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To register your child for St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, we need you to complete an application form that you can pick up from the school office or download below. Please note that the School Office is only open for Admissions on a Tuesday ONLY and the office is closed from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.  When you submit your application you will also need to provide us with the original birth and baptism certificates belonging to your child and a proof of address (i.e. Council Tax) for parents/carers and proof of address for your child (Child Benefit Notice, hospital appointment letter, Tax Credit Award Notice, bank statement). A Certificate of Catholic Practice needs to be signed within the year prior to school entry, the form can be downloaded from the link below.

The school has been regularly oversubscribed by Catholic applicants for several years.  We are a one form entry school and have one Reception class with only 30 spaces.  Shown below are application numbers for the last seven years:

2020: 155        No appeals

2019: 170         4 appeals heard - 1 was upheld & 3 unsuccessful

2018: 127        No appeals

2017: 185        No appeals

2016: 160        No appeals

2015: 173        1 appeal heard and was unsuccessful

2014: 154        7 appeals heard all unsuccessful

2013: 176        1 appeal upheld following the introduction of new legislation

2012: 171        3 appeals heard all unsuccessful

2011: 132        No appeals

The governors have always followed the protocols for ranking of applications rigorously and the Admissions Policy has always been strictly adhered to and as a result of this, appeals have been unsuccessful. 

In the last three years, we have not been able to fulfil all the applications in the 'Baptised practising Catholic children who are resident in the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Michael' criteria.  


Nursery 15 hrs or 30 hrs a week

If your child turns 3 years in 2021 or 2022, remember to apply for a nursery place by completing a St Mary’s application form. Bring the form with originals of your child’s birth and baptism certificates, Certificate of Catholic Practice and proofs of child's address and parent's address to the school office.

If you have any queries, you can contact us on 01895 232 814 or

Please click the following links to open the Nursery Policy and Application form:

Nursery Admissions Policy January 2021  

Nursery (Lower Early Years) Application Form

30 hrs Nursery Information

Our Mission Statement

Admissions Privacy Statement

Please note there is no automatic progression from Nursery to Reception.


Due to the restrictions and guidelines in place regarding COVID-19, we are unable to host our usual tours around the school. Instead, we have prepared a virtual tour available on this website in the "About Us" section and on the link below: 

School Virtual Tour



Reception to Year 6 

Please click the following links to open the different admission policies and supplementary information forms:

Our Mission Statement

Parish Boundary Map

Admissions Privacy Statement

Admissions Policy 2020-2021 (determined)

Supplementary Information form 2020/21 (Reception - Year 6 application form)

Admissions Policy 2021-2022 (determined)

Supplementary Information form 2021/22 (Reception - Year  6 application form)

Admissions Policy 2022-23 (Determined Sept 2020)

Supplementary Application Form 2022-23 


All the information you require regarding the admission process, admission policies and criteria and our mission statement can be found within the packs above.
We suggest that you drop your application form at the school office in person (please see opening day and hours above in the first paragraph) so that we can photocopy your certificates immediately and therefore you do not need to worry about sending original documents in the post.

Please note there is no automatic progression from Nursery to Reception.


Parents have 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to lodge a written appeal and 10 school days notice of the date of the appeal hearing. Appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the submission of the appeal (30 school days in the case of late or in-year applications).

We will ensure that decision letters are sent within 5 school days of the hearing wherever possible.