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Secondary schools

How We Process Applications

Phase 1 and 2

For all denominational (Roman Catholic) and non-denominational schools: Catchment area applications as part of the normal placing round (those received no later than 15 March for a school place commencing the following August) will be processed at the end of March. When necessary, two phase processing will be undertaken.

Phase 1 (All schools, all applicants)

  • All applications made to a preferred catchment school will be processed and where possible allocated a place at the school requested.  In cases of oversubscription (where the number of catchment applications is greater than the number of places available at the year stage in question), places will be allocated in accordance with the school admissions and placing request policies.

  • In phase one all applications made to a catchment school will be processed and considered.

 

Phase 2 (Only required for those catchment applicants who could not be accommodated at the preferred catchment school applied for)

  • Where the number of applications made to a Roman Catholic catchment school is greater than the number of places available, those applicants who could not be accommodated will:
    • be redirected to an alternative non-catchment Roman Catholic school, when the child is of Roman Catholic faith as evidenced by a Baptismal Certificate;
    • be included in a second phase of processing (Phase 2) for a place at the alternative non-denominational catchment school (if places are still available following Phase 1 processing of that school) when the child is not of Roman Catholic faith as evidenced by a Baptismal Certificate. Places will be allocated in accordance with the school admissions and placing request policies, as described in Phase 1 processing.
      • Where applicants cannot be accommodated in their alternative non­ denominational catchment school, they will be redirected to a non­ catchment non-denominational school.
  • Where the number of applications made to a non-denominational catchment school is greater than the number of places available, those applicants who could not be accommodated will be redirected to an alternative non-catchment non-denominational school.

Redirected catchment children will be offered a place at the preferred catchment school applied for in accordance with the school admissions and placing request policies, when places become available.  For those redirected children of another faith or none, who applied for a place at a Roman Catholic catchment school as their preferred catchment school, a place will be allocated at the non­ denominational catchment school should one become available.

Catchment applicants will be notified of the outcome of their catchment application no later than 31 March.

For those catchment applicants who record a Preferred Alternative option as part of their application, or who submit a placing request for a place in a non-catchment school, these applications will be processed by the end of April; you will be notified of the outcome of this application no later than 30 April.

For further details (including information on redirection), please see the school admissions and placing request policies.


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