The final admissions policies for entry to Year 7 and Year 12 in 2014 were approved by the full governing body in March after the statutory period of consultation. They have now been published and can be accessed by clicking here.
The policy for entry to Year 7 in September 2014 contains a significant change for children attending the primary partner schools of St. Gregory’s. In the new policy, the first major category as always is baptised Catholic children in the catchment area. The second major category is now any child attending one of our primary partner schools (i.e. St. John’s and St. Mary’s, Bath; St. Mary’s, Chippenham; St. Patrick’s, Corsham; St. Benedict’s, Midsomer Norton; Saints Joseph and Teresa, Wells; Our Lady of Lourdes, Kingswood and St. Paul’s, Yate).
This change is in recognition of the ever closer work of our family of schools. It will give more children the opportunity to continue to enjoy the ethos and standards they have experienced at primary school. With the opening of the sixth form at St. Gregory’s, a Catholic education is now available to the children in our schools from Reception to Year 13.
In recent years, the percentage of Catholic children coming into year 7 has been around 60-70%. With our new policy this means that up to 60 places are likely to be available in the new second major category: any child attending a partner primary school. We hope that more families with children attending our primary partner schools will now consider St. Gregory’s as a first preference and a natural progression.