St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

Learning, Playing and Growing together in the Love of Jesus

Admissions Information - Nursery & Infant School

St Mary’s is a Voluntary Aided Federation in the Archdiocese of Southwark. It was opened to serve the Catholic community, in particular, the children of practising Catholic families living in the parishes of Holy Cross, Carshalton, Our Lady of the Rosary, Sutton, St Margaret’s, Carshalton Beeches, and Holy Family, Sutton Green.

Parents elect to apply for this school in order to ensure that the Catholic values and way of life are passed on to their children at home, in the parish and at school.

The Governors, having consulted with the London Borough of Sutton Education Authority, intend to admit 90 children for Reception per year and 52 places, 26 AM and 26 PM sessions for Nursery. 

Nursery Admissions:

Applications for Nursery Class are made online directly to the school via this form, you will also need to download a copy of the Nursery Supplementary form to complete and return to the Infant School along with your child's baptism certificate and proof of address:

 Nursery Application Form 2024 - 2025 

Our Nursery class admits children in the academic year of their fourth birthday.  The academic year runs from September to August.  Parents need to apply the year before admission, in the academic year of their child's third birthday between September and 15th January.

Nursery places tend to be part-time with morning or afternoon sessions available, if they are ready for Nursery, children attend 5 mornings or 5 afternoons per school week.  Full-time places are usually available, the number of places available can change according to demand.

School Admission Dates for Nursery Class in September 2024

  • Applications open September 2023
  • Applications close on 15th January 2024
  • Nursery applications are announced in April 2024

 Please send all Nursery Applications/paperwork to: 

NB. A place in the Nursery does not guarantee a place in the main school.

Reception Admissions:

Reception Year applications MUST be made through your local authority as well as sending a supplementary application form and baptism certificate direct to the school.  You can apply for all of our local authorities through the e-admissions website

NB. A place in the Nursery does not guarantee a place in the main school. 

  • Reception places are full-time once the initial induction has taken place after a week or so.

National Admissions Dates for Reception in September 2024

  • Applications open September 2023.
  • Applications close on 15th January 2024.
  • Reception Allocations are announced on National Primary Offer day on 17th April 2024.

Click on the documents below for more information on Admissions policies and supplementary forms

Please send all Reception Applications/paperwork to 

Mid-Term Applications:

If you are applying for a mid term admission please complete and return the Mid Term Supplementary Form and Priest/ Minister's Reference, along with a copy of your child's baptism certificate. The Mid Term Supplementary Form is available to download and print below. 

Please send all Mid-Term Infant Applications/paperwork to 

When criteria 3 is oversubscribed by applicants, remaining places will be allocated to baptised children equated to the size of the parish using percentages. This ensures that children living in a parish where there is no school will have an equal chance of gaining a place.  These percentages are calculated using Mass statistics collected in a census by each parish, which are submitted, to the diocese annually.  

Percentages used for admission criteria 3 for 2023 - 2024 intake to Reception and Nursery based on mass attendance in each of the four parishes are:

Holy Cross 39%

Our Lady of the Rosary 27%

Holy Family 19%

St Margaret's 15%

These percentages are used after the admission criteria 1 and 2 have been applied and are then converted to actual school places.


Parents with unsuccessful applications for Reception in September 2024 may:

  • apply to go on our waiting list (please contact your local authority)
  • appeal against our decision, notify us within 20 days of receiving the notification (please contact
  • Appeal Deadlines is 4th June 2024

Parents/carers whose applications for places at the infant school are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with section 85(3) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made. Appeals should be made to the Admissions Appeal Clerk at the school address. Parents/Carers have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel.

Infant classes are restricted by the legislation to 30 children. Parents/carers should be aware that an appeal against refusal of a place in an infant class may only succeed if it can be demonstrated that: -

a) the admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit; or

b) the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or had not been correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied; or

c) the panel decides that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.

Statutory appeals cannot be made against the Governors decision not to offer a place at the nursery

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