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St Marys Catholic Primary School
Swires Road, HX1 2ER Halifax
01422 362365

St Mary's Catholic Primary School


Policy for the Admission of Pupils


 St. Mary's Catholic Primary School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for baptised Catholic children.  The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ.


Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic applicants in accordance with the over-subscription criteria listed below.  In expressing a preference for St. Mary's Catholic School parents are declaring their positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.


The governing body has responsibility for admissions to this school and intends to admit 45 pupils to Reception in the school year that begins in September 2006.


Over-subscription Criteria


At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:



Looked After children from Catholic families.



Baptised Catholics who are resident in the parishes of St. Alban's, St. Columba's   and St. Marie's. 



Other Baptised Catholic children.



Other Looked After children



Children of other Christian denominations or of other Faiths whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose application is supported by a minister of religion or an appropriate religious leader. 



Children whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school



Other children whose parents/guardians wish them to attend St Mary's School.


Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church are to be given priority next after baptised Catholics in each of the above categories.



Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would lead to over-subscription the following provisions will be applied:


§         The attendance of a brother or sister at the school at the time of enrolment will increase the priority of an application within each category.


  • The Governing Body may increase the priority of an application within a category where evidence is proved at time of application of an exceptional social, medical or pastoral need that can most appropriately be met at this school.

Tie Break


Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the sub-categories listed above would still lead to over-subscription, the places up to the admission number will be offered to those living nearest to the school. 'Walking distance' will be used as the measure. 

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