Admission to Valence Primary School

Starting  School 

Children can start in the nursery once they are three years old. Admittance is based on available places. The Bonham and St Georges nurseries each admit 39 children in the morning and 39 children in the afternoon. Each session is for three hours. Applications are made for a specific site nursery, however if places are available on the opposite site, children on the waiting list will be given the option to take up that place.

Procedures for admittance to the nursery

Parents are invited to place their child on the waiting list the year before they are due to start school. The waiting list opens in October and closes in March the following year. Parents complete a form which is obtained either from the school office. The completed form is then returned to the school office, where you will be asked to present documentary evidence confirming identity and proof of address.

The places are allocated once the list has closed using the same criteria as for admittance to the main school i.e

1. Children with brothers or sisters currently in the school.

2. Children who live closest to the school.

Parents are informed at the end of May beginning of June if they have been allocated a place.

We also offer an all day Nursery Provision, please make enquiries at the school office for more information. 

Admission to the nursery is not a guarantee of a place in reception.

Procedures for admittance to reception

Children are admitted to reception in the academic year that they will be five years old.

The school applies the local Education Authority’s admission policy. The Local Education Authority has set procedures for allocating Reception places. Admission to Reception classes is entirely their responsibility.  The road to learning booklet is published by the borough and updated every year.  

Parents who are interested in their child starting at our school are welcome to contact the office who will be happy to arrange a visit, give a tour of the school and facilities available and answer any questions.

Should there be more applicants than places available, then the local authority will apply the following criteria:-

1. Children with brothers or sisters currently in the school.

2. Children who live closest to the school.

Hard copies of the information published on our website is available free of charge. Please contact the office for further information.