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Admissions Consultation for September 2023

28th February 2022

Dear Parent

Admissions Consultation for September 2023

Response of Governing body of Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College

Thank you for your time in responding to the Admissions consultation for 2023.  The outcome of the consultation is that the removal of the names of Salford Diocesan Primary Schools will not take effect until the admission round for September 2025.

Our school received 105 written objections to the proposed changes, predominantly from parents. Objections were also received from the MP for Stretford and Urmston and Trafford Local Authority.  

The Governing body understood the following points raised by parents and others:

  • The proposed changes are sudden and unfair given the significance of the change to parents’ choices for secondary education.
  • Parents had not had an opportunity to meet with their Diocese to understand the reason for the changes.
  • Some parents and Governing bodies had not had enough time to put together a response.
  • The proposed changes are unfair in that other Catholic schools continue to name the same Salford Diocesan schools in their admissions policies.  
  • Trafford authority has put in significant capital investment to Blessed Thomas Holford to provide places for Trafford children.

If there are any further comments or clarity that parents need then please email our Admissions Officer at

Yours sincerely,

J Cornally

Executive Headteacher

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College