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Primary Education in Essex 2024/2025

Primary, Infant and Junior Schools Admission Policies Directory 2024/2025

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.


The school admits up to 60 reception pupils each year. Children enter school in the September preceding their fifth birthday. There is a thorough induction process including a home visit and a phased entry programme. Prospective parents are welcome to tour the school by appointment.  Please contact the office for tour dates.

The responsibility for applying for a school place rests with parents.  The availability of the common application is available online and will be publicised by Essex for parents of all known Essex resident eligible children.

The application period opens on 6 November 2023 and closes on 15 January 2024.

Please submit an application before the deadline for children who were born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 and were resident in Essex and registered with an Essex GP in January 2022.

A school place will be offered on 16 April 2024.  In the event of over-subscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given in the Determined Admission Arrangements.


1. Looked After Children and previously looked after children (as defined in the Primary Education in Essex booklet)

2. Children with a sibling attending the school or The Alderton Junior School

3. Children of all staff at the school a) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at thetime at which the application for admission to the school is made, and / or b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill-shortage

4. Children living in the priority admission area

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.


Our school is a member of the Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust.



For children starting infant, junior or primary school from September 2024





16 April 2024

National Offer Day - parents informed of outcome of application


15 May 2024

Deadline for submitting appeals


3 June to 17 July 2024

Appeals heard for those submitted by the deadline and where possible, for late appeals (last day of term: 23 July 2024)

September 2024 onwards

Appeals heard for any appeals not heard before 23 July 2024



Please note -  Applications for the 2023 school year are now closed.  September 2024 appeals timetable to be published when provided by Essex County Council. 


If you wish to make a late application for a primary (Reception) school place, use the Essex online application form.


All applications received after 15 January 2024 will be treated as late and will only be processed after all on-time applications.


You are less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools if you apply late.

Mid-year application for a primary, infant or junior school place

Please do not use this form to apply for a Reception or Year 3 Junior School place for next September as these applications should be made via Essex County Council


Important information before you apply

What is this form for?

You should use this form to apply for a place at our School

A separate form is required for each child.

When should I apply?

  • Applications for transfer at the start of the next academic year or the next term will not be dealt with until the half term prior to the requested admission date. 

  • Applications received too early will be returned and you will need to re-apply at a later date.

    • We cannot accept an application for Spring term (January) until the preceding Autumn half term holiday i.e. October.

    • We cannot accept an application for Summer term (Easter) until the Spring half term holiday i.e. February.

    • We cannot accept an application for Autumn term (September) until the Summer half term holiday i.e. end of May.

  • If you have just moved into the area and your child is without a school place please note that your application will be dealt with within 15 school days. Evidence of your new address will be required in the form of either a signed tenancy agreement / exchange of contracts / council tax or driving licence.

  • If you apply shortly before or during a school holiday a decision may not be given until the school has re-opened.


Admission of children living overseas

You may apply for a place when you have moved to the UK.  Please return at this stage and we will be able to process your application.


Apply now:

Mid-Year Application Form

Should you require an application form in paper format, please contact the School Office.

Reception application and Year 3 applications to the Junior School need to be carried out via Essex Admissions: - applications can be made between 6th November 2023 - 15th January 2024