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.

St. Mary's Catholic Infant school intend to admit 90 children into Reception each academic year (depending on need and applications received) upto 52 children into nursery - this could be either 26 morning places, 26 afternoon places or 26 all day places for those children entitled to the extended 30 hour provision or a combination of all.

Open Days - 2025/2026 Intake

The best way to find out about our school is to come and see us. 

We welcome visits to our school before application and hold open days on a monthly basis throughout the year, where small groups of parents/carers may visit for a tour.

This will give you the opportunity to see our schools on a typical day and to ask any questions as you walk around.

 To book onto one of our Open Days, please visit our Open Day page for more details - 


Nursery Admissions:

Children born between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021 are due to start Nursery in September 2024.

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:

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.

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.

Reception 2024 / 25

Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 are due to start primary school in September 2024.

Reception 2024/25 - A letter will be emailed to you on 21st May 2024, containing information about our 'Welcome to St. Mary's Meeting' and how to complete the online 'Transition Forms'. Please check your junk email folder and save '' as a safe sender. 

  • 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 note a large print copy or translation can be provided on request)

Please send all Reception Applications/paperwork to 

Mid-Term Applications:

Mid-Term applications (Reception - Year 2)MUST be made through your local authority ( as well as completing and returning 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 


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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