Admission Arrangements for September 2023

As an academy, we are our own “admissions authority”, which means, admissions arrangements are taken solely by the school.

However, like all academies, we are required to work with the local authority (Central Bedfordshire) to coordinate admissions into our school.
Our published Admission Arrangements and Criteria document for the September 2023 intake, explains the admissions procedure and also provides information on in-year admissions.

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Understanding Intakes

There are two distinct ways that children join the school:

  1. Nursery intake in January and April
  2. Reception Class intake in September

Children can join the school in the January or April intake after their 4th birthday. Children joining in January & April go into Star class as Nursery Pupils.

Reception Class intake is in September following your child’s 4th birthday. September marks the start of the school year.

The allocation of Nursery places is administered solely by the school. It DOES NOT guarantee you a school place in Reception.

The September admission arrangements are coordinated through Central Bedfordshire Council. In both cases, our admissions criteria follow the Central Beds guidelines.

Please note that as of 2016 parents of summer-born children have the option to delay their children’s start in Reception by a year. See the Admission Arrangements and Criteria for full details) )

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In-Year Admissions

It is sometimes the case that due to families leaving the area, spaces become available in any year group (Reception, Year 1 to Year 4) for entry “in-year”. We maintain a waiting list for places and we strongly encourage parents who are interested in taking up any spaces that may become available to contact the school.

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Applying for Admission

Admissions are taken via Central Bedfordshire Council. You can apply for your child here.

For Nursery places in January or April you will need to apply directly to the School. You can contact the school office for a nursery application form. Please note that granting of a nursery place at the school does not automatically mean entry to Reception in the September.

Even though your child is given a place by the school in the Nursery intake, you will still need to apply through Central Beds for place in the September intake to Reception class. You will need to apply for a place at the school for September entry by a specific deadline set by Central Beds. This is usually in the middle of the January before your child starts school in September.

Example: If your child was born in the month of October, then you would apply to the school for a Nursery place in the January after their 4th birthday. That January you would also apply through Central Beds for a place at the school in Reception class starting in the following September.

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Registration with the School

We strongly encourage early registration of your child with us before the formal admission and application process. Registering your child helps us plan and enables us to have effective communication with you in the years before your child join the school. Please contact the school for registration, we are happy to help!