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The best way to find out if St Mary’s is right for you and your child is to come and visit us. This way you can see for yourself pupils engaged in their learning, the facilities we have to offer and meet the people who will be working with you and your child.

Please see our admissions process below.

  1. Stage 1 Initial Enquiry: Please call Admin on 01424 730740, email us or complete our online form below.
  2. Stage 2 Admin will book a mutually convenient date to visit the School and College.
  3. Stage 3 Informal visit. This is an opportunity for you to see what St Mary's can offer.
  4. Stage 4 Assessment: A formal three-day programme at St Mary's for your child.
  5. Stage 5 Offer: If we can meet your needs we will then offer your child a place.

What can you expect on your visit?

You will be met by Ashley Pollen our Admissions and Assessment Teacher and a member of our Senior Leadership Team.  During your visit, you will have an opportunity to talk to a variety of staff and to see firsthand what we can offer as well as an extensive tour of the School and College. At the end of your visit, Ashley will discuss whether a formal assessment is appropriate for your child and provide details of what the assessment entails. If possible please bring any relevant paperwork with you on the informal visit (EHCP/current Annual Review/Therapy reports) which can be photocopied and returned to you when the visit finishes.

What's next?

If a formal assessment is appropriate the Admissions Assistant will call you to arrange mutually convenient dates and send you the paperwork which contains full details of the assessment.

The assessment process:

Your child will be placed in the most appropriate class and, if required, residential setting. During the visit your child will follow the timetable for their identified group and attend speech and language, occupational therapy and physiotherapy assessments. The Admissions and Assessment Co-ordinator at St Mary’s is responsible for your child during the assessment period, ensuring they are appropriately supported throughout.

A full multidisciplinary report is provided after the assessment which details your child’s performance whilst at St Mary’s.

At any time during the admissions process you will be able to speak to one of our Parent Ambassadors. They are Parents who have children at St Mary's and who would be willing to talk to you regarding the admission process.