St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

We pray, We work, We play, We care, We do our best!


Devonshire Drive, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5RJ

01254 231277

LATEST NEWS & DATES : 1/5/2024 - Class 3 & 4 Mass at 10.00 a.m.....17/5/2024 - Race Night at St. Mary's Organised by PTFA....22/5/2024 - Reception Heights & Weights.....22/5/2024 - Class 1,2 & 5 Mass at 10.00 a.m......23/5/2024 - Sacrament of Reconciliation in Church at 10.00 a.m.....24/5/2024 - Deadline for Year 6 Residential payment....24/5/2024 - School breaks up for 2 weeks......10/6/2024 - Y1 Phonics and Y4 Multiplication Checks over next 2 weeks....17/6/2024 - Whitehough Y6 Resdiential - 3 days....26/6/2024 - Junior Trip to Outdoor Elements.....27/6/2024 - New to Reception Starters Evening at 6.00 p.m......7/7/2024 - Sacrament of Holy Communion - Time TBC....9/7/2024 - New to Reception Taster Morning at 9.05 a.m......10/7/2024 - Infant Trip to Smithills Farm.....11/7/2024 - Year 6 Leaver's Service in Church at 10.00 a.m.......12/7/2024 - Y6 Leaver's Lunch......15/7/2024 - Reports Out to Parents......16/7/2024 - Junior Play Performance - 'Cinderella' - 2 p.m. & 6 p.m......17/7/2024 - Year 6 Leaver's Assembly.....17/7/2024 - School Finishes for the Summer at 1.15/1.30 p.m.


For Reception places in September 2024 please see the policy below. Visits are welcome to school so you can see our wonderful learning environment. Please call school or email Mr Mashiter to arrange a date and time. 

Please click on the link below for more information about our school:



Information regarding admissions 2023-2024

Please see the link below for all information regarding admissions for the next school year.

Admissions Policy 2024-25

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Admissions Policy 2025-26

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In Year Admissions

At St. Mary's, we deal with our own in year admissions. An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. An application should be made to the school by completing the in-year admissions application form and returning it to: St. Mary’s RC Primary School, Devonshire Drive, Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire, BB5 5RJ by post or by hand.

The application form can be found below:


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Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published
oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2022-23, will be

Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application. 

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list. 

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible. Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of receipt.

You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.
If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions, please contact Mrs Deborah
Schofield (school bursar). You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local
authority (Lancashire County Council)

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If you are not happy with the school place you have been given you can apply for any school. Please visit the following page for more information or get in touch with us straight away at school.


Appeals 2024-25

School appeal hearing guidance

You will be notified via email confirming the date, time and arrangements of the appeal hearing. You will usually be notified at least 14 days before the hearing to give you time to prepare. You will also receive a statement from the admission authority which will give the reasons why your child was not allocated to your preferred school / academy. This will normally be sent to you at least 7 days before the hearing.


Attending the hearing

It is strongly advised that you attend the appeal hearing as this will give you the opportunity to state your case in person and to respond to any queries and clarify any relevant parts of your case which are unclear. The Appeal Panel will have a better idea of your case if they can  talk/meet with you and have amiable and constructive discussion. You are able to send nominate a person to represent you if you are unable to attend. If you attend yourself you may be accompanied by a friend or representative.

If you choose not to attend the hearing the Appeal Panel will make a decision on the basis of:

(a) the written evidence you have provided: and (b) a written or oral statement given at the hearing by the admission authority, giving the reasons why your child was not allocated to your  referred school / academy (there may sometimes be a witness present [see b, d]).

You are able to defer the hearing if you are unable to attend and are willing to wait for a later date. There may be a deferral for a few weeks until the next hearing can be arranged. If you decide to defer your hearing you should confirm this as far in advance of the set date as possible. You may wish to consider nominating a representative in your place to present your case. Please note that you should confirm who this will be ahead of the hearing in order that all concerned are aware that the person has been nominated as your representative (see section 7 - The hearing).

It is however, strongly recommended that you attend the hearing.

Presenting your case

The hearing is not like a court case. Generally hearings last up to 30 minutes and are informal in nature. If you need longer to present/clarify your case, then this will be allowed. Venues are usually local or virtual via conference call. The intention is not to discuss points of law but for the panel to balance the strength of the relative cases in reaching their decision.

