Admissions

We currently offer education to a wide range of age groups from Pre-School (2yrs) to Year 6 (10-11yrs).

We encourage both parents and pupils to visit the school to see our facilities, our staff and our pupils. Please call the school office to arrange a visit at a convenient time for your family. We also run an annual Open Day and these are advertised locally, but individual visits are welcomed throughout the year.

We are a feeder school to the outstanding Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, where the majority of our children go on to attend Key Stage 3. Some children move on to Colyton Grammar School following our Science and Maths enrichment opportunities through them, as well as other schools with whom we maintain links, including Holyrood Academy and Beaminster School.

Our admissions are administered by Dorset Council. Please see the link below to Dorset School Admissions.

The consultation period on St Mary’s School’s 2021/22 admission arrangements is from 9th December 2019 until 31 January 2020.
 
Our proposed admission arrangements can be found below.
 
If you wish to comment on these arrangements please e-mail office@stmarysthorncombe.co.uk.
 
A final copy of the determined admission arrangements will be displayed on the website by 28th February 2020

 

Useful Links

If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact Dorset Council:

School Admissions
Children’s Services
County Hall
Colliton Park
Dorchester
DT1 1XJ
United Kingdom
 
Tel: 01305 221060
Fax: 01305 228635
 

Dorset School’s Admission Appeals Timetable

Local Authority to publish appeals: 28 February

  1. For a parent to submit an Appeal: At least 20 school days from the parent receiving notice of the refusal of a place
    at a school.
  2. Notice of the Appeal Hearing: At least 10 school days before the hearing
  3. Appellants (usually the parents) to submit evidence
  4. Admission Authority (the school) to submit their evidence 8 school days before the Appeal hearing.
  5. The Clerk (the person organising the appeal) sends Appeal papers to parents, the panel and the school.
  6. 5 school days before the Appeal – additional evidence from the Appellants. (Sometimes the Appellants wish to provide additional information after seeing all the papers)
  7. Decision letters sent to the Appellants. Within 5 school days of the hearing (wherever possible) (The letter that informs the Appellant if their Appeal has been Upheld or refused)
  8. For applications made in the normal way. Admissions Round Appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals (see a. above)
  9. For In Year and Late Applications – Within 30 school days of the Appeal (those that came in after the deadline being lodge and have not been decided by the offer date) Appeals must be heard.

Admission Appeals:

  • Must always be heard by a properly trained, competent, experienced and knowledgeable, independent panel
  • Have an independent Clerk to the Appeal Panel present, who has a clear understanding and knowledge of the School Admissions Code and the School Admission Appeals Code and can offer Guidance to the panel.

Latest News

Open Day Saturday 17th October

OPEN DAY 2020 - Meet and speak to the Head of School and teachers and take a tour of our wonderful school grounds. We look forward to meeting you! Please ensure you contact the school office on 01460 30535 or office@stmarysthorncombe.co.uk to book your space. Social...

Contact Us

If you're interested in a place at our school for your child, please contact the office by phone or email. The deadline for applications for Reception in September 2021 is 15th January 2021. See dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/parents-guide for more information!

New Term at St Mary’s

St Mary's has now reopened and welcomed all our children back for a new school year.