Admissions Policy


‘From small beginnings come great things’ The Parable of the Mustard Seed  

Matthew 13: 31-32 


Our aims are:


  • To serve the needs of the local community regardless of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender, religion, belief / non-belief or background.
  • To ensure access and entitlement to the benefits of high quality child centered Nursery education on a fair and equitable basis, for children and families in our local community.
  • To establish an admissions policy governed by clearly defined criteria that may be articulated to parents and other professionals.
  • To ensure, as far as possible, that all children who gain a place will fully benefit from their Nursery education with us, their needs being fully met, whilst we make the very best of our available resources.
 Admission to the school is in accordance with the published admissions criteria for Buckinghamshire County Council maintained schools.
Admissions to the Nursery

Our Nursery has provision for 12 places for children aged 3 plus, in either morning or afternoon sessions. This provision is made up of a mixture of 30 hour and 15 hour funded places. Children will be eligible to attend Nursery if their fourth birthday falls in the academic year 1st September to 31st August.  All children will attend the Nursery class the term after they are three.


An application for a place in the Nursery may be made on or after the child’s first birthday, however places are not allocated on the basis of when applications are made. The closing date for applications to be considered in the first round of allocations will be in January each year, in line with the Bucks CC closing date for main school applications. This will vary slightly each year but will be published on our website.


Applying for a place in Cadmore End Nursery Class


In the Spring term prior to the academic year children would be due to start the Nursery Class, the school will write to parents offering their child a place for term after they turn 3 years. Once the place has been accepted, parents will be invited to an induction meeting and to a visit to the Nursery for their child – these will take place the term before they start.


Parents who have been unsuccessful in gaining a place for their child may keep their child’s name on a waiting list in case a place is available at a later date.


Late Applications

Late applications will only be considered alongside timely applications in exceptional circumstances and only if they are received prior to the place allocation being made. Examples of exceptional circumstances include where a single parent has been ill or has been dealing with the death or serious illness of a close relative.  Other circumstances will be considered and each case will be decided on the basis of any independent evidence to support reasons for lateness.


 Opening times

The nursery offers both 30 hour and 15 hour a week places.


The 30 hour a week places run from 8:50am -3.00pm Monday to Friday.


The 15 hour a week places run from 8:50am – 11:50am or 12.00 – 3.00pm Monday to Friday. In the term after a child’s third birthday they will be entitled to a free 15 hours a week place.


There is also a breakfast and after-school club available at an additional charge. 


The entitlement for a 30 hour a week place is as follows:

Both parents will earn, on average, equivalent to 16 hours per week at minimum wage or higher, or one parent in single parent households


  • Parent’s individual salary must be less than £100,000
  • Parents will be able to apply for both Tax-Free Childcare and the 30 hour entitlement through a joint application system being developed by HMRC
  • Parents are also able to pay for the additional 15 hours if they request a 30 hour place but are not eligible. (Please see ‘Nursery Additional hours contract’ for details of pricing.)The school will prioritise up to 8 full time places for children (either due to eligibility or self-funded) and will allocate these using the criteria below. Once the full time places available have been allocated the part time places will be offered under the same criteria. 


If you are not entitled to the additional 15 hours, you can pay for these hours half a term in advance.  


If the number of applications exceeds the number of places then once children who already hold a statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan have been allocated places, the remaining places will be allocated in the following order:


 Admissions Criteria

  1. Looked after and previously looked after children
  2. Children who have exceptional medical or social needs supported by written evidence form an appropriate professions
  3. Children wishing to take up the full entitlement of 30 hours per week (up to a maximum of 22 children)
  4. Children living within the catchment area of the school (see appendix 1) with a sibling link  at our school Year R –Year 5 at the time when the allocations are made.
  5. Children living within the catchment area of the school
  6. Children out of catchment area with siblings in our school Year R – Year 5 at the time when the allocations are made.
  7. Once the above rules have been applied then any further places will be offered in distance order, using the distance between the child’s Normal Home Address and the school’s nearest open entrance gate. We use a computerised system to measure the straight line distance* then offer the closest to the gate first
  8. Where one place remains and the next two applicants are equal distance from the school, a random allocation will be made. This applies to all cases, including flats and apartments, where addresses are equidistant.

If we are unable to offer the place initially requested in the first round of allocations we may be able to offer a substitute place in the second round; for example if all the morning places are full but the afternoon places are not, we will offer afternoon places in the second round of allocations, to those who failed to secure a morning place in the first round.



Admission to Nursery does not entitle children to a place in the main school – this is a separate admission procedure administered by Bucks County Council.