Places available for Reception and Nursery children September 2022!

We also offer fully funded 30 hours places for three year olds.

For admission criteria 2023, please follow the link :

Are you looking for a good school for your child to start their educational journey in? Then look no further than here at Sutton Manor Community Primary School. We pride ourselves on the nurturing and caring feel of our school, where children say that they feel safe and where everyone is friendly. Our children make their best progress possible, whaterver their starting points.

Visits to our school are warmly welcomed, please book an appointment with the office staff to have a tour of our school and a chat so that you are able to get a real feel for what life is like at our warm, caring, happy, safe and nurturing school - where every child is encouraged and challenged to be the best that they can be. We would love to see you. At Sutton Manor, your child will truly 'shine'.

We currently admit children who are 2 and 3 years old into our Tinies and Nursery provision and offer places for children who are entitled to 30 hours funding. Every child is entitled to a free nursery place for 15 hours from the term after their third birthday.

Maintained nursery places

A maintained nursery is managed by a governing body and is usually on the site of a primary school.

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.

Parents seeking to admit their children to Sutton Manor Primary School should contact St Helens Council school admissions department as below:

Please refer to the St Helens admissions website for any further information.

30 hours' funded childcare

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.

Reception Class

At Sutton Manor we admit up to 30 children into our Reception class, in line with current legislation.

We have a 26 place maintained nursery (mornings only)  that offers 15 hours of free provision 38 weeks a year. We admit children termly, based on the date of their third birthday. Applications must be made through the council's proforma. (See the council admissions website).

If your child turns four on or between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023, he or she can start primary school in September 2023.

Reception Year Application Form

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The online application system can be accessed by following this link


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

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.

 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