Admissions and Appeals


School Admissions Policy

St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy is part of the Newman Collegiate. The admissions authority for the school is the Board of Directors of the Newman Collegiate who has responsibility for admissions to this school. The Board of Directors has delegated responsibility for the administration of the admissions process to the Academy Committee of St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy.

The admissions process for St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy is part of the Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority co-ordinated admissions scheme. To apply for a place at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy in the normal admissions round (excluding admission to Year 12), an application must be made using the school admission application process of the local authority in which you live naming St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy on the application form.

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Admission Appeal Hearing Application

Please find below our Admissions Policy for the Academic Year 2025/6 for consultation If you have any questions or queries, please contact Mrs R Munden r

Admissions Policy 2025 - 2026

Admissions Policy 2022-23

Admissions Policy 2023-24

Admission Policy 2024-25

If you have any questions about admissions, please contact R. Munden via email

Sixth Form Admissions Policy

Our next open evening is 9 November 2023 6 – 7.30pm – details to follow shortly.

The Trinity Sixth Form at St Margaret Ward is dedicated to the education and development of the whole person, so that all students can realise their full potential.

To achieve this as a community we will:

  • Provide the highest standards of teaching and learning;
  • Expect students to show commitment to their studies and respect the Christian values of the partners within Trinity Sixth Form;
  • Expect all members of Trinity Sixth Form to show respect for the views of others;
  • Provide equality of opportunity, with mutual respect and positive encouragement;
  • Build and further develop a partnership with parents, schools, parishes and religious communities, higher education and the local community;
  • Value staff and support their professional development

Please click the link below for more information and to access our Sixth Form Admissions Policy

Trinity Sixth Form Admissions Policy 2022-23

Trinity Sixth Form Admissions Policy 2023-24

Appeals Timetable

School Admissions Appeal Timetable 2023

In-Year Transfer

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 should be made via the local authority by completing the in-year admissions application form which is available from the Admissions section of the school website.  As a Catholic School, parents and carers will also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form in addition to the standard application form that is submitted to the local authority.  Supplementary Information Forms can be obtained from the school’s website or a hard copy can be provided on request by contacting the school office via telephone:  01782 883000 or via email:  Supplementary Information Forms must be returned directly to the school office. If a Supplementary Information Form is not submitted directly to the school this may affect the priority given to the application and could affect the likelihood of your child being offered a place.

The local authority will forward your application to the school for consideration by the governors.

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for the Academic Year 2023/24 will be applied. The full admission arrangements can be accessed from by contacting the school office to request a hard copyParents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.

If there are no places available, the local authority will notify you of this decision on behalf of the governors and the child will be added to the waiting list.  Please see the admission arrangements for more details regarding waiting lists.

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 its receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of its 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 Mrs Munden:  You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority or by telephone: 01782 237856.

In-Year Application Form