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Information on applying for a school place

We are very pleased to welcome you and your child to Ghyllgrove Community Infant School!


Starting school is an exciting and important stage in your child's development.  We want your child to be happy, confident and independent and will do our best to support them in this.


Ghyllgrove is a happy and successful school.  Our aim is to work in close co-operation with you.  We share the same responsibility with you, for educating your child academically, socially and morally.  We also share your expectation that your child will be encouraged to achieve a level of excellence in every aspect of the curriculum.


Looking for a place in 2017-18?

If you would like your child to start in Reception for September 2017 the closing date for applying to Essex County Council is 15th January 2017.  Applications can be made from 14th November 2016.  This is for parents of children born during the period 1st September 2012 to 31st August 2013.


We do hold 'Open Days' for those looking for a Reception place for their child.  If you would like to come and visit us please make an appointment by ringing the school office to book on a tour.  The Headteacher will conduct tours of the school during the day for small groups.  We feel it is important for prospective parents to experience the school in action.  Unfortunately we cannot accommodate individual tours for the Reception intake.  If there are special circumstances for a child please make us aware and we will be happy to arrange to discuss these with you fully.


If you require a place for your child mid-year in any year group please contact Essex County Council to apply for a place and to arrange a visit to the school.


Applications for Reception places must be made to the Local Authority at:

Essex County Council

County Hall

Market Road


Essex      CM1 1QH

email -

telephone no. - 0345 603 2200


Admissions Policy

There is a Nursery within the school and applications for the Nursery must be made directly to the school.

Children start in Reception at the beginning of the academic year (Sept) during which they will be 5 years old.


The priorities for admission are:-


 Children living within the catchment area.


 Children with siblings in Ghyllgrove Community Infant School.


 Children with siblings in Ghyllgrove Community Junior School.


 Distance from school.



Please see the Prospectus for further information.