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School Admissions

Please see below for the presentations from recent Parent Information Sessions for pupils joining our nursery (FS1) and reception class (FS2) in September 2018

National closing date for applications to start Reception Class (Foundation Stage 2/ FS2) in September 2019 is 15th January 2019. The application process is currently open. (children born 1st Sept 2014 to 31 Aug 2015)  
To apply for a place at St Bernadette's, there are two necessary processes. Applications MUST be made via the council  - see link below. Additionally, supplementary forms should be completed and returned directly to the school - see documents below.

Tours of the school for prospective Foundations Stage (nursery and reception) parents are available at the following days/times. Please contact the school office to book a place on one of the tours.

  • Monday 7th January 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9th January 10:00 am

The Admissions policy contains paperwork which must be completed and returned to our school to support your application. If you are a practising Catholic, please ensure that the Certificate of Practice document below is completed and returned to our school as evidence to support your application. A formal application to the council MUST also be made for all applications to start Reception Class (FS2) in September.



Starting School September 2019


Milton Keynes Council co-ordinates admissions for the annual entry into school and produces an Information for Parents pack.  Applications for places in Reception (Foundation Stage 2) and Secondary Schools MUST be made to the council


The additional documentation above should be submitted to our school as evidence to support your application through the implementation of the school's admissions criteria.

In-Year Admissions to St Bernadette's


If your child attends a different school and you would like him/her to join St. Bernadette’s, then please download and return the completed form to the School office. Please refer to the Admissions Criteria within the Admissions Policy and complete the supplementary form attached if you wish your child to be considered on religious grounds.

Nursery (FS1)

The Governors are responsible for admissions at 3+ (FS1) and application details are available from the school office and can be downloaded above. However, the offer and acceptance of a 3+ place does not then automatically guarantee a place in the main school for Reception (FS2). The date of birth for 2019 application would be between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.


School Times


Nursery/FS1 (Part-time): 
8:45am – 11:45am

Nursery/FS1 (Full-time)

8:45am - 2:45pm


Reception (FS2):

8:45am - 3:00pm


Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2):
8:45am -  3:00pm 


Key Stage 2 (Years 3 - 6):
8:45am  – 3:15pm


We hope parents of children in Foundation Stage will take the opportunity to settle their children into class and spend five or ten minutes helping with reading or a task set by a member of staff. For the rest of the school, gates open at 8:35 for a staggered morning entry straight into class. School starts promptly at 8:45 am when the register is taken and all exterior doors will close at 8:55am. children arriving after that time must report to the school office.

Visiting the School

As mentioned above, we welcome parents in to support their children at the start of the day but it is not an opportunity to chat with members of staff who will need to make a prompt start teaching your children. Meetings for parents will be held throughout the school year and there are regular workshops to help parents support their children’s learning. 

In addition to the formal consultations, parents are also welcome at any other time but if you wish to discuss matters of importance or have a complaint, please make an appointment to see the class teacher.  If necessary, further appointments may be arranged to see the Inclusion Manager/Deputy Head/Head Teacher/Chair of Governors. Please note that just as you would not expect a member of staff to be rude or aggressive to you, the same consideration must be extended to members of staff and pupils.  Appropriate action will be taken to ensure that all members of our school community enjoy a safe and non-aggressive or violent environment.