School Admissions

The school operates a nursery in which children are entitled to 15  hours free provision a week and start in the September after their third birthday.  If you would like to apply for a nursery place for your child please complete the form below once your child has reached 2 years.

In the September after their fourth birthday children move into the Reception classes and full time education.  You will find a copy of the current Admission Policy on the link below.

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

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed.  We hold 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.

Essex County Council coordinates admissions to the school. They can be contacted at 0845 603 2200. Applications can be completed on line at

The Essex Directory for school admissions in the south of the County can be found here.


Admission policy from September 2017




Published Admission number 2017/2018: 90

Children will be admitted full time in the September following their fourth birthday.

Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year. Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child. The parent would not, however, be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted. Where parents choose to defer entry, the child will start at the beginning of a new school term/half term.

Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. For parents opting to take up a part-time place this would be mornings only.  Please discuss this with the Headteacher before making a final decision.


Children will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude.


Admission Policy Arrangements

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


a)   Looked after children*

b)   Children living in the priority admission area with a sibling attending the school or the partner junior school at the time of admission (a map is available from the school on request)

c)   Children living in the priority admission area (a map is available from the school on request)

d)   Children with a sibling attending Hadleigh Infants at the time of admission

e)   Children with a sibling attending Hadleigh Junior School at the time of admission

f)   Remaining applications that do not fit into any of the above criteria

*A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).



Siblings are defined as children with a brother or sister, step brother/sister, adopted brother/sister in the same family unit living at the same address.



In the event of over-subscription within any criteria, proximity of home to school, by straight line distance will be taken into account, with those closest being given highest priority (please see page 10 of the Local Authority (LA) admission booklet which explains how the LA make these measurements).



Waiting Lists

Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list, which will be maintained for 7 months after the end of the autumn term. The criteria for the waiting list will be in accordance with the admissions criteria.


Applications must be made in accordance with the co-ordinated admission scheme operated by the child’s home LA. For children resident in Essex this is detailed in the ‘Primary Education in Essex’ booklet.


Applications must be made by the National Closing Date detailed in the ‘Primary Education in Essex’ booklet which is available from the LA. Late applications will be dealt with as detailed in this booklet for children resident in Essex. Children resident outside Essex should refer to the process for handling late applications published by their LA.



Parents will appreciate that if a school is over-subscribed it will not always be possible to be offered a place in their first choice school. Parents, however, have the right to appeal against decisions of the governors regarding admissions. Information regarding the appeals procedure is available from the school.

Year 2-3 Transfers

If you would like your child to attend a Junior School which falls within the Southend borough you will be required to apply through Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. To assist you with the application please find below information explaining the process.  The process for applying for a place at Hadleigh Junior School will be explained in November in line with previous years.

T. 01702 557979