The school admits male and female children from the age of 3 rising to 11 years old, subject to availability of places. Applications are accepted from Catholic and non-Catholic pupils. The school expects all families to be sympathetic to the Catholic ethos and for pupils to fully enter into the distinctive character of the school which underpins everything we do.

On receiving an application form, your child will be invited to spend a day in school during which time they will be assessed whilst joining in with normal lessons. It will give them the chance to experience life at Bury Catholic Preparatory School first hand and to meet their peer group. The nature of the visit will depend on your child’s age:-

  • Children in Nursery, Reception and Y1 will spend a full day in class. During their visit, the teacher will spend some time getting to know them and they will be assessed informally.
  • Children in Year 2 to Year 6 will spend a full day in school where they will be assessed in Maths and English. The tests will be age appropriate and there is no specific revision they can do. The best advice is to reassure them that they are not designed to catch them out. They should relax and try to answer them to the best of their ability. The remainder of the day will be spent in class with the teacher providing opportunities to observe both personal and social skills, and how they interact with their peers both in class and at playtimes.

During the application process, parents will be invited for a tour of the school. The tour will be carried out by the Headteacher or Deputy, and it will allow parents to view the school in its working environment. We may seek a reference from the Head of the pupil’s current school, who would typically be asked to comment upon academic ability, attitude, behaviour, talents and interests.

Offers of places are made to successful candidates shortly after their visits, In some instances, children are accepted into the Nursery class at the beginning of the term in which they have their third birthday. Children can also come into the Reception class at the start of the academic year in which they become five. Priority is given to the children attending the Nursery class. If there are places in a class, admission is possible at any time during the school year.

Admissions Procedure

Pupils may join BCPS at anytime, subject to availability of places. Our admissions procedure is as follows:

1. Enquiry for prospectus/invitation to Open Day/Visit to school.
2. Application for admission.
3. Assessment/Interview with Headteacher.
4. Decision in writing.

All applications are treated on merit, and in a sensitive manner.

School Fees

Fees for the academic year are reviewed on an annual basis. Information on the current fee schedule can found here: BCPS Fee Schedule 2017/2018

Hot meals are currently available and provided by R & K Catering Company at a charge of 3.84 per day.

Children from Nursery to Year Six can choose to have milk during the day. This is arranged for the whole year and payment is made on an annual basis in advance.

Educational Visits: Visits outside of school, as well as visitors to school, are regularly organised by staff during term time. These are charged for accordingly and parents are expected to meet these costs in full. Year Six children are invited to attend a Residential Trip for which a payment scheme can be arranged. Please contact the school office for further information.

Music Tuition: Available from Mr & Mrs Johnson.

Bursaries: Parents wishing to apply for a bursary can do so via the Bursar Bursaries are means tested and will be reviewed on an annual basis. All bursary awards are made entirely at the discretion of the governors.