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Starting School

Reception to Year 6

Admission of children to any class from Reception to Year 6 (4 to 11 year olds) is arranged through East Sussex County Council.  Please follow the link below for more information about how to apply.

Find a school place – East Sussex County Council

Admissions Criteria

Parents/carers may find it helpful to know that, if there are insufficient places available to meet demand, these will be allocated to children in accordance with the following list of priorities:

  1. Children in the care of the local authority, or who were previously in the care of the local authority;
  2. Children with compelling medical or other exceptional reasons for attending the school;
  3. Children who in the coming September will have a brother or sister at the school;
  4. Children transferring between a linked infant and junior school;                           
  5. Other children.

If it should be necessary to decide between children within any of these priority groups, this will be done by giving the places to those children who live closest to the school.

If your child has special educational needs and has either an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) talk to your SEN Caseworker about which school you would like your child to attend and they will explain the next steps.


Criteria for Admission to our Nursery  

The School Governors will admit children to the Nursery who are a minimum of three years of age. The government fund children in the term after they turn three.

Places are available based on the following criteria:

  1. Children in the care of a Local Authority (Looked After Child).
  2. Children with a particular compelling educational and/or social or medical need as referred by a professional (e.g. social worker, speech therapist, health visitor, doctor, etc) up to 20% of the available places.
  3. Children who have an elder sibling currently in school.
  4. The position of the children’s home address in relation to the school.

Within the above criteria, each application is always considered very carefully on its individual needs.


A waiting list will be kept by the school for names, addresses, D.O.B., telephone number and date registered of children. This list will be kept in date of birth order. Parents will be required to complete an admissions form.

The waiting list will not operate places on a "first come, first served" basis. The length of time children are on the waiting list in no way influences the decisions about places.

Each form will be accompanied by an information letter to parents. Completed forms should be returned to the school. Returned forms will be filed in date of birth order.


The September intake into Nursery will be staggered over no more than one working week and home visits will take place during this time. Other places will be allocated on a termly intake system.


Decisions on places will be made by the Headteacher. Decisions will be based on the criteria and procedures laid out in the admission policy and places will be confirmed one term before intake date.

It must be made very clear to parents that the offer of a Nursery place DOES NOT in any way automatically give entitlement to the main school.

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