Admissions

We are delighted that you are considering All Saints for your child. Admissions (joining a school) can be a very confusing and stressful time for parents. If you have any questions, concerns or difficulties with the process please get in touch and we will do our best to help you.

A frequently asked question is what happens in the event that there are more applications than places available. Below you will find our Admissions Policies for Reception and Nursery - these are important documents that tell you how we process applications in the case of over-subscription criteria. You will find the policy that applies for the current academic year (for In Year applications), and the one for the next (for Reception/Nursery).

There are three different types of admission to our school - Nursery Admissions, Reception Admissions and In-Year Admissions:

Nursery Admissions

Children can join our Nursery from the September after they turn 3. We operate a single intake policy to Nursery. This means that all our Nursery age children normally start with us in September. If we still have places, then we may be able to offer places through the year. Please contact the school office for information.

We offer funded places in the morning (9am - 12pm) and work in partnership with Little Ladybirds Pre-School to provide Nursery in the afternoon (12.15pm - 3.15pm) and childcare in the evening (3.15pm - 6.30pm). The whole provision is based in the same, purpose built building on site so children (and parents!) have a seamless transition from one provider to the next. Parents can use 30 hours funding and childcare vouchers to fund hours as required.

Please note - Little Ladybirds is operated independently of the school and parents will need to apply separately for a place with their provision. Please visit their website for more information: Little Ladybirds

All Saints' Nursery Admissions Timeline for September 2021:

Monday 18th January 2021  Applications open to apply for a place in our Nursery class. 
Friday 12th March 2021 The application system for All Saints closes.
Friday 19th March 2021 All Saints will offer places directly to parent by letter or email.
Monday 12th April 2021 Deadline for parents to accept places in writing.

We will publish a link to our Application Form on Monday 18th January.

To apply for a place after Friday 19th March, please contact the school office directly.

If you would like to apply for a place to start this year, also called an 'In Year Admission', please contact the school office to ask about places:
Telephone: 01279 836006
Reception Admissions
For pupils who turn 5 during the academic year

Children will be able to start in Reception in the September following their fourth birthday. Applications are managed by Hertfordshire County Council to a specific timetable. Please visit their website for more information.

Click here to go to the Hertfordshire Admissions website

Please also note the following:

  • Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in that academic year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age.
  • Parents can request that their child takes up the place part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.
If you are considering either of these for your child, please let us know as soon as possible after being offered a place so that we can discuss this with you. For the vast majority of children, these options would not be recommended. But for a small number of children it can be helpful. There is a lot to consider when thinking about this matter, and we are experienced at supporting parents with this decision!
 
You might find the 'Summer Born FAQ' below helpful as well.

 

Summer Born (April - August) FAQ
We've compiled a handy guide for parents considering delaying the start of school for their child. Please do read it if this is something you're interested in.
In Year Admissions
For children needing a place at our school mid-way through their school journey.

Due to changes in your circumstances, you may need to change the school your child attends. We have a maximum of 30 children in any class throughout the School. Please call the School first to see if we actually have any spaces available and, if places are available, arrange to visit the school. Since September 2010, the Local Authority has taken over the co-ordination of such admissions.  Please click here for more information from the hertsdirect website. 


If you are unsure at all, please call the School office for help and advice or to arrange for an opportunity to see the School.

Important Documents and Policies
The Supplementary Information Form (SIF) tells us which over-subscription criteria your child may fall under. Without this information, we are obliged to process your application under 'Criteria 7: Any Other Child'.
Our school is for children of all faiths and none, and we have a diverse community of children and families attending our school. The criteria are stipulated through the historical foundation of the school, but it is not a requirement that you or your family are practising Christians in order to attend our school. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.
Admission into Nursery
Admission to Main School (Reception and older)
Appeals
For children who are not offered a place.
If we have more children apply for a place at our school than we have places available, we are only able to allocate places based on the criteria in our Admissions Policy. Those not allocated a place are placed on a waiting list (Continuing Interest) by the County Council to register your child's ongoing interest in a place at our school. When a place comes available, we then allocate according to the Admissions Criteria from the list (NOT based on the time on the list).
 
However, you can also appeal the decision made. This does not mean you will be allocated the place, but that you can make a case for reconsidering the decision. The County Council will write to you to say they are unable to offer a place, and will include information about appealing the decision. There is a specific process to follow, and you will need to read the information provided carefully.
 
For Reception places in September, the appeal process is different to applying for an In Year place through the year. For Reception, there is a specific timetable that must be followed. The following links and information will help you know what to do next if you would like to appeal.