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Admission Arrangements 2020-2021

Applications to attend St Mary's Catholic Primary School are welcomed from all families.

As St Mary's Catholic Primary School is an Academy, the Governors of the School are responsible for their own Admission Policy and arrangements in line with the Admissions Code of Practice and the Local Authority’s Admissions Schemes. Applications for places are initially dealt with by Swindon Borough Council Admissions department. 

For pupils who are starting school for the first time in Reception/Early Years or for those moving on to Secondary School parent/ carers can make an application by either completing a paper application or complete an application online at: 


Please see the determined admissions policy for 2020-2021 admissions below:

Determined Admission Arrangements 2021-2022

The governing body  have completed their consultation on admission arrangements for the 2021-22 school year and have determined a final policy.

Thank you to all those who took part in the consultation.

Arrangements for applying to join St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Admissions for Reception Children

Applications for places are initially dealt with by Swindon Borough Council Admissions department.

We have one intake each year, at the start of the Autumn Term.  Reception pupils are normally admitted to school in the September following their 4th birthday.  Prospective parents are most welcome to make an appointment to look around our school, look out for flyers and on our website for information about any open mornings/afternoons.

Parents are usually asked to complete preference forms in the Autumn of the year before the child starts school. Places are allocated in the late Spring / early Summer Term – we have a maximum intake of 50 children. http://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20071/school_places_and_admissions

Once we know our intake, we begin the process of ensuring every child’s entry into school is happy and relaxed. In the Summer Term before the September start, parents come to an Open Evening to find out more about how we work and ask any questions they might still have. This meeting also gives parents the opportunity to meet and talk with the Reception class teachers.  Soon after, children are invited to visit the Reception class for short visits.

Admissions for children in Years 1-6

Parents of older children, moving into the area, are welcome to make an appointment to visit the school and to discuss admission with the Headteacher. As with entry into Reception, all applications for places are initially dealt with by Swindon Borough Council and all details will be passed to the school to organise further.


Please refer to the document below for the appeals timetable for 2020/2021 admissions.

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Appeals procedure

Parents/carers have the right to appeal against the refusal by the Governors to admit their child and should put their appeal in writing to the Clerk to the Governors at the school.  

Appeals for applications made under the 'normal admissions round' for your child's school age, must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging an appeal.

Under the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England)  Regulations  2012  an application is  made  in the  ‘normal  admissions  round’  if  it  is  not:

1) a ‘late application’ (an application is a ‘late’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group; it is submitted before the first day of the school term of the admission year; and a determination relating to the application is not made by an authority on or before the offer date. The ‘relevant age group’ is the age group at which pupils are or will normally be admitted to the school e.g. reception or year 7, Section 142 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998)

Late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

2) an ‘in-year application’ (an application is an ‘in-year’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group and it is submitted on or after the first day of the first school term of the admission year, or it is for the admission of a child to an age group other than a relevant age group).  

For applications for in-year admissions, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

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