Admission procedures

Year 7 Entry

St John Payne Catholic School is a Voluntary Aided school in the Diocese of Brentwood and is maintained by the Essex Local Authority. The number of intended admissions to Year 7 in any school year is 190.

Parents wishing to apply for a place at St John Payne Catholic School for Year 7 entry must apply to their Local Authority and also complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which is below. The closing date for applications to the Local Authority is the 31st October and the SIF should be returned to the school by this date also. National offer day is Tuesday 1st March 2022.

If your child is a practising Catholic you will need to ask your Priest for a completed Certificate of Practice and provide a copy of your child's Baptism certificate. For Christian and other faiths please ask your religious leader for a reference on headed paper to be sent to the school. Full details of our admissions procedure can be seen on our Admissions policy which is below. Please note, although Churches were closed during lockdown you will still need to obtain a Priests reference to support your child's application. Please contact your Priest directly to arrange this.


Unsuccessful applicants for admission in Year 7 (2022 - 2023) have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel. The deadline for lodging an appeal is Monday 25th April 2022. Admission appeals received by this date will be considered on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st June 2022 at St John Payne Catholic School. Details of how to appeal and the form required can be accessed via the links below: Appeals lodged after this date will be heard by the end of the summer term where possible, or in September 2022. The waiting list will be maintained by the LA until 31st August 2022 and thereafter by St John Payne Catholic School.

On 24 April 2020 the Government released guidelines for schools to follow with regards to the hearing of admission appeals during the pandemic. Those guidelines have recently been extended by the Government. Therefore, again this year, appeals lodged by parents/carers in relation to refusal of a place at St John Payne Catholic School will be held virtually (via Zoom).

Mid –Year applications

Mid-Year applications will, as far as is reasonably practicable, be dealt with promptly. Parents need to apply directly to the school by completing a Mid-Year Application SIF and an Essex County Council Mid- Year Application form, both of which are available on the links below. These will enable applications to be ranked according to the admission criteria. Where there is oversubscription, applications will be ranked and dealt with in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Applicants will then be placed on the waiting list and will also have the right to appeal, details of which are in the guide to school admission appeals attachment below. 

For guidance on parish boundaries please see the link below to our diocese website.



For any enquiries regarding admissions procedures please contact Mrs K Searle using the main school number or email kse email website image3


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