"Teaching Jesus ... teaching like Jesus"

Since our beginnings in the nineteenth century, the parish has always provided a school for the education of Catholic children. This continues to this day with Saint Mary's RC Primary School - right next door to us for the first time in our long history! On this page you will find some information about our school, its ethos and admissions policies
Our Primary School has its own website , which should be your first port of call for all information about the school, its timetable and any special notices.

As a Catholic school, our primary purpose is to provide education for Catholic children, though when places are available they are open to children of any faith or none.

The teaching and ethos at Saint Mary's are explicitly Catholic: our religion is not just for Church on Sundays, but is applied to everything we do at school, as can be seen from the Mission Statement to the right.

Admissions to schools are all handled by the Local Authority, and if you wish your child to start in Reception you should ensure that you complete and submit the necessary forms to Bury Local Authority (not the school or church) by the deadline, which is normally the middle of January for admissions the following September.

Children are allocated places according to the Admissions Criteria. If your child was baptised a Roman Catholic, you will need to submit a copy of their Baptism Certificate to school at the same time as your application to the Local Authority. Please be aware that baptised children normally fill a particular year, and it is not common to have places left for children who are not baptised.

Also please be aware that if you have not yet had your children baptised by the time they are three or four, it will take two or three months to make arrangements and prepare the children for their baptism - please remember the mid-January deadline for applications for school places.

Information for applying for Nursery places at Saint Mary's can be found here .
Mission Statement of our School

Jesus teaches us to love God and neighbours as ourselves. Our mission as a Catholic School is to put that into practise in the way we live, teach, learn and work together.

We will show we love God by making God part of our school day: by our prayers, by our acts of worship, by listening to the Word of God, by our respect for God’s creation. We will show we love God by letting the teachings of Jesus and his Church guide our daily choices, words, actions and attitudes. We will practise compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, honesty and respect in all situations.

The children are our neighbours: we will show love for them by respecting them as individuals, knowing them and their needs, and carefully planning their education so that each can reach their full potential. We will show love for them by creating a safe, nurturing, listening environment. We will show love for them by having the highest expectations, and challenging them to reach for the stars and be the best they can be.

Parents are our neighbours: we will show love for them by offering our guidance and help, seeking their active partnership in the education of their children, and understanding their particular situations.

All members of Staff are our neighbours. We will show love for them by working as a team, sharing our skills and care, praising and celebrating excellence, communicating effectively and understanding each other’s needs. Children and parents too will show this love by their respect for all staff and the rules that create a peaceful and safe learning environment.

Our neighbours are all around us in our local community: we will show we love them by a warm welcome to everyone who visits Saint Mary’s, and by our outreach to those in need. The poor too are our neighbours: we will show we love them by supporting charitable works at home and abroad.