Our Admissions Policy can be found in Virtual School Office.

At John Ray Infant School children are admitted at the beginning of the Autumn term.

We have a phased transition over the first two weeks so that all children can be given sufficient support and attention to settle in gradually.

Our Foundation Stage provision will take account of the fact that our children with Spring and Summer birthdays are still very young.  If the school feels that the child is not developmentally ready to start full time then a phased programme can be established.

Admissions Procedure

Each school has a published "number intended to admit" and we are obliged to accept children up to our physical capacity.  This has been set at 120 pupils in the Reception Year.  Should our applications exceed the number of places available places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:

  1. Looked After Children;
  2. Children with a sibling attending the school or the partner junior school;
  3. Children living in the priority area.
  4. Remaining applications.


Following the consultation, the proposal to expand our school was approved.  The number admitted each year is now 120.

Application for Places

In the year prior to your child starting school you will receive a Common Application form (CAF) by post.  These forms are sent out in the autumn term.

Complete the Common Application Form (CAF) and return it to the LA (Planning and Provision Service, PO Box 4261, County Hall, Chelmsford CM1 1GS) by the closing date.  Contact details, 0845 603 2200,

The Local Authority will inform parents of their place at a school in April.