Holy Rood Catholic Primary School


Attention All Parents. Please apply for your child's place at primary school if your child was born between 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015

Holy Rood Catholic Primary Academy serves the catchment area parishes of Holy Rood Swindon, St Peter's West Swindon, St Joseph's Wroughton and Sacred Heart Royal Wootton Bassett.


Pupils are normally admitted in the September of the school year after their fourth birthday.  Parents have the right to defer their child's admission to school to the start of any subsequent term which occurs after the child has passed his or her fifth birthday.


It is expected that the families of all applicants who are not Roman Catholics, or committed members of another Christian denomination, will understand the benefits of a Christian education and will support the Catholic Ethos of the school.


Order of Priority

In the event of oversubscription (i.e. more applications than available places) applications will be ranked, in accordance with the order of priority listed below:


  1. Looked After Children or previously Looked After Children who are Baptised Catholic.
  2. Baptised Catholic children living in the catchment area parishes.
  3. Baptised Catholic children living outside the catchment area parishes


In Categories 1-3 and 6, a Baptismal certificate must be available for inspection.


      4. Looked After Children in Care or previously Looked After Children

      5. Children living in the catchment area parishes.

6. Children (who are not Catholic but) who have a Catholic parent

7. Service Personnel Children

8. Other children not in the above categories.




Within categories 1-3 priority within each category will be given in order to:

a. Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;

b. Random Allocation i.e. drawing of lots supervised by someone independent of the school.



Appeals procedure

Parents/carers have the right to appeal against the refusal by the Governors to admit their child and should put their appeal in writing to the Clerk to the Governors at the school.  Appeals will be arranged by the Local Authority.


Appeals for applications made under the 'normal admissions round' for you child's school age, must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging an appeal.


Under the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England)  Regulations  2012  an application is  made  in the  ‘normal  admissions  round’  if  it  is  not:


1) a ‘late application’ (an application is a ‘late’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group; it is submitted before the first day of the school term of the admission year; and a determination relating to the application is not made by an authority on or before the offer date. The ‘relevant age group’ is the age group at which pupils are or will normally be admitted to the school e.g. reception or year 7, Section 142 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998)


Late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.


2) an ‘in-year application’ (an application is an ‘in-year’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group and it is submitted on or after the first day of the first school term of the admission year, or it is for the admission of a child to an age group other than a relevant age group).  


For applications for in-year admissions, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.


Please find below a link to the Admissions information on Swindon Borough Council website.  

Admissions Policy Consultation 2020-2021

The school is currently consulting on its Admissions Policy for Reception pupils for the 2020-21 academic year. The Admission policy is the document which outlines how applications to the school will be considered and it is a legal requirement to consult . The proposed policy can be viewed below or is available from the school office on request. Comments can be returned via email for the attention of the Clerk at or alternatively in a sealed envelope to the school office. The consultation will run from Friday 21st December 2018 until Thursday 31st January 2019, the results will then be fed back to the Governors who are the Admissions Authority to determine the arrangements for 2020-21.