Admission Information 2017-18 (Current Year)
To apply for entry to the current school year (Sept 2017 to July 2018):
The process for making ‘In Year’ applications has recently changed. You now need to apply directly to us if you wish to apply for a place at St Alban’s Catholic High school. Please complete an Application Form (ADM1) together with a Supplementary Information Form. Please submit both forms directly to us.
Admission Information 2018-19
To apply for a place for Year 7 in September 2018:
The process for making applications is explained on the Suffolk County Council Education and Careers website, you will need to complete a CAF1 either on-line or by paper, and complete a Supplementary Information Form.
Please click here and follow the instructions. Please submit the Supplementary Information Form directly to us.
Admission Information 2019-20
Download the Admissions Policy here
Submitting forms directly to us
1) By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) By fax to: 0800 066 4424
3) By post to: The Admissions Officer, St Alban's Catholic High School, Digby Road, Ipswich, IP4 3NJ
If your application for your child to join St Alban’s Catholic High School has been unsuccessful you may wish to submit an appeal. The appeal process for St Alban’s Catholic High School is managed by the Educational Appeals Office.
How to make an appeal
You have the right to appeal for places at all schools for which you have applied and been refused a place.
If you have been refused a school place for your child at St Alban's Catholic High School you will receive a letter which will offer you the right of appeal. The letter will include information with a link to an appeal application form and the Guide to School Admission Appeals. You must fill in a separate form for each school you wish to appeal for.
The appeal process and its administration are independent of the admission authority, the school and its governing body. The independent appeal panel has no previous knowledge of your child’s case, nor have they had any contact with the school, governing body or admission authority. They will make a decision based only on the evidence presented to them.
If you are appealing for St Alban's Catholic High School, please return the appeal form directly to the Education Appeals Office, PO Box 579, Ipswich, IP1 2BX marked Private and Confidential. We strongly suggest that you get proof of postage. The Education Appeals Office is not responsible for forms that are lost in the post.
Is there a deadline to appeal by?
If you are planning to appeal it is very important that your appeal application form is received in good time by the Education Appeals Office. The key dates are set out below.
Applications received on time for admission to St. Alban's in September 2018
Information will be available regarding appeals later in the school year.
If your application is refused for an in-year admission or for the first year of entry and it is submitted on or after the first day of the first school term of the admission year, your appeal will be heard within 30 school days of the form being received by The Education Appeals office.
Sixth Form Appeals
The dates for Sixth Form appeals are considerably later. Where the offer of a place would have been conditional upon exam results, appeal applications relating to September 2017 must be received by Friday 29th September 2017 and heard within 30 schools days
Where the offer of a place would not have been conditional upon exam results, appeal applications must be received by Friday 29th September 2017 and heard within 40 school days.
Any appeals submitted after Friday 29th September will be heard within 30 school days.
For applications relating to admission to the sixth form in September 2018 please visit our Sixth Form page here
What happens at an appeal hearing?
An independent appeal panel will review the decision to refuse your child a place at this school.
During the appeal hearing we will explain why your request for a place was refused and why it is not possible to offer your child a place at this school. You will be given the opportunity to explain why you think that it is in the best interests of your child to attend this school.
The panel will look at your written case but it is strongly suggested that you go to the appeal hearing to help clarify, explain and expand upon your written reasons for appealing.
The Clerk will let you know the decision of the panel in writing within 5 school days of the hearing. If the panel decide that a place should be made available (i.e your appeal is successful) you should contact the School Office as we will arrange for your child to be admitted as soon as is practicable.
Where can I get further information?
Please read the Guide to School Admission Appeals, a link will be included in your refusal letter. You can also contact The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) on 0808 800 5793 for further help, or call the Education Appeals Office directly on 01473 264088 or 264219.