As a voluntary aided school, St. Mary's does not have a catchment area - we welcome applications for school places from across East Grinstead and the wider area.
Our school has 30 places in each year group (one-form entry) and the St. Mary's Governors follow the published admission arrangements when prioritising placements for entry.
If you wish for your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. You can also contact our Admissions Coordinator, Mr Elliot McGuffie, via the School Office.
We are currently consulting on our Admission Arrangements for 2022/23. Please see below for the proposals.
Starting School (Reception) 2021/22
Regretfully, our annual prospective parents meeting will not be possible this November because of restrictions put in place for Covid-19 which, currently, involves no visitors. Alternatively, we have independently produced a 'school video' (above) to help showcase why we believe our school is so special. A 360˚ virtual tour, which enables you to view inside and outside our school premises from your PC, laptop, tablet device or mobile phone is also available here.
Due to the pandemic we applied to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator for a variation to our admissions arrangements for the academic year 2021/22. The closure of places of worship impacted upon the criteria of attendance at a local church, therefore the following variation now applies.
"In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship."
Consultation on Admission Arrangements for 2022/23
St. Mary’s C of E (Aided) Primary School Governors are consulting on the 2022/23 Admissions Arrangements.
With the proposed revisions to these arrangements, the Governing Body wishes to simplify the
categories of application to encourage local families and families of other faiths to consider our school.
They also provide further information and clarification on our school’s handling of admissions, for example, deferred entry and waiting lists.
The consultation will run until 18th January 2021.
A copy of the proposed 2022/23 Admissions Arrangements and Supplementary Information Form (SIF) are below. Paper copies are available from the School Office.
Please address any comments to the Chair of Governors via the School Office or by email to email@example.com by 18th January 2021.
Right of Appeal
There is a right to appeal, to an independent panel, against the decision of the Governing Body. Parents wishing to exercise this right should write to the Clerk of Governors (firstname.lastname@example.org). For administrative purposes, appeals should be received within 20 days of receipt of notification refusing a place.
All appeals will be appropriately considered.
Transferring from Primary to Secondary School
Parents whose child is in their final year with us (Year 6) will be sent information regarding the application process for secondary school placements.
We will support our pupils and parents through the process of applying for secondary school. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require any help.