Admissions - Introduction
We are delighted that you are considering sending your child to St. Mary's. The full, formal admission arrangements are contained in the Admissions Policy document (below.)
Admission to Reception Class
Most children start Primary School in the September after their 4th birthday.
You will need to apply online via the Lancashire admissions website - www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools - by the middle of January that year. The website can also be reached by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.You will be informed of the school in which your child has been allocated a place in mid-April.
When choosing your child's school, you will be asked to state three preferences.
The school itself has no input as to who comes to the school. This is decided by the LEA, following the school's Admissions Criteria. At Eccleston St Mary's, this is as follows:
1. Children with SEN or who are looked after (this has to be number one at all schools)
2. Siblings of children currently in the school
3. Faith reference - please contact the school for further information on what precisely this means
4. Geographical distance from school.
Once your child is allocated a place at St.Mary's, we will be in touch with you. You will be invited into school for a parents' meeting; our Reception Class staff will visit you and your child in your home setting on a Home Visit; and your child will be invited into school several times during the summer term so as to familiarise themselves with the Reception classroom, the staff and, indeed, the school itself. This whole induction process ensures that your child will be well and truly ready to start 'big school' on that first day in September. If we have any tears, it's usually from the parents!
There are a number of reasons why children may come to us at other times than at the start of the Reception Class. If you are interested in your child joining us, please telephone, in the first instance, to ascertain whether there is a space in the appropriate year group. If there is, we would warmly invite you to come into school for a visit and our Headteacher, Mrs Birchall, will be only too pleased to show you round. If you decide to take the place, we will arrange for your child to begin school at your earliest convenience.
Visiting St. Mary's
We hold an Open Evening in late September or early October every year for parents who are considering sending their child to St. Mary's.
However, this is not the only opportunity to come into school. Mrs Birchall, our Headteacher, is more than happy to welcome visitors to look around during the school day. This gives you a chance to see us 'fully operational' and will give you a really good flavour and feel for the school.
If you would like to arrange a tour of the school, please telephone us on 01257 451317 and Mrs Readett or Mrs Marsden will be only too happy to make an appointment for you.
School Admissions Website