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Admissions Policy and Procedures

St Elizabeth’s is a voluntary-aided school in the Archdiocese of Southwark.  It is in the trusteeship of the Diocese.  The school is conducted by its Governing Body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government, and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ.  The school exists primarily to serve the Catholic community, and Catholic children always have priority of admission.  However, the Governing Body welcomes all applications, including those of other faiths or none, who are supportive of the religious ethos of the school. 

If the school is over-subscribed, priority is given to baptised Catholic children who are resident in the parishes of St Elizabeth of Portugal, Richmond, Our Lady Queen of Peace, East Sheen, Our Lady of Loreto & St Winefride, Kew, and St Thomas Aquinas, Ham.

Click here to view a map of the parish boundaries.

Please take a look at our current Admissions Policy listed below.  This will give you a clear understanding of what you need to do to secure a place at St Elizabeth's School.  

The Headteacher and the school admissions officer are happy to speak with you about any questions you might have regarding the admissions process.  Please call the school office on 0208 940 3015 or email the school admissions officer via admin@st-elizabeths.richmond.sch.uk to make an appointment.  

School Application Forms

In addition to the CAF (Common Application Form) supplied by the Local Authority, the school requests the completion of two forms which should be submitted to the school office.  These are:

The Supplementary Information Form, if applicable.

The School Registration Form. 

For applications for places in Reception class, these forms should be submitted by 15th January.

Copies of the Supplementary Form and the School Registration Form can be downloaded below.

Admissions Clarification (Covid-19) St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School Admission Arrangements 2021-2022

The governing body sought a variation from the Office of the Schools’ Adjudicator, in relation to Catholic practice during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  

Parents and carers applying for places in the academic year 2021-2022 are asked to note the following statement in relation to the Mass Attendance oversubscription criterion set out in St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School’s admission arrangements:

On the advice of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Southwark, the governing body of St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School has agreed the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based oversubscription criteria will be interpreted while churches are closed or attendance at church is not possible due to Covid-19.  This statement has been shared widely with parishes by the Education Commission in order to ensure that determinations made by parish priests concerning regular practice of the faith are being made on a consistent basis.

The suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass was announced on 18th March 2020 by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.  If a parent/carer attended Mass at a certain frequency at a particular parish (or parishes) prior to 18th March 2020 then they will be considered to have attended Mass in that parish (or parishes) at the same frequency since that time.  This will remain the case until the Sunday obligation is reintroduced by the Bishops.

How Reception places have been offered on National Offer Day (30 places)

In September 2022 the Governors will admit 30 children into Reception class.

For Reception, children are admitted at the beginning of the school year in which they become five, and are offered a full-time place to start in September.

The table below shows how places have been offered in the past four years.

Reception Places Offered

2018

2019

2020

2021

Number of applications

166

158

128

109

Places allocated to:

   

Baptised Catholics as follows:

30

30

30

24

Looked after or previously looked after children

0

1

0

0

Siblings

20

15

19

9

Non-siblings within designated parishes

10

15

11

12

Non-siblings outside designated parishes

0

0

0

3

Orthodox and Christian children of other denominations

0

0

0

2
Other children 0 0 0 4

Number of appeals heard

4

1

0

0

Number of successful appeals

0

0

0

0

There is a waiting list

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
Key Dates for Reception Class Entry 2022
  • 1 September 2021: Online applications are open via www.eadmissions.org.uk 
  • 15 January 2022: Closing date for all applications for Reception class entry to Local Authority and closing date for Supplementary Information Form to be received by the school
  • 19 April 2022: National Offer Day for Reception 2022 - Offer of school place will be sent to parents by the Local Authority
  • 4 May 2022: Date by which parents must have accepted or declined Reception place
  • 16 May 2022: Further offers made from this date onwards subject to places becoming available
  • 20 May 2022:  Closing date for submission of notice of appeals to Chair of Admissions Committee
Prospective Parent Open Mornings

We welcome all prospective parents for Reception to come and visit the school.  On your visit, you will meet with the Headteacher who will answer any specific questions you may have.  Parents will also receive a tour around the school.

The dates for the prospective Parent Open Mornings for Reception 2022 are as follows - 

  • Thursday 7th October
  • Thursday 21st October
  • Thursday 11th November
  • Thursday 25th November

Each Parent Open Morning will start at 11:00 a.m. and will last approximately one hour.  If you would like to register to attend an open morning, please contact the school office on 0208 940 3015 or email the school via admin@st-elizabeths.richmond.sch.uk

Admission to other year groups 

Prospective parents with children in other year groups should contact the school office, who will provide you with information on your child’s in year application.  We welcome new children joining school as well as families new to the area, and we are pleased to offer school places if we are able to.