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Starting school

For those of you who have children approaching school age admissions to all Essex schools is coordinated by the Local Authority (LA) Essex County Council. The timetable for this is set out in the booklet, ‘Primary Education in Essex’, published annually. Details of these arrangements are sent to all parents of children about to become of school age. For more details contact the LA on 0845 603 2200 or online at www.essex.gov.uk/admissions.

The school admits all Reception children in the Autumn term.

Induction arrangements

The reception class teacher and assistant, prior to their admission to school, will visit new entrants and their parents at home. At this meeting you will receive an induction pack containing a range of information about the school and the build up to starting school after the home visit. The children will then have opportunities to visit and spend some time in the school before starting.

Admission policy

The admission number is 30.

There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admissions area.

In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:

1. Looked after children.
2. Children living in the priority admissions area with a sibling attending the school.
3. Other children living in the priority admissions area.
4. Children living outside the priority admissions area with a sibling attending the school.
5. Remaining applications.

In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority. Exceptional medical circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above.

Agreement for children living in the priority admission area

The LA may offer places above the published admission number (during and after the normal time of admission) in the following exceptional circumstances:

1. For infant classes at the class size limit: if the next nearest school with a space is not within a reasonable distance of the home address.
2. For junior classes or where the admission would not breach the infant class size limit: if the journey to the next nearest school with a space is not reasonable in terms of distance, accessibility or cost.

Deadline for applications

For admissions in 2016/17 applications can be made online at www.essex.gov.uk/admissions.  The deadline for applications is 15th January 2016.