How to Apply

St Mary's Catholic Primary School is a family focussed school that is popular and thriving within our community.  About two-thirds of our current children are Catholics.  However, we also welcome children from families of any faith or none.

Our pupils are happy, feel safe and are listened to.  They are confident and independent learners that understand the value of learning from being challenged.  They don't give up and instead learn from their mistakes and strive to meet our high expectations.

We have a bespoke curriculum that caters for the needs of every child as an individual and inspires them to become the best they can be and to live life to the full.  ​

Admissions Policy

Admissions to the school are the responsibility of the School Governors. However admissions for Reception are handled by Suffolk LA. For info click here

If your child is Catholic It is compulsory to provide a photocopy of your child’s baptism certificate as proof of membership of the Roman Catholic Church.

Because the demand for places often exceeds the number available special criteria are followed when allocating places. Download the Admissions Policy to view the criteria used to decide the allocation of places.

Where the school is named in a statement of special educational needs, the Governing Body has a duty to admit the child to the school.

If all children within any of the criteria cannot be offered a place, the highest priority will be given to children living nearest to the school within that rule. To determine who lives nearest, distance will be measured on a straight line ‘crow fly’ basis, using Ordnance Survey data.

Applying for a September 2020 place in Reception Class

To apply for a place for your child to start in our Reception Class you need to follow the usual admissions process through Suffolk LA and complete a CAF1 form.  For information click here

IMPORTANT: You also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form as we are an Academy. Click here to download a copy, or contact our School Office to receive a copy.  Please return to our School Office by the deadline set by Suffolk LA.

Applying for an in year place in any existing class

To apply for a place in any of our existing classes, contact the school to find out if we have any available places.

You need to complete a Supplementary Information Form to apply for a place.  Click here to download a copy, or contact our School Office to receive a copy.

Right to Appeal

All appeals for Reception are to be made direct to the Suffolk Education Appeals Office.  Click here for more info.  Any other appeals should be sent to the school for the attention of the Chair of Governors.


St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School
Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0DG
Tel: 01502 565384

Please contact the school office if you require a paper copy of the information on our website or wish to speak to our SENCo - Mrs Ware.