Central Avenue
Newton Aycliffe
Co. Durham

01325 300339

St Mary's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School



How to Apply for a Place

If your child is due to begin their school career in September, at the start of the next academic year...

please make contact with the school and ask us to let you know when you can make an appointment to visit the school. This gives you an opportunity to meet key members of staff and have a guided tour of the school given by our Head Students.  If you would like to speak personally to the headteacher, please let us know.

If your child is already of school-age...

we strongly encourage you to contact the school in order to discuss your situation with the headteacher.  You may like to make an appointment to have a look around.

After this, if you would like to apply...

you need to do so via Durham County Council, which handle all school admissions.  Their policies and procedures are outlined in detail on their website.  Please follow the link below for further details and to apply for a place.

Durham County Council - School Admissions

Durham County Council Admissions Policy

As a 'Voluntary Aided' Roman Catholic Primary School, the school and the Diocese are in full control of our admissions arrangements. This means that our school and its Governing Body make any decisions as regards the selection of pupils who apply for a place at our school.

For a full breakdown of the admissions policy in use for our school, including:

  • the arrangements there are in place for selecting the pupils who apply
  • the oversubscription criteria (how the Local Authority offers places if there are more applicants than places)
  • an explanation of the process parents need to follow if they want to apply for their child to attend our school

please click on the following link.

Admissions Policy 2022-2023


If your child is due to start school in September 2022, this is the policy that will apply to their application. Children starting school in September 2022 will be five years old between September 1st, 2021 and August 31st, 2022.

If you have any queries or wish to visit the school before applying for a place, please don't hesitate to telephone and come to visit us.



Admissions Policy 2021- 2022

Durham County Composite Policy