If you are a prospective parent and considering St. Thomas' as the school to send your child to, it is never too early to start thinking about this. We always recommend that you complete one of our expression of interest forms and return it to our school office. Because we are a very popular and oversubscribed school, we recommend that you make an appointment to come and visit us to discuss the admissions process.
Admissions to the Reception class will usually be in the September at the beginning of the school year in which the child will reach his/her 5th birthday. Please read our admissions policy for guidance regarding our admission arrangements. If you have any questions, please contact our school office.
As part of the admissions process you must complete the online application via your local authority website. Please note, if you are a resident who lives outside of Sefton, you must apply through the relevant local authority e.g. Lancashire or Knowsley (please see links below). In addition to the online application, new parents must also complete a 'Supplementary Faith Reference'. This is available below and can be printed off and returned to the school office. School will also send this out to parents, who we have completed and submitted an expression of interest form. We advise parents to return 'Supplementary Faith References' by 1st November. To support your faith reference, the school office will make an appointment for you to meet with a member of St. Thomas' Church (during November/December) to discuss and agree the appropriate admissions category. Please note, from October 2019 there will be a church attendance register available at the back of St. Thomas' / St. Cuthbert's Church to support the admissions process; it is the parent's responsibility to sign it to say they have attended church. Please note, if you attend a church other than St. Thomas or St. Cuthbert's, you will need to arrange for the priest/vicar from your church to sign and agree your 'Supplementary Faith Reference'. All primary school admissions must be completed by 15th January.
Because we believe in the quality of the food we offer at St. Thomas' is the very best, it has been decided by our school governors, that children who start in St. Thomas' (from September 2020) must have a school meal; packed lunches are no longer an option. School lunches are provided free of charge during Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. After this, it is expected that parents will pay for school lunches. Prospective parents will be given an option to trial our school meals if they wish to. Please take a look at our lunch menu.
The Governors of St Thomas’ Church of England School Primary School supports the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (2001). The Governors are, therefore, committed to the principle of all children having equal rights of access, if this can reasonably be provided.
The admission of a child with Special Educational Needs to the School will be conditional upon:
(a) The parents'/guardians' full disclosure to the School of the child's disability. Appropriate planning by the School, including requests for additional funding, are dependent upon the School having access to all the relevant information
(b) Following the procedures which are set out in any school policies relating to Special Educational Needs e.g. Assessing Children's Educational Needs
(c) The availability of appropriate facilities within the school. These include both physical facilities and reasonable curricular provision
(d) Agreement about the stages for which entry is being offered. In particular, transition from Primary to Secondary will be dependent upon a review of the child's needs and the evaluation of any difficulties which the child may have in accessing an appropriate education
(e) Acceptance by the parents/guardians that some educational opportunities, which take place off-site may not be available. The above conditions will also apply, if a disability develops during the course of a child's education at St Thomas CE Primary School.