week.  Full-time places are usually available, the number of places available can change according to demand.

School Admission Dates for Nursery Class in September 2024

  • Applications open September 2023

  • Applications close on 15th January 2024

  • Nursery applications are announced at the end of April 2024.

Reception class applications

Reception Year applications MUST be made through your local authority as well as sending a supplementary application form direct to the school.  You can apply for all of our local authorities through the e-admissions website

Click here for e-Admissions

  • Reception places are full-time once the initial induction has taken place after a week or so.

National Admissions Dates for Reception in September 2024

  • Applications open September 2023.

  • Applications close on 15th January 2024.

  • Reception Allocations are announced on National Primary Offer day on 17th April 2024.

Click on the sections below for more information

Supplementary Form Information

 We encourage parents to use our supplementary application form to provide us with more information about your child which may enable us to prioritise your application within our admissions system.

Please view the form to see if you have additional information which can support your application.  Parents of faith must use the form to tell us about their religion and parish / place of worship.  Please use this form to tell us if your child is baptised and enclose the baptismal certificate with your form.


Appeals Timetable

Parents with unsuccessful applications for Reception in September 2024 may:

  • apply to go on our waiting list (please contact your local authority)

  • appeal against our decision, notify us within 20 days of receiving the notification (please contact admissions@stcecilias.school) 

  • complete an appeals form - we will send this to you along with details of the appeal process and how you can submit additional evidence.

  • the closing date for appeals is 15 May 2024.

  • we will provide at least 10 school days notice of your appeal hearing.

  • those making an appeal can submit additional evidence before their appeal hearing. We will notify you of the closing date for additional paperwork when we send the appeals form.

  • additional paperwork must be received by this date so that it is received by the independent appeals committee in time for the appeal hearing. 

In-Year Admissions

Please contact the school office regarding in-year admissions for children in Reception to Year 6, where parents require an immediate start.  We can advise you of any current vacancies.  Please complete our supplementary application form, which you can find below.  Waiting list places are prioritised according to our admissions criteria. You will also need to contact your local authority to be placed on the waiting list, links below:

Sutton In-Year Admissions

Merton In-Year Admissions

Surrey In-Year Admissions

Guided tours

For prospective applicants, we usually have monthly guided tours where parents can meet with a member of the leadership team and see the school during the working day.  

Click here to book your tour

Guided tours are held throughout the term for groups of parents.  They include refreshments, a presentation from the Head Teacher and a tour of the school from Nursery to Year 6. 

Please allow 90 minutes for your tour. 

Parking is not available at school, please "park and stride" where possible.

For tours in 2023/24, make sure to book using the tour button above.  Tours are scheduled for:

14 March 2023 - tour full
18 April 2023 - tour full
16 May 2023 - tour full
20 June 2023 - tour full
20 September 2023 - tour full 
10 October 2023 - tour full
1 November 2023 - tour full
14 November 2023 - tour full
21 November 2023 - spaces available
5 December 2023 - spaces available
13 December 2023 - spaces available
9 January 2024 - spaces available

After St Cecilia's

At St Cecilia's, children are prepared for secondary school transfer and below are the Catholic High Schools our Year 6 children transfer to. Most of our pupils transfer to:

Richard Challoner School, New Malden

St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls, Carshalton

The Holy Cross School, Kingston

Children also transfer to these schools, but in much smaller numbers:

St Andrew's School, Leatherhead

Ursuline High School, Merton

The John Fisher School, Purley

Wimbledon College

Policies and forms

Applications for places in Reception are made online to your Local Authority. Our admissions policy and supplementary form are available for download below.

At St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. To read more about our commitment to safeguarding please view our safeguarding policy.