From September 2011 all primary schools must offer children a full-time place at the start of the September term. However, legally children do not have to be in full-time education until the term after their 5th birthday. Delaying your child’s entry into school is called ‘deferred entry’. You can request this, but your child must start before the end of the school year during which they turn 5.
The school works within the admissions policy of Hertfordshire Education Authority.
Please see the 'Tours' page for admission dates (link above).
Reception Class Places - September 2018
Your child is eligible to apply for a Reception Class place if they were born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014.
Parents of children coming up to school age will receive a booklet from Herts County Council, which contains information on how to apply for a primary school place. Applications can also be made on line at www.hertsdirect.org/admissions. All responsibility for admission to our school lies with the education authority, so our Headteacher will not be able to give you a firm offer of a place.
Admissions timetable for Reception class places - September 2018
Apply online from - 6th November 2017
Deadline - 15th January 2018
Offers sent out to parents - 16th April 2018
Last day for applicants to accept their offer - 30th April 2018
Reception Parent Open Days - Thursday 23rd November at 9.30am, Wednesday 6th December at 9.30am.
Nursery Places - September 2018
For children born between 1st September 2013 and 31 August 2014:
The Nursery application process has changed for the school year 2018 & 2019.
Parents must apply to the Nursery they would like their child to attend.
At Gade Valley Primary School children can start our Nursery in the September after their third birthday.
Nursery Admission Arrangements
Gade Valley Primary School have one Nursery class - Monday to Friday 8.50am until 11.50am.
The hours are for term time only. The school dates are published on our website.
From 5th February 2018 parents can apply to Gade Valley Primary School for a place in our Nursery for the academic year September 2018/19.
See below to download your Application Form and to read our Admissions Policy.
16th March 2018 Nursery application closes for academic year September 2018 to July 2019.
20th April 2018 Gade Valley Primary School we make offers to parents for a place in the Nursery for academic year September 2018 to July 2019.
4th May 2018 is the deadline for parents to accept or reject offers the school has made to them for a Nursery place. If the parents do not respond to the offer made by this date the school may withdraw the offer.
Continued Interest or Appeals Process
Please contact Herts County Customer Services on 0300 123 4043.
How Hertfordshire County Council Process your Application
They treat each of your three rankings as a separate application, regardless of the order you have listed them in, and work out how well you qualify for each school using the admission rules. If the schools receive more applications than they have places available, they use their admission rules (as seen below) to decide to whom they can offer a place. Places are allocated to those who best meet the published admission rules.
Rule 1 – Children Looked After.
Rule 2 – Medical or Social: Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical
or social need to go to the school.
Rule 3 – Linked School.
Rule 4 – Sibling.
Rule 5 – Children for whom it is their nearest community or voluntary-controlled school.
Rule 6 – Children who live nearest to the school.
Parents may request the name of their nearest school by calling the Customer Service Centre
0300 123 4043.