A short welcome from Headteacher,  Mr Sellors

St Thomas’ is a lovely and friendly school situated in the parish of Our Lady and St Thomas of Hereford in Ilkeston.

We have 237 very kind and welcoming children at the school; excellent teachers and excellent facilities.

We aim to provide an environment, which is safe, happy and nurturing, so that all our children can learn effectively.  Every individual is valued and their successes are celebrated.  We have high standards of behaviour within an educational environment that challenges and motivates, which is all underpinned by Gospel values and a love of Christ.

St Thomas’ is a popular school.  We have a Pupil Admission Number (PAN) of 35 in each year group.  This means we admit 35 into our Reception class each September.  A very large majority of children who start with us in Reception stay at the school until the end of Year 6, when most then move on to our feeder Catholic Secondary school, St John Houghton.  This means that we rarely have spaces for in year admissions or for admission into Year 3 from infant schools.

The Admissions Authority for Our School

Overview of the Diocese of Nottingham

St Thomas’ Catholic Voluntary Academy is under the Trusteeship of the Diocese of Nottingham and belongs to the Nottingham Diocesan family of schools. They are founded by and are part of the Catholic Church and seek at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ. Religious Education and worship are in accordance with the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church. This does not affect the right of parents or carers who are not of the faith of these schools to apply for and to be considered for places. We ask all parents or carers applying for a place to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community.

In-Year Admissions

In Year Admissions

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. An application should be made to Derbyshire County Council.

Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list. Please see the admission arrangements for more details.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible. Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of receipt.

You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.

If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact:

Please see our In Year Admissions Statement for full details.

In-Year Admissions 2023-2024

Admission Documents 2023-2024

SRSCMAT Admissions Policy (Primary 2023 to 2024)

SRSCMAT Supplementary Information Form (2023 to 2024)

If you wish to apply on faith grounds, please complete the Supplementary Information Form and either email this to, with a copy of the evidence of faith or post to school – see Contact Us for the appropriate school address.

Admissions for Reception in 2024-2025

Admissions for future years

Secure your child's place at St Thomas' CVA

We are a DCI rated GOOD school.

The applications window for Reception, starting in 2024 is now closed.

Please see our In Year Admissions section if you would like to apply for a place for your child in any other year group.

Admissions Policy 2024-2025

If you would like to know more about our school, please get in touch. to be telephoning 0115 932 0550

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