Admissions Policy

Published admission number 2019/2020: 90

Early Years Admissions

In line with legislation, the school will make arrangements for all children to be admitted in September full-time. 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 the school year i.e. the start of the term after the child’s fifth birthday. Parents can also request that their child attends part time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents cannot, however, defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the end of the academic year for which the original application was accepted.

Admissions Policy

There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission areas. In the event of over-subscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:

  • Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children;
  • Children with a sibling* attending the school or the partner junior school;
  • Children living in the school’s priority admission area;
  • Remaining applications
  • Statemented (EHCP) children that name the school will be admitted irrespective of the over subscription Criteria.

Applications should be made direct to Essex County Council by the statutory national closing date, as detailed in the Primary Education in Essex booklet. Late applications will be dealt with as detailed in this booklet.

In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criterion, priority will be determined by straight line distance** from home to school, those living closest being given highest priority.

The school will maintain a waiting list for unsuccessful applicants until the end of the Autumn Term.

You have a statutory right to appeal against the decision not to admit your child. You have 20 school days from the date of your refusal letter to make your appeal. Detailed information about how to appeal will be sent to you with your offer pack.

Where a parent of a ‘summer-born’ child (I April — 31 August) wishes their child to start school in the autumn term following their fifth birthday, they will need to apply for a place at the correct time for the normal admission round for the
following academic year. Supporting evidence from relevant professionals working with the child and family stating why the child must be placed outside their normal age appropriate cohort should be submitted.

The admission authority for the school will decide whether the application for a Reception place will be accepted or whether it will be treated as an application for a Year 1 place, the child’s normal age appropriate cohort. If the application for a Reception place is not accepted this does not constitute a refusal of the place and there is no right to an independent statutory appeal.

For mid-year applications, a mid-year application form needs to be completed and returned directly to School Planning and Admissions or online at, who will apply to the schools you list, including Howbridge Infant School, on your behalf. A copy of the application form can be requested from:

School Planning and Admissions
Essex County Council
PO Box 4261
Tel: 0845 603 2200

Alternatively, a form can be downloaded from School Planning and Admissions website:

Full details of the mid year application process are provided in the mid year application form’s accompanying booklet.
* the definition of sibling applies as defined by the Local Authority as set out in the Primary Education in Essex booklet.
** distances are measured by the Local Authority as defined in the Primary Education in Essex booklet.