St Vincent de Paul is a Catholic Primary School under the trusteeship of the Archdiocese of Liverpool It is maintained by Liverpool Authority. As a Voluntary Aided School, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.

The Local Authority undertakes the co-ordination of admissions arrangements. Applications must be made online by JANUARY 12TH.

It is ESSENTIAL that an application is also made to the school and a supplementary faith form is completed & returned to school along with proof of Baptism by JANUARY 12TH. **Evidence of Baptism -If you are applying for a Catholic primary school and your child was baptised in the parish served by the school then the parish baptismal records will be checked by the school to confirm baptism. If your child was baptised in another parish a baptismal certificate or the completion of the statement below will normally be required to confirm your child is a baptised Catholic**

Please note, that without this supplementary faith form, your application will be made as a Criteria 9 child (Children whose parents express a preference for a place at the school).


St Vincent de Paul is a Catholic School under the trusteeship of the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

It is maintained by Liverpool Authority. 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 a 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.

All preference listed on the Local Authority Preference Form will be considered on an equal basis with the following set of ADMISSIONS CRITERIA forming a priority order where there are more applications for admissions than the school has places available.

1. Looked After Children & 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 St Vincent de Paul

4. Baptised Catholic children resident in other parishes

5. Other children who have a sibling in the school at the time of admission

6. Children from other Christian denominations

7. Children of other faiths

8. Other children

a) All applicants will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is JANUARY 12TH.

b) 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.

c) For a child to be considered as a Catholic, evidence of a Catholic Baptism or reception into the Church will be required. A Baptised Catholic is one who has been baptised into full communion with the Catholic Church 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 baptism and 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 Baptism


Certificate of Reception before applications for school places can be considered for categories of “Baptised Catholics”. A Certificate of Baptism or Reception is to include: full name, date of birth, date of baptism or reception and parent(s) name(s). The certificate must also show that it is copied from the records kept by the place of baptism or reception.

Those who would 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 their 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.

d) It is the duty of governors to comply with regulations on class size limits at Key Stage One.

e) If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given based on distance from home to school. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the front door of the child’s home address (including the community entrance to flats) to the main entrance of the school using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system with those living nearer to the school having priority. In the event of distances being the same for two or more applicants where this distance would be last place/s to be allocated, a random lottery will be carried out in a public place.

All the names will be entered into a hat and the required number of names will be drawn out.

f) Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the child’s “permanent place of residence” will be determined as the address of the parent who ordinarily has responsibility for the child, as determined by reference to an official document e.g. child benefit.

g) Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers and sisters or the child of a parent/carer’s partner where the child the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling..

h) A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept and will be ranked according to the Admission Criteria. Parents will be informed of their child’s position on the waiting list, which will not be operated for longer than the end of the Autumn Term.

i) For ‘In Year’ applications received outside the normal admissions round and if places are available then children qualifying under the published criteria will be admitted. If there are places available  but more applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied. ‘

j) If the Governing Body has turned down an application for admission, 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.

k) Parents can request that the date their child, if below compulsory school age, is admitted to school is deferred to later in the school year or until the term when they reach compulsory school age.

l) The Governing Body reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to baptism, sibling connections or place of residence.