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Admission Arrangements

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:

2022 170 3 appeals heard and all unsuccessful
2021 150 1 appeal heard and was unsuccessful
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, the majority of 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 links at the bottom of the page to open the Nursery Policy and Application forms.

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


Reception to Year 6

Starting primary school September 2024

Do you have a child born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020?

If so you must apply for your child to start primary school in September 2024 by Monday 15th January 2024.

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


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).

Please contact Miss Ann Shevlin on 01895 232814 and we will arrange for an Appeal Request Form to be sent to you.  

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

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 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.