Applying for FS2/Reception
It is the role of the Local Education Authority, not school, to allocate places for FS2/ Reception.
Children start school (FS2/Reception) the September after their fourth birthday.
Each year the dates between which you can apply for a place for your child will slightly alter. You must check the Bury.gov website for up to date information. The closing date will be approximately the second week in the January before your child starts in FS2/ Reception the following September.
In the October before your child is due to start school in the following September, you should receive a letter from the LEA informing you of how to complete your child’s application. If you do not receive one, check the Bury.gov website or ring the Admissions team.
If your child attends St Mary's FS1/ Nursery, we will send you a letter with the same information during September/ October to ensure that you do not miss out. We will also remind you about the admissions process at our Curriculum meeting in September. Reminders will be included in our Foundation Stage newsletters and individual letters given to parents who have not applied as the process continues.
Parents are asked to apply for a place online however if you do not have access to the internet please contact the admissions team for a paper copy. This must be returned to the admissions team, not school.
As we are a Catholic school you will also need to complete a supplementary form and bring it to school with your child's birth and baptism certificates. Without this information we will not be able to process your child's application. If we do not receive a baptism certificate for your child we will presume that your child is not a baptised Catholic and they will be treated as a non-Catholic when we apply our admissions criteria. Please note that if your child is already in FS1/ Nursery at St Mary's you will still need to complete a supplementary form.
Please note that a place in our FS1/ Nursery does not entitle your child to a place in FS2/ Reception.
If you do not receive a letter in the October before your child starts in FS2/ Reception the following September, please contact the authority on 0161 253 6474 or log onto the Bury.gov.uk website and find the information on how to apply for a primary school place.