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The Headteacher and Governors at St Mary’s Community Nursery School have developed an admission policy for the school. Download our admission policy

New children are admitted in September for 3 terms. If places are available it may be possible for children to attend for more than 3 terms with a January admission. On occasions places may be available at the start of the Summer Term in April. We understand that parents appreciate as much notice as possible of a place at our school and, therefore, we aim to send offers of places to parents in the March preceding the September admission and October/November for January admission. Offers for an April start are sent out at the end of February. Due to the natural fluctuations in the acceptance and take up of places some places may be offered at a later date. No place at St. Mary’s is guaranteed until the official offer is made in writing. Please contact the school office if you would like more information about admissions.

How to Apply for a Place

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You simply complete a form which asks for details about your child. Download an application form to complete and send in or you can ring the school and ask for one to be sent out. Once completed send it by email to or by post to St. Mary’s Community Nursery School, Old Wrexham Road, CHESTER. CH4 7HS. Places are dependent on spaces being available at any particular entry. If we are oversubscribed for any particular entry there is guidance to deal with this in the Admission Policy. We will offer all places in writing.

Visiting School

We encourage parents to visit the school before applying for a place for their child. This enables parents to view the staff and children together and to get a feel of how it works.

Please contact the school office to arrange a visit. We look forward to seeing you.


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The school has a policy on induction that may be viewed via this link (Induction Policy) As part of the induction and settling in process children will visit the school with their parents at the start of their term entry. This will be followed by a short period of unaccompanied visits before a child begins full sessions. The induction process is designed to make the settling into the routine of the school as easy as possible. Staff will discuss the settling in needs of individual children with their parents during this time. This is when you bring back your "All About Me" form and we will also ask you to complete an ‘Admission Form’ so that we have all the important information about your child.

Pre-entry meeting for Parents

Before the children start on their induction all parents are offered the opportunity to attend an evening meeting at the school. Parents are encouraged to attend this meeting even if they have had children attending the school in the past. The meeting is used to inform parents about the school, about the induction process and gives them a further opportunity to view the school, meet the staff and to get an idea of what will be expected of their child. It is also when you pick up your Induction Packs.