Policies & Procedures

Admission procedures for September 2022

 September 2021

The secondary admission booklets for parents and carers will be available early in September 2021. The admission form is available on the Knowsley web site  https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/education-and-schools/apply-for-a-school-place/annual-school-admission-procedures  The closing date for returning the form to the Local Authority, for admission to Year 7 in September 2022 is 31st October 2021.

September 2021 – July 2022

Mrs H. Pinnington (Headteacher), members of the Senior Leadership Team, Mrs Goulding (Year 7 Progress Leader), Miss Manning (Year 7 Pastoral Manager)  will visit primary schools to meet parents and students.

1st March 2022

Secondary allocation confirmations are sent out by the Local Authority, usually by email.

 Summer Term 2022

Student academic and pastoral profiles are completed. Year 6 students attend an induction day at Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Academy to meet their form tutor. Parents/carers of students allocated a place at Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Academy are invited to a Transition Evening to meet a number of staff.

Admissions Arrangements for 2022-2023

Please click here to read the admissions arrangements for Saint Edmund Arrowsmith for 2022-2023.



There are benefits to completing your application online. For this you need a current email account. The website address is  https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/education-and-schools/apply-for-a-school-place/annual-school-admission-procedures

If you apply online you will be informed on 1st March 2022. If you apply by post there may be a delay in receiving information regarding the allocated place. The online form cannot be used after 31st October 2021.

Please refer to the following website for further information  https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/education-and-schools/apply-for-a-school-place/annual-school-admission-procedures

If you would like your application to be considered against the priority faith criteria, you are  advised  to  complete  a  Supplementary  Faith  Form, available  on  the  school’s website Supplementary Faith Form provide evidence of your child’s Baptism and hand this into the academy. If a Supplementary Faith Form (with Baptism evidence) is not handed in to the academy, applications will be considered against lower criteria, as the Governing Board will have no information upon which to assess the application.  

You will be contacted by Knowsley Council if there is a place available at the academy. Should your child be refused a place, appeals will be processed by Liverpool Catholic Archdiocese and heard by an independent panel.  Details of this process will be included in the letter sent out to you by Knowsley Council.  This might be because the academy is full in this year group.  You are welcome to view the current Admissions Criteria on the school’s website. You can find this under the link: Admission Arrangements 2022 2023.pdf

The same criteria are applied to mid-year applications (all Years) as for new Year 7 applications. If you would like to come and have a look around the school, please feel free to contact Mrs Helme,(Office Manager) ghelme@seaonline.org.uk and she will arrange this for you. 


Waiting Lists for Voluntary Aided (Church) Schools

Each voluntary aided school includes details of their waiting list policy in their admission arrangements. The Governing Board of the school will maintain a waiting list for each Year group if parents/carers have requested that their child’s name be added to the waiting list. Waiting lists will be maintained until the end of the current academic year and then deleted. If a parent decides they want their child’s name to be added to the new academic year waiting list, they must apply again for their child’s name to be added to the new list.       

It is advisable that if you are refused a place at a voluntary aided school, you should contact the school to confirm that your child’s name is on the waiting list.


How to Appeal

School Appeals are administered by Liverpool Archdiocese. Appeals should be submitted online via the Liverpool Archdiocese website, by completing the form at:  http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/education/Appealing-For-A-School-Place If this is not possible then email to aes@rcaol.org.uk to include your name, address, telephone number and the school for which you wish  to  appeal  and  a form will be sent to you via email. If neither of the above is possible please call 0151 522 1071 and leave a message.  Contact will be made as soon as possible but there may be a delay in doing so.


General Information

Where a parent is unsuccessful in obtaining a place for their child at a school to which they have applied they have a legal right to appeal that decision. This appeal is heard by an independent appeal panel. The Education Department at the Archdiocese arranges admission appeals for primary and secondary schools for the following local authority areas:

Knowsley - All schools

Liverpool - With the exception of St Edward’s College

Sefton - With the exception of Maricourt Catholic High School

St Helens - With the exception of St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, De La Salle High School and St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School

Wigan - All schools

If you wish to appeal a decision regarding the offer of a school place please contact the Liverpool Archdiocese by completing the online form via this link http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/education/Appealing-For-A-School-Place

For schools in Halton, Lancashire and Warrington, please contact your local authority regarding the appeals process. For schools listed as ‘exceptions’ in the above list, please contact the school directly.


Appeals Timetable

Appeals for normal year of entry, i.e. Reception and Year 7, are arranged each year generally according to the following  timetable.  Please note some  changes  may  be applied for 2022 admissions given the impact of the COVID19 public health challenge and are subject to change. The dates may vary depending on whether the offer date falls on a weekend and may also differ slightly from those given by each of the Local Authorities:

Secondary offer date:          1 March

Appeals to be lodged by:    30 March

Appeals to be heard:           18 June or as soon thereafter

Appeals will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable following the appeal deadline.


In-year appeals 

Appeals resulting from in-year admission applications will be heard on a date to be arranged within 30 school days of the appeal form being received by the Education Department  at  the Archdiocese or presently as soon as thereafter given the implications of the COVID19 public health challenge.


Further Information – Appeals

Further information on admissions and appeals can be obtained from the following Archdiocese officers:

Fran Coldicutt –Office Manager, 0151 522 1071, f.coldicutt@rcaol.org.uk

Chris Williams –Deputy Director of Education,0151 522 1085, c.williams@rcaol.org.uk

You can appeal to an independent appeal panel against the decision not to offer your child a place.  Liverpool Catholic Archdiocese organises appeals for Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Academy.  You can request an appeal form online at: 


If you have any questions about the appeal hearing, you can contact the Liverpool Archdiocese Schools Department, LACE, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 1AA. Tel: 0151 522 1071. 


How We Use Your Personal Information

Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Academy is committed to protecting the privacy and security of any personal information it collects. Our privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information collected for the admissions process. Information is collected in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), section 537A of the Education Act 1996 and section 83 of the Children Act 1989. For further information, refer to our Privacy Notice on the school website.

Admissions 2022 - 2023

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