Apply to Year 7
The Holy Cross School is a Roman Catholic secondary school for girls aged between 11 and 18. It is under the trusteeship of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark and has academy status.
The school is a 5 form entry school, with an intake of 150 students in each year group. There are 5 mixed ability registration groups. All our successful Year 6 applicants will be tested (after offers have been accepted and confirmed) to determine any streaming. Streaming ensures students are taught in the appropriate teaching group for their ability.
Girls transferring from Year 6 at Primary School to Year 7 at Secondary School must submit the Common Application Form (CAF) to their Local Authority Council (LAC). If you do not live in the Kingston borough, you need to apply through your borough’s LAC and you can include Kingston schools in your application. In order for our school to apply our admissions criteria to applications made, our school requires additional information. You will therefore need to download and complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form below (SIF). From September 2021, the Planned Admission Number (PAN) for entry into Year 7 will be 150.
Year 7 Virtual Open Event 2020
A huge thank you to the 800 + parents and carers who virtually ‘visited’our Open Event. The link to the information and videos is available to view here.
Parents and carers of Year 6 girls with a confirmed EHCP only can book a school tour by contacting the main school office.
Applying for Year 7 entry in September 2021
Please download and complete a Supplementary Information Form (see below). Please refer to the Admissions Policy when applying for a school place. If applying under criteria 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 or 7 please also download and complete a Priest or Faith Leader Reference Form. Please ensure if completing a Priest or Faith Leader Reference form that you submit the form together with your Supplementary Information Form (SIF) in a sealed envelope marked to the attention of the Admissions Officer. Forms can be either posted to the school (to the address below) or hand-delivered to the school reception during school hours. Should you want confirmation of receipt, please include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your application. The closing date for applications for entry in September 2021 is the 31st October 2020.
GUIDANCE REGARDING EVIDENCE OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE FOLLOWING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
On the advice of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Southwark, it is the intention of the governing body to seek a variation from the Office of the Schools’ Adjudicator in relation to Catholic practice. Granting of this variation is, at this time, pending.
On the advice of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Southwark the governing body has agreed the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based oversubscription criteria will be interpreted whilst churches are closed or attendance at church is not possible due to COVID19. This statement has been shared widely with parishes in order to ensure that determinations made by parish priests concerning regular practice of the faith are being made on a consistent basis.
The suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass was announced on 18th March 2020 by Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. If a parent/carer attended Mass at particular parish (or parishes) prior to 18th March 2020 then they will be considered to have attended Mass in that parish (or parishes) regularly since that time. This will remain the case until the Sunday obligation is reintroduced by the Bishops.
Please note placing your daughter’s name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available. Your daughter’s position may move up or down as applicants provide additional information to support their application.
Temporary changes have been made to the School Admission Appeal Regulations 2012 covering appeals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There are new rules relating to appeal timetables, which are usually calculated by reference to school days (and exclude days on which schools are shut). During the current period appeals should be determined as soon as is reasonably practicable and before the start of the September term, wherever possible. Arrangements for hearing appeals this year will be different, to take account of the government guidelines on social distancing.
You have a legal right to appeal against a decision not to offer your daughter a place at the school that you’ve applied to. You can appeal for a place at your preferred school even though your child may have a place somewhere else. Your appeal will be heard by a panel which is independent of the school. You have the right to attend the hearing to explain your case to the independent appeal panel.