You are able to present any information which you feel is relevant to your case and circumstances. If on the day of the appeal you present new information without any evidence there is the possibility that the hearing may be delayed or deferred in order for this to be properly considered, e.g. if you refer to a bullying issue at your child's current or previous school / academy you should provide evidence or else the hearing may be delayed or deferred.


The hearing

You are strongly encouraged to attend your admission appeal hearing(s) in order to clarify or supplement your written appeal case.

You are able to have a friend, adviser, interpreter or signer in attendance and they may speak on your behalf at the appeal hearing. This may include a locally elected politician or an employee of the Local Authority e.g. a social worker (as long as this is not considered to lead to a conflict of interests).

Where appeals are for pupils above statutory school age then the parents and pupil may both attend the appeal hearing or may decide that only one party wishes to attend.

For pupils above statutory school age both the pupil and parents have appeal rights. Where both decide to appeal separately then the appeals will be heard together at a joint hearing leading to a single decision which is binding on all parties.

Please note that:-

  • If a signer or interpreter is required at your appeal hearing, you would need to make your own arrangements for an interpreter to be present to act on your behalf.
  • Appeal panels are prohibited by the School Admission Appeals Code from allowing Headteachers and representatives of the school being appealed for providing supporting information (written or verbal) in advance of or at your appeal hearing.

You are able to have legal representation at your hearing if you wish. This is however not normally necessary. Admission appeal hearings are not intended to debate points of law.

The following people will be in the room:

(a) A Panel of three people who are lay persons and persons experienced in education. These people are acting independently of the admission authority and have no connection with the school / academy for which you are appealing or the school which is your current offer. These are the people who will make the decision about your appeal;
(b) A Clerk, who is usually from the Office of the Chief Executive (Legal Services Group), will advise the Independent Appeal Panel about the law and procedures and who will also take notes of the meeting;
(c) A Presenting Officer from the admission authority who will present the case for the school or academy for which you are appealing).
(d) The Head teacher of the school which you are appealing for may be present (or may send a representative).

The presenting officer for the admission authority will explain why a place at your preferred school / academy has not been allocated to your child. You may ask questions and you may also challenge any statements which are made.

You may then be asked for the reasons why you feel that it is unreasonable for your child to attend the school / academy which has been allocated and you may also be asked questions.


The Independent Appeal Panel's decision

The independent admission appeal panel will initially hear the case from the admission authority. 

If they decide that this is not sufficiently strong to prove that prejudice would occur in relation to additional admissions, then they may decide that the case is "not proved". In these circumstances all appellants would be allocated places at the school without individual parents having to present their cases.

If you are the first appellant on a particular day then you may be present for this initial discussion. The panel may ask that you and the presenting officer (plus any witnesses) leave the room if they wish to debate the strength of the admission authority's case prior to deciding how they wish to proceed.

On most occasions however the Independent Panel will proceed to hear all parental cases for the school / academy being appealed for. They will not make any decisions until every parent's individual case has been heard.

You will not be present when they make their decisions and neither will the admission authority or any witnesses. Only the independent clerk will remain with the panel and he/she will have no role in their decision making about your appeal.

The panel will balance the strength of each parent's case against the case made by the admission authority for no more admissions to the school. They can allow every case or none at all (or anything in between). If they allow your appeal then the school / academy place must be accessed without delay. If this does not happen then you may receive a reminder letter giving you seven days' notice to confirm that you still want and will access the available place. Places will be withdrawn if they are not accessed promptly following a successful appeal.

If your appeal is refused, the school offer already made will be confirmed (subject to any other outstanding appeals which you may be awaiting). You will get an initial, brief, decision letter which will be followed up at a later date by a letter giving further details for the admission appeal panel's decision to refuse your appeal.

The decisions of Independent Admission Appeal Panels are legally binding on all parties

Finding out about the decision

The clerk will write to let you know the result of the appeal after the hearing. This is usually done in writing to all appellants shortly after the hearing has taken place.


* If you are not happy with an initial offer, the appeals period starts from your receipt of the offer. Appeal information will be issued later as this allows some time for waiting lists to operate.

**Appeals which we receive after the deadline will be slotted into the schedule where possible. We cannot guarantee this however, and late appeals may have to be heard after the agreed date at a second round of hearings. The schedule is subject to change depending upon the availability of appeal panel members, clerks, venue, etc.


