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Welcome to our admissions page, if you have never applied for a school place, before the process can seem baffling but we are here to help you to make decisions, answer your questions and complete applications. 


It is important when thinking about which school to choose to not be too influenced by what others are doing. Do your own investigations, ask your own questions and make the decision for you and your family. 


St Richard's is a Catholic school and Catholic teaching underpins day to day life within school but we are fully inclusive and welcome children and families from other faiths and denominations of the church. As a Catholic school we are responsible for our own admissions according to our admissions policy (see below) and work alongside West Sussex County Council to fill school places. 


To apply for a place at St Richard's we ask that you complete a supplementary application form (See below)  and return this to the school by Friday 15th January. If you are a Catholic family and your child is baptised please provide a copy of their baptism certificate and ensure the form is signed by your priest. 

If your child already has a sibling at our school please ensure their name is on the form where this is asked for. 


If you are a member of another Christian denomination or faith please provide a letter signed by the minister or faith leader to confirm church membership and attendance. 


Once the closing date has passed our Governing body reviews all applications and applies the selection criteria and places are offered accordingly.  


Please do join us for our online question and answer sessions and enjoy the information provided below. 


if you would like any help with the admissions process please contact our admissions officer Mrs Farrands on 01243 784549 or email 

Our Admissions Policy outlines the procedure for Admission to St Richard's Catholic Primary School.

As a Catholic School we have our own Supplementary Application form which parents should complete and return to the school office along with copies of Baptismal Certificates and proof of address. 

This is in addition to completing the West Sussex County Council's Admission Application Form which all parents requesting a place at a West Sussex School must complete. 

For all In-Year Admissions please contact the school office on 01243 784549.


St Richard’s Catholic Primary School 2021/22 Admissions : 


The governing body of St Richard’s Catholic Primary School, Chichester has agreed the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based oversubscription criteria for Catholic applicants will be interpreted whilst churches have been closed or attendance at church is unsafe due to COVID-19. 


If a parent/carer attended a given Catholic church prior to the closing of churches for public worship, then where a parent/carer has not subsequently attended worship at a given Catholic church for a given period a parent/carer will be considered to have attended worship at that church for that period where one or more of the following apply: 


a)    the church was closed for public worship; 

b)    the Sunday obligation remains suspended; 

c)   by returning to church the parent/carer would not be taking account of government guidance effective at the time concerning shielding and protecting persons either moderately or extremely clinically vulnerable to COVID-19. The definition of shielding, if needed, is on the link: - 


Appeals Policies

If your child is not offered a place at St Richard’s Catholic Primary School, Chichester you have the right to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel (set up in accordance with sections 88 and 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998).


Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made. Appeals should be made to the Admissions Appeal Clerk at the school address. Appeals should be lodged no later than 20 school days after the National Offer Day for primary schools (22 May 2020).


Completed paperwork must be received by the school no later than 22 May 2020, and will be heard within 40 school days. The appeals system is operated independently from the school. Parents/carers have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel.

Late application appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

In-year applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

New Pupil Information Forms - (To be completed for every new pupil to St Richard's School)