Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make on behalf of your child(ren). The Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton has wonderful state-funded Catholic primary and secondary schools. Please click on the link below for more information.

Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton – Choosing a Catholic Primary School in Sussex

The Governing Body, as the admissions authority, is responsible for admissions to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

The school’s Published Admissions Number (PAN) for 2021/2022 is 45.  Admissions arrangements are reviewed annually, and updated policies and criteria can be found on this page.  Alternatively, paper copies can be arranged via the school office.

If you would like to find out more about our school, our admissions criteria, the application process or simply have questions about our school in general, please get in touch.

West Sussex County Council School Admissions

West Sussex County Council guidance on how to apply for a school place or move schools within West Sussex can be accessed here.

Admissions 2021-2022

Admissions Policy 2021-22

Supplementary Information Form 2021-2022

Guidance for Parents and Carers 2021 – 2022

Admissions 2022-2023

Admissions Policy 2022-23

Supplementary Information Form 2022 – 2023

Guidance for Parents and Carers 2022 – 2023

Visits from prospective parents are always welcome, please contact Mrs. Brown, Business Manager, to arrange a mutually convenient appointment. For more information about our school, our Early Years virtual tour can be found on the Home page.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a visit to the school please contact Mrs. Brown by telephone on 01243 822287 or by email: 

Admissions Appeals Guidance

If your child is not offered a place at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, you have the right to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel (set up in accordance with sections 88 and 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998). Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made.

Appeals should be made to the Admissions Appeal Clerk at the school address. Appeals should be lodged no later than 20 school days after the National Offer Day for primary schools (16 April 2022). Completed paperwork must be received by the school no later than 17 May 2022, and will be heard within 40 school days. The appeals system is operated independently from the school. Parents/carers have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel.

Late application appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged and in-year applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

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