Applying for a Place in Reception
St. Chad's welcomes applications for admission from parents of prospective pupils. Children are admitted into the Reception class in the September after their fourth birthday.
Applications for Reception class should be made on line to your local education authority as the admissions process is part of the Dudley LA co-ordinated scheme. There are 30 places available in Reception class and these places are offered to children based on the admission's criteria. St. Chad's also have a Supplementary Information Form which we ask parents to complete.
In-Year Applications (changing schools in the middle of the year)
An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. An application should be made following the guidance on the Changing Schools page of the Dudley MBC website
As a Catholic School, parents will also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form in addition to the standard application form that is submitted to the local authority. Supplementary Information Forms are available below or a hard copy can be provided on request from the Operations Manager. Supplementary Information Forms must be returned directly to the Operations Manager by email or handing them into the school office. If a Supplementary Information Form is not submitted directly to the school this may affect the priority given to the application and could affect the likelihood of your child being offered a place.
The local authority will forward your application to the school for consideration by the governors.
Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for the current academic year, will be applied. The full admission arrangements can be accessed by contacting the school office. Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.
If there are no places available, the local authority will notify you of this decision on behalf of the governors and the child will be added to the waiting list. Please see the admission arrangements for more details regarding waiting lists.
You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible. Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of its receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of its receipt.
You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.
If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact our Operations Manager by email. You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority by contacting Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345.
Twice per year, we hold an open evening for prospective parents to have a look around school and meet some of the staff. These are held in the Autumn term for prospective Reception parents and in the Summer term for prospective Nursery parents.
However, we are always happy to show interested parents around our lovely school at any time.
Our main feeder school is Bishop Milner Catholic Catholic College which is also part of the St John Bosco MAC.
A summary of life at Bishop Milner:
Staff are fully committed to helping students excel through an ambitious curriculum, Quality First Teaching, the very best of pastoral care and the highest standards of behaviour. Importantly, as a Catholic college, our mission is to achieve all of this with Christ at the centre of all we say and do. Motivated to celebrate what makes everyone in our rich and diverse community different but equal, we welcome students of all faiths and no faith at all – drawing upon the role of Gospel values in our daily lives together.
While excellent progress and outcomes for all students may signpost the impact of our curriculum, holistically, we look first and foremost to celebrate the happiness and successes (however small) of the whole child on their individual journey. For this reason, the personal development and enrichment opportunities that surround the academic education we provide, are also incredibly important to us. Naturally, we are passionate about what goes on inside classrooms, but also recognise that some of the best memories and biggest smiles come from the college stage, the sports pitch, the rewards outing or that first trip away from home.
Crucially, Bishop Milner is a place where your child will be known, valued and remembered.
For more information, please see the Bishop Milner Catholic College website
Which Local Authority?
We follow the admission procedure laid down by Dudley Local Authority which handles all applications for us on our behalf.
The application form for admission to school is a very important document, and has to be filled in online. You must make sure you fill it in as accurately and fully as possible. If you don’t do this, you may not end up with the choice of school you wanted. You may even end up being allocated a school place several miles away.
You apply via the Local Authority you live in, even if the school you wish to apply to is not in the same authority. For example, St. Chad's Catholic Primary is a Dudley school, but a parent who lives in the Sandwell Council area may wish to apply to the school. In this case the parent would apply via Sandwell Council.
The Local Authorities co-ordinate applications together.
If you are unsure which authority you fall into visit Find Your Local Council and use the postcode lookup, which will tell you what Council authority you live in.
If you don’t feel confident in applying for a school place on your own, the school can support you complete an application form. Contact the school office and ask to make an appointment with our Office Manager who will be able to help you.
Further information on the Admissions process can be found on the following web pages: