Consultation on Proposed Changes to School Admissions Criteria from September 2020
The Admissions Code of Practice 2012 requires an admissions authority to consult each time it proposes to make significant changes to its admission arrangements. On behalf of the Governing Body (which is the admission authority for this school) the Archdiocese of Liverpool is undertaking this statutory consultation with parents and other stakeholders of the school.
The consultation process allows parents, other schools, the local authority and other interested stakeholders to raise comments or concerns about the proposed arrangements. This consultation will run between 3 December 2018 and 25 January 2019. Information on how you can respond can be found below.
Schools across the Archdiocese are consulting on proposed changes to admissions policies to take effect for school admissions in September 2020. They will only effect new applications for reception and Year 7 places (from September 2020 onwards) and children in other year groups and who have already obtained a place at a school will not experience any changes.
You can find further information about the proposed changes via the following internet link and clicking on the link for your school. Schools are grouped into local authority areas. There is further information contained in the document ‘Consultation on Proposed Changes to School Admissions Criteria September 2020’ which is available via the same link. You can also ask for a copy of the information at the school office.
How to Respond
This consultation is co-ordinated by the Liverpool Archdiocese on behalf of each of the individual schools named in this document. The consultation period will run between 3 December 2018 and 25 January 2019 and you are invited to submit comments in writing about the proposal above to: The Archdiocese of Liverpool, Education Department, LACE, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, L17 1AA. Alternatively you may wish to e-mail: Comments should also be sent to the individual Chair of Governing Body at the school address.
Please submit any comments by Monday 28 January 2019. Following the consultation period each Governing Body will then need to meet before 28 February 2019 in order to formally determine the Governing Body’s admission arrangements for the academic year commencing September 2020. Any subsequent objections will need to be made to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator by 15 May 2019.
Parents/carers wishing to transfer a child to St Stephen's Catholic Primary School or those parents/carers who are new to the area, should in the first instance contact the Admissions Team at the Local Authority via the link below. The Admissions Team will then contact the preferred schools to assess place availability. As we are a Voluntary Aided School, the Governors' Admissions Committee will be involved. 
If successful, a letter will be sent out to parents/carers to offer a place for their child.  This will be done by the Local Authority.  Parents/carers will then be advised to contact school to determine a start date.  Following the offer of a place, parents have a set timescale to either accept or decline the offer.