Hatfield Peverel Infant School

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Hatfield Peverel Infant and Nursery School is a community school run by the Local Authority and as such, Essex County Council deal with all aspects of admission to the school. The School’s Standard Number for entry into each year group is 60 pupils  and all admissions are dealt with by Essex County Council so please contact them directly for any inquiry about availability of places. Parents will need to apply for a nursery place through Essex County Council and then again for a place in reception. There is no longer a guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admissions area, and no guarantee of a place in the school if your child has a place in the nursery. If the number of applications exceeds the standard number, places will be allocated in the following order:

  • Children Looked After

  • Children with a brother or sister attending the school or the partner junior school

  • Children living in the priority admissions area

  • Remaining applications

  • Statemented children receive their school of choice

We arrange open days for prospective parents who are welcome to visit the school. Please telephone the school for availability and dates or to make an appointment to speak with the headteacher.

If you are lucky enough to be awarded a place you will be invited to a New Intake Meeting during the summer term prior to your child’s admission the following September. As part of the school admission process, you will need to complete a school admission form which the school office staff will be pleased to help you with. The information on this form includes essential starting information and emergency contact details to ensure your child is safely cared for while with us. You are asked to complete and return the admission form BEFORE your child is able to start school. During the term before starting school, children are invited to meet their new teachers and to experience one or two aspects of daily life in school. Details of these induction visits will be advertised in a personal letter to you and your child nearer the time. All children joining the school in their Reception year (the year in which they become 5 years of age) will enjoy the benefits of sharing our Foundation Stage facilities. This area of the school is dedicated to the needs of younger pupils with staffing, resources and activities matched to their personal development. There is a higher adult to child ratio than in later years at the school.

The School admits all pupils FULL TIME in September. All Reception children attend for half days only during the first week or so of the school year, in order to help them to adjust gradually to changes in their routine. Teaching staff from the Foundation Stage classes will be available for individual family appointments during this time to enable you to get to know us and for us to get to know you really well to aid this important time for your child: appointment times will be available for booking on our Transition Morning.

N.B. In the cases of pupils leaving to join other schools or arriving from other schools at other times in the school year, we send on or request individual records and ensure that any special transition arrangements which may be needed are put into place as early as possible e.g. additional visits by pupils or staff and specific programmes or activities for pupils with additional needs.

Deferred Entry:

We follow the Essex county council policy/guidelines. 

Any request for deferral would be treated individually, however at Hatfield Peverel we would not ordinarily defer entry unless there is a medical reason supported by a specialist view.