"Children in the early years make good progress and are well prepared for Year 1."
Ofsted 2015


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.

For in-year applications (i.e. outside the normal admissions round) parents/carers should apply to the school. The local authority must, on request, provide information to parents about the places still available in all schools within its area, and a suitable form for parents to complete when applying for a place. Any parent can apply for a place for their child at any time to any school outside the normal admissions round.

For the full details, please click on the applicable year:

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 Application Form