St Mary's Catholic School (Bishop's Stortford)

School: St Mary's Catholic School (Bishop's Stortford)
Type: Voluntary_Aided(Faith)
Address: Windhill Bishop's Stortford Hertfordshire CM23 2NQ
Telephone: 01279 654901
Age range: 11-18

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Admission rules for St Mary's Catholic School (Bishop's Stortford)

This is a voluntary aided mixed-sex secondary school.

Specialist status: Performing Arts and Modern Foreign Languages. Denomination: Catholic.

Rule 1: Catholic children looked after (and previously looked after).

Rule 2: Catholic applicants who have provided a Certificate of Baptism and who have a sibling who attends the school at the time of application.

Rule 3: Baptised Catholic children of a member of staff.

Rule 4: Practising Catholic applicants with no sibling connection, in the following proportions:

• 45% of the remaining places to those living in the Catholic parishes that are based in Bishop’s Stortford, Thorley, Little Hadham, Sawbridgeworth, High Wych and Much Hadham

• 40% of the remaining places to those living in other parts of the Lea Valley Deanery 

• 15% of the remaining places to those living in the Catholic parishes that are based in Dunmow, Bardfield and Thaxted, Saffron Walden and Stansted.

These areas are defined in the maps which can be found at

If any of the three designated areas is under-subscribed, the places will be redistributed among the designated areas in the relative proportions above, before any offers are made to applicants in Criterion 4.

Rule 5: Any other Baptised Catholic applicant 

Rule 6: Non-Catholic Looked After Children and non-Catholic children who have been adopted (or made subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after. 

Rule 7: Any applicant who is a catachumen or member of an Eastern Christian Chuch (this Rule used to have higher priority)

Rule 8: Non-Catholic children of staff.

Rule 9: Any non Catholic applicant with a sibling who attends the school.

Rule 10: Any applicant who is a practising Christian of another denomination. Evidence of regular church or chapel attendance will be required from the appropriate priest or minister of religion. This evidence should state that the priest or minister knows the applicant as a member of the faith community who regularly worships. A baptismal certificate is not required but a birth certificate is required as proof of identity.

Rule 11: Any other applicant.


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