Admissions - Reception Class September 2022

Thank you for your interest in St Wilfrid's

Starting school should be an exciting time for all children and at St Wilfrid's we recognise the privilege we have in supporting your child in taking their next step on their learning journey. 
Choosing a school is a very important decision and all parents and carers want to make sure they have all the information to make the right choices for their child.
To support you in making this decision, we are holding school tours with Mr Hateley, our Headteacher, or with Ms Strange, our Deputy Headteacher, on different days and times in November and December. To allow families to ask questions, and being mindful of current restrictions, we will be limiting each tour to a maximum of 5 families at a time. 
The tour dates are as follows,
Tuesday 2 November 9.15am and 2pm
Wednesday 3 November 9.15am and 2pm
Thursday 4 November 9.15am
Tuesday 9 November 9.15am and 2pm
Wednesday 10 November 9.15am and 2pm
Thursday 11 November 9.15am
Tuesday 16 November 9.15am and 2pm
Wednesday 17 November 9.15am and 2pm
Thursday 18 November 2pm
Tuesday 30 November 9.15am and 2pm
Wednesday 1 December 9.15am
Thursday 2 December 9.15am 
Thursday 6 January 9.15am
Please call the school office on 01444 413707 to book a tour.

Admissions information, what to do, and links to the relevant sites for submitting an application follow. If you have any questions, please call and speak to Mrs Webster or Mrs Atkin in the school office who will be happy help. 

Admissions: Reception Class September 2022

Your application should be submitted directly to the Local Authority.

If you are applying on church grounds an additional application from should be submitted directly to the St Wilfrid’s school office.

Admissions open: Monday 4th October 2021

The closing date for applications is 11.59 p.m. Saturday 15th January 2022.

In case of technical issues we strongly recommend you apply online and not delay your application until the last minute.  If you choose to apply on a paper form, it is your responsibility to ensure the form arrives before the national closing date.
Please note that the St Wilfrid’s Supplementary Information Form and Clergy Form must be returned to the school by the close of the school day on Friday 14th January 2022 (as the school is not open on Saturdays).

Applications received after the closing date are considered late and dealt with after all those received on time. 

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us. Additionally, if you feel that there any exceptional or compelling reasons why your application should be given preferential consideration, please contact us well before the application deadline.  This will enable us to advise you about the appropriate application processes and any supporting evidence that might be needed.

If you need to complete a paper West Sussex application form please contact the West Sussex Pupil Admissions team: Tel: 033 301 42903 or Email:

If you require a printed form, please contact our school office who will be able to assist you.

COVID-19 Pandemic Statement

As for many church schools, regular attendance at public worship is part of our oversubscription criteria. Due to the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, churches and other places of worship have been closed for public worship.  Following guidance from the Diocese of Chichester in conjunction with the Department for Education we have clarified how church attendance will be considered.

This statement has therefore been added to our Admissions Policy:

In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.