School Admissions

St Mark’s C of E Primary School provides education for children aged 3-11 years old. We pride ourselves on being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child to reach their full potential.

One Excellence Trust is the Admissions Authority for the school. It has an admissions limit of 60 pupils per year group.

In summary the Admissions Criteria is:

  1. Looked-after children and children who were previously looked after, but ceased to be so because, immediately after being looked after, they became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order, including Children previously in state care outside of England. This refers to children who were previously in state care outside of England, and have ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. 
  2. Children who have exceptional medical or social needs that make it essential that their child attends St Mark’s Church of England Primary School rather than any other. These needs must be fully supported by written evidence from the appropriate professional person involved with the family. 
  3. Children with a normal home address in the admission zone and with a sibling on the roll of the school at the time of application or whose parent has accepted an offer of a place at the school and who is expected still to be in attendance at the time of entry to the school.
  4. Children with a normal home address in the catchment.
  5. Children with a normal home address outside the catchment area and with a sibling on the roll of the school at the time of application or whose parent has accepted an offer of a place at the school and who is expected still to be in attendance at the time of entry to the school.
  6. Other children.

Admissions Policy 2024/2025

Admissions Policy 2025/2026

If your child is due to start school in Reception, applications forms (either on-line or paper versions) are available from about October prior to the school year they are due to start.  The Admissions section at Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council, administer our applications for us and so any application should be returned to them.

Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary and Secondary Admissions prospect produced by Stockton Borough Council, by clicking here.

Paper application form for a primary school place 

 

Visits

We welcome visits to the school prior to applying for a place. If you wish to visit the school, please contact the school office to book an appointment.

 

In Year Transfer

If your child is already at school, and you wish them to transfer to St. Mark’s, please contact Admissions at County Hall and they will send you the necessary forms to complete. If there are no places available, please contact school for further information regarding appeals.

 

Waiting Lists

If St. Mark’s is full, parents may contact the school to add their child to the waiting list. If you could e-mail stmarks@oneexcellence.co.uk. 

 

School Admissions – Special Educational Needs (SEND)

We are committed to meeting the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We would ask parents to discuss the identified needs with the school prior to starting so that appropriate intervention and support can be planned and implemented. Advice from the LA or other agencies may be requested to ensure any school can meet any needs appropriately.

Further information, on admissions, can be found in the school Admissions Policy, the Special Educational Needs (SEND) Policy and Equality Policy that can be found in the School Policies section of our website.

 

Applying for a school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

If your child has an EHCP, you will receive a school preferences form from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Inclusion Service. If your child’s EHCP states specialist provision and you express a preference for this type of school, your child will be given priority for a specialist school place.

In all cases, the SEND and Inclusion Service will consult with your preferred schools to make sure the schools would be able to meet your child’s needs. 

 

Appeals

If it has not been possible for St. Mark’s C of E School to offer a family a place for their child then the parents have the right to appeal against the decision of the Authority

You can only submit an appeal if you have received a formal letter of refusal. If you would like to appeal decisions made by more than one school, you need to submit a separate appeal for each school.

To appeal against an admission decision visit school admissions arrangements.