Applying for a Reception place for a September 2018 start? Was your child born between 01/09/13 to 31/08/14?

Children born between 01/09/13 to 31/08/14 are eligible to enroll via Liverpool City Council online application process.

Liverpool Admissions Website – Reception 2017 Online Application<- Click link or visit

The application for Reception September 2018 closes 15th January 2018. If you do not apply before this date you must submit a late application.

You will need an email address for the online application. Your child’s offer letter will be emailed to you in April 2018, to the same email address. You will not receive a notification letter in the post.

If your child attends nursery they DO NOT automatically transfer in to St Nicholas Reception class. All parents must complete this process.

You can contact Liverpool City Council Admissions Team on 0151 233 3006 and request a paper application form.

We would like to offer parents the opportunity to use the school computers and/or we can facilitate a group for those who may need guidance/ support in completing the online application.

We invite you to join us at one of our admission sessions: We have four open mornings / afternoons dates to be announced soon. During Parents evenings – 17th October from 3.30pm & 18th October from 3.30pm, Mrs Needham will be available to assist you with any questions you may have. However, please feel free to book an appointment with Mrs Needham or Mrs Garforth to support you through the process, one to one, if you feel this would be more appropriate. We are here to help and support you.

Children joining St Nicholas after this date must immediately contact Liverpool Admissions Team to submit a last application.

School are accepting supplementary faith forms. Forms are available from the link below or paper copies can be collected from the school office. A photocopy of your child’s baptism certificate will be taken and placed on file until allocations have been determined.

Dates for you to remember:

Support and online application sessions: Dates: Parents evenings -Wednesday 19th October from 3.30pm & Thursday 20th October from 3.30pm. Plus the ICT suite will be made available on both parents evenings for those parents who require computer support.

Closing dates for online applications is Monday 15th January 2018

Supplementary forms handed to school by Friday 19th January 2018

Offer email date is  April 2017 – sent from Liverpool Admissions Team

This website – with its photos, children’s work, quotes, Twitter and news updates – should give you a picture of life at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School but do please come and see the school at work and discover how your child could thrive here.


St Nicholas Catholic Primary School Admissions Policy Link –  St Nicholas Admissions Policy & Arrangements 2017-2018



St Nicholas’ is a Catholic School under the trusteeship of the Archdiocese of Liverpool. It is maintained by Liverpool City Council.  As a Voluntary Aided School, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.  The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.  For the school’s year commencing September 2017, the Governing Body has set its admissions number at 30.

Our principal role as a Catholic school is to participate in the mission of the Catholic Church by providing a framework which will help children to grow in their understanding of the Good News and in the practice of their faith. The school will help the children develop fully as human beings and prepare them to undertake their responsibilities as Catholic in society.  The school asks all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community.  This does not affect the rights of parents who are not of the faith of this school to apply for and be considered for a place here.

Admissions to the school will be determined by the Governing Body. Parents must complete a Local Authority Preference Form or apply online via the  If you wish to have your application to be considered against that school’s faith/denomination criteria then you should also complete the Supplementary Form which is available from the school.  All preferences listed will be considered on an equal basis and, where there are more applications than the number of places available, the following set of OVERSUBSCRIPTION CRITERIA will be applied:

  1. Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children.
  2. Baptised Catholic children who have a sibling in the school at the time of admission.
  3. Baptised Catholic children resident in the parish of Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
  4. Other baptised Catholic children.
  5. Other children who have a sibling in the school at the time of admission.
  6. Children from other Christian denominations. Proof of Baptism in the form of a Baptismal Certificate or confirmation in writing that the applicant is a member of their Faith community from an appropriate Minister of Religion is required.
  7. Children of other faiths. An appropriate Faith Leader would need to confirm in writing that the applicant is a member of their faith group.
  8. Other children.

If it is not possible to offer places for all applications within any criteria above then places will be allocated to the children who live nearest to the school. The distance will be measured by straight line distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school using the local authority’s computerised measuring system.

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health Care Plan that names a school will be offered place without using the admission criteria and will count as part of the school’s published admission number.


  1. All applications will be considered at the same time and after the national closing date. Applications received after that date will be treated as late applications and will not be considered until after the main allocation of places has taken place.
  2. A Looked After Child is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services functions (under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989. A previously Looked After Child is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
  3. For a child to be considered as a Catholic evidence of a Catholic Baptism is required. Baptism should take place before the closing date for applications.

A Baptised Catholic can also be defined as one who has been baptised by the Rites of Baptism of one of the various Churches in communion with the See of Rome (cf Catechism of the Catholic Church 1203). Written evidence of this baptism can be obtained by recourse to the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the baptism took place.


A person who has been baptised in a separate ecclesial community and subsequently received into full communion with the Catholic Church by the Rite of Reception of Baptised Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Written evidence of their reception into full communion with the Catholic Church can be obtained by recourse to the Register of Receptions, or in some cases a sub-section of the Baptismal Registers of the Church in which the Rite of Reception took place.

The Governing Body will require written evidence in the form of a Certificate of Reception before applications for school places can be considered for categories of ‘Baptised Catholics’. A Certificate of Reception is to include full name, date of birth, date of reception and parent(s) name(s).  The certificate must also show that it is copied from the records kept by the place of reception.

Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism for a good reason, may still be considered as baptised Catholics but only after they have been referred to the parish priest who after consulting with the Vicar General, will decide how the question of baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the law of the Church.

  1. Home Address is considered to be the address where the child normally lives. Where care is split and a child moves between two addresses, the household in receipt of the child benefit would normally be the address used but the admission body reserve the right to request other proofs as fit the individual circumstance. Applicants should not state a childminder’s or other relative’s address.
  2. Sibling is defined in these arrangements as full, half or step brothers and sisters, adopted and foster brothers and sisters who are living at the same address and are part of the same family unit. This does not include cousins or other family relationships.
  3. A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept and will be ranked according to the Admission Criteria. The waiting list does not consider the date the application was received or the length of time a child’s name has been on the waiting list. This means that a child’s position on the list may change if another applicant is refused a place and their child has higher priority in the admissions criteria. The waiting list will be retained until at least the end of December of the relevant year of the admissions process.
  4. For ‘In Year’ applications received outside the normal admissions round, if places are available they will be offered to those who apply. Direct application to the school can now be made under this heading. If there are places available but more applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied.
  5. If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. Parents must be allowed at least twenty school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to submit that appeal. Parents must give reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on the Governors.
  6. The Governing Body reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to the application.
  7. It is the duty of governors to comply with regulations on class size limits at Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. The Governing Body may exceed the regulations for twins and children from multiple births where one of the children is the 30th child admitted. This also applies to in-year applicants who are looked after/previously looked after, children of UK service personnel or children who move into the area for whom there is no other school available within a reasonable distance.
  8. If a child is a “summer born child”, parents can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred to later in the school year. However, the child has to start school before the end of that school year. If a parent wishes their child to be educated out of their normal school year (kept back a year), they must discuss this with the school before applying.  However, the decision on this rests with the school (para 2.17 of the Admissions Code).
  9. Parents may request that their child attend school part-time until he/she reaches his/her fifth birthday.





Please click the link below to access our school application form and faith form. All enquirers should be directed to the school office. Paper copies also available from the school office.
Application Form A4 – Nursery

Application Form A4 – School

Supplementary Faith Form

For Bluebird applications please refer to the Bluebird section of the website or call into the school office.