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In a Voluntary Aided school, the Governors are the Admissions Authority on behalf of the Archdiocese of Southwark. The governors work closely with the local authority and the Diocesan Schools' Commission.

Parents who wish to consider St William of York as a school of choice at age 5, must firstly register on the eadmissions website  ( , and then complete an online Common Application Form. 

Further information and guidance is available on the Lewisham website:

You must also complete a Supplementary Information Form, which should be endorsed by your parish priest, or minister, to verify mass attendance. You will see that allowances are made for the current Covid19 situation, regarding Mass attendance. The school welcomes applications from families of all faiths, and families of no faith. All are welcome!

If you do not attend a church, you do not need to complete the Priest or Minister's part of the form, but you must still complete a Supplementary Form so that Governors can consider your application. 

As of the 5th June 2022, Pentecost, the Bishops of England and Wales reinstated the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. Parents applying for a place at St William of York, under a faith based criteria will need to complete a Supplementary Information Form. Evidence of practice will be measured by frequency of attendance at Mass as validated by either a priest or minister, as was the case prior to 18th March 2020. These arrangements apply to the admissions round for 2023 and subsequent rounds.

In Year Admissions and Transfer between schools:

For admission to the school in other year groups, parents must complete an In-Year Admission Form online which is available from the London Borough of Lewisham, and also complete a Supplementary Information Form, which you return to the school office.  The Section 9 must be completed by the headteacher of your current school.

Applications to the Nursery are co-ordinated by the school office, and admission to the Nursery does not guarantee admission to the school at age 5, ie. the Reception class.

You may telephone the school office to register your interest in a place for your child. Details will be taken and you will be contacted when the admission process begins.  Many, if not most of our children do transfer but you do have to go through the Common Application Process, administered by the local authority. 

The Nursery has 25 places available, and can offer 30 hrs a week to eligible parents. In addition, for those parents entitled to 15hrs per week, part time places are available for a morning or an afternoon session. Parents are asked to make a contribution to the cost of school lunch if their child attends for 30hrs. The morning session is from 9am - 11.30am, and the afternoon session is available from 12.00pm - 3.00pm.

St William of York is a one form entry school, and each year group has 30 places. 

If your child is unsuccessful in gaining entry to the school, you may ask to add your child's name to the Waiting List. Please note that you must refresh your desire to remain on the waiting list each year and complete an In Year Admission request via the Lewisham Admissions Team. If a space becomes available, the Local Authority and governors will prioritise according to the Admissions Policy.