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Ponsbourne St Mary's C of E Primary School

Love to Learn, Learn to Love

Nursery admissions



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As a Voluntary Controlled nursery and primary school, Ponsbourne St. Mary’s C of E VC Primary School allocates Nursery places in accordance with the County Council’s published admission criteria.


Ponsbourne St. Mary’s is a small village primary school which admits up to 12 children into each year group. Children are normally admitted into the nursery class in the September following their third birthday and move on to primary school (Reception) the next September.


Parents receive an information leaflet from Herts County Council around the January/February before their child is due to start Nursery, giving details of how to apply for a Nursery place. The lists used by the County are those of the local health authority and there can occasionally be errors or omissions, often due to people moving house. If you do not receive a pack please let us know or visit the website to register your child’s details. We are very happy to show you around our school and answer any questions you may have.


Attending the nursery does not guarantee a place in the main school and parents will need to apply directly to Hertfordshire County Council for a primary school place. An application pack for a primary school place will usually be sent to parents by Herts County Council in the October/November following your child’s admission to a nursery.


Parents are encouraged to apply online for a nursery place and we will allocate places in accordance with the County’s published admission criteria, as set out below:-


 Hertfordshire County Council’s oversubscription criteria for maintained nursery schools and classes for the school year 2017/18 

Children with a Statement of Special Educational which names the school will be allocated a place in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996. Schools must also admit children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school. 

Parents may state their preference as to which nursery class, school or centre they would like their child to attend in the years leading up to the child’s fifth birthday. 

If there are fewer applications than places available at a school all applicants will be admitted. 

If there are not enough places available, places will be allocated in the following order of priority. 


Oversubscription criteria 

a) Children looked after and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order)*. 


b) A child ‘at risk’ (or the sibling of a child ‘at risk’) who is the subject of an inter-agency child protection plan. 


c) Other applicants where the following criteria are considered to determine priorities: 


1) Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school. 


2) Children who have a sibling at the school or linked school at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age-range of the school*. 


Note: the ‘normal age range’ is the designated range for which the school provides. 

3) Any other children. 


If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule to those children. 

Tie break 

If more children qualify under criterion 2 than there are places available, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the nursery as measured in a straight line. Where there is a need for a tie break where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example, the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be random. 


*The same definitions apply as outlined in the explanatory notes in the county council’s schemes of coordination.