Home Farm Primary School admits 60 children into the Foundation Stage Class each year. After an induction period, all pupils begin their reception year at Home Farm in September.

There is no guarantee of a school place for children living in the school’s priority admissions area. However, children living in the priority admissions area whose parents submit an application by the closing date (usually the January before the academic year in which they will be starting) will generally be allocated a place at the school.

Where applications for admissions exceed the number of places available the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below to decide which children to admit:

  • Children looked after;

  • Children who currently have a brother or sister attending the school;

  • Children living in the priority admissions area

  • Remaining applications

In the event of over subscription 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.

You can find further information about priority admissions areas on the Essex County Council website.  You can also find information on the Essex County Council website about how to apply for a place at Home Farm.  

There is a meeting in June for parents of the 60 children due to be admitted the following year. This is an opportunity to get to know the teachers and classroom support staff. Each intake has at least two induction sessions the term before they are due to start.

At the beginning of the term each intake is introduced gradually to the school’s routine through two weeks of induction sessions. These sessions will help the children to settle in to the school routines. They will experience separate morning and afternoon sessions in the classroom, a playtime, a lunchtime and a school meal accompanied by a parent. We find these arrangements encourage a happy, effective and fulfilling start to the children’s school lives.

Admissions to classes further up the school

Parents are most welcome to contact the school office to arrange a visit before applying for a place for a child who is not going to enter the foundation stage class. If the class is not full, that is, it does not have 30 children in it, parents may apply to the planning and admissions department of the local authority.