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School Admissions

Please contact the school office if you are interested in your child to joining St Bernadette's and would like to make an appointment to see our school in action.

Please see below for the presentations from Parent Information Sessions for pupils who joined our nursery (FS1) and reception class (FS2) in September 2020

To apply for a place in Reception (FS2) at St Bernadette's for September 2021, 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.

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.




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). 


School Times

The school times detailed below are pre-Covid 19. We currently have a Drop-and-Go system in the mornings which runs from 8:30 - 8:55 am. End of day pick up is staggered: Nursery- 2:45 pm, Reception-  2:50 pm, Year 1-  2:55 pm, Year 2 -  3:00 pm, Year 3- 3:05 pm, Year 4- 3:10 pm, Year 5- 3:15 pm, Year 6: 3:20 pm. This will be kept under review in light of the changing local and national picture.


Our Local Catholic Secondary School is St Paul's.

Click on the image below for admissions information


See also the video link below for an insight into life at St Paul's: 






Pre-Covid-19 information below:

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


Pre- Covid19 information is not currently possible due to social distancing requirements:  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.