Guide to Admissions

Year 7 September intake

Applications for September's Year 7 intake should be made online between 1st September and 31st October via the Local Authority website

A supplementary form must be completed for all applications wishing to be considered for a place at this school on faith criteria.

Our Admissions policy and Supplementary form are available for download on the right of this page.

Letters informing parents of whether or not their child has been allocated a place will be sent out by the Local Authority on 1st March.  Parents of children not admitted will be offered an alternative place by the Authority. The school is not able to offer places beyond its admission number.


Non-routine (in-year) admissions

It sometimes happens that a child needs to change school other than at the “normal” time; such admissions are known as non-routine or in-year admissions. Parents wishing their child to attend this school should contact the School in writing. They will be provided with a copy of the admissions policy that relates to the specific year group, an application form and Supplementary Form. The School will consider the application and if there is a place in the appropriate year group, then  will arrange for the admission to take place. If there is no place, information about how to appeal against the refusal will be provided.

Moving to a new school is an important step for all children. It can affect children in many ways and decisions by parents to change school should therefore always be carefully considered. There are instances where a change of school is essential i.e. for families who have moved into or relocated within Lancashire.

In situations where a school move is not absolutely essential all parents are strongly urged to carefully consider the implications for their child. Changing schools is a big event for any child and should not be undertaken without first talking to the headteacher at your child's current school, to try to resolve any problems.

What should I consider?

Some of the things which you must think about if you are considering a change of school for your child for convenience rather than necessity are:-

Curriculum – this is especially important for secondary aged children, and particularly for those in Years 9, 10 or 11.  A new school may not necessarily be able to exactly match a child’s existing curriculum commitments.

Achievement – on average statistics show that school moves lower examination results.

Behaviour – it can be helpful for a child who is presenting challenging behaviour to move to a new school.  However this is normally only where the behaviour is linked to the existing school. If strategies to assist a child have already been put in place these can be disrupted by a school move. This can lead to further difficulties.  It is usually better for the child if the family work with the existing school to help to address and resolve any difficulties.

Where a school move is a strategy to address challenging behaviour there is often a requirement for the child to be on the roll of both schools for an interim period. If the change of schools is not successful the child would be expected to remain on roll and attend the original school.

Peer Group / Friends – if there are difficulties consider if these would be resolved by a school move? There could be similar issues, even in a new school. Again it is often better to work with the existing school to address matters. Moving a child away from an established peer group may adversely affect achievement.

Timing – a change of schools during the school year can disrupt a child’s education if they are already in the middle of a specific piece of coursework.

Uniform – schools set their own uniform requirements and Lancashire does not generally provide financial
assistance with uniform costs.

Transport – schools set their own start and finish times. You need to consider the implication of these on your child and in relation to your personal day to day schedule.

Transfer Protocol

The majority of Lancashire schools operate a first day of term transfer protocol.  This does not apply if you are new to the area and the child does not already have a school place.  If however the child is changing schools during the year the start date will normally be at the beginning of the next school term. The child would have to continue to attend the existing school until that date. This  can also apply where a parental appeal for a school transfer is allowed by an independent admission appeal panel.


Information for new starters

Information for new starters can be downloaded from the Year 7 intake evening page


Admissions Consultation 2021-22

The Governors of Ripley St Thomas CE Academy are consulting on proposed changes to the admissions arrangements for 2021-22.

In accordance with the requirements of the Schools Admissions Code, the Academy must go out to consultation on this for a full six week period.

The statutory consultation period for Ripley St Thomas CE Academy will run from:

Monday 7 October 2019 to Friday 8 November 2019

The proposed arrangements can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Read the proposed Admissions Policy here.

Summary of changes to Admission arrangements for September 2021 (highlighted in yellow on the above document)

  • The admission number to be reduced from 280 to 270.
  • Children who attend any Church of England Primary School at the point of application will be awarded 10 points (previously children from Scotforth St Paul’s, Skerton St Luke’s and Lancaster Christ Church were awarded 10 points and those who attended any other Church of England primary were awarded 5 points).

Comments are invited from parents and also Local Authorities, local schools and other Admissions Authorities on this proposal.

If you wish to respond to these proposals, you can either email the Academy at or write to us with your views. Please mark your envelope 'Admissions Consultation' and send it for the attention of Mrs J Rees, Executive Assistant to the Principal, by Friday 8 November 2019.