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St Thomas' is a popular school.  We have a Pupil Admission Number (PAN) of 35 in each year group.  This means we admit 35 into our Reception class each September.  A very large majority of children who start with us in Reception stay at the school until the end of Year 6, when most then move on to our feeder Catholic Secondary school, St John Houghton (  This means that we rarely have spaces for in year admissions or for admission into Year 3 from infant schools.


We have details of our Admission arrangements for  2020/21 to 2022/23 in our admissions polices (see below)- this includes details of our oversubscription criteria and published admission number.  There is also a map of the parish so you can see whether your home is in our parish or not. 
Further information on the admissions process can be found at:
If you do have any questions, please do phone to speak to us.
As well as applying to Derbyshire County Council, St Thomas, as a Catholic School, require parents to fill out the supplementary form and return this to school.

To see details of our current Admissions Policy and the required supplementary form, please follow the link below to the St Ralph Sherwin CMAT website or see the documents below

[We require a Supplementary Form, as a faith school, with details of any faith reasons for choosing our school and supporting evidence (e.g. copies of Baptismal Certificates).  these should be returned to Mrs Pugh in the school office]

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places.  An application should be made to Derbyshire County Council by completing the LA Common Application Form [Apply for a school place - Derbyshire County Council] and following the instructions on the LA website. If applying for a place on faith grounds you will also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (above) and return this to Mrs Pugh at school.

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2022, will be applied.

Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list.  Please see the admission arrangements for more details.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible.  Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of receipt.

You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.

If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact

You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority