Admission arrangements

Saint Mary's is a Roman Catholic Primary School provided by the Diocese of Salford and is maintained by the Bury Local Education Authority as a Voluntary Aided School. The school's Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions. For the school year commencing September 2015, the Governing Body has set its planned admissions number at 60.

Admissions to the school will be made by the Governing Body in accordance with the stated parental preferences it receives, subject to the following set of criteria which will be used to form a priority order if there are more applications for admission than the school has places available.

1. Baptised Roman Catholic children in public care.

2. Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.

3. Other Baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in the parish of Saint Mary's.

4. Other Baptised Roman Catholic children resident in another parish.

5. Other children (Non-R.C.) who are in public care.

6. Other children with exceptional needs.

7. Other children (Non- Roman Catholic) children who have siblings in the school.

8. Other children (Non-R.C.) who are resident in the Parish of Saint Mary's.

9. Other children.


a) All applicants will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions.

b) Each Roman Catholic applicant will be required to produce a baptismal certificate.

c) Parents/ applicants should check carefully whether they are resident within the parish boundary of St Mary’s.

d) If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of proximity and this will be determined by a straight line distance, as provided by the local Authority.

e) The Governing Body will consider children with proven and exceptional medical and social needs where admission to the school might best help satisfy those exceptional needs, providing that such application is submitted with appropriate evidence from a doctor or social worker. Parents should explain why St Mary’s RC is more suitable than any other school and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend a different school.

f) Late applications will be considered according to the date received in school. If two or more are received on the same date the normal priority criteria will be applied.

g) In cases of shared parenting, the home address will be taken as the address of the parent to whom Child Benefit is paid.

h) For the purpose of this policy the Governing Body will define ‘Sibling Link’ as a brother and sister or step- brother and sister residing at the same address as well as foster children and children of partners living in the same house. The Governing Body reserves the right to give special consideration to twins and triplets etc  to prevent breaking the sibling link.

i) The school will hold a waiting list for the first term after the normal admission round, i.e. September to December. If places become available, they will be offered in accordance with the school’s admission policy.

j) If there is a situation where only one place is available and the next children to be offered are twins or triplets, both twins or the three triplets etc will be offered places, except where this would breach class size legislation.

Further details are available on the Bury L.A. website on:


Nursery Intake

The criteria for admission to the school equally applies to the Nursery. However the allocation of full time (where possible) morning and afternoon places, will be completed on a first come first serve basis.


Appeals Procedure

Parents of Pupils who have not been allocated a place at the school, have recourse to the appeals procedure. Appeals should be addressed to:

The Secretary,
Appeals Panel,
Roman Catholic Schools,
Education Department,
Athenaeum House,
Market Street,

Further details are available on the Bury L.A. website on:

Visiting School

Parents considering registering their children may visit the school at any time, by prior arrangement with the Head Teacher Before the beginning of the school year, a meeting for parents of those children who are already registered will be held, when Baptismal details will be required and school routines and practices explained to them.

As this is a Roman Catholic School, it is conducted in accordance with the rites, practices and observances of the Roman Catholic Faith and it is expected that children admitted to the school will take full and active part in the religious life of the school.

Parents who wish to withdraw their children from religious instruction and worship, must make arrangements with the School's Governing Body before the child is admitted.

Admission form (click here) - for completion during the school year ( not for September intake)


Information about class set-up


Local Authority

Applying for FS1/Nursery

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