Thank you for your interest in applying for place at St Mary’s. You will find all the information you need, including how to contact us, on this page.


We are currently registering interest in Reception places, but have a small number of vacancies in older year groups. Older children can join us at any time throughout the school year. Please contact the school office to check availability and for more information.


To register your interest in a Reception place for a child due to start school in September 2017 (who will have reached the age of 5 by August 31st 2017) please contact our school office. You can do this by email at or by phone on 01892 770221.

We welcome applications from families in East Sussex, Kent and Surrey.


Our School Open Afternoon will be on Saturday 15th October, 2016. All prospective families, including children, are warmly invited to explore St Mary’s. You will be given a tour of the school by some of our current pupils and teachers, the support team, the headteacher and governors will be there to answer any questions and share information about the school.


Applications can then be made on-line, or via the post. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2017.


You can apply for up to 3 schools, putting then in order of preference. It is in families best interests to list 3 schools. There is more information on how to apply further down this page.

If you apply online your local authority will send you an email in the evening of 18 April 2017. If you cannot be offered your first preference school they will also send you a letter by first class post.

If you applied on a paper form your local authority will send you a letter by first class post on 18 April 2017

(This may differ by Local Authority, so please check. The dates for offering places are the same for all counties)

You must accept or decline the place by 2 May 2017.



To apply on line or to download a copy of East Sussex’s booklet ‘Apply for a school 2017-2018’ please click here

If you would like a paper application form and a booklet to be posted to you please contact East Sussex County Council on 0300 330 9472

Families living outside East Sussex must make an application for a primary school place through their home authority.


To apply on line or for more information please click here

For advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email


To apply on line please click here

For a paper application form contact Surrey County Council on 0300 200 1015.



St Mary the Virgin CE School in Hartfield is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School situated in a rural area. As an Aided School, the admission of pupils is made by the governors in accordance with arrangements agreed with the Local Authority and the Diocese of Chichester.


The school serves a dual role: it seeks to provide a place of Christian nurture for Church families while at the same time serving the local community. The planned admission numbers for each year group is 20. If more than that number applies for any year group, the admission of pupils will be subject to the following priorities in order set out:


  • ‘Looked after’ children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following being looked after
  • A sibling who is attending the school, at the time of admission
  • Parents regularly worshipping at St Mary the Virgin, Hartfield or Holy Trinity, Coleman’s Hatch and living in the civil parish
  • Living in the civil parish
  • Living with Christian parents who regularly worship at a Christian church and live outside the civil parish
  • Other children


When deciding between applicants of equal entitlement, the governors will give priority to the applicants living closest to the school, measured using surfaced passable routes by the County Council’s geographical formation system (GIS) from the child’s home to the nearest gate used by children at the school. It must also be a public right of way.

If you would like to read our Admissions Criteria in full please click here


Thank you for your interest in St Mary’s and please contact our school office if we can be of any assistance.