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.


To find out more about our admissions process please click the following link to our Admissions Policy 2019-20

Please click on the following link to view our SMW Prospectus 2018

Please click on the following link to access the Admission Appeal Hearing Application

Sixth Form Admissions Policy

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

Sixth Form Admissions Policy

Appeals Timetable

The below information is taken from the website

If you have applied for your child to change schools part-way through the year, an appeal will be heard within 30 school days of you requesting one.

For school places starting September 2019, the appeal dates are:

  offer date deadline for appeals appeals will be heard by
Secondary March 1, 2019 March 29, 2019 June 18, 2019

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is later.

You will be told about your appeal hearing approximately ten school days before the hearing, and sent a copy of the school’s case approximately seven school days in advance of the hearing.

If you want to submit further evidence, it must be received at least three clear working days before the hearing date. Evidence received after this date might not be considered at the hearing.