The Cathedral School Of SS Peter & John

School details


Mount Street
M3 6LU

Telephone: 0161 834 4150

Email: stpeter&

Headteacher: Mrs D Hanley

School type: Voluntary aided

Total number of places for nursery: 30

Total number of places for reception: 30

Total applications received by offer day for reception: 33

Breakdown of reception offers at offer day (19 April 2022): All applicants offered

Total numbers of reception offers made (including alternative offers): 26

Total reception vacancies: 4

Admission policy

The Cathedral School of St Peter and St John RC Primary is a Catholic School in the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford. It is maintained by Salford Local Authority and is a voluntary aided school. The Governing Body is the admissions authority and is responsible for taking all decisions on applications for admissions. The coordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.

For the school year commencing September 2023, the Governing Body has set its admissions number at 30.

The Catholic Faith and Teachings of the Catholic Church have an essential role in school life and influence every aspect of the Curriculum, including Catholic religious education and worship, 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 Catholics in society. The school requires all parents applying for a place here to understand and respect this ethos and its importance to the school community. This does not affect the rights of parents who are not of the Catholic faith to apply for a place here.

Admission to the school will be made by the Governing Body. Parents need to apply online. If you wish to have your application considered against the school’s religious criteria then you must ALSO complete the supplementary form which is available from school.

All preferences will be considered on an equal basis subject to the following set of criteria, which will be used to form a priority order if there are more applications for admission than the school has places available.

The school will admit children who have an Education Health Care Plan in place, in which the school is named.

Admission criteria

  1. Children who are looked-after, or have previously been looked-after.
  2. Baptised  Catholic children who will have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission and resident in the catchment area for the school.
  3. Baptised Catholic children resident anywhere in the catchment area for our school.
  4. Baptised Catholic children of staff employed at the school, where the staff member has been employed for two years or more.
  5. Other baptised Catholic children who will have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission and resident in another parish.
  6. Other baptised Catholic children.
  7. Other children who will have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission.
  8. Other children.


a. The Governing Body is the admissions authority. The admissions committee is comprised of the following governors: Chair of Governors, another governor, and the Head Teacher. The school priest cannot serve on this committee.

b. In the autumn term all parents who have expressed an interest in a school place will be sent a copy of the Local Authority 'Primary Admissions Booklet', which gives details of the LA Co-ordinated admissions arrangements. These are available from Local Authority offices and public libraries. This information is also available on the Salford Local Authority website.

c. Parents must complete a common application form and can express up to 3 preferences for primary school admission. The closing date for all applicants is 15 January 2023. All applicants will be considered by the governors at the same time in a fair way according to the published criteria. The common application form can also be accessed and completed online.

d. A Looked-After Child is a child who is (i) in the care of the Local Authority, or (ii) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of the 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.

e. Looked after children, previously looked after children and in -year fair access application children will take priority over pupils on the waiting list

f. The supplementary form must only request information relating to the fact of baptism. Any further information usually collected by the school should be requested on admission.

g. Parents will be informed of the governors’ decision by Salford Local Authority on 17 April 2023. An offer of a place does not guarantee a place for brothers and sisters in subsequent years.

h. For a child to be considered as a Catholic, evidence of a Catholic Baptism or reception into the Catholic Church is required. Written evidence of reception into the Catholic Church can be obtained by referring 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. If, for example, a child has been baptised in the Church of England and the parents are subsequently admitted to the Catholic Church through the RCIA programme, the child must also be admitted to the Church by the Rite of Reception.

The governing body will require written evidence in the form of a Certificate of Reception before applications for school places can be considered for categories of ‘Baptised Catholics’. A Certificate of Reception is to include full name, date of birth, date of reception and parent(s) name(s). The certificate must also show that it is copied from the records kept by the place of reception.

Those who 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 the parish priest who, after consulting with the Director of Education or officers of the DDFE 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.

i. Parents should check carefully whether they are resident within the parish boundaries of St John’s Cathedral, Chapel Street, Manchester.

Description of the catchment area is as follows: “From the junction of University Road and Wallness Lane, by a straight line E to River Irwell. Then along the River Irwell to the railway bridge near MOSI and west by the Deansgate – Eccles railway to the roundabout joining M602 and Albion Way (A5063). North by Albion Way and Salford Crescent – Swinton railway and by a beeline north east to the University Road and its junction with Wallness Lane”.

The map of the school parish boundary is available to view on the school website

j. All applicants resident in the parish of St John’s Cathedral will be required to provide proof of address, by supplying an original, up to date utility bill or family credit book.

k. It is the duty of governors to comply with regulations on class size limits at Key Stage One. The Governing Body may exceed KS1 Class Size Regulations for twins, siblings in the same year group and children from multiple births where one of the children is the 30th child admitted.

l. If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of proximity to the school, using the Local Authority (LA) measuring system. The LA computerized system measures 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 with those living nearer the school having priority. In the event of distances being the same for 2 or more applicants where this distance would be the 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.

m. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each part of the week, the ‘home’ address will be determined as being where the child resides for the majority of the school week. The address shown on the child benefit notification letter will be taken as evidence of residency. If this is not available then the child’s medical card must be provided.

n. Sibling is defined as a natural brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling. The governing body must comply with maximum class size of 30 children but if there is one place remaining and the next qualifying application is for children of a multiple birth – then all children of that multiple birth will be admitted.

o. If the school is oversubscribed, a waiting list will be maintained until the end of the Autumn Term. This will be ordered according to the admission over-subscription criteria. The waiting list does not consider the date the application was received nor the length of time a child’s name has been on the waiting list. This means that a child’s position on the list may change if another applicant is refused a place and their child has a higher priority in the admissions criteria.

p. Late applications will be considered in accordance with the published admissions criteria. If the school is over-subscribed, late applications will be placed on a reserve list in priority order according to the published admissions criteria. Parents will be notified if a vacancy subsequently arises. Parents will be expected to provide a reason/s for the late application. If this is not exceptional the application will be dealt with after all others have been dealt with.

q. If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body parents can appeal to an independent appeals panel. This appeal must be sent in writing to the clerk to the governors at the school within 20 school days of notification of refusal. The date of notification will be two working days after posting by first class post. The parents must give their reasons for appealing in writing and the outcome of the appeal is binding in the parents and the Governing Body.

r. The Governing Body reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to the application.

s) If a child is a “summer born child”, parents may request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred to later in the school year. However, the child must start school before the end of that school year. If a parent wishes their child to be educated out of their normal school year (kept back a school year), they must discuss this with the school before applying. However, the final decision on this rests with the admissions authority for the school and after discussions between the parent and the Headteacher.

t) Parents may request that their child attend school part-time until they reach their fifth birthday.

u. 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. Applications should be made to the Salford Local Authority schools Admissions Team who will submit the application information to school. If there are places available but more applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied.

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