How do I apply for a place at Ashdon?

Our standard number to admit is 15 in each year group and we must comply with the Key Stage 1 maximum class size of 30.

Most children join a school in the Reception year group but some will need to move school at different ages and different points during an academic year, e.g. if their parents move house. Whether you are considering your child’s first school place or transferring from another school you will need to apply through the Essex admissions team and use their process.

To find out more about all Essex admissions, including completing an application form, please visit:

Our office staff are always willing to help if you have any queries regarding any kind of admission.

As we are a maintained school, i.e. not an academy or a private school, our school places are allocated using criteria set out by the Local Authority. These are detailed below:

In line with Local Authority regulations, there is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admissions area.  In the event of oversubscription, places are allocated using the following criteria:

1. Looked After Children and previously looked after children (as defined in the Primary Education in Essex 2022/2023 booklet);

2. Children with a sibling attending the 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.

As required by law, all Essex primary schools provide for the full-time admission of all children offered a place in the Reception year group from the September following their fourth birthday.

Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in the school year. 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.

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.

Parents can request their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents interested in taking up a part-time place should contact the school for further details as to what this would entail.

If you plan to defer your child’s start date until later in the school year, you must still apply at the usual time for primary or infant school places.

Once your child has been offered a school place by the Essex admissions team, then we will contact you to notify you of the transition mornings your child can attend in the summer term, together with the meeting we hold for parents to introduce you to the school.

Online Timetable and Information for Admission Appeals for 2023. 

*Online Timetable for Admission Appeals for 2024 will be published by the end of February 2024.