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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.

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 2023

  • Applications open September 2022

  • Applications close on 15th January 2023.

  • Nursery applications are announced in May-June 2023.

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 2023

  • Applications open September 2022.

  • Applications close on 15th January 2023.

  • Reception Allocations are announced on National Primary Offer day on 17th April 2023.

Click on the sections below for more information

Supplementary Form Information

Parents and carers applying for places in the academic year 2023-2024 are asked to note the following statement in relation to the Mass Attendance oversubscription criterion set out in our admission arrangements: 

On the advice of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Southwark, the Governing Body of St Cecilia's Primary School has agreed with the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based oversubscription criteria will be interpreted as we come out of the pandemic. This statement has been shared widely with parishes by the Education Commission in order to ensure that determinations made by parish priests concerning the regular practice of the faith are being made on a consistent basis.

As of the 5th June 2022, Pentecost, the Bishops of England and Wales reinstated the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. Parents applying for a place at St Cecilia's, under a faith based criteria, will need to complete a Supplementary Information Form. Evidence of practice will be measured by frequency of attendance at Mass as validated by either a priest or minister, as was the case prior to 18th March 2020. These arrangements apply to the admissions round for 2023 and subsequent rounds.

Appeals Timetable

Parents with unsuccessful applications for Reception in September 2023 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 2022.

  • 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.

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.