"Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward
from him.” Psalms 127:3

“Not all of us can do great things but we can do
small things with great love.” Saint Teresa

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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. The policy explains:

  • how we consider applications for every age group 
  • what parents should do if they want to apply for their child to attend St Mary's.
  • our arrangements for selecting pupils who apply
  • our 'over-subscription criteria' - (if there are more applicants than places)

Admissions Policy 2024-2025

Admissions Policy 2022-2023

Admissions Policy 2021-2022

Admissions Policy 2020-2021

Applying for a Reception Place 2024


Guidance on how to apply for a school place.

Before you apply for a school place, please read through the Starting School in Cumberland (PDF 8MB) booklet.  If you need a printed copy of the booklet, please contact the School Admissions and Appeals Team:



Copies are also available in all infant and primary schools and public libraries in Cumberland.  Page 10 of the booklet explains what happens to applications that are received after the closing date of 15 January 2024.


To apply for a Reception place for your child in September 2024, you can:

School Admissions and Appeals
Cumberland Council
PO Box 415


The closing date for applications is 15 January 2024.

If you live in Cumberland and your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020, they will be due to start school in Reception year group in September 2024.  You must apply to Cumberland Council for a place.