Church of England Diocese of Liverpool Saint Bede with Saint Clement Toxteth

Secondary School Applications

Church Schools Admission Process

Many thanks for your interest in St Bede's Church and in applying for a place for your child at one of our Church Secondary Schools.

The Church of England and joint CofE/Roman Catholic Secondary Schools are among the best in the city. It is good that you are thinking of applying for a place at one of these schools for your child. We wish you well in your application, and we will do everything to support you within the guidelines provided by the schools.

Church Schools operate a points-based application system, considering factors including catchment area and church affiliation. For some schools, an entrance exam can also be taken.

For applications by Church attendance, the criteria are set by the schools and not by individual churches or the Diocese of Liverpool. As a church we are required to apply these honestly and fairly, as follows:


Church schools ask us to assess Sunday Church attendance (OVER THREE YEARS) as either: weekly; three-weekly (on some forms), fortnightly; occasionally.

At St Bede's Children are invited to attend Sunday School or to sit with their parents, other than on All Age Sunday’s, when we are all in together.

We keep a register of children attending church services and Sunday School.


Some Church schools ask us to assess Church Commitment as either: very strong; strong, reasonable; very little.

We are an active church and there are lots of ways you can get involved in church life, including helping with Sunday School, L8 0pen House, Food Market, Church fairs & events.

Signing up to the ‘Electoral Roll’ (Church membership) is a sign of commitment, as is Baptism and Confirmation (for both adults and children).

Unfortunately, the school’s admission process does not take into account attendance at church-base youth organisations (like Boys Brigade or GFS), as these are not church services.


Regarding extenuating family circumstances, making schools aware of these is the responsibility of parents/guardians.