Applications for places in our Reception class are co-ordinated through Central Admissions with Manchester LA. All applications for places should be sent directly to the council offices and they will liaise with St Willibrord’s regarding applications that have been received. All enquiries for places up to and including September 1st will be handled through this office. After this date requests for places will be handled directly by the school.


                                  ADMISSION POLICY 2018 -19



St. Willibrord’s is a Roman Catholic Primary School provided by the Diocese of Salford and is maintained by the Manchester Local Authority as a voluntary aided primary school.  The school’s governing body is the admission authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applicants for admission.  For the school year commencing 2017/18 the governing body’s planned admission number is thirty.


Admissions to the school will be made by the Governing Body.  All preferences listed on the Local Authority Preference Form will be considered on an equal basis with the following set of Admissions Criteria forming a priority order where there are more applications for admissions than the school has places available.


1. Baptised Roman Catholic Looked after Children and previously looked after Children.

2. Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and resident in the parish of St. Willibrord’s.


3. Baptised Roman Catholic children resident in the parish of St. Willibrord’s.


4. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in another parish.


5. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in another Parish.


6. A sibling of a child who has been placed in the school’s specialist provision.


7. Other Looked after Children and previously looked after Children.

8. Other children with a brother or sister attending the school at the time of the admission.


9. Other children.

Any applications that are placed with St Willibrord’s will be treated in an identical manner. We have a maximum of 30 children per class (excluding Nursery which is 39). Any applications received after a class is full will be placed onto our waiting list. As places become available we will admit children in accordance with the above criteria. Children will remain on the waiting list until the end of the autumn term


St Willibrord's RC Primary has been commissioned by Manchester Local Authority to have specialist resourced mainstream provision for up to seven children who have
 a statement for Autism and/or specific language impairment (SLI).  Although the school is responsible for the teaching and learning of these seven children it does not control the admission of places to the provision.  These decisions are made by the Local Authority which has a multi agency panel to agree placements in the provisions in Manchester. For further information please contact the statutory assessment team on 0161 245 7444


Delayed entry into reception

Parents do not have to ensure their child receives full time education until the start of the term following their fifth birthday. However parents have the right to start their child in school in the September following their fourth birthday if they feel this is best for their child. Parents also have the option to start their child on a part–time basis or defer their child’s entry.

If you decide you prefer to defer your child’s entry to the school offered, that place will be held for your child and will not be offered to another child. You would not, however, be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after your child‘s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the application was accepted. For example, if your child was born in August 2016, you will not be able to defer entry until September 2016, as this will be the start of the next academic year.

Parents wishing to defer entry need to apply by the closing date and when an offer is made the parents need to inform the Local Authority and the school that they want to defer entry or only attend school part-time

Parents may seek places outside of their child’s normal age group.  The decision is made by admission authorities, in the case of St Willibrord’s it is the governing body.  The decision to admit outside of their normal age group is made on the basis of the circumstances of each case.

If parents wish to apply for delayed entry into reception they need to make a request to the Chair of Governors, providing reasons for the request with supporting documentation from a professional. The request should be made in the September prior to the normal entry in the following September in order to give sufficient time for the case to be considered by the admissions panel prior to the deadline for applications of 15 January.

The Governing Body will consider the following factors, when considering the case put forward by the parent but these are not exhaustive:

·         The needs of the child and the possible impact on them of entering Year 1 without having first attended the reception class

·         In the case of children born prematurely the fact that they may have naturally fallen into the lower age group if they had been born on their expected date of birth

·         Whether delayed social, emotional or physical development is adversely affecting their readiness for school;

·         Any other information which the parent requests the local authority to consider.

If the parents case for delayed admission into reception is agreed, the application for a place in the next cohort would have to be made in the following September and would be considered along with all the other applicants for admission in that year.  There would be no guarantee that a place would able to be offered in the preferred school

If the parents request for delayed admission into reception is refused, the parents could still apply by the closing date of 15 January for admission to reception to the child’s normal age group. After the offer of a place had been made the parent could then inform the local authority and the school that they want to defer entry as outlined above.

This Admission Policy has the full agreement of Salford Diocese and the governors of St Willibrord’s RC Primary School and has followed all relevant procedures for consultation.

Click here to download a copy of the Admissions Policy 2019-2020

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St Willibrord’s RC Primary School, Vale Street, Clayton, Manchester.  M11 4WR


Tel: 0161 223 9345

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