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We are a Catholic school not a school for Catholics only.


We welcome pupils from all faiths and none at St Mary's


The link on the main page  takes you to the school admission form. This must be completed by all applicants.

For Nursery admissions you do not have to apply via Manchester City Council you must apply directly to the school.

All other applicants should apply to the school via our own form accessed above AND via Manchester City council.

Please find our admissions policy below.


St. Mary’s is a Roman Catholic primary school provided by the Diocese of Salford and prioritises admission for pupils baptised as Roman Catholics. We are a happy and harmonious school and welcome all faiths here.


Please ensure you read the full policy as where we have waiting lists there are oversubscription criteria.


To apply for a place at St Mary's you will need to apply both to the Local Authority AND by filling in the schools own supplementary form which can be obtained from the school office.


Once you have completed the application process this will either be processed initially  on our behalf by Manchester City Council for Reception places, or where it is an in year admission to another year group, we will contact you if there are places available or alternatively place you on our waiting list.


This policy has been developed within the spirit and context of our Mission Statement


St Mary’s RC Primary School is a Roman Catholic Primary School under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford. It is maintained by Manchester Authority.


As a Voluntary Aided School, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.


The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority. For the school’s year commencing September 2024, the Governing Body has set its admissions number at:


                                      51 for Nursery: 39 full time plus 12 part time places 9 (6 morning and 6 afternoon)

                                                                                  60 for Reception - Year 6


Parents/Carers must accept all policies drawn up by the Governors of St Mary’s RC Primary School eg: uniform, behaviour, homework etc…. and are expected to sign to this effect before their child is admitted to the school.


ADMISSIONS TO THE SCHOOL will be made by the Governing Body. All preferences listed on the Local Authority Preference Form will be considered on an equal basis with the following set of ADMISSIONS CRITERIA forming a priority order where there are more applications for admissions than the school has places available.





  1. Looked after (or previously looked after) children.  Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order)
  2. Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and resident in the parish of St Mary of the Angels & St Clare.
  3. Baptised Catholic children whose parent has been a member of the school staff for at least two years.
  4. Baptised Roman Catholic children resident in the parish of St Mary of the Angels & St Clare.
  5. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in another parish.
  6. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in another parish. 
  7. Other children with either a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission or with a family member employed at the school at the time of application for admission.
  8. Other children.


a) All applicants will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions which is the week before Friday 15th March 2024


b) A Looked After Child is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services functions (under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989. A previously Looked After Child is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.


c) For a child to be considered as a Roman Catholic evidence of such Baptism will be required.  (Please see appendix 1)


d) It is the duty of governors to comply with regulations on class size limits at Key Stage One. The Governing Body may exceed the regulations for twins and children from multiple births where one of the children is the 30th child admitted.


e) If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of distance from home to school. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the front door of the child’s home address (including the community entrance to flats) to the main entrance of the school using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system with those living nearer to the school having priority. If the distance is the same for two or more applicants where this would be last place/s to be allocated, a random lottery will be carried out in a public place.


f) Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the child’s “permanent place of residence” will be determined as the address of the parent who normally has responsibility for the majority of school days in a week.


g) Sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.


h) A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept and will be ranked according to the Admission Criteria. Parents will be informed of their child’s position on the waiting list which will not be operated for longer than the end of the Autumn Term.


i) For ‘In Year’ applications received outside the normal admissions round and if places are available then children qualifying under the published criteria will be admitted. Direct application to the school can now be made under this heading. If there are places available but more applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied. Where places are offered this will be in the form of an email or letter and you will need to respond to the email within 3 working days to secure the place.  A home visit takes place for all pupils before they start school. 


j) If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. Parents must be allowed at least twenty school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to submit that appeal. Parents must give reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on all parties.


k) Parents can request that the date their child, if below compulsory school age, is admitted to school is deferred to later in the school year or until the term when they reach compulsory school age.


l) The Governing Body reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to baptism, sibling connections or place of residence.


Nursery Admissions


The whole school admission criteria applies to Nursery applications.


Applications for a full time 30 hour place :

  1. Parents and carers qualify for the additional 15 hours via receipt by the school of the 30 hours code.
  2. Parents who do not qualify for the 30 hours code will be charged £60 per week


Depending on the numbers of pupils on our waiting list we may have a small number of 15 hour places available.

This will be decided annually  and these would always be 'paired' places i.e. 1 full time place may be split in to two part time places.


Nursery places for children aged 3+ years follow the same admissions criteria as the rest of the school.


Parents can obtain the appropriate form from the Main Administrative office of the school.


Nursery intakes are in September, but where there are vacancies children may be admitted at other times of the year at the discretion of the Governing Body.


If a Nursery place is provisionally offered there will be a pre admission interview in the form of a home visit, play sessions at  school  ( observation at pre- school nursery may also take place where pupils are already in private childcare settings) followed by a short induction period of around two weeks to allow children to become familiar in the Nursery environment and ensure the provision is meaningful.


For some pupils a personalised timetable may be required to support their transition to school.


A place will ONLY be confirmed if the induction period has been satisfactorily completed.


It is sometimes the case that a child is not ready to take up a school place and their admission may be deferred or refused. This is entirely a matter of objective professional judgement by the Headteacher and no appeal may be made against the decision.


The maximum number in Nursery is 39 places full time plus 12 part time places: 6 morning and 6 afternoon.


Parents are invited to place their children on the Waiting List as soon as possible. For each child to do so, they will need to produce:


  • Birth Certificate
  • Catholic Baptism Certificate
  • Evidence of current address and be able to prove their entitlement to education within the United Kingdom.

Appendix 1




In addition to candidates who can give evidence of baptism within the Roman Catholic Church, the definition of baptised Roman Catholic can be extended to children enrolled in or having completed the catechumenate (process of preparation to be received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church) and those from Eastern Rite Churches in communion with Rome viz:


-          ALEXANDRIAN : Coptic, Ethiopian (Eritrean Catholic Church)

-          ANTIOCH: Malankrese (Sri Lanka), Maronite, Syrian

-          ARMENIAN: Armenian

-          CHALDEAN (East Syrian): Chaldean, Malabar

-          CONSTANTINOPLE (BYZANTINE): Albanian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Greek, Melchite, Italo-Albanian, Romanian, Russian, Ruthenian, Slovakian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Macedonian and the Church of the Byzantines of the Diocese of Krizevci.


Only children who have been baptised into the Roman Catholic Church or have been formally received into full Communion with the Roman Catholic Church can be admitted to the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.


Parents or carers should be aware of this before their children are enrolled in the First Holy Communion Programme.  Any parent or carer who requests that their non-Catholic child be enrolled in the First Holy Communion Programme should be referred to their local Parish Priest without delay.




The PAN refers to the number of pupils in each year group.

The standard number at St Mary’s RC Primary School for Nursery is 51 and 60 for the rest of the school.




The school operates a waiting list for each year group: pupils are added to the list according to their admission category. Parents are asked to complete the School Admission Form and the Manchester Local Authority Common Application Form in accordance with the co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.




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