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Foundation Admissions


Children start at Shenfield St Mary's C of E Primary School in the September after their fourth birthday. We currently admit 60 children per year.


Admissions for Foundation places are dealt with by the Local Authority. Essex County Council does not send letters to parents/carers about making an application. All of the application information is available on the website


The Admissions Arrangements and Supplementary Information Form can be found below. 


Mid-Year Admissions


A mid-year admission application should be made if you are looking to change your child's school during the school year.


Please be aware that your child is not guaranteed a place at your preferred school. You should not remove your child from their school before you have received another offer.


To apply to Shenfield St Mary's C of E Primary school, please complete this form, and return by email to


Register of Interest


If you would like your child to join the school, but have established that there are no spaces in the year group, you may wish to join the Register of Interest. 


To do so, please email detailing your child's name, date of birth and your current address. 


We ask you to contact the school TERMLY to remain on the Register of Interest and to advise of any change in circumstances (such as a new address). Please use the email address above, or phone the school office on 01277 221249. 




Please get in touch with the school office at if you would like to book onto a group tour of the school (for adults only).


We look forward to welcoming you to our school. 


Our admission arrangements are available below however, our admissions officer is happy to explain our admissions criteria further.  For pupils joining at any other time apart from when they are four years old, the mid-year admissions procedure should be followed. 


The School Day


The school gates open at 8.40am each morning and close at 8.50am.  Entrance is either via Hall Lane or the Courage Playing Field gates.


The children have a 15 minutes mid-morning break.


Lunchtime commences at 12.00pm for infants and finishes at 1.05pm.  Juniors commence lunch at 12.15pm and finishes at 1.15pm.


Infant pupils finish at 3.10pm, with juniors finishing at 3.15pm, enable parents to meet infants at a designated place and then wait for the junior pupil.  


The length of the school day for infant age pupils is 32 hours and 30 minutes.

The length of the school day for junior age pupils is 33 hours and 20 minutes. 


School Uniform


At Shenfield St Mary’s, we believe a school uniform helps to promote a visual identity for the school and a sense of community for the pupils.  It also sets a level playing field for our children, who may otherwise be vulnerable to the pressures of fashion.


Our uniform policy has been established in consultation with parents. Our aim is to be inclusive and not prohibitive in terms of cost.  To that end, we have negotiated with Smarty Pants and Red Oak Roller, internet based uniform supply companies, a discount for certain badged items and PE kit which can be bought directly from them at  or . Other non-badged items are generally available from a number of high street retail outlets.  There is a range of good quality nearly-new items on sale at the PFA shop, open after school one afternoon a week.


All items (clothes, coats, shoes, school bags and wellingtons) must be clearly marked with the child’s name. This is really important as losing items can be quite distressing for children.


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  • Blue polo-neck t-shirt with logo *
  • Grey trousers, tailored shorts, skirt or pinafore
  • Maroon jumper, cardigan or sleeveless jumper with logo *
  • Grey socks or tights (optional white socks with a skirt or pinafore)


Main Uniform (from Year 1)

  • Grey trousers, tailored shorts, skirt or pinafore
  • White shirt 
  • Maroon jumper or cardigan with logo *
  • Tie
  • Grey socks or tights (optional white socks with a skirt or pinafore)
  • Red and white check dress (if warm weather) with white socks


PE Uniform

  • Strong cloth, drawstring bag to store their kit
  • Trainers
  • White polo shirt with logo  *
  • Maroon shorts *
  • Tracksuit top and trousers *


School Bags

  • EYFS/Infants – embroidered book bag*
  • Juniors – embroidered ruck sack or document case*

* Items available from Smarty Pants or Red Oak Roller


Children may wear maroon, navy or black anoraks, raincoats or coats with hoods. Hats, scarves and gloves should be either plain black, maroon or navy.  All children should wear sensible black shoes (below the anklebone, no open-toed sandals, shoes with batteries for lights or wheels, sling-backs or shoes with heels). 



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