Skip to content ↓

St Thomas ofCanterbury


Applying for a place at our school

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School welcomes Catholic and non Catholic children from 3 years of age.   St Thomas’ is part of the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy Trust which means the Trust have overall responsibility for admissions to the school.  Please contact the Office Manager to enquire further ( or 01920 821450).

Applying for a place at our School:

Nursery Admissions:

For September 2023: (Children born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020).

Please note that we have a single intake into our Nursery in September.  We also offer 30 hour childcare provision – please contact the School Office for further details.  Once your child’s place in our Nursery is confirmed, please complete a Parent Declaration Form and return to the School Office if you are eligible for 30 hour funding. 

When applying for a Nursery place, you will need to complete an Early Years Application Form available from our website or the School Office between 1st October 2022 and 15th December 2022. (Please note that Hertfordshire County Council no longer co-ordinates Nursery Admissions therefore you need to apply directly to each school).  You will also need to complete our Supplementary Information Form which is contained within our Nursery Determined Admissions Arrangements 2023/24

 Nursery Applications ~ Key Dates:

01 October 2022: Nursery Applications open
15 December 2022: Deadline for Nursery Applications to be received
10 January 2023: School advises parents outcome of their Nursery Application
20 January 2023: Deadline for parents to accept Nursery place

Reception Admissions:

For September 2023 (Children born between 01 September 2018 and 31 August 2019):

Please note that we have a single intake into our Reception in September. When applying for a Reception place, you will need to complete the standard Primary Application Form from Hertfordshire County Council (see Online applications open on 1st November 2022.   In addition, you will need to complete the Supplementary Information Form contained within the Determined Admissions 2023/24 or obtain a hard copy from the School Office.  

The Supplementary Information Form should be returned to the School Office, together with a copy of Baptism Certificate (if applicable).  This form should be returned by 15 January 2023.

Please refer to the following website for Appeals information:

Please refer to Hertfordshire's KEY DATES for Reception applications.

Key dates for Admissions in 2023/24 are as follows:

Key Dates


Closing date for online applications to be submitted to the LA

15 January 2023

Statutory deadline for receipt of paper applications

15 January 2023

Allocation information dispatched to parents

19 April 2023

Date by which parents/ carers may accept or reject place offered

03 May 2023

Date by which parents / carers return appeal forms

16 May 2023 

In Year Admissions:

In-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.  

Nursery In Year Applications:

Please refer to our Nursery Determined Admissions Arrangements 2022/23  (or request a hard copy from the School Office), and return to the Office along with a Baptism Certificate if applicable.  A reminder that securing a place in our Nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception.

Reception - Year 6 In Year Applications:

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2022/23 will be applied. Please apply online via Herts County Council.  In addition, please complete and return to the School Office a Supplementary Information Form contained within our Determined Admission Arrangements 2022/23 and an In Year Admissions Application Form to St Thomas of Canterbury School, High Street, Puckeridge, Herts SG11 1RZ along with Baptism Certificate if applicable.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible. Applicants must 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 Head Teacher: Mrs Michelle Keating, St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, High Street, Puckeridge, Herts SG11 1RZ. You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority:

The Admission Number for KS 1 (Year 1) is 15

The Admission Number for KS 1 (Year 2) is 15

The Admission Number for KS 2 (Year 3) is 16

The Admission Number for KS 2 (Year 4) is 16

The Admission Number for KS 2 (Year 5) is 16

The Admission Number for KS 2 (Year 6) is 16

School Admission Appeals:

All parents should have the ability to lodge all school admission appeals online. All parents now need to set up an appeals account in order to appeal.  The online appeals portal is the same for all parents and is found here: School Admission Appeal | Hertfordshire County Council  In order to set up an account, the following codes are needed:

  • Application Reference Number
  • Child ID

 Transfer appeals

Hertfordshire parents can access the codes they need in order to set up an appeals account via their admissions account.  They can see them on the page where they are told their allocation. Parents who live out-of-county or who applied on paper will need to contact our Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 in order to obtain their registration details to gain access. These they will be sent via automated email.

Please click on this link for the School Admission Appeals Timetable 

2024/2025 Admission Arrangements

Please click on link for our:

Determined Admission Arrangements for 2024/2025

Determined Nursery Admissions Policy 2024/2025


To download a copy of our School Prospectus, please click here.

St Thomas of

High St, Puckeridge,
Ware, SG11 1RZ

08:50 - 15:15

01920 821450