September 2016


Joining our College in September 2016

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CJP_0794As the Admissions Authority the Governors control admissions to the College. They have delegated this task to an Admissions Committee who ensure the Admissions Policy is implemented. Any parent who wishes to appeal against an admissions decision has the right to have their case heard by an independent appeals committee.

The published admission number for September 2016 is 200. In administering the Admissions Policy the Governors will have due regard for the Catholic ethos of the College. Proof of baptism is essential for Catholic applicants. In line with the College’s Catholic belief and family character we are committed to offering a place to Catholic children with a brother or sister at the College at the time of application.

Pupils will be admitted according to the following priority order:-

  1. Baptised Catholic children designated as ‘looked after’ or ‘previously looked after’
  2. Baptised Catholic children attending a Catholic primary school in Trafford Local Authority
  3. Baptised Catholic children with a brother or sister at the College at the time of application
  4. Baptised Catholic children attending other Catholic primary schools
  5. Other ‘looked after’ children
  6. Other children

Important Notes:-

  • These criteria will be applied in the same way to all pupils in the event of over subscription.
  • All applications will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions.
  • If there are more applicants than can be accommodated at the School in criteria 1 to 6 places will be offered to those children attending a Primary School in Trafford in the Shrewsbury Diocese and then whose place of residence is nearest to the School.  Distance will be measured in a direct straight line from the front door of the child’s permanent place of residence to the main entrance of the school, using property co-ordinates provided through a combination of the Trafford Local Land and Property Gazetteer (BS7666) and Royal Mail Postal Address Information.  In the case of a child living in a block of flats the distance will be measured from the communal entrance of the building.
  • In the case of parents who are separated and where child-care arrangements are shared between two addresses in the catchment area, the average of the distances of the two addresses from the school will be used for the purposes of determining priority for admission. You may be required to provide proof of residency.  Failure to do so may result in the offer of a place being withdrawn.
* The School Admissions Code requires that admission authorities must ensure that their determined admission arrangements comply with the mandatory provisions of the Code and allows that admission authorities for maintained schools may amend their determined admission arrangements without reference to the Schools Adjudicator to ensure that they comply with the law.
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Appealing against an Admission Decision for entry into Year 7 for September 2016

On 1st March 2016 Trafford Local Authority will post an allocation letter to you if you registered by post, or you will be able to view your allocated school on your online account if you have registered on line.

If you have not been successful in obtaining a place for your child at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College and wish to appeal against this decision, you must lodge your intention to do so in writing to the address provided below clearly setting out your grounds for Appeal.

Mrs A Hart
Admissions Officer
Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College
Urban Road
WA15 8HT

The deadline for lodging Appeals is Thursday 24th March 2016.

The Appeal will be held on a date to be determined following on from your request being registered.

Appeals will be held in front of an independent panel on the 6th, 7th and 8th June 2016

Applying to our College

If you would like to apply for your child(ren) to be part of our Year 7 Admissions process for the September 2016 intake please follow the process below.

Step 1: Follow Trafford Council’s online application process

Follow the instructions on Trafford council’s website to apply for a secondary school place.


Step 2: Fill out our Supplementary Form

You should download and fill in our ‘Supplementary Form’, which can be downloaded using the button below.  Once complete send the form to our College using the contact details to the right of this page.

Supplementary Form

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2015