St Leonard’s Catholic Primary School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will be given to Catholic children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below. The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its trust deed and instrument of government, and seeks at all times to be a witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education be fully supported by all families in the school. We therefore hope that all parents will give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school. This does not affect the right of an applicant who is not Catholic to apply for and be admitted to a place at the school in accordance with the admission arrangements.
The admission policy criteria will be dealt with on an equal preference basis.
The governing body is the admissions authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school. The local authority undertakes the coordination of admission arrangements during the normal admission round for reception year admission in September.
Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria for September 2024, as set out in the Admissions Policy 2024-2025 , 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 the Officer Manager at St Leonard’s Catholic Primary School. You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local Authority: details for which can be found on Council Website.
You can also view or download our Admissions Policy (2024-2025) from the School Policies section.
Admissions arrangements for September 2025 can be found in St Leonard’s Silksworth Admissions Policy 2025-26.
In Year Admissions
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 can be collected from school or downloaded here, in-year admissions application form, before being returned to St Leonard’s Catholic Primary School, Silksworth, Sunderland SR3 2BB.