Primary admission guidance

Starting school is one of the most important events in any child's life.

At this time, parents are naturally concerned and want to do the best for their child, but many feel uncertain about what to do. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for parents to understand the procedures involved. Most parents prefer their children to go to the local school and a place can nearly always be found for them without difficulty. Sometimes, however, parents prefer a school outside their own area but may find that all the places have to be allocated to local children. Inevitably therefore, some parents have to be disappointed. Our