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We are a one form entry school with 30 places in our Reception class. In accordance with Hertfordshire County Council we have a single intake at the beginning of the autumn term in September. See Herts County Council website for admission details. 1


If you have a child due to start school in September 2018, the deadline date to apply for a Reception class place is Monday 15th January 2018.


Parents should be aware that having a place in our Nursery does not automatically guarantee a place in Reception. All parents who would like a Reception place for their child must make a separate application through Hertfordshire County Council, who is responsible for allocating places.

Families moving into the area, who want to apply for a place in any year group at the school should contact the admissions department at Hertfordshire County Council. We warmly welcome visits to our school.

Nursery Admissions

We have a 30 place Nursery class at How Wood, which runs for five mornings only.


The application process for a Nursery place for September 2018 opens on Friday 19th January 2018. This applies to children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015.


Please click here for a Nursery application form. Paper copies are also available from the school office. School tour dates are avilable here.

Please click on the link for the Timeline for Nursery Admissions


Further information regarding Nursery admissions can be found at


If we are oversubscribed for Nursery we will use the following Hertfordshire County Council admission rules:

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school will be allocated a place in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996.

Parents may state their preference as to which nursery they would like their child to attend in the years leading up to the child’s fifth birthday. However, if there are not enough places available, places will be allocated in the following order of priority:

a) Children in public care (children looked after)
b) A child at risk (or the sibling of a child at risk) who is the subject of an inter-agency child protection plan.
c) Other applicants where the following criteria are considered to determine priorities:
1. Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school.
2. Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age-range of the school. Note: the normal age range is the designated range for which the school provides.
3. Any other children.

If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tie break will be used by applying the next rule to those children. If more children qualify under criterion 2 than there are places available, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the nursery as measured in a straight line. 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.