East Grinstead, West Sussex

Admissions & Appeals

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.

School Video & Virtual Tour

St. Mary's C of E Primary School - Virtual Tour

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."

St. Mary's and St. Swithun's Parish Boundaries

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for 2022/23


The consultation for the new Admissions policy has ended and the final policy agreed. Please find our new policy below.

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 ( 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.