Admissions Policy 2017-2018




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Adopted by: Trinity Catholic College & Sixth Form

Date: May 2016


“An inclusive learning community living out Gospel values”




The Governing Body of Trinity Catholic College is the Admissions Authority for this school.  The Governing Body intends to admit up to 240 pupils to Year 7 in September 2017.  This number will apply to Years 7 to 11.

Trinity Catholic College serves the Catholic community in the whole of Middlesbrough and some pupils from the surrounding area.  These are referred to, hereafter as the partner parishes.

Where there are insufficient places available to meet all parental preferences, after the admission of students with Statements of Special Educational Needs whose statement names Trinity Catholic College, priority will then be given to applications in the following order:

  1. Children who are Looked after Children (Children in the care of the Local Authority)
  2. Catholic pupils whose home address is within the parish boundaries of one of the partner parishes and who attend a Partner Catholic Primary School
  3. Catholic pupils who have a brother or sister attending the college at the time of admission
  4. Catholic pupils resident in Middlesbrough and the surrounding parishes
  5. Other Catholic pupils
  6. Pupils of other faiths who have a brother or sister attending the college at the time of admission
  7. Christians of other denominations and pupils of other faiths whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the college and whose application is supported by a minister of religion, or have a child currently attending one of the diocesan Catholic Primary Schools
  8. Any other applicants


Additional Notes

The Admissions Policy Criteria will be applied on an Equal Preference basis. Catholic Children are Children who have been baptised as Catholics or have been formally received into the Catholic Church. All applicants seeking admission under these criterions will be asked to provide evidence that the child has been baptised as a Catholic or has been received into the Catholic Church.


If applicants are seeking admission under criteria 6 or 7 above, they will be asked for a letter of support from their minister or Faith leader, or suitable equivalent. For Christian applicants a baptismal certificate must be provided.


We will consider individual applications involving medical or social needs. This kind of application must be supported in writing by relevant professional agencies i.e. a doctor or social worker. This supporting evidence should set out the particular reasons why the college is most suitable and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. If you believe your child has needs that are relevant to the reasons for applying to our college, for example on medical or social grounds, then you should tell us.


The governing body may increase the priority of an application within a criterion where evidence is provided at the time of application. In these circumstances you must also provide supporting evidence, in writing, from a professional i.e. a doctor or a social worker.



Where there are places available for some, but not all applicants within a particular criterion, allocation will be made on a random basis with lots drawn.


Home Address

It is the parental address, which will be used in applying the admission criteria. This means that, when stating your choice of school, you should give the parental/guardian address at the time of application. The address of child minders or other family members who may share in the care of your child should not be quoted as the home address.



Formal written applications for admission must be made on the form provided by the Local Authority and returned to them by the stated date. Places will then be allocated by strict application of the above criteria. Parents will be notified as to whether or not their child has been allocated a place by the Local Authority in accordance with their timetable.


Right of Appeal

Parents who are refused a place have a statutory right of appeal. Further details of the appeal process are available by writing to the Chair of Governors at the school address.