"Reading starts with a successful approach to the teaching of phonics."
Osted - 2022


St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families.

The school is conducted by its Governing Body as part of the Catholic Church.

As a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeates every aspect of the school’s activity. It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education is fully supported by all families in the school. All applicants are therefore expected to give their full support for the ethos of the school. This does not affect the right of parents who are not of the faith of the school to apply and be considered for a place.

The Governing Body has responsibility for admissions to the school. Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given in accordance with the over-subscription criteria. For the full details of the admissions criteria, see the Admissions Policy below.

To apply for a place at this school, parents must complete an application form available from the local authority in which they live and return it to that authority. Parents can, if they wish, apply on-line. The local authority will advise of the outcome of any application made.

Children who have a statement of Special Educational Needs who name St. Mary’s will be admitted.

In-Year Applications

St. Mary’s now manage their own in-year school admissions. Parents will need to apply directly to the school for in-year admissions. Please contact the school office who will give you the relevant information and paperwork. The forms are also available for you to download here:

In-Year Application Form for St Mary's Catholic Primary School

We will process your application within 10 school days. You will be informed in writing whether or not you have been successful in being offered a place. If you are offered a place, you will be contacted to arrange a start date for your child. If you do not wish to accept this place, we ask that you confirm this in writing. 

If your application is unsuccessful, you can ask to be put onto our waiting list and then we will use our criteria to place you in order on that list. If a place becomes available, we will let you know. The criteria is stated in the STCAT Admissions Policy on our website. 

If you wish to appeal, please see our appeals procedure in the STCAT Admissions Policy on our website.


Further details can be found below.

Further information can be found on the Central Bedfordshire Council website: School Admissions

Children are able to attend our nursery from the term following their third birthday.  For more information about our nursery sessions or to arrange a visit, please give the school office a call.  

Application forms are available from our office, or can be downloaded here: Nursery Application Form

Please note that a place in our nursery does not guarantee a place in our Reception class.  These must be applied for via Central Bedfordshire Council, as detailed above.

We are happy to offer extended Wrap-Around care and can accept 30 Hours Funding.  More information can be found here.

We are very excited about our new pre-school for 2 year old children which opened in January 2016. If you would like to apply for a place, then please contact the school. More information can be found on our Pre-School page.  The following documents tell you more about the admissions procedure and fees for the new pre-school:-

Pre-school Admissions Policy

Pre-school Fees Agreement

Pre-school Application Form


If you are in receipt of certain benefits, your child may be entitled to free funding for up to 15 hours a week. Please discuss with the school or your Benefits Adviser. The application form for funded two year old children can be found on the Central Bedfordshire Council’s website: 

Two Year Old Funding - Information and Application Form