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Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School

Applying for a school place at Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School

Please be aware that we are currently full in all year groups and hold a waiting list for each year group as well. If you move into our catchment area, you will not automatically get a place for your child(ren). If you are moving house, you are strongly advised to check whether there are school places in any of the local schools. You can check your catchment school here. https://secureapps.essex.gov.uk/cas/Priority-Admissions-(Catchment)-Area.aspx

See below for the formal admissions arrangements

Admissions Arrangements

Published admission number: 60 pupils

The Academy's admission arrangements are detailed within the following policies, which can be accessed here:

  • Admissions for 2022-23
  • Admissions for 2023-24
  • Admissions for 2024-25

Children will be admitted into Foundation Stage at the start of the Academic Year of their fifth birthday.  The Local Authority co-ordinates the school's applications for the normal admissions round and further information can be found at Essex Schools Admissions. This means that parents need only complete one application form that is submitted to the local authority planning and admissions office.  There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority catchment area. In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the following criteria:

  1. Looked after children: A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order including those who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Where the child has a sibling attending the Academy: A relevant sibling is a child who has a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister or stepbrother or stepsister living in the same family unit, in the same family household and address, who attends the preferred school in any year group excluding the final year.
  3. Children living within the priority admissions area.   
  4.  Remaining applications

In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to the academy, those living closest being given highest priority.

Parents are welcome to visit the school by arrangement with the Head of School when they move into the area or if they wish to see round the school prior to making a decision about their child's education. 

Mid- Year Admissions

Mid-year applications (sometimes called in-year applications) are any application for a school place made to a year group, apart from September admissions to Reception.  All mid-year applications should be made directly to the academy, using the mid-year application form available on the website below and / or from the school office. The completed forms and proof of address should be returned to the school office, either by hand or by email to admissions@newlandsspring.essex.sch.uk. It is always a good idea to to contact the school to discuss an mid-year application as well as completing the form.

For applications into existing year groups, a place will be offered when the number of pupils in the relevant year group is below the admission number for that year group. If it has not been possible to offer you a place, you do have the right of appeal against non-admission.

We will inform you of the outcome of your mid-year application in writing (via email) within 15 school days.

Please note: if a mid-year application is received during a school holiday period, we will respond as soon as possible when the school reopens.

Further information on in-year applications and appeals may be found in the admission policies and on the Essex County Council website (www.essex.gov.uk/admissions)

Admission to Nursery

If you would like your child to attend our nursery school, please click here for further information and details of our arrangements.


Parents can appeal against the academy's decision not to offer their child a place at the academy. 

The academy has established arrangements for appeals against non-admission which will include an independent element. Appeals should be lodged with Essex County Council within 20 school days of the refusal letter. 

Appeals Timetable

Deadline for Submitting an Appeal Form
Appeals should be lodged with Essex County Council within 20 school days of the refusal letter.
  • For children starting primary school from September 2023: the deadline to lodge an appeal with Essex County Council is 17 May 2023
  • To lodge an appeal online click here
Appeal Hearing
You will receive a letter with the appeal hearing date and time within 30 days for mid-year appeals and 40 days for normal admission round appeals after an appeal has been lodged.  At least 10 school days notice will be given of the appeal hearing date and time.
  • For children starting primary school from September 2023: appeals will be heard between 6 June and 19 July 2023 for those that submittted by the deadline and where possible, for late appeals.  Appeals not heard before 21st July 2023 (the lasty day of term) will be heard from September 2023 onwards.
Appeal Decision
The appeal panels decision is communicated to parents in writing. This is usually within 5 school days of the appeal hearing. However this may take longer during the summer term.

For more information on the appeals process and / or to lodge an appeal visit https://www.essex.gov.uk/after-your-school-offer/appeals

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