Admissions Information for Starting at St Mary's Catholic Primary School
At St Mary's, we follow the admissions criteria set out by Kent County Council. In line with government legislation, this limits class numbers to a maximum of 30 children in KS1.
We understand that when deciding which school is best for your children, there can be a lot of unanswered questions. We aim to provide you with all the information that you may need. If there is anything you require further information about, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team in the school office.
Admission to school
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School accepts new pupils from all religious denominations and cultures; you do not have to be Catholic to be a member of the St Mary’s community. However, the admissions criteria gives preference to baptised Catholics.
To apply to our school, parents should complete our Supplementary Form as well as the Kent County Council (or other Council if resident in another county) Reception Common Application Form (SCAF) and either return that to your child's primary school or make an electronic application at: www.kent.gov.uk/ola by 15th January 2024.
Please read the Admissions Policy and Procedure which can be found on the school’s website here.
Please also ensure that you have read the school’s Privacy Notice, which can be found on the school’s website here
Please return this Supplementary Information Form to the Admissions Officer at the school (not Kent County Council). For Year R entry in September 2024 please return this form to the school no later than 15 January 2024 in order that we may rank your application.
If applicable you must send a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate and/or Other Faith Reference, to the Admissions Officer at the school along with this completed form.
Please note failure to submit a completed Supplementary Information form when applying for a Catholic school place may result in your application not being placed in the correct category and could result in you not receiving an offer of a place.
In Year or Casual Admissions
Applications made too late for the Kent co-ordinated system, In-year applications for year R and applications for entry to years 1-6 must be made on the IYCAF (In -Year and Casual application Form) available on our school website below. The same policy and procedure (apart from the timetable) applies to these applications. This form must be sent to the school’s Admissions Officer with this supplementary information form, please email to
Please note that if you are not offered a place and submit an appeal, a copy of this form will be submitted to the Appeal Panel.
If your child is due to start primary school in September 2024, you can appeal if you are refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day (Tuesday 16 April 2024).
You must submit your appeal before Tuesday 14 May 2024 for it to be considered by Tuesday 16 July 2024. Any appeals received after this time will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline, or where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.
For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.
Please click here for more information about how to appeal a school offer.
Please click here for a link to the Kent County Council parent guide for applying for school places.