We hope we are welcoming, caring, stimulating, enjoyable and many other things! But St Mary’s is also a Church of England Voluntary Aided School.

We are a partnership between the Local Authority, the Church of England and the local community, working together to provide an excellent education for children. Through our explicitly Christian ethos we aim to foster the growth and well being of the whole child: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. We understand that such growth is best nurtured by a partnership between school, child and home. As the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of a Child puts it, ‘Children learn what they live.’

An education at St Mary’s will best suit children and families who wish to embrace both the growth of the whole child and our living Christian tradition and ethos. Every year ninety new children enter the Reception classes at St Mary’s while a number of others enter other year groups as vacancies arise. St Mary’s welcomes all children from across our local community. Like all schools, St Mary’s has to prioritise admissions when more children apply than we have places available. When that occurs we use a list of criteria which are outlined in our prospectus. Once a child has been admitted we invite parents and families to be actively involved in school life supporting their own child and, through that, strengthening and enriching our local community. Most schools have to prioritise places offered to children. There are normally more children wishing to attend St Mary’s than we have places available.

For details of the criteria we use to allocate places, please see the admissions section of our school prospectus.


For any information on appeals, please visit the Waltham Forest website by clicking here. 

Waltham Forest Timetable for  School Transfer Appeals 2022

September 2023 entry

Closing Date for applications

15th January 2023

National Offer Day

17th April 2023

Date by which an appeal must be submitted

15th May 2023

Dates when appeals will be heard

All appeals will be heard between 12th June and 30th June

Decision letters sent to the appellants

Within 5 school days of the appeal hearing (whenever possible)

  • Appellants will be given at least 14 days’ written notice of an appeal hearing.
  • Decision letters will be sent within 7 calendar days of the hearing, wherever possible.