St Mary's RC Primary School

Full of grace, we grow and learn together

Roman Road, Heaton Norris, Stockport, SK4 1RF

0161 480 5319



All admissions to school have to be submitted through the Stockport Council website. Please click the link below: Or phone 0161 217 6028

On this page you will find: 

  • help to understand the process
  • how to apply for multiple schools
  • considering your catchment school 
  • Applying for a Catholic School
  • Think about transport 
  • The link to apply for places. 



Eligible dates of birth and closing dates


Admission Types Birth dates between Application closing date Offer date
Nursery - Consideration for January 2020 start 1 September 2016 - 31 December 2016 31 October 2019 Late November 2019
Nursery - Consideration for April 2020 start 1 September 2016 - 31 March 2017 15 February 2020 Late February 2020
Nursery - September 2020 1 September 2016 - 31 August 2017 31 March 2020 17 May 2020
Primary (Reception) - September 2010 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016 15 January 2020 16 April 2020
Secondary (Year 7) - September 2020 1 September 2008 - 31 August 2009 31 October 2019 2 March 2020

Allocation of places 

The statutory 'Equal Preference System' is used to allocate school places in Stockport.

  • All preferences you have stated are initially looked at individually regardless of the order in which you have ranked the schools.
  • The order you have ranked your preferences becomes important when it is possible to allocate a place for your child at more than one of your preferred schools.
  • In this instance you will be offered a place at the available school you have ranked the highest
  • It is possible that applicant (A) who ranked a school as a lower preference, could be allocated a place ahead of other applicants who ranked the same school as a preference, if s/he (A) meets one of the higher over subscription criteria

Whilst every effort will be made to place your child in one of the preferred schools, places cannot be guaranteed at any school, regardless of where you live or which primary school your child has attended.

Each school has a Published Admission Number (PAN) for first year intake. If there are more applications for a school than places available, places will be allocated to children up to the PAN using the admissions policy over subscription categories (criteria).

The names of children within each category are ordered by straight line distance, from home to school starting with the shortest distance. If there are two or more applications with distances which are exactly the same competing for a final place, random allocation will be used to determine which applicant will be allocated the final place.

We suggest you consider including your catchment area school as one of your preferences, as you will be higher in the over subscription criteria than you may be for other schools you have named.

Any applications received after the closing date will be placed in the last of the over subscription categories for all schools/nurseries and therefore, will not be considered until all applications received by the closing date have been allocated.


Here at St Mary’s RC the maximum number of pupils admitted to each age group is 24.  This is the school’s standard number and admission limit. Reception age children are admitted to the Foundation Stage Unit in the September after their fourth birthday.Admission to St. Mary’s R.C.Primary School is the responsibility of the Governors who consider applications in the following order of priority:-

  1. Baptised Roman Catholic children who are in public care
  2. Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and resident in the parish of St. Mary’s
  3. Baptised Roman Catholic resident in the parish of St. Mary’s
  4. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in another parish
  5. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in another parish
  6. Other children who are in public care
  7. Other children

If at any stage it becomes necessary to decide between children within any of the above groupings the distance of home from school and ease of access to the school will be taken into account.  Parents may appeal against an admission decision.  Appeals should be addressed to the Chair of Governors.