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St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

A place of educational excellence with Christ at the centre

Admissions

St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Aston Le Walls exists to provide education according to the doctrine and practices of the Roman Catholic Church to Catholic* children whose families live in the Diocese of Northampton and are members of the parishes of The Sacred Heart and Our Lady, Aston Le Walls and St Augustine’s Daventry. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School  also serves the wider catholic community and accepts Catholic children from the surrounding area of Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire whose parents* are members of other Dioceses/parishes. Children who have a Statement of Educational Needs naming St Mary’s will be admitted in accordance with the regulations and policy of the Local Authority.

Our standard number is 15 per year group. When the school receives more applications than this, children will be offered places in order of priority, according to the following categories:

  1. ‘Looked after’ Catholic* children.
  2. Catholic siblings* of present pupils.
  3. Catholic children living* in the Catholic Parish* of Aston Le Walls.
  4. Catholic children living in the Catholic Parish of St Augustine’s. Daventry.
  5. Catholic children living in other parishes.

If there are places vacant after the above criteria have been followed, the Governors will admit children in the following order of priority:

  1. Other ‘looked after’ children.
  2. Other siblings of present pupils.
  3. Children living in the local authority parish of Aston Le Walls.
  4. Children living elsewhere.

Where there is a tie for places within any one category, applications will be determined by the proximity of the child’s home to the school as defined by the local authority.

 

Prospective parents are encouraged to visit St Mary’s and complete the school’s Admission Form no later than December 1st for entry the following September.  Copies of Baptismal Certificates  should be enclosed with the form. The form enables the Admissions Committee to apply the above criteria in event of over subscription. Early return is encouraged and forms received beforehand will be kept on file until the appropriate time.

Prospective parents on the school’s file will be sent the NCC booklet entitled ‘Applying for a Primary School Place in Northamptonshire’ and asked to complete the Admissions Application Form. (This can be done either on paper or on line).

In February/March NCC send the names of all children who have named St Mary’s on their application. In the event of over subscription, the Admissions Committee apply the above criteria. The names of all the children in order of criteria priority are sent back to NCC who inform parents if they have been allocated a place at St Mary’s.

Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse their child a place in St Mary’s should apply in writing to the Chair of Governors. Appeals are heard by an independent panel.

*Definitions:

Catholic – baptised in accordance with the rites of the Catholic Church or enrolled in a baptismal programme

Siblings- those living in the  same household as pupils already attending St Mary’s.

Living – main residence where child spends the majority of time

Parish boundaries - as defined by the Diocese of Northampton