Tinies and Nursery (2 and 3 year olds) 

Please read the Early years page for infomration about our 2 and 3 year old provision and daycare options

Our school admits children who 2 and 3 years old to our Tinies and Nursery provision. Currently, every child is entitled to a free nuresery place for 15 hours the term after their third birthday. At Sutton Manor, we also offer places to children who are entitled to 30 hours free funding. Some working parents are eligible for up to 30 hours of funded childcare/early education per week (for three to four-year-olds). You can check whether you are eligible for 30 hours' free childcare via the Childcare Choices website. We also offer places for Daycare (and offer the 30 hours places) and have a limited number of places in our two year old provision. Please contact the school office for further information..    

Maintained Nursery (2 and 3 year olds) 

Our maintained nursery is managed by the governing body and is on the school site. Maintained nurseries in St Helens offer places for three and four-year-olds the year before they start school, but children may be able to go sooner if there are enough places. Your child can get 15 hours of funded nursery care each week for 38 weeks each year the term after their third birthday. The hours are normally morning sessions on five days per week. We also offer places for Daycare (and offer the 30 hours places) and have a limited number of places in our two year old provision. Please contact the school office for further information. Parents seeking to admit their children to Sutton Manor Primary School should contact St Helens Council school admissions department as below:

Reception Class

At Sutton Manor we admit up to 30 children into our Reception class, in line with current legislation. If your child turns four on or between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024, he or she can start primary school in September 2024.

Reception Year Application Form

Co-ordinated Admissions Schemes 2024-2025

Primary Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme 2024-2025 (PDF) [233KB] (opens new window)

Pupil Admission Arrangements for 2024-2025

In accordance with the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2021, St Helens Borough Council determined its 2024-2025 pupil admission arrangements for all community and voluntary controlled schools and these are detailed below.

Pupil Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Nurseries2024-25 (PDF) [345KB] (opens new window)

Pupil Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools for 2024-2025 (PDF) [260KB] (opens new window)

Before you apply:

  • Read the primary education booklet, which contains useful information about the application process, including: how places will be allocated, definition of home address and how late applications will be dealt with.
  • Consider how your child will get to school and the potential transport costs.
  • Clarify any issues you are not sure about with a member of the School Admissions team on 01744 671035 or email

The responsibility for the completion and return of the form lies with the parent. All allocation of places is managed centrally by the Admissions Department of the Local Authority.

The school has an admission number (i.e. the number of places available).  The number for the school is published in the Primary Admission Booklet.  If more applications are received than the number of places available at a school, then it means the school is oversubscribed.  When this happens, the oversubscription will be applied in order to decide how places will be allocated.

Criteria for admission to Primary School is as follows:-
(i) *Looked after children and previously looked after children;

(ii) Children who have a brother or sister at the school at the time of likely admission.  This includes full, half or stepbrothers and sisters, adopted and foster brothers and sisters, or a child of the parent/carer's partner and, in every case, who is at the same address and is part of the same family unit;

(iii) Children whose parents express a preference for a place at the school.

*A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, ot (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services funstions (under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).  A previosuly looked after child is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.

Oversubscription criteria for Nursery.

Please note that having an elder brother/sister in the school to which the nursery unit is attached is not taken into account when allocatin places.  If more applications are received than the number of places available, the Local Authority will use the following criteria, in order of priority, deciding how places will be allocated:

(i) looked after children and previosuly looked after children;

(i) children resident within St Helens who have been identified as a Priority Nursery Applicant under the Local Auhtority's Priority Nursery placement procedure;

(iii) children resident in the Borough of St Helens

(iv) children resident outside the Borough of St Helens

For information about nursery and primary education, the Authority publishes  two booklets entitled ‘Nursery Education - Information for Parents’, and ‘Admission to Primary Schools’ which are available, free of charge, from School or from the Community Education Department, Atlas House, Corporation Street, St Helens WA9 1LD. It is also available in public libraries or on line