Admissions Information 




The school operates a nursery in which all children are entitled to 15  hours free provision a week. The school also provides a limited number of 30 hour spaces too. Children can attend the nursery from the September after their third birthday.  


In the September after their fourth birthday, children move into the Reception classes and full time education.  


Key Stage 1 consists of Years 1 and 2 and is for pupils aged 5-7 years.


Visits to the school are strongly recommended and warmly welcomed.  We hold structured open sessions for parents to visit the school in the autumn term to help in the decision making process when choosing a school for their children. However visits can be completed throughout the year. 



Published Admissions Number

The Publish Admissions Number (PAN) for Hadleigh Infants and Nursery School is 90.



Application Procedure

Applications for Reception places must be made in accordance with the co-ordinated admission arrangements operated by the child’s home local authority. For children resident in Essex this is detailed in the Primary Education in Essex booklet published by Essex County Council. Mid-Year applications are now processed through the school. Please contact the school for further information if you are considering to submit a mid-year application and a member of the office team will support you. 


Admission Criteria

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit;

1. Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children;
2. Children living in the priority admission area with a sibling attending the school or Hadleigh Junior School at the time of admission;
3. Children with a sibling attending Hadleigh Infant School at the time of admission;
4. Children with a sibling attending Hadleigh Junior School at the time of admission;
5. Children who have attended the school’s Nursery for at least 15 hours of state-funded provision;
6. Children of staff who have worked at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made;
7. Other children living in the priority admission area;
8. Remaining applications.



Looked After Children

A ‘looked after Child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, residence or special guardianship order will be given first priority in oversubscription ahead of all other applicants in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2012. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of the Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in exercise of their social services function (as defined in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989).




For applications made in the normal admission round a relevant sibling is a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister, fostered brother or sister or stepbrother or stepsister attends the mentioned school in any year group excluding the final year. Other than biological siblings, the other child must live in the same family unit in the same family address to be considered a sibling under this policy. Other Children residing in the same family (such as cousins) will not be treated as siblings.



Priority Admissions Area

Please contact the school or visit the school’s website for details of the priority admissions area.



Pupils with a EHCP

Pupils with a EHCP linked to special educational needs whose EHCP names Hadleigh Infants and Nursery School will be admitted irrespective of our admissions criteria.



Straight Line Distance

In each individual criterion, distance between home and school (measured in a straight line) will be calculated, with those living closest being given the highest priority. Straight line distances are calculated by Essex County Council using a computerised geographical information system as defined in the Primary Education in Essex booklet. In instances where parents are separated and the child lives for part of the week with each parent, the address provided when completing the application will be used to determine the straight line distance.




Parents whose children are refused admission to the school have a statutory right to appeal to an independent appeal panel i.e. independent of the school. If you would like to find out more about how you can appeal a decision, please contact Mrs. J. Reader at the school.


A full copy of the school Admissions Policy can be found below. 

T. 01702 557979