CONSULTATION ON ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR ST RICHARD’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR 2025-26 ACADEMIC YEAR
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the legislation that the governing body as the admission authority for St Richard’s Catholic Primary School is formally consulting on its proposed admission arrangements for the school year 2025-26.
As an admission authority, the school is required to consult the following:
a) Parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen;
b) Other persons in the ‘relevant area’ (set by the local authority) who in the opinion of the school have an interest in the proposed admissions (e.g., local priests, other deanery Catholic schools, etc.); c) All other admission authorities within the ‘relevant area’;
d) The Local Authority (LA);
e) The Education Service of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
The six-week (minimum) consultation will begin 8th December 2023 with the closing date for submitting comments being 31st January 2024.
There are no changes to the proposed Admissions Policy, however the governing body have to consult on their admission arrangements within a 6 year period.
Alternatively, if you do not have access to the Internet and you wish to request a printed copy of the admissions arrangements and a response from, please contact Lindy Nash, Clerk to Governors at email@example.com
Comments on the proposed admission arrangements should be sent to St Richard’s Catholic Primary School by the closing date (latest midnight on 31st January 2024).
School Open Days
We run regular tours of the school with opportunities to meet staff and pupils during the school week. Please contact the school office and speak to Mrs Farrands to arrange a tour or email her to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
TO APPLY FOR A PLACE AT ST RICHARD'S SCHOOL IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU COMPLETE AND RETURN OUR SCHOOL APPLICATION FORM (FOUND BELOW) AS WELL AS THE WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ONLINE SUBMISSION.
If you would like any help with the admissions process please contact our admissions officer Mrs Farrands on 01243 784549 or email email@example.com.
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.
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 (16th April 2023).
Completed paperwork must be received by the school no later than 17 May 2023, 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.
Items featuring the school logo on can be purchased from Game Set and Match – either on line or in store:
Game, Set & Match
Unit 1, Beaver Trade Park,
West Sussex, PO19 8NY
Tel: 01243 538800
Unbranded items can be purchased from the majority of the larger supermarkets at very reasonable prices.
The school also runs its own Second-hand uniform shop (SUS Shop) every Wednesday in term-time before and after school, private viewings can also be arranged if preferred. Each item sold for £1 or 50p if making a uniform donation at time of purchase. Pupil’s in receipt of FSMs can shop for free – please contact the School Business Manager in confidence for further information or to arrange a private viewing: firstname.lastname@example.org