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.
In-year Admissions and Appeals Process
If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. Alternatively please follow the link www.hertsdirect.org/admissions if you are looking for in-year admissions.
For children born between 1st September 2016 and 31 August 2017.
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.
See our Nursery page for more information.
Nursery Admission Arrangements
Gade Valley Primary School have one Nursery class - Monday to Friday 8.50am until 11.50am. The hours are term time only. The school dates are published on our website.
Nursery Tours 2020
Wednesday 26th February - 9.30am
Friday 28th February - 11.00am
Wednesday 4th March - 10.00am
Wednesday 11th March - 9.30am
Your child is eligible to apply for a Reception Class place if they were born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.
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 2020
Apply online from - 4th November 2019
Deadline - 15th January 2020
Allocation Day - 16th April 2020
Continuing Interest Applications Open 16-22 April 2020
Last Date for Accepting the Place Offered 30 April 2020
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.