Admissions 2021/2022









­St Mary’s is a Catholic School under the trusteeship of the Archdiocese of Liverpool.  It is maintained by Wigan Council.  As a Voluntary Aided School, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.  The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.  For the school’s year commencing September 2021, the Governing Body has set its admissions number at 260.    


Our principal role as a Catholic school is to participate in the mission of the Catholic Church by providing a framework which will help children to grow in their understanding of the Good News and in the practice of their faith.  The school will help the children develop fully as human beings and prepare them to undertake their responsibilities as Catholic in society.  The school asks all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community.  This does not affect the rights of parents who are not of the faith of this school to apply for and be considered for a place here.


Admissions to the school will be determined by the Governing Body.  Parents must complete a Local Authority Preference Form or apply online via the website following the links.  If you wish to have your application considered against the school's faith/denomination criteria then you should ALSO complete the Supplementary Form which is available from the Local Authority and the school.  All preferences listed will be considered on an equal basis and, where there are more applications than the number of places available, the following set of oversubscription criteria will be applied:

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children.

2. Baptised Catholic children who have a sibling in the school at the time of admission.

3. Baptised Catholic children resident in the parishes of St Edmund Arrowsmith, St John           Rigby and St Margaret Clitherow (the parishes formerly known as St Ambrose Barlow; St       Joseph; Sacred Heart, Atherton; Sacred Heart, Leigh; Holy Family; Twelve Apostles; Our          Lady of the Rosary; St Richard's and St Gabriel's).

4. Other baptised Catholic children.

5. Other children who have a sibling in the school at the time of admission.

6. Children attending one of the following Catholic Feeder Primary Schools in the parishes        named in criterion 3 above:


            Holy Family, Boothstown                                St Gabriel’s

            Sacred Heart, Atherton                                   St Joseph’s

            Sacred Heart, Leigh                                         St Richard’s

            St Ambrose Barlow                                         Twelve Apostles

7. Children from other Christian denominations. Proof of Baptism in the form of a                       Baptismal  Certificate or confirmation in writing that the applicant is a member of their           Faith community from an appropriate Minister of Religion is required.

8. Children of other faiths. An appropriate Faith Leader would need to confirm in writing that      the applicant is a member of their faith group.

9. Other children.


If it is not possible to offer places for all applications within any criteria above then places will be allocated to the children who live nearest to the school.  The distance will be measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to a central point at the school using Wigan Council’s Geographical Information System (GIS) which is based on ordnance survey. In the event of distances being the same for two or more applicants where this distance would be last place/s to be allocated, we will use a system to randomly pick who will be offered a place.


Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health Care Plan that names St Mary’s will be offered a place without using the admission criteria and will count as part of the school’s published admission number.



a. All applications submitted before the national closing date will be considered equally and     included in the Local Authority initial allocation of school places.  Applications received        after the national closing date will be processed in accordance with the Wigan admissions    scheme for schools detailed in the Wigan admissions information booklets. The only            exception to this will be applications for looked after children that are received by the date    stated in the Local Authority Admissions Booklet.

b. A Looked After Child is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being             provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services     functions (under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989. A previously Looked After Child       is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an                     adoption, child arrangements order or special guardianship order.

c. For a child to be considered as a Catholic evidence of a Catholic Baptism is required.             Baptism should take place before the closing date for applications.

   A Baptised Catholic can also be defined as one who has been baptised by the Rites of          Baptism of one of the various Churches in communion with the See of Rome (cf                    Catechism of the Catholic Church 1203).  Written evidence of this baptism can be                  obtained by recourse to the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the baptism took       place.




  A person who has been baptised in a separate ecclesial community and subsequently           received into full communion with the Catholic Church by the Rite of Reception of Baptised   Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.  Written evidence of their             reception into full communion with the Catholic Church can be obtained by recourse to the   Register of Receptions, or in some cases a sub-section of the Baptismal Registers of the      Church in which the Rite of Reception took place.


  The Governing Body will require written evidence in the form of a Certificate of Reception     before applications for school places can be considered for categories of ‘Baptised               Catholics’.  A Certificate of Reception is to include full name, date of birth, date of                   reception and parent(s) name(s).  The certificate must also show that it is copied from the   records kept by the place of reception.


   Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism for a good reason, may        still be considered as baptised Catholics but only after they have been referred to the             parish priest who after consulting with the Episcopal Vicar, will decide how the question of   baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with     the law of the Church.

 d. “Children of other Christian denominations” means: children who belong to other                   churches and ecclesial communities which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ,             confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in             obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves: to seek a       deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is         his body; and to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and                 service in the world to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. An ecclesial         community which on principle has no credal statements in its tradition, is included if it           manifests faith in Christ as witnessed to in the Scriptures and is committed to working in     the spirit of the above. All members of Churches Together in England and of CYTÛN are         deemed to be included in the above definition, as are all other churches and ecclesial             communities that are in membership of any local Churches Together Group (by whatever      title) on the above basis.

e. Home address is considered to be the address where the child normally lives. Applicants     should not state a childminder’s or other relative’s address.  It may be necessary to carry       out checks to confirm addresses given are genuine and parents may therefore be asked        to provide documentary evidence of their child’s home address.

f. Sibling is defined in these arrangements as full, half or step brothers and sisters, adopted    and foster brothers and sisters who are living at the same address and are part of the            same family unit. This does not include cousins or other family relationships.

g. A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept and will be               ranked according to the Admission Criteria. The waiting list does not consider the date         the application was received or the length of time a child's name has been on the waiting     list. This means that a child's position on the list may change if another applicant is               refused a place and their child has higher priority in the admissions criteria.  The waiting       list will be retained until at least the end of December of the relevant year of the                       admissions process.

 h. For ‘In Year’ applications received outside the normal admissions round, if places are            available they will be offered to those who apply. If there are places available but more          applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria for the relevant year        group will be applied.  A waiting list for those who have not been offered a place will be          kept until the end of the relevant academic term.

 I. If a parent wishes their child to be educated out of their normal age group they must             discuss this with the Headteacher before applying for a place. The decision rests with the     school as admission authority as per para 2.17 of the Admissions Code.

 j. If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents can     appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. Parents must be allowed at least twenty school     days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to submit that       appeal.  Parents must give reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the                 Appeals Panel is binding on the Governors.

 k. The Governing Body reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false      evidence is received in relation to the application.