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The Admissions Process

All applications for a Reception place at St. Helen's Catholic Infant school must be made via Essex County Council (ECC). - Tel. 0845 6032200, email: or website 

Reception Cohort 2024-25: All SIFS and supporting documents must be provided to the school by 4pm: Monday 15th January 2024


Admissions Update: Friday 16th December 2022:

In accordance with section 88E of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998,  The DFe has now approved the proposed variation to the admission arrangements determined by the governing board of St Helen’s Catholic Infant School for St Helen’s Catholic Infant School for September 2023. The published admission number for admissions under the 2023 admission arrangements will be 60. 


Mid - Year Applications

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 and returning it to the school.


Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements.  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 will 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 Onslow (Office Manager).  You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with Essex County Council.

Appeals:  If you wish to appeal against a decision not to admit your child, please refer to the Essex County Council website.