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Cardinal Pole Catholic School

Cardinal Pole Catholic School


To Join Year 7 in September 2020

Important dates & guidelines from Hackney Learning Trust

Monday 2 September 2019 Online applications open
Tuesday 24th September 2019 Open  evening at Cardinal Pole School
Monday 30 September 2019 to Friday 18 October 2019 Cognitive ability tests for children attending Hackney primary schools
Friday 18 October 2019 Closing date (please apply by this date)
Thursday 31 October 2019 Statutory closing date
Saturday 23 November 2019 and Saturday 30 November 2019 Cognitive ability tests for children attending primary schools outside Hackney
Tuesday 10 December 2019 Last date to:
explain why your application was late
request changes to your application submitted on time
provide evidence of a change of address
Monday 2 March 2020 National Offer Day
Monday 16 March 2020 Last date to respond to your offer
September 2020 Children start secondary school

Have you been offered a place?

Once you have been offered a place with us the first step is to accept this offer through your Local Authority. Towards the end of March we will send you a letter with further information, including the date your child will be invited to meet with our SLT members. These meetings will take place during May. 

Our Year 6 Transition Day event is on Thursday 2nd July 2020. This is a very important event which enables students to meet their new teachers and peers, get to know the layout of the school and learn more about their secondary education at Cardinal Pole Catholic School. All students must attend this induction event.

If you have any queries please contact our Admissions Officer on 0208 985 5150 ext 2101

We look forward to welcoming your child.

If you still wish to apply to join us in September 2020 please contact admissions on the above telephone number to discuss your application.


If your child has been refused a place at the school, you have the right to appeal against the decision under the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act. 

The Appeals Form can be found below.

Link to form

Link to Information about Free School Meals and how to apply

Cardinal Pole Catholic School is a co-educational school, which seeks applications from children who are able to benefit from, and contribute to, the religious atmosphere of the school.

Students will be admitted at age 11 regardless of ability or aptitude. Whenever there are more applicants than places, priority will always be given to Catholic applicants in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out in the admissions policy.

As a Catholic school we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our students. Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity. It is therefore essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education is fully supported by all the families in the school. All applicants and candidates are expected to give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.

The Governing Body has sole responsibility for applications to the school and intends to admit the Published Admission Number of 180 students to year 7 in September 2020.

A Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and the Diocesan Certificate of Catholic Practice, should be completed and returned to the school together with a copy of the Baptismal certificate (only practising Catholic applicants need to complete the Priest Reference Form). A Common Application Form (CAF) must be sent to your Local Authority.

If you do not complete and return these forms by the closing date the Governing Body may be unable to consider your application fully and it is unlikely that your child will be offered a place at the School. Applications received after the closing date will be dealt with after the initial allocation process has been completed.

Please note: Applicants must provide the School with the originals of the Childs birth and baptismal certificates. If neither one nor both of these certificates exist applicants should indicate in writing the reasons for this being the case.  They must agree to support the ethos of the school and the expectations of full engagement ad support.

For more guidance / advice on secondary admission processes or mid term applications please refer to Hackney Learning Trust and on our website.