Admissions

Admissions policy

School published admission number 2018/19: 60 Number on roll (September 2017): 181

Applications for a place at our school must be submitted to Essex County Council School Admissions (contact details below). There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area.

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

  1. Looked After Children (LAC) and previously looked after children
  2. Children with a sibling attending our school or our partner junior school
  3. Children living in the priority admission area
  4. 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 (other than Looked After Children and previously looked after children).

Further information from Essex County Council School Admissions

Website: www.essex.gov.uk/admissions (this page includes their Priority Admission (Catchment) Area Finder).
Telephone: 0345 603 2200
E-mail: admissions@essex.gov.uk

Admissions information

Writtle Infant School is a Community school for children aged 4 – 7 years.  All children who are offered a place at our school normally start full-time in the September following their fourth birthday.  Most of our children have attended a local pre-school before they start and the majority will move on to Writtle Junior School in the September following their seventh birthday.

If your child has been offered a place at our school by the Local Authority, we will write to inform you of the arrangements for admitting them to our school. You will be invited to an induction meeting, where we set out the aims and organisation of the school and where you can ask questions, meet the Headteacher and your child’s class teacher and take a tour of the school.  We then arrange for new children to come and spend time in their new class before they start school.

If your child is joining the school during the school year and you would like to visit the school, please make an appointment to meet the Headteacher. Children who start during the academic year will be encouraged to visit before they start. We will use the child’s previous school’s information as starting points but will undertake our own assessments, for example their phonic sounds.

Timing of admissions

As required by law, we provide for full-time admission of all children offered a place in the reception year group from the September following their fourth birthday. Research has shown that outcomes are better for reception children who start school in September.

The law does not require a child to start school until the start of the term following their fifth birthday. Compulsory school age is reached at that point.

Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to our school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in the school year. Where entry is deferred, we 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, we would expect that the child would start at the beginning of a new term/ half-term.

There may also be reasons for parents to request that their child has a longer phased induction to school e.g. due to special educational needs. This would need to be discussed and agreed with the school in advance.

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