Admissions Arrangements


St. Helen’s is a Voluntary Aided Catholic Primary School in the Diocese of Southwark. As a Catholic Primary School, Catholic doctrine and practice underpins everything we do and it is essential that the Catholic character be fully supported by all families in the school.


Our school exists primarily to serve the Catholic community. However, the Governing Body welcomes applications, subject to availability of places, from those of other denominations and faiths who support the religious ethos of the school. Whilst our school serves mainly the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, we do also welcome applications from families who live in other parishes and the wider community.


We are happy to show prospective parents and their children around the school at a mutually convenient time. As well as giving you information about the school, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.


For your child to join the school, you will need to read the latest Admissions’ Policy, which is available here on the school website or from the school office. You will also need to complete an Application Form and a Supplementary Form. These are available from the school office and on our website. If you are a Catholic, you will need to have your form signed by your Parish Priest.


Your completed forms should be returned to the school office and will be forwarded to the Governing Body for consideration.


The admissions criteria are the same for both nursery and the main school, however separate applications are required and admission to the Nursery does not guarantee a place at the school.



Children will be admitted to the Nursery at the beginning of the school year in which their fourth birthday occurs. Full time places may be allocated based on the needs of children and families.  When an application for a Nursery place is successful, parents are invited to meet with staff following a home visit. Morning, afternoon and full time places are allocated at the discretion of the Governors.



Children will be admitted for full-time schooling at the beginning of the academic year (that is September) in which they become of statutory school age (that is five years of age.) When an application for a Reception place is successful, parents are invited to meet the Headteacher and staff in the summer term prior to their child starting in the Reception class.


There is one intake in September to the Reception Class


Children are invited to visit their new class prior to their starting school


Admissions Procedures

St Helen’s Catholic Primary Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Catholic School for children aged three to eleven years old.


The Governors are the admitting authority. A committee will look at your application form and the confirmation of religious practice before deciding whether or not to admit your child into our Nursery or School.


In order to do this you will need to do the following:


  • Complete the St. Helen’s Supplementary form

  • Attach all additional documentation as requested. You will need to provide us with a Baptismal certificate and recent (within the last 3 months) proof of address i.e. utility bill.

  • Return the form in person to the school office.

  • Complete Part A of Confirmation of Religious Practice form and give it to the Parish Priest of the Parish in which you regularly worship for him to complete Part B.

  • Ensure that you also complete your Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) and return it as instructed by the agreed date.


We are here to support any prospective applications to our school and are available to help with the application process.