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 : R.E. Inspection Report Out! (Please go to green R.E. tab and select 'Catholic Schools Inspectorate Report 2023'.........Important Dates : 3/10 - 'Let's Go Sing' join us in School........5/10 at 5:00 p.m. - PTFA Meeting in School......20/10 - Non-Uniform - 'Bring a Bottle in exchange'........20/10 School breaks up for half-term at 3:15 p.m.........31/10 - Open the Book join us for Worship........1/11 - Parent's Evening (2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)........10/11 - Non-Uniform - Chocolate........14/11 - Sing Together in School........21/11 - Open the Book join us for Worship........1/12 - Non-Uniform Day - Pint-Pots........6/12 - Christmas Panto at Blackburn Empire........6/12 - School Christmas Fayre........13/12 - Mount Carmel Carol Concert........20/12 - Christmas Bingo........21/12 - School Finishes at 1:30 p.m.


For Reception places in September 2023 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 2023-24

 ADMISSIONS POLICY 2023-24.pdfDownload
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Admissions Policy 2024-25

 ADMISSIONS POLICY 2024-25 Final.docDownload
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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:


 In Year Admission Form.pdfDownload
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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)

 Extract from the School Admissions Code.pdfDownload
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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 2022-2023

Please see the timetable below for the organisation and hearing of admission appeals for St. Mary's RC Primary School:


Thursday 1 September 2022

Apply from this date at (Please remember to press the ‘submit’ button every time you leave the online system)

Sunday 15 January 2023

National closing date for primary applications (statutory).


During this period all applications are processed and all preferences are considered against the published admissions policy. Where there are more applications than places available, decisions are made as to which children should be offered the available places. We will liaise and exchange information with all other admission authorities including neighbouring local authorities. The allocation and offer of a primary school place is finalised.


Monday 17 April 2023

Offers issued to parents*

Friday 28 April 2023

Deadline for requesting:

·         an appeal

·         a place on the waiting list(s)

w/c 1 May 2023

Distribute appeal forms to parents

Friday 12 May 2023

Appeal deadline**

1st round of hearings.

By Friday 7 July 2023

Appeals submitted by the deadline heard by an independent appeal panel.

* 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.

For information about how and when to appeal, please click HERE.

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