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Admissions Procedure

Admissions Procedure

“St. Mary’s is a good Catholic school whose strong Catholic identity

is evident throughout the community and in its daily life.”

Diocesan Inspection 2012


The policy of admission to St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School is the responsibility of the Governing Body. It is designed to promote the Catholicity of the school community.

The allocation of primary school places is coordinated by the Local Authority, Therefore, in order to be allocated a place at St. Mary’s School you must apply to your home authority. If you live in Northamptonshire you must apply to Northamptonshire County Council. Equally, if you are not resident in Northamptonshire, you must apply through your home authority.

Please find below a link that will take you directly to school admissions department at the local authority where you can complete an application:


Click here to access Northamptonshire Admissions



It is the Governors’ intention that no more than thirty children should be admitted to each class. If the supply of places at the school exceeds the number of places available the School’s admissions criteria will be applied. This is determined by our duty and responsibility to the local Catholic community along with children of other Christian denominations, other faiths and all those whose parents seek a Catholic education for their children.


We encourage parents of pre-school age children who are interested in a school place in our Reception Class to put their child’s name on our enquiry list at an early date. This allows us to keep you informed of activities and events at the school and remind you of important dates regarding the co-ordinated admissions process during the Autumn Term preceding your child starting school. During this term application forms will be sent out by the local authority and need to be returned to them by the date specified. School places are allocated by the Authority on behalf of the Governing Body later during that school year.


During the Summer Term, new intake Reception children and parents are invited to the school for an informal discussion on the arrangements for their child starting school and to receive information regarding routines and practices. Our Family Support Team also organise events designed to provide further opportunities for the children to join with their new class mates and for parents to meet one another.


In-year admissions to the school must also be made through the local authority and will depend on the size of the year group concerned. Wherever possible, every effort will be made to accept pupils within the agreed admissions criteria.



Click below to download a copy of our School Admissions Policy.