Admission to Valence Primary School

EYFS Virtual Tour

You can view a quick virtual tour of our Early Year areas at Valence below.

September 2021 Admissions

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, they can start school in September, there is still time and you can apply.

You can apply by visiting

It’s important to know that getting your child a place at school is not an automatic process, so you still have to apply, even if they are already at a school nursery or they have a brother or sister at that school.

If you need to apply, head to the school admissions page now.

You can also watch the video below to help you through the process.

If you require any help with the process contact the School Admissions team.

Telephone: 020 8215 3004

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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.

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.

Further admissions information

The above information is a guide for parents and carers of children looking for admission to Valence Primary School, our local authority decides our admissions. For more details on the admissions arrangements visit the Barking and Dagenham Schools Admissions page on the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham website - (opens in new window).

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