School appeal hearing dates (September 2024 intake)

By law we must publish the dates on which appeals for September intake admissions will be heard.

These are provisional dates and are subject to change. Days could be added to or cancelled depending on the volume of appeals lodged and how the Independent Appeal Panel decide that they are to be conducted.

The deadline to submit an appeal is:

  • 16 May 2024 for primary Reception appeals
  • 16 April 2024 for secondary Year 7 appeals

Any appeals submitted after the deadline may be heard after all on time appeals have been heard.

An appeals officer will be in touch with you before the hearing date and will provide full details.

Academy and free school appeals will be scheduled along with the relevant voluntary aided district dates.

District Hearing Date
Lancaster voluntary aided secondary 13 to 16 May 2024
Preston/South Ribble voluntary aided secondary 13 to 24 May 2024
Fylde voluntary aided secondary 13 and 14 May 2024
West Lancs voluntary aided secondary 15 and 16 May 2024
Rossendale voluntary aided secondary 16 and 17 May 2024
Wyre voluntary aided secondary 20 to 24 May 2024
Hyndburn/Ribble Valley voluntary aided secondary 20 to 24 May 2024
Chorley voluntary aided secondary 20 to 24 May 2024 and 3 to 7 June 2024
Burnley/Pendle voluntary aided secondary 3 to 7 June 2024
Lancaster community secondary 10 June 2024
Hyndburn/Ribble Valley community secondary 28 to 31 May 2024
Fylde community secondary 31 May 2024
Wyre community secondary 10 to 14 June 2024
Preston/South Ribble/West Lancs/Chorley community secondary 3 to 14 June 2024
Wyre voluntary aided primary 17 to 21 June 2024
Lancaster voluntary aided primary 17 to 20 June 2024
Burnley/Pendle/Rossendale community secondary 17 to 20 June 2024
Rossendale voluntary aided primary 20 and 21 June 2024
Wyre community primary 24 to 28 June 2024
Burnley/Pendle voluntary aided primary 24 to 28 June 2024
Preston/South Ribble/Chorley/West Lancs voluntary aided primary 24 June to 5 July 2024
Fylde voluntary aided primary 1 and 2 July 2024
Fylde community primary 3 and 4 July 2024
Hyndburn/Ribble Valley voluntary aided primary 1 to 5 July 2024
Burnley/Pendle/Rosendale community primary 1 to 5 July 2024
Lancaster community primary 8 and 9 July 2024
Hyndburn/Ribble Valley community primary 8 to 12 July 2024
Preston/South Ribble/Chorley/West Lancs community primary 8 to 12 July 2024


How to appeal against the refusal of a place at a Community or Voluntary Controlled School

The appeal form is available electronically from the Lancashire County Council Website.


A paper copy can be provided from the Area Education Office if required.

How to appeal against the refusal of a place at a Voluntary Aided School, Foundation School, Academy or Free School

The appeal form is available electronically from the Lancashire County Council Website.



A paper copy may be provided by the school, if required

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan

The appeal process differs for these children. Please contact the Inclusion Service at the Area Education Office for information and assistance. The Information Advice & Support Team may be contacted on 0300 123 6706.

The Appeal Hearing

Hearings will take place during the summer term for appeals which are submitted by the required deadline date. You will receive approximately two weeks' notice of the date of your hearing. The case papers will be sent to you approximately one week in advance which will comprise both the LA/school case and your own papers.

Most appeal hearings are arranged by the School Appeals and Complaints Team. You are strongly advised to attend the hearing in person and to send in written documentation to support your case. You can take a friend or representative with you. An Independent Admission Appeal Panel will come to a decision after considering all of your circumstances, as well as the difficulties the school would experience in taking further pupils. For more information regarding an appeal you have submitted, please contact the appeals team: or call 01772 536776.

Waiting Lists

Even if you don't appeal, you can still ask for your child's name to remain on the waiting list. If a place becomes available and your child has greatest priority, you will be contacted with an offer for that place.


If you feel discrimination has occurred on the basis of a protected characteristic (as defined within the Equality Act 2010), please request further information and assistance from your Area Education Office.

Mid-Year Appeals

If you move into an area or seek to transfer your child, you also have the right of appeal if the school of your preference is over-subscribed. Please contact your Area Education Office for help and advice.

Appeals General

Parents are entitled to appeal for any school or academy which is already full in the required year groups, ie not just those which were their original