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Admissions - Early Years & In-Year


Due to current events, unfortunately we are not able to have our usual open mornings for those families  wishing to apply for Nursery or Reception places.

We are offering out of hours tour to meet some of our team and see our school grounds/classrooms. Please contact the school office if you wish to arrange a visit.
Reception Applications
The deadline for applications to Reception (for September2022) is Saturday 15 January 2022. 
An Under 11s Leaflet for 2022 was sent in November to Hertfordshire residents whose children are born between 01/09/2017 and 31/08/2018.
Parents should apply online at
Alternatively if they cannot access the internet, they can request a printed version of the website information and application form from the Hertfordshire County Council Customer Service Centre by calling 0300 123 4043.


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This video offers a small glimpse into life at Spellbrook. If you have any questions about our school or would like to arrange a visit please contact the school office on 01279 723204.

Early Years Admissions

Here at Spellbrook Church of England Primary School (VC) we have an Early Years  Foundation Class which admits nursery aged children as ‘rising fours’.  Admissions for nursery pupils are managed through the school with allocations made in accordance with Hertfordshire County Council guidelines. Enquiries should be made directly to the school by contacting the school office on 01279 723024.  

Early Years Free Childcare Entitlement (For Nursery)

We currently offer 15 free hours entitlement per week based on five mornings, for those turning four years in the school year. 

Session times are: 9:00am - 12:00pm

We also have availability to extend these hours if your child attends the full week. We are able to offer an additional hour for lunch and up to 30 hours entitlement. The extended hours can be supported by the Government '30 hours free child care' or be paid charged at our hourly rate of £5.24. To check if you could be entitled to additional nursery hours please check eligibility with the government website.

Please be advised that additional hours need to be agreed in advance with the Early Years team and to use the government 30 hours we need to have your valid code before the deadline. 

Those children staying for lunch time will be allowed to bring a home packed lunch or be able to purchase a school dinner from Herts Catering Limited at a cost of £2.40.

Session times for extended hours:

9:00am - 1:00pm (Includes lunch time)

9:00am - 3:00pm (full day)

Please do ask our office staff for the latest availability. 

Parents may find useful the booklet; Hertfordshire Early Education and Free Childcare Handbook. 

Reception and In Year Admissions

All Reception aged children start school in September in line with Hertfordshire County Council admissions arrangements. Hertfordshire County Council manages all  applications for Reception and In-Year admission enquiries for our school.  Please contact us for details or visit  (Acceptance into our early years class (nursery) does not guarantee a Reception place).

We are the Church school associated with Great St. Mary's in Sawbridgeworth and children who  reside in the parish of Great St. Mary’s, Sawbridgeworth and  the nearby town of Bishops Stortford usually make up our school roll.  Children residing in neighbouring Essex and within reasonable distance of the school are very welcome to apply. Our policy on admissions follows the admission criteria outlined by Hertfordshire County Council.

The regulations for entry to schools, where the Admissions Authority is the Local  Authority (LA) are published annually. The LA publishes a composite admissions prospectus each year, which gives information about how parents can apply for a place in the school of their choice. Parents have a right to express a preference for the school of their choice and they should do so on the application form. Expressing a preference does not, in itself, guarantee a place at this school.

For updated information on admissions (including appeals), please visit the official County Council website: or phone Hertfordshire County Council customer helpline on 0300 123 4043

Hertfordshire County Council has determined it admission arrangements for 2019/20.

Details of all Hertfordshire County Council’s and Own Admitting Authority schools arrangements are available on the HCC website.


If you have an admission enquiry or would like to view the school, please telephone the school on (01279) 723204 to make an appointment.