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Reception Admissions

In order for your child to be admitted to school, parents should complete a school application form and provide proof of their child’s date of birth. A formal application for entry to primary school from Staffordshire County Council is then sent out in the autumn term of the school year before your child is five years old. Your child is then admitted in September preceding his/her fifth birthday. Parents may apply for places at anytime after this date if vacancies exist.

It is intended that the Published Admission Number (PAN) of pupils to be admitted to this school at the normal age of entry will not exceed 30. Admissions are administered by Staffordshire County Council. If the number of applications for admission, including second and third preferences, exceeds the school’s PAN, places will be allocated in accordance with the oversubscription criteria and the following order of priority will apply:

1. Relevant Looked After Children
2. Pupils who satisfy both of the following tests: Test 1 – medical grounds Test 2 – they would suffer hardship if unable to attend
3. Pupils who have an elder sibling in attendance at the school and who will still be attending the school at the proposed admission date
4. Pupils living within the catchment area of the school                                                                                                                                  5. Other children arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the school, determined by a straight-line measurement as calculated by the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.

Where it is not possible to accommodate all children applying for places within a particular category then the Local Authority will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. If for instance, all the catchment area children cannot be
accommodated at a school, children who are resident within the catchment area will be arranged in order of priority according to the remaining criteria.

Further information regarding admissions can be found on Staffordshire County Council’s Website.  Here you can find out about our school’s admission arrangements through the local authority.

Reception Admissions Arrangements 2021-22

Proposed Changes to Admissions Arrangements for Academic Year 2022-2023 for Nursery/Reception

Nursery Admission Arrangements September 2021

Children will be admitted to the Nursery Class for their ‘Nursery Year’ in the September following their third birthday. Many children begin their school journey in this way and the impact an early start has can be very positive both academically and socially!

Applications for September 2021 intake will open on 1st September 2020 until 26th March 2021. Offer letters will be posted to parent/carers on 23rd April 2021, please confirm your acceptance of the place by 10th May 2021. All applications should be delivered to Birches First School Office marked Nursery Admissions 2021. An application form can be found at the bottom of this page.

You can contact the school office to register your child’s details with us in advance and we will contact you when it is time for applications to be made. A Registration of Interest form can be found at the bottom of this page. If you would like to visit the school before making your decision, please call the school office to arrange a mutually convenient time. 

What does Birches First School Nursery offer? Please click here.  (Please note that this offer and information enclosed relates to our pre and post Covid arrangements. Please see bottom of page for current, alternative arrangements in line with Government guidance for schools during the Covid pandemic).

Please contact our school office and we will be able to answer any questions and guide you through the admissions process.

Please note all applications for places must be made directly to the school office and should be received within the timescales listed above. To see the admissions criteria for this please see the attachments below or call in and ask for a paper copy in the school office.

Nursery Admissions Policy 2020-21

Nursery Application Form – to be returned to Birches First School office

Registration of Interest Form 

Nursery Overview – What we offer

Mid-year admissions or children joining after Reception

If you would like to move your child to join us at Birches mid year please see information as to how do this here.

Nursery arrangements in line with Covid-19 guidance.

Session times –

Mornings only  – 8.30am-11.30am (15 hours provision) 

30 hours provision –  8.30am – 11.30am 12pm-3pm

We do offer lunchtime care 11.30am-12.15pm as an add on to the morning session should parents wish to make use of this provision.(£6.00 daily)

Wraparound care (additional afternoon session) charged at £16.50 daily. 

Before and after school care are available to Nursery children – please view details here Birches Club and Wraparound Care.