Admissions policy 2021 / 2022
St Mary’s is a Catholic voluntary aided primary school which was established by the Church to serve the parish of St Mary’s, Chipping. The Governing Body, acting in accordance with the Code of Practice and the Salford Diocesan Policy Statement is responsible for the admission of pupils.
At the present time, Reception and Pre-school children are in the EYFS unit. The school can provide places for up to 20 children in here. We have two additional classes with years 1/2/3 together and years 4/5/6 together. We can provide places for up to 30 children in each classroom. If one year group had the admission number of 10 children, but another year group had low numbers, we would consider the possiblity of accepting an application to the class taking into account future numbers and class sizes.
Parents can apply online for a school place at https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/schools/apply-for-a-school-place
Once parents have applied for a place at our school with Lancashire County Council, we are sent a list of those children. They are then ranked into order using our criteria.
The Admission number for the Reception Year (2021/22) is 10. Pupils are normally admitted in the September of the school year in which they reach their fifth birthday. However they are not required to attend school until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday and so in appropriate cases, admission may be deferred until the beginning of the spring, and summer terms. If parents wish a deferment they should indicate so when accepting the offer of a place.
All applicants are then put into order according to the criteria in our school’s policy.