School Admissions

General Information about Admissions to St. Vincent's

St. Vincent’s is a Roman Catholic Primary School under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Shrewsbury. It is maintained by Cheshire East Education Authority. As a Voluntary Aided School the Governing Body is the Admissions’ Authority and is responsible for making decisions on applications for admissions. The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Education Authority. This means that parents wishing to apply for a place at St. Vincent's will need to make the application via Cheshire East Council, who will pass the application information onto the School. Then the Governors make the decision - not the Local Authority.


Starting Reception in September 2024

The admissions round for September 2024 will open early in September 2023. The process for Reception admissions is as follows:

  • Early in the October prior to your child starting school you will be contacted by the Local Authority asking you to rank three schools for which you wish to apply for a place for your child. The closing date for this is typically around mid-January of the year your child is due to start Reception (now confirmed as 15th January).
  • This application is submitted to the Local Authority, although you must provide our school with a document called a Supplementary Information Form ('SIF') and a copy of your child's Baptism certificate. 
  • After the closing date, the Local Authority sends school the data and the Governors then consider the applications and apply the admission criteria. This information is sent back to the Local Authority who will then prepare the offers.
  • The Local Authority will send Parents an offer letter - this is usually in the middle of April.
  • Parents have 10 working days in which to accept or decline the offer.


Cheshire East School Admissions

In Year Admissions

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 to the school by completing the ‘In Year Admissions Application’ form on Cheshire East website. This form can be found by clicking on the link here -

  • Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements, will be applied.(See Admissions Policy).
  • Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.
  • If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list. Please see the admission arrangements for more details.
  • 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 receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of 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 Mrs Watson our School Buisness Manager on 01565 633637.  You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority.


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St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School. Manor Park South, Knutsford WA16 8AL

Tel: 01565 633637 | Email: [email protected]