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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).

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.  Alternatively please follow the link if you are looking for in-year admissions.

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  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 2014 and 31 August 2015:

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.  However please contact the school office to enquire if there are still spaces available.

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.


Arrangements for the Admission of disabled pupils


  • Admission to Gade Valley is managed by Herts CC and places are awarded according to the designated criteria set out in the Herts Direct admission pages.
  • The school works with parents, medical staff, advisory staff etc. in order to be well prepared and able to work effectively with pupils and parents when they join us.
  • The building is adapted for use by wheelchair users.
  • The school provides 1:1 support for pupils if it is appropriate to help with physical needs and support learning.
  • Attainment and Progress are monitored termly.
  • All staff work to ensure pupils are included and give equal opportunities e.g. school trips, activities, learning.