Reception Admissions

Do you have a child starting school in September 2022?

Here is the St James’ Prospectus, which will give you a taste of how fantastic our school is!

St James’ CofE Primary School Prospectus

How do I make an application for a place at St James’ CofE Primary School?

  • Online applications can be made for a Reception school place between 9 November 2021 and 15 January 2022.  The statutory national closing date for applications is 15 January 2022.
  • All applications received after 15 January 2022 will be treated as late and will only be processed after all the on-time applications.
  • You are less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools if you apply late.
  • National Offer Day is 19th April 2022.Primary school places - Essex County CouncilPlease see full details of our admission arrangements below (See Admissions Policy).

Essex Admissions Portal – click here to begin your application

Essex CC Primary Schools Brochure 2022 to 2023 – to view all the different school in Essex

St James’ CofE Primary School Supplementary Information Form – complete this if you have additional information to support your application and hand into the School Office

St James’ CofE Primary School Admissions Policy – this shows parents how we allocate spaces

Secondary School Applications

How do I apply for a Secondary School Place?

If your child is in Year 6 and you want to apply for a Year 7 place in Secondary School:

  • Online applications can be made for a Year 3 place between 10th September 2021 and 31st October 2021.  The statutory national closing date for applications is 31st October 2021.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • National Offer Day is 1st March 2022.

For those parents whose children are moving up to Secondary please see the links to our local secondary schools:








How do I make an Appeal against a decision on where my child will be attending school?

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you can appeal against the decision.  To find out more information go to the Essex Admissions appeals website.

For children starting infant, junior or primary school from September 2021 the timetable for Appeals is as follows:

DateWhat happens
19 April 2022National Offer Day – parents informed of outcome of application
18 May 2022Deadline for submitting appeals
June – 21 July 2022Appeals heard for those submitted by the deadline and where possible, for late appeals (last day of term: 21 July 2022)
September 2022 onwardsAppeals heard for any appeals not heard before 21 July 2022
Map of the St James’ CofE Primary Admissions area:

Mid-Year Admissions

Mid Year Admissions:

Please phone the school to enquire about any spaces in year groups.

As of the the 1st April 2022, all Mid-Year Applications should be made directly to the School.  Either contact the Office on 01279 432459 or email and they will be happy to help!

Induction Process

Schools may offer a part time induction process over a period of three days to four weeks to support children’s transition into school.

We have decided that this is best practice, and have found that this supports a successful and happy transition for children into their new school.

If offered a place at the school, an induction meeting will be arranged with a senior member of staff, who will be happy to provide a tour of the school with your child, provide parents with lots of information about the school and give parents the opportunity to share information about their child to ensure their child’s transition into their new school will be as smooth as possible.

All parents/carers will then be provided with a ‘staggered induction timetable’ on how their child will transition into school.

Mid Year Application Form

Mid Year Application Form (Word Version)