Starting School For The First Time, Reception Classes
The Application Portal for Reception 2023 is now closed.
Elmtree Nursery Admissions Policy
We admit children into our Nursery every term and it is important for parents to complete a registration form so that we are aware of their interest in the school. Priority is given to those children who live in the catchment area or who have siblings attending Elmtree.
Attending Elmtree Nursery does not guarantee a place at Elmtree Infant School.
Elmtree Infant School Admissions Policy
Elmtree Infant and Nursery School is now part of the Oxford Diocesan Bucks Schools Trust, who are the admissions authority for the school and the Trust may make changes to the policy for admission.
If there are more applications received than the places available at the school, then the places will be allocated within the primary scheme in accordance with the published oversubscription criteria for the school. (See below)
Details for dates for timely applications and how late applications are handled are given in the primary scheme parents’ guide on the Buckinghamshire Council website. Parents/guardians wishing to apply for a place in our Reception Class for September 2023 must complete the common application form provided by their home local authority (the home LA). The home LA is the LA in whose area the parent(s) live at the time of application. The online applications closed on 15 January 2023. Applications received after this date will normally only be considered after all those received on or before the cut off date. Offers and refusals of places will be posted by the home LA on 16 April 2023.
Questions regarding this round of admissions should be directed to Bucks County Council Admissions Team. Please contact them in the first instance by using their 'Contact Us' form which can be found at www.buckscc.gov.uk/contactadmissions .
Over-subscription criteria for 2023 admissions
Children with a Statement of Special Educational Need or with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan naming Elmtree Infant and Nursery School will always be offered places.
1. Looked-after children and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because, immediately after being looked after, they became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order.
2. Families who have exceptional medical or social needs that make it essential that their child attends Elmtree Infant and Nursery School rather than any other. These needs must be fully supported by written evidence from the appropriate professional person involved with the family.
3. Children with a normal home address in the catchment area and with a sibling on the roll of the school at the time of application or whose parent has accepted an offer of a place at the school and who is expected still to be in attendance at the time of entry to the school.
4. Children with a normal home address in Chesham.
5. Children with a normal home address outside of Chesham and with a sibling on the roll of the school at the time of application or whose parent has accepted an offer of a place at the school and who is expected still to be in attendance at the time of entry to the school.
6. Other children.
Proximity of the child’s home, as measured by the straight-line distance between the home and the school with those living nearer being accorded the higher priority, will serve to differentiate between children in criteria 1 to 6 should the need arise. In the event that two distance measurements are identical, the school will use random allocation to decide which child should be offered the place. The process will be conducted in the presence of a person independent of the school.