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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 which is available from the local authority website

You must also complete a Supplementary Information Form, which should be endorsed by your parish priest, or minister, ito 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!

The application process begins on the 1st September and you must complete your application and submit all documents by 15th January 2021.  You will be notified of the outcome, by the local authority, on 16th April 2021.

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. 

Parents and carers applying for places in the academic year 2021-2022 are asked to note the following statement in relation to the Mass Attendance oversubscription criterion set out in Catholic Primary School’s admission arrangements: On the advice of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Southwark, the governing body of St William of York Catholic Primary School has agreed the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based oversubscription criteria will be interpreted while churches are closed or attendance at church is not possible due to Covid-19. This statement has been shared widely with parishes by the Education Commission in order to ensure that determinations made by parish priests concerning regular practice of the faith are being made on a consistent basis.

The suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass was announced on 18th March 2020 by Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. If a parent/carer attended Mass at a certain frequency at a particular parish (or parishes) prior to 18th March 2020 then they will be considered to have attended Mass in that parish (or parishes) at the same frequency since that time. This will remain the case until the Sunday obligation is reintroduced by the Bishops.

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.

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, or to 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, governors can only consider those on the list with the Local Authority and will then prioritise according to the Admissions Policy.