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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 2017

Your child is eligible to apply for a Reception Class place if they were born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013.


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


Admissions timetable for Reception class places - September 2017

Apply online from - 7th November 2016

Deadline - 15th January 2017

Offers sent out to parents - 18th April 2017

Last day for applicants to accept their offer - 2nd May 2017


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.


Nursery Places - September 2017

Your child is eligible to apply for a Nursery place at our school if they were born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014.


Important dates for Nursery admissions

6th February 2017 - Online system opens for you to apply

17th March 2017 - Deadline to apply for a place at a Nursery

25th April 2017 - Nursery offers available online

3rd May 2017 - Deadline to accept or decline the place offered


Hertfordshire County Council has a duty to provide access to 15 hours a week of free early years provision for all three and four year olds.


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.