Admissions

We are always pleased to welcome new pupils. Simply telephone the school office to arrange a visit and we will organise a tour of the school with two of our current pupils and a chat with Mr Flitman.

Click here to open the Essex County Council school admission webpage and either download an application form or apply online. If you have any other queries, contact Planning & Admissions at Essex County Council on 0845 603 2200

For pupils wishing to transfer during the academic year, complete a primary mid-year application form.

For pupils wishing to transfer from infant school in September, the information is available from the Essex County Council website from the beginning of November the previous year, and applications must be received by mid January of the admission year.

Arrangements for children transferring from infant school

Wickford Junior School receives the majority of our pupils from Wickford Infant School and Wickford Church of England Infants School, although we also take pupils from a range of other schools.

Parents of new entrants are invited to a meeting in the Autumn term before their child’s admission to find out about our school and are invited to have a tour of the school during a working day. Parents receive an application form from Essex County Council which should be completed and returned to the local authority by the January. The authority then write to parents during the first week of May to confirm at which school their child has been offered a place.

A second meeting for parents is held in the summer term to explain school procedures.The school holds a welcome tea in the autumn term for new parents.

Whilst a special programme is arranged for children during the term prior to their transfer, liaison between Infant pupils and the Junior School begins much earlier with opportunities for children to visit the Juniors to share assemblies, productions and curriculum events.

There are links between the Infants and Juniors to develop an awareness of each others’ policies and practices and to encourage curriculum continuity and progression.

Year 3 classes are compiled in consultation with Year 2 Infant teachers, to ensure thatchildren are allocated to classes to best meet their academic, behavioural and social needs.

During the year prior to entry, the school holds a design and technology afternoon in the Autumn term and a transition day and meet the teacher morning in the Summer term. These are designed to ensure that children are comfortable with their new surroundings from day one in their new school.

Arrangements for children with Special Needs

In addition to the provision outlined above, parents of children with specific needs are invited to a meeting well in advance of their child joining the school to ensure appropriate support is fully in place. For children with Statements or EHC plans, our SENCo attends the final review at infant school to again ensure that adequate transitional visits and additional support is fully in place before joining our school.

Admissions Policy

There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area. In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated (by Essex County Counil) using the following criteria in the order given:

1. Looked After Children;

2. children with a sibling attending the school or The Wickford Infant School or Wickford Church of England School;

3. children living in the priority admission area attending The Wickford Infant School or Wickford Church of England School;

4. other children attending Wickford Infant School or Wickford Church of England School

5. other children living in the priority admission area

6. remaining applications.

In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority. Exceptional medical circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above criteria (other than Looked After Children).

Agreement for children living in the priority admission area

The LA may, in exceptional circumstances, offer places above the published admission number (during and after the normal time of admission): if the journey to the next nearest school with a space is not reasonable in terms of distance, accessibility or cost.

Priority Admission Area Map

There is an appeals procedure available to parents who are refused admission, details of which are available from the Area Education Office.