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Starting a new school is a huge step for any child, whether it is their first time, or they are moving from another school. Great Waltham School prides itself on the supportive and caring attitude that both staff and pupils have towards each other and this helps new children settle quickly into school life. We aim to ensure that starting with us is as stress free as possible, for both children and their carers.

Our admissions process is handled directly by Essex County Council Admissions. 

If your child is already of school age and you are moving from outside the area you will need to complete a “mid year” application form and submit this to Essex County Council Admissions. Click here to apply.

To determine whether you live in our catchment area please click the link here which will take you to a “Catchment Area Finder” where you simply need to type in your postcode.

If you have any concerns or queries about your child starting with us, please contact the school office staff who will be pleased to help you.

Once you have been offered a place at Great Waltham School, we will contact you during the term prior to your child starting with us to arrange a series of induction days, and meetings for parents and carers.

Admissions Policy for Reception Applications:

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 and previously looked after children (as defined in the Primary Education in Essex 2021/2022 booklet);

2. Children with a sibling attending the school;

3. Children living in the priority admission area;

4. 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.

For information regarding admission appeals please contact the LA by following the link here.