For information on admission to nursery, please read our policy below:
How do I apply?
An application form is available from the school office.
Please note: gaining a Nursery place is no guarantee of a main school place. There is a separate application procedure for the Reception class.
How many Nursery places are there?
We have 30 Nursery places.
What are the Nursery times?
Our Nursery sessions are for 3 hours. The morning session is 8:40 am – 11.45am. If your child qualifies for the 30 hours, the session runs until 2:40pm.
When can my child start?
We operate one intake only, which is the September following your child’s third birthday.
Am I likely to be offered a place?
We follow the Nursery Admission Rules for Community Schools (2012/2013), which currently give priority to:
- Children in public care or those who must come to this school because they have a Statement of special needs, under the 1996 Education Act, which names this school.
- Children for whom there is a compelling medical or social reason why they should attend this school.
- Children who have an older brother or sister at the school at the time of application or Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of application.
- Children for whom the school is the nearest in relation to alternative school.
- Children who live nearest to the school.
If a tie break is needed, a straight line distance measure from home to school is used. If you wish to apply under the sibling rule you must provide evidence from a relevant professional, and submit it to the school by the closing date for applications. Should you not be offered a place, there is no right of appeal, but you may register a continuing interest online or with the school.
Primary Admissions County Council Criteria
Determined Hertfordshire County Council’s over subscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled, first, infant, primary, junior and middle schools for the school year 2015/16.
Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the governing bodies of all maintained schools to admit a child with a statement of special educational needs that names their school. Schools must also admit children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school.
Rule 1 Children looked after and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).
Rule 2 Medical or Social: Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school. A panel of officers will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule.
The evidence must relate specifically to the school applied for under Rule 2 and must clearly demonstrate why it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.
Rule 3 Linked School: In the case of junior schools, children who attend the linked infant school at the time of their application. This rule only applies to pupils who are currently attending Infant school which has a linked junior school.
Rule 4 Sibling: Children who have a sibling on the roll of the school or linked school at the time of application. This applies to reception through to Year 5 in infant, junior and primary schools; and from reception through to Year 3 in first schools; and from Year 5 to Year 7 in middle schools.
Rule 5 Nearest School: Children for whom it is their nearest community or voluntary-controlled school or an own admitting school or academy using Hertfordshire County Council’s admission rules*
Rule 6 Distance: Children who live nearest to the school. If your child does not qualify under Rule 5, they will be under Rule 6.
These rules are applied in the order they are printed above. If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule to those children. Where there is a need for a tie-breaker where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be random. Academies using Hertfordshire County Council’s over subscription criteria, and included in the definition of Rule 5 above for Hemel Hempstead, are:
Bovingdon Primary School, Bovingdon
Chaulden Junior School, Hemel Hempstead
Hammond Academy, Hemel Hempstead
In year admissions County Council Criteria
An application to move between schools straight away (or within a few weeks) is known as an In Year application. This is when a child wishes to transfer to another school outside of the usual transfer time, for example because of a change of address.
The easiest way to apply is via the online In Year application form. It is a secure, quick and easy way to apply and can be access using the link http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/admissions/links/applyonline/.
Alternatively, you can print the pdf version of the application form available at http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/admissions/inyear/inyearapp/
Complete it and post it to: In Year Admissions Team, County Hall, CHR 102, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DF
For full details about making an application please read the In Year admissions Information Booklet, which contains detailed information about how the admission process works and what information you will need to provide. For information about schools in Hertfordshire please read the School Directories
Admissions aim to process your application within 10 school days of receipt of all necessary documents, although at busy times this can take longer. May to September is a particularly busy period for In Year admissions and you should allow up to 15 school days for your application to be processed during this time.
In addition to completing an application, you might need to send in:
Current/previous school information – You must ask your child’s current school to complete and return Part A of the application form. If you cannot get Part A completed, for example, if the school is closed due to holidays, please add an explanatory note to your application. Please click on the link below to access a pdf of Part A:
Proof of address – Please ensure that you send us proof of your address and any additional documents needed by email or by post. If you do not enclose these documents your application will be delayed.