St Mary's is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School and admissions are handled by the Local Authority. Prospective parents will be signposted to Dorset Admissions on http://www.dorsetforyou.com/schooladmissions where they will be able to apply for places. There is a set criteria for gaining a place which are detailed on the admissions page. Please read the Parents' Guide here.
St Mary's has a Pupil Admission Number (PAN) of 17 in each year group. Some year groups are oversubscribed - this can occur if a family move into our catchement area during the year. Class structures and sizes invariably change year on year - most classes are split ages.It should be noted it is St Mary's School policy that all children entering school at four years plus do so on a part-time basis with full-time attendance usually taking place approximately three weeks into the Autumn term. If a child is not yet ready for full-time attendance at that point, then, at the discretion of the Headteacher and after taking into account the individual needs of the child plus discussion with parents, other arrangements can be put in place.