Parish School

The parish school, St Mary’s Church of England Primary, is a voluntary aided school with the parish priest having an ex officio role on the governing body. There are strong links between the church and the parish school with the weekly Friday Eucharist held in school being an integral part of the Christian ethos of the school and highly valued by both the school and the church community.

The parish priest is actively involved in the school and often teaches classes and visits different groups in school. The most recent OFSTED inspection judged the school to be Outstanding and great value is placed on high standards in every aspect of school life. The school participates in and contributes to several 10.30am Sunday services throughout the year and hold their Easter, Christmas and end of year services in church.

Further information, including the school admissions policy, can be found on St Mary’s School http://stmarysprestwich.bury.sch.uk/

Diocesan and national advice has been issued about the recording of attendance at Church worship for school admission purposes.

School Admissions Signing-in process

Please remember that it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensue their child’s record is correctly marked if they are anticipating applying for a place at St Mary’s School under the criteria for members of St Mary’s Church, or a place at Bury Church School. When attending an act of worship in church, please ensure that your signing in slip is accurately completed and left in the box at the back of church – only sign-in slips returned on the relevant day will be able to be included; any returned to church at a later time will be discounted (details of the St Mary’s School admissions criteria is on the School website).

Please refer to either the Church or the School websites for further information”

IS IT APPROPRIATE TO RECORD ATTENDANCE AT CHURCH WORSHIP FOR CHILDREN APPLYING TO A CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2021