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Admissions at St Luke's

We now have a single intake. All children who will be 5 years old during the academic year starting 1st September will start school full time.  Our admissions policy can be found in the Schools Admission Policies Directory which is published each year by Essex County Council. 


Applications for an EYFS or Reception school place

All parents must complete an on line application form regardless of whether you are in our catchment or not.  Offers of places will be sent out at the beginning of April. No schools are able to offer places directly to parents.


Your child’s birthday

When they can start school

1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019

Starts in the 2023 to 2024 academic year

- apply from November 2022

1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020

Starts in the 2024 to 2025 academic year

- apply from November 2023

1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021

Starts in the 2025 to 2026 academic year

- apply from November 2024


Moving from a different school (all years except EYFS)

You can apply to change your child's school during the school year. This is called a mid-year admission.


Your child is not guaranteed a place at your preferred school. You should not remove your child from their school before you have received another offer.


We recommend that you:

  • speak to your child's current teacher or headteacher before applying to another school
  • contact the school if you are interested before making a decision


Before you apply

  • If you are moving to a new house, you need to provide proof of your new address with your application.
  • If your child is due to start primary school and has an EHCP they will be allocated a school place by the Statutory Assessment Service. Visit Essex Local Offer for more information about the service.
  • If your child is being assessed for an EHCP, you should still apply through the normal round of admissions.



Apply for a primary school mid-year admission

Essex Local Authority handle our process and you will need to apply online.


Offers for primary school places

We will work with Essex to obtain an outcome of your application within 15 school days (excluding school holidays) of you submitting it. In some cases, it may take longer.

Essex Local Authority will send you a letter as soon as soon as they know the outcome of your application. Please note that you may not receive your letter within 15 school days.

Admission arrangements

Essex Local Authority are the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools in Essex. This means that Essex Local Authority set the admission arrangements for our school.


The admission arrangements sets out how schools admit pupils and includes:

  • the published admission number
  • the oversubscription criteria
  • information on waiting list


Objection to school admission arrangements

You can contact the schools adjudicator if you think the determined arrangements for 2023-2024 are unfair and do not comply with the School Admissions Code or Admissions regulations.


Visit GOV.UK to find out how to make an objection.