St Mary's C.E. Primary School

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Admissions Arrangements 

Children joining from another school 

As a voluntary aided school, St. Mary's are responsible for their own admissions. Therefore, if you wanted your child to move to this school from another setting, you would need to contact the school directly. The school will then be able to advise you as to whether or not we have space in the year group that you require. You would then be invited to view the school and would need to complete an admissions form. 


Children starting Reception in September 2017

Should the number of applications for reception places exceed 45; the places will be allocated using the following criteria:

Firstly–children in public care (as defined by section 22 of the 1989 children Act).

 Secondly to children who already have a sibling on roll in the school at the time when the child is admitted.

  • * Children are siblings if they are half or full brother/sister, or they are adoptive brother/sister
  • * And they are children of the same household.

In the event of a tie break places will be allocated as outlined in criteria four.

Thirdly to children whose families regularly worship as part of a Christian church. Applications must be supported by a Minister’s reference confirming attendance over the last two years and sent directly to the school (the ‘Supplementary form’ is attached to this policy and is available from the school).

 Christian church means:

  • The Church of England or other Anglican Church, or
  • A Christian church which is in membership of Churches Together in England (or its partner bodies in Scotland, Wales & Ireland), or
  • Church or a congregation, which can provide evidence of the Evangelical Alliance.

In the event of a tie break priority will be given to children falling into criteria three and then criteria four as described below.

 Fourthly to other children who live in the local area, beginning with those who live closest to the school. Distances from home to the nearest school gate are measured using the latest South Gloucestershire Council Routes to school Gazetteer.

In order to fully understand this criteria it is important that you read the admissions policy which can be found by clicking here. 

Applications for new Reception places are made via the local authority and must be completed by 15th January 2017. Information can be found on their website which you can access by clicking here. If you are looking to transfer from another school please contact the school office directly on 01454867155.