St Francis of Assisi Church of England Primary School is a Church of England Primary school in the Diocese of York and is maintained by The Dales Academies Trust.

The school provides a distinctively Christian education for children aged 3+ to 11+ years, with priority being given to children who live and worship within the ecclesiastical parish of St Francis of Assisi Church of England. A map showing the boundaries of the parish can be viewed online at

Historically, Anglican schools were parish schools providing education for the community in accordance with the principles of the Church of England. Thus, the majority of York Diocesan schools were established to provide education for the children of the parish within a Christian context. This two-fold aim of being “distinctively Christian” and “serving the local community” is reflected in the school’s admission criteria.

St Francis is a school for which the Trust Board is the Admission Authority and responsible for admissions.  It is guided in that responsibility by the requirements of law, the school trust deed, advice from the Diocesan Board of Education and its duty to the community and the Common Good.

Please see our admissions policies below for further information.

Admissions Policy 2022-2023

The Admissions Policy for 2022-2023 has had an approved variation due to church closure in 2020. This is Footnote 4 on P4:

“In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.”

Admissions Policy 2023-2024

Admissions Policy 2024-2025

Stockton Local Authority can be contacted for information regarding school places and any appeals processes. The LA organises school place appeals and in-year school place requests. Please contact them if you need a school place during the academic year. If you are thinking of changing school and would like to look round, please contact the school office.

Appeal a school place decision – Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

For the start of the academic year for Reception admissions, parents have until the end of May to submit an appeal form and appeals will be heard in June/July. In-year appeals will be heard throughout the year.

Please see our school prospectus for an overview of the information before your child starts at our school. The school office will make contact with you following any admissions organised by the Local Authority but if you would like to come and look round, please contact the school office.