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Admission Arrangements

General Information

St. Helen’s Catholic Junior School Academy is situated in the Diocese of Brentwood.

The Governing Body of the school is responsible for determining and administering the policy relating to the admission of pupils to the school. It is guided in that responsibility by the requirements of the law, by the advice of the Diocesan Trustees, and its duty to the school and the Catholic community.

The admission number for 2023/2024 into year 3 is 92.

The admission arrangements are administered by the Essex County Council. Parents wishing to apply for a place in the school for their child in the school year 2023/2024 must complete a Supplementary Information Form and return the same to the school by 15th January 2023 for admission for the following September. It should be carefully noted that all applications must be submitted on that form and all applications will be considered at the same time. An Essex County Council application must also be completed.  Applications can be made online on the council's website.


Applications for admission will be considered from parents who want a Catholic Education for their child according to the following criteria:

  1. Catholic Families - Looked after children, previously looked after children and those children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
  2. Catholics attending St. Helen’s Infant School, whose application is supported by the Parish Priest.
  3. Catholics whose permanent residence is in the parishes of Brentwood and Warley, Ingatestone or Ongar, whose application is supported by their Parish Priest.
  4. Catholics from other parishes who cannot attend another Catholic school nearer their home, whose application is supported by their Parish Priest.
  5. Other looked after children, previously looked after children and those children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
  6. Children who do not fall into the above categories. Priority in this criteria (6) will be given to children currently attending St. Helen’s Catholic Infant School, in Brentwood

In any of the above criteria priority will be given to:

a.  Those who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission will have preference in the category in which they fall;

b.  Where there are medical grounds supported by a doctor's certificate, children will have preference in the categories in which they fall;

c.  Proximity of the child’s home to school, as determined by straight-line distance, with those living closest being accorded the higher priority. Definition of straight-line distance is available in the ‘Primary Education in Essex’ booklet, available on



Additional Notes:
Unsuccessful Application
Parents whose application has been unsuccessful have the right to appeal. Details about the appeals process can be found online on the School Admissions page of Essex County Council website ( Parents can make an appeal online with the link on the website or download a hard copy of the appeal form and post it to Statutory Appeals Team. Parents can also email if they have any comments or questions.



Downloadable forms:

These forms are in PDF format. Please download and complete.

Mid Term Admissions

Applications for school places outside the normal admissions round

All mid-year applications should be made directly to the school, using the mid-year application form available on our website and/or the school office. Mid-year applications (sometimes called in-year applications) are any application for a school place made to a year group, apart from September admissions to Year 3.   

For applications into existing year groups, a place will be offered when the number of pupils in the relevant year group is below the admission number for that year group.
Please note: if a mid-year application is received during a school holiday period, we will respond as soon as possible when the school reopens.



General admissions information
The Local Authority co-ordinates the school's applications for the normal admissions round and further information can be found at Essex Schools Admissions

Admissions 2024/2025

Admissions 2023/2024