Key Information

School Contact Details

Mersey Vale Primary School
Valley Road
Heaton Mersey
SK4  2BZ

Tel/ Fax: 0161 442 7535

Headteacher: Mrs J Mullane
Headteacher Email:

Visitors to school premises

As an inclusive, community-focused primary school, we welcome all appropriate visitors to school premises but please note the following when visiting our school:

  • For the safety of our children and parents/carers, the car park at school is for staff and authorised visitors only. Parents must not use the car park unless specifically authorised to do so. We encourage parents to walk with their children to school wherever possible. When driving to school is unavoidable, please set a good example by driving and parking with consideration for others, and of course prevailing laws.
  • Authorised visitors are welcome to use the car park when there is space available. Otherwise, please park sensibly on the roads outside of school.
  • Should you require a parking space close to the school entrance or assistance with access whilst on site, please contact the school office prior to your visit and we will ensure that a suitable parking space is reserved for you. Our site is on one level and with the addition of available equipment is completely accessible to all visitors.
  • All visitors (other than parents/carers bringing children to and collecting children from school) should report to the school office to ensure safeguarding requirements are complied with.
  • We do not welcome ‘cold calling’ from commercial salespeople no matter what the relevance to school requirements. A preferred method of contact is an email to  although please note that we only respond to approaches that are of interest. 
  • Dogs (other than trained support dogs) are not allowed on school premises. Please also avoid leaving dogs tied to railings etc. as this can be stressful for the animals and passers by.

School Ethos

We strive to:

  • Create and maintain a safe learning environment for our children
  • Identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address them, in partnership with other organisations where appropriate
  • Develop our children’s understanding of how to keep themselves safe

Admissions at Mersey Vale

It is vital to make your application for Nursery, Reception Class and Secondary school in good time. Please note the application deadlines stated below:

Eligible dates of birth and closing dates

Admission Types Birth dates between Application closing date Offer date
Nursery – Consideration for January 2020 start 1 September 2016 – 31 December 2016 31 October 2019 Late November 2019
Nursery – Consideration for April 2020 start 1 September 2016 – 31 March 2017 15 February 2020 March 2020
Nursery – September 2020 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017 31 March 2020 17 May 2020
Primary (Reception) – September 2020 1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016 15 January 2020 16 April 2020
Secondary (Year 7) – September 2020 1 September 2008 – 31 August 2009 31 October 2019 2 March 2020

Please see the links below which explain the process and provide access to the online application system. If we can assist in any way please feel free to contact the school office on 0161 442 7535.All applications for the main intakes referred to above must be made online and by the set deadlines.

We can provide general advice only as places are allocated centrally and not by the school. At Mersey Vale we have a policy that restricts class sizes to 30 children.

Parents should be aware that :

1) A place in the Mersey Vale Primary School Nursery does not guarantee a place in the Reception Class at our school.

2) A place in Mersey Vale Primary School’s Year 6 Class does not guarantee a place at your preferred secondary / high school (including Priestnall High School).

In both of the above scenarios, parents are required to apply through the Admissions system before the relevant deadlines. All places are allocated by the Local Authority not the school.

For applications relating to other age bands or for a mid-year transfer between schools, please contact the school office for advice.

Key Links and Documentation

Year Group Expectations for English & Mathematics, Curriculum Maps, Phonics and Reading Schemes

To access details of the English and Mathematics expectations for each year group and the curriculum map for your child’s class follow the links below;



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Further information can be obtained through an appointment with our Curriculum Leader, Ms. Varetto.

  • Phonics in school follows the processes recommended through “Letters & Sounds”  and is supplemented by other resources and activities, e.g. “Phonics Play” and “Jolly Phonics”.
  • Reading schemes follow Stockport Book Bands (a variety of books, of similar ability level, colour-coded to indicate level). We also have a selection of books to support de-coding and reading phonetically. Parents may find the following links useful in supporting their child.
  • Reading Leaflet Key Stage 1
  • Reading Leaflet Key Stage 2
  • Key words