Dear Parents/Carers

In response to statutory guidance received from the Catholic Education Service and the Diocese of Hallam, the Governors have determined that changes must be made to the admissions criteria for 2019-20.  This means that the school must publicly consult on its proposed admissions arrangements for a period of six weeks ending on 31 January 2018.  The proposed arrangements, together with the proposed new Supplementary Information form have now been placed on the school’s website and your comments on the changes would be welcomed.  The principal changes from the policy of 2018-19 include:

  • there are no sub categories, but children with certified medical/social needs receive first priority in each category
  • children with siblings already in the school receive second priority in each category
  • there is a separate category for catechumens and members of Eastern Orthodox churches

The prioritisation of children with Education, Health and Care plans (or children with a Statement of special Educational Needs, the tie-break arrangements, the maintenance of the waiting list and the procedures for in-year applications remain unchanged, therefore comments are not requested on these aspects of the proposed policy.

Please address your comments, whether via email or in writing, to Sarah Hinchliffe in the School office, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind Regards,

Mr A Truby


2019-20 Proposed Admissions Policy

Anonymous Objection

Anonymous response


St.Thomas of Canterbury School is a Catholic Voluntary Academy in the Diocese of Hallam, working in partnership in the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Umbrella Trust.

Our school provides a distinctive Christ centred, Catholic education for children aged 3+ to 11+ years, with priority being given to Catholic children who live within the feeder parishes.

The school’s Governing Body is responsible for admissions.  They are guided in that responsibility by the requirements of law; the requirements of the Trust Deed and each school’s Instrument of Government; by advice from the Diocesan Trustees and their duty to the Catholic community and the Common Good.

Please note that admission to one of the three schools does not guarantee admission to a Catholic High School, which will have its own admission policy.

Admission Numbers for 2017/18 are:
St Marie’s 30
St Thomas of Canterbury 30
St Wilfrid’s 40

These numbers have been calculated according to the capacity of the schools, which the law defines.

Please see the admissions policy below for more detail.

Reception Admissions for September 2017. 

If you would like to apply for a place in our Reception Class to start in September 2018 please follow the link below to the Sheffield City Council website to apply online.  Please remember to download and complete the additional form (Catholic Application form) and send them to our school along with a copy of the Baptism Certificate (Catholics only) and birth certificate. If you cannot download the form these also are available from the School office. 

Please note that we will be holding prospective Reception parents meetings on Wednesday 15th November 2016 at 7:30pm and Thursday 16th November 2016 at 1:30pm. Please contact the office on 0114 274 5597, if you would like to attend. 

Mr Colclough & Father O'Reilly welcomed The Lord Mayor of Sheffield to our school on Monday,  the Lord Mayor was very impressed by the school and what it offered the pupils, and has expressed her desire to develop a close relationship with the school in the future.