Applications for Entry into Year 7 - September 2021 

Should you have any questions with regard to admissions, please contact the Admissions Officer, Mrs C Hopkins via email: 

Click on this link to view our "New Prospectus"

School Open Evening Information Booklet 

Admissions Criteria 2021-2022

St Mary's Catholic School Site Map

School Transport Information please click on the following link: School Transport 


Please see the Supplementary Information Form available to download SIF Form September 2021 please complete and email to including copies of the required documents. "The deadline of the 31st October 2020 has now passed see below"

Alternatively please post your completed SIF with documents to: Admissions Officer, St Mary’s Catholic School, Bishops Stortford, Herts, CM23 2NQ 

Due to Covid 19 we are experiencing delays in processing applications, please allow 14 days before enquiring, Mrs C Hopkins, Attendance and Admissions Officer


Due to school closure during the  half term break, please be assured that if you have applied to your local authority before the deadline of 31st October 2020 we will consider your application and SIF as on time and will be sending  receipts once your child’s SIF has been processed. 

The deadline for on time applications has now passed.  You can still apply online for a school place to start in September 2021 please note your application will be treated as late


Key Dates:

31 October 2020

Deadline to apply for a school place.

4 December 2020

  • Last date to submit a written explanation giving reasons for a late application to be considered as ‘on time’


  • If you move house, this is the last date for you to provide evidence of your new address and for it to be considered ‘on time’.

1 February 2021

Applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until week of 26 – 30 April 2021.

1 March 2021

National Allocation Day

1 March 2021

Continuing Interest lists open.

15 March 2021

Last date to accept the place offered.

22 – 26 March 2021

First Continuing Interest run.

26 March 2021

Last date to register an appeal.

29 March 2021

Continuing Interest lists re-open.

26 – 30 April 2021

Second (and final) Continuing Interest run.

29 April – 14 June 2021

School appeals take place (excluding 31 May – 3 June)

22 July 2021

Continuing Interest List close (to retain your interest you will need to make an in-year application from 23 July 2021)





Admissions Appeals

If you have applied for a place as part of the secondary transfer process, or by completing an in-year admission form and it has not been possible to offer you a place, you do have the right of appeal. You can lodge an appeal as follows:

Hertfordshire residents


Hertfordshire parents can access the online appeals system via their admissions account. 

Out of county residents

Parents who live out of county or who applied on paper can use Hertfordshire County Council’s online appeals system to lodge an appeal. Parents will need to contact Hertfordshire County Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 to obtain their registration details to gain access to the online system.


In Year Applications 

An “In Year Admission” is when an admission falls outside the main intake to the school in the Autumn Term. There are times during the academic year, when a student might leave the school because the family moves away. If this student’s year group is not already oversubscribed at the time a place could be freed up by the move. If the year group is already oversubscribed then the place would be offered to the next person on the waiting list.

Important Information - Continuing interest lists  for Secondary transfer and Under 11s 2020/2021 are now closed.

In Year SIF

Admissions Criteria 2020 / 2021 


In-Year Appeals 

An appeal can be lodged using the Hertfordshire Local Authority appeals online system accessed via, once an in-year application form has been received by the school and the school has advised the Local Authority of the application.

Appeals resulting from in-year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Please find the Hertfordshire Local Authority School Appeals page by clicking here 

St Mary’s Catholic School uses the Hertfordshire Local Authority Appeals Service to hear its appeals. The team carries out the necessary administration, sets up the independent appeal panels and arranges clerking on our behalf. All correspondence relating to an appeal hearing should be sent to the Appeals Team.


Appeals resulting from secondary transfer applications for admission in September 2021 will be heard according to the following timetable: 

26 March 2021

Last date to register an appeal.


  • Appeals lodged after deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.


  • Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.


  • Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case 7 working days in advance of the hearing


29 April – 14 June 2021

School appeals take place (excluding 31 May – 3 June)


Additional supporting information

If you wish to provide any supporting evidence after lodging an appeal, you will need to get that to the Appeals Team at least 7 working days before your hearing, (not counting the day of postage or the hearing date). Please remember that any confidential medical/social evidence submitted to the Admission Authority (AA) in support of the application will not be provided to an appeal panel. If you wish to rely on this in support of your appeal you will need to submit this documentation to the Appeals Team. If the appellant has a short document (like a doctor’s letter which was not previously available), this will be accepted up to 4 working days before the hearing. Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing.

For a full timetable regarding timings for admissions please visit 



Sixth Form Admissions 2021 - 2022 

Please see our Sixth Form Prospectus  

Application form for current Y11 St Mary’s students can be found here: Application Form

Application forms for external students can be found here: External Candidate Application Form A, External Candidate Application Form B 

The Curriculum Brochure for 2021 entry can be found here to help support your subject choice:  St Mary's Catholic School Sixth Form Curriculum Brochure 

Please complete this form in full and submit via email to Miss McHugh, Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Headteacher: no later than: Friday 11th December 2020.

For further information please go to the Sixth Form part of our website or click on the link: Sixth Form


Criteria Boundaries

Instructions to aid in finding if your address is within the Parish Boundaries

Go to the required location map below

Open the Parish you believe you live in.

Type your Postcode in the Search Box and click on the Search Button

Using the Minus Button in the bottom right corner of the screen Zoom Out

You will then see your Address Button in relation to the boundary information

If you fall outside the boundary, consider if you may live within a different boundary. i.e. Cheshunt could by Waltham Cross

If you are still in doubt please contact the school: Admissions, 01279 654901



Please see the Annual Information:

St Mary’s Catholic School Outstanding Ofsted School Report  Inspection Date October 23-10-2012

St Mary’s Catholic School Diocese of Westminster Outstanding Diocese School Report  Inspection Date 6-7 December 2017


Destination Data 

To access Years 11 and 13 "Leavers Destinations" please click on the following link which can also be found in the Curriculum/Careers section of our website, scrolling down the page to Destination Data: 

 Year 11 & 13 Leavers Destination Data  



Upcoming Events

01 Dec

Year 11 Futures Meetings - online event

1 December, 2020 – 3 December, 2020
07 Dec

Years 11 and 13 Mock Exams

7 December, 2020 – 17 December, 2020
18 Dec

End of Autumn Term (early finish)

All Day
04 Jan

Pupils return (Spring Term)

All Day