Admissions to Reception – September 2019 – Message from Essex County Council

If you are a parent who has not been offered their first preference, please take a look at the video link below which may help you to better understand the post-offer process:


Children are normally admitted to school at the beginning of the school year in which they become five. It is quite usual for a Reception Class to contain some children who became 5 just as they started school and some children who will not be 5 until they are almost ready to begin Year 1. At Runwell, all children are admitted at the beginning of the Autumn Term in the year in which they turn 5.

Applications for admission to Runwell Community Primary School should be made through Essex County Council’s Planning and Admissions Department, preferably online. For new Reception children there is an application window with published opening and closing dates. All other applications for admission can be made at any time.

Website:  http://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Admissions/Pages/Admissions.aspx

E.mail:  admissions@essex.gov.uk

Telephone:  0345 603 2200

If you have been refused a place at Runwell Community Primary School and you would like to stay on our waiting list, please complete the Continued Interest Application Form available via the link below and return it to us. We will hold the form until the end of the academic year. If you wish to remain on our waiting list in the new academic year, you will need to submit a new form.

Continued Interest Form

Preparation for School

You are welcome to arrange a visit to the school at any time should you wish to do so. Outside of this there are a variety activities and induction sessions prior to your child starting school:

  • Visits to view the school in action
  • Reception Staff visits to local Pre Schools and Playgroups
  • Formal induction sessions in the Summer term prior to admission, incorporating parent information and the opportunity for your child to spend time in school with Reception staff
  • Home visits from Reception staff at the start of the Autumn Term

For admission to the school from September 2015 the following applies:

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

1. Looked After Children;
2. Children living in the priority admission area of the school with a sibling attending the school at the time of application and admission;
3. Children living in the priority admission area of the school;
4. Children living outside the priority admission area of the school with a sibling attending the school at the time of application and admission;
5. Remaining applications.

Exceptional medical circumstances (supported by medical evidence) or special personal circumstances relating to the child which necessitate attendance at Runwell Community Primary School (supporting written evidence will be required from a professional e.g. social worker) may override the above (other than Looked After Children and children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs) at the discretion of the School Admissions Committee.

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. Where the comparison and calculation of distance is the same for more than one application, any remaining places will be randomly allocated. Published Admission Number is currently 60.

Thank You.


We opened a Nursery class (N2) in September 2017 for children with their 4th birthday between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 (DOB 01.09.13 – 31.08.14). We admitted some younger 3 year olds in January 2018. Further information can be found on our Classes / Nursery page. Please download, complete and return an application form if you would like your child to be added to our waiting list. You will also need to let us have a copy of your child’s birth certificate and some proof of residence, eg council tax bill.

Admissions guidance note
Admission Policy 2016-17
Admission Policy 2017-2018
Admission Policy 2019-2020
Admission Policy 2020-2021