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We are an inclusive school; we welcome and celebrate diversity and children of all abilities.  All staff believe that high self-esteem is crucial to a child’s well-being and  a caring, understanding team looks after our pupils well.

The criteria outlined below applies to admissions into St. Mary’s at any point during the year. We are currently admit 60 children per year.

The criteria for selection is as follows:

Priority 1
Children in public care (looked after by the Local Authority)

Priority 2
Children who have a brother or sister at our school at the time of admission.

Priority 3
Denominational: Children whose parents have applied on Denominational grounds, will be considered on the following basis of priority:

Children who regularly worship at St Mary’s Church, Selly Oak. We define regular as meaning at least twice a month for at least two consecutive years and this will be confirmed by a letter from the minister on headed note paper.

NB: Only 10% of places within each cohort are eligible for faith claims and these shall be ranked according to distance from the school.

Priority 4
Distance: Children who live closest to the school.

For further information about the admissions procedure to this school, please access the following link:


There are occasions where the school is not able to offer a place due to either oversubscription or there being no places available in the year group in question. Information about the appeals procedure can be accessed here.

Temporary adjustments have been made to the school’s appeals procedure due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the school’s usual operations. Please click here for information.

Birmingham City Council
Admission Procedures

For information about admission procedures for Birmingham City Council, please follow this link:

Birmingham City Council Website

If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact the Local Authority or the school.

You can download our Faith Based Application Form here:

Download Faith Based Application Form

You can download the letter from St Mary’s Church here:

Download St Mary's Church Letter