St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School

St Wilfrid's
Catholic Primary School



St Wilfrid's is a two-form entry Catholic primary school in Burgess Hill, West Sussex and part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.


Our governing body is the admissions authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school, including setting the priority of admissions when the school is oversubscribed. The local authority undertakes the co-ordination of admission arrangements during the normal admission round. 

Although Catholic children have priority of admission, the school welcomes applications from those of other denominations and faiths, or of none.   

 Applications can be made for children starting school or for in year admissions (for example if you have moved to the area or would like your child to move schools).  


Year 4

In Year Admissions 

1. Submit application directly to WSCC

 To apply for an in-year place during the academic year for your child, please complete

 the West Sussex Managed Application Form for In Year admission. This must be sent directly to West Sussex County Council.  

In Year Admissions Application Form - WSCC 

2. Submit SIF form directly to St Wilfrid's

Please submit the Supplementary Information Form and send this directly to the school office either by email or bringing a paper copy in person. This must be submitted as soon as you have submitted your application to West Sussex County Council. 


3. Wait for your offer


Upon receipt of an In Year application, WSCC will aim to notify parents of the outcome of the application in writing within 10 school days. However, it might take up to 15 school days. You must respond to any offer of a place within ten school days. 


4. Next steps 

If you accept an available space we will contact you with more information about your child starting school. We are unable to hold places and if a child is offered a place they are expected to commence within ten days of the offer. If there is not a place for your child you will be placed onto a waiting list. There are no guarantees as to how long you may stay on this list. 

As per the School Admissions Code 2021, the limit imposed per class is a maximum of 30 pupils in an infant class at any time while an ordinary teaching session is conducted by a single school teacher. We therefore, cannot have more than 30 children per class.

Where an applicant is offered a school place following an in-year application, and the offer is accepted, arrangements should be made for the child to start school as soon as possible, particularly where the child is out of school.

Waiting lists are ranked according to our admission criteria-please see our admissions policy for more information. Your child’s position on a waiting list may go down as well as up, for example, if other children with greater priority according to the school’s admission criteria are added to the list.

Starting School Admissions 

Most children start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. This means they’ll turn 5 during their first school year.

For example, if your child is born between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021 they will start school in September 2025.

Applications for starting school in September 2024 have now closed. If you have a child that this applies to and have missed the application deadline please contact West Sussex County Council directly here.

The application period for children starting school in September 2025 will open in September 2024. Information on how to apply will be published here in due course, along with details of any Open Mornings.  

1. Apply directly to WSCC

Please complete West Sussex County Council's Common Application Form (CAF) online between October and January when your child is approaching school starting age. All applications must be made to West Sussex County Council. 

Most children start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. This means they’ll turn 5 during their first school year.


Late applications are only considered after all offers to those who applied on time have been made.

2. Complete our Supplementary Information Form 

In addition to the WSCC CAF please complete our Governors’ Supplementary Information Form (SIF) so that we can categorise your application in accordance with our admissions policy.

Whilst this form is not compulsory, if not submitted, the Governors can only consider your application within the last criterion of our admissions policy.  If you do not complete the SIF and return it to the school with all supporting documents by the closing date this is likely to affect your child’s chance of being offered a place. The completed SIF, together with all supporting documents, should be returned to the school by hand, post or email before the closing date. 

3. Wait for your offer. 

The local authority are responsible for making offers for places at schools in West Sussex. 

Depending on how you completed the Common Application Form (CAF) in step 1, West Sussex County Council will contact you by email or by post to inform you of which school your child has been allocated a place at. WSCC will inform parents on 16th April (if this date falls on a weekend they will inform you on the next working day).

4. Accept or appeal

If you wish to accept the offer made by the local authority, you do not need to do anything; the school at which your child has been given a place write to you to confirm details for starting school later in the year.

However, if you are unhappy with the decision made by the local authority, please refer to West Sussex County Council's appeals process



Visiting the School 

 If your child's application for an in year admission has been successful (ie you are offered a place here), we will arrange a tour of the school.