St. Thomas’ Catholic Primary school Admission Criteria 2008-9
For its Reception 2008 intake, St. Thomas’ Catholic Primary school, Canterbury will admit boys
and girls. The places will be offered in accordance with the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme
for primary admissions into the reception class. Admissions policy as follows:-
St. Thomas’ Catholic Primary School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education
for children of Catholic families. 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 of Jesus Christ.
Whenever there are more applicants than places available, priority will always be given to catholic
applicants in accordance with the over-subscription criteria listed below. All applicants are
required to declare their positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.
The Governing Body has responsibility for admissions to this school and intends to admit 30
pupils to the reception class in the school year commencing in September 2008.
Admission and Over-subscription Criteria
1. ‘Looked after’ children who are Catholic.
2. Baptised Catholic children of committed Catholic parents as verified by reference from the
parish priest of the parish where the family regularly worships.
3. Children baptised in the Catholic faith whose parents may not be practising at the time of
4. Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church.
5. Children with a parent who is a member of the Catholic community, who have not yet have
been baptised, where the parent seeks renewed contact with his or her faith.
6. Other Looked After Children
7. Christians of other denominations whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos
of the school.
8. Children of other faiths whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the
9. Any other applicants
Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the above categories would lead to over-
subscription, the following provisions will be applied.
(a) The presence of a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission.
(b) Pastoral and medical grounds which have been verified.
Where the offer of places to all applicants in any of the sub-categories listed above would
still lead to over-subscription, the places, up to the admission number, will be offered to
those living nearest to the school.