St Mary’s Church of England Primary School and Nursery has a distinctive Christian ethos which is at the heart of this School and provides an inclusive, caring and supportive environment where children learn and flourish in a setting shaped by Christian values.

The Admissions Policies of St Mary’s seek a balance between those who come from a Christian background and those who come from other faith backgrounds or world views. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and faith traditions.

We do, however, expect that everyone who comes to St Mary’s will be fully supportive of the school’s Christian foundation and ethos. This is in line with our aim to be a distinctive school, but also an inclusive school.

Applications for in-year and reception places should be made through the local authority. Parents applying for a foundation (church) place should also complete supplementary information forms and return these to the school office.

Applications for Nursery should be submitted before the closing dates (see table below). Applications received after the closing date may still be considered and places granted if they are available. Please contact the school office for more details.

More information on the nursery is available on the Nursery website.

Reception (starting September 2025) Closing date for ‘on-time’ is Monday 15th Jan 2025

LATE applications to be made at any time on EA Admissions website. Contact your local authority

In-Year Places Applications may be submitted at any time via your local authority
Nursery – Sept 2024 / Jan 2025 Places Available – please submit an application form.

Children can start the term after turning 3

Please click on the tabs below for more information.

Reception Admissions

Reception 2024-25

Key dates for your application

  • applications opened 1 September 2023, deadline for applications is 15 January 2024
  • late applications can continue to be submitted via EA admissions.
  • school place offers (National Offer Day) 16th April 2024

Barnet website with Reception application details

Barnet Admissions Guide

Reception 2025-26

Nursery Admissions

To visit St Mary’s Nursery Website click on the link.

Our Nursery at St Mary’s CE Primary School in Finchley, is a popular and important part of our school. Many of our children complete their full journey from Nursery to Year 6 with us.
(Applications for Reception classes must be made via Barnet Admissions.)

We want our school and Nursery to serve our local community in Finchley, so welcome all children from all backgrounds and although we are a Christian school, we welcome children from any religion or none.

Our school is a caring environment where children feel safe, valued and respected. Together, we share the values of service, reverence, hope, endurance, compassion and thankfulness. Our Nursery is on the main school site, has large classrooms and lots of outdoor space, yet it is a self-contained unit to ensure ultimate safety.

For admissions enquiries e-mail:


Nursery – starting from January 2024 – Places Available – please submit an application form.

Nursery – starting September 2024 – Places Available – please submit an application form.

Nursery admissions 2023-24

Nursery admission 2024-25

Nursery admissions 2025-2026

In Year Admissions

We currently have spaces available in Reception, Y1 and Y4.

We welcome in year applicants, via the local authority’s application system.

If you would like to contact us first to discuss availability or if you have any questions, please e-mail us on

Below is the link to Barnet’s application guide and portal.

Click here to visit the London Borough of Barnet school admissions service website with additional information about how to apply for a school place.

London Borough of Barnet – Primary In Year Admissions

2024-25 Application Documents (In-Year)

Secondary transfer

This section is for all children who will be in Year 6 in the academic year 2023 – 2024 and will be starting secondary school in September 2024.


School Tours

We welcome parents to visit our school on a scheduled school tour. Please contact the school office for more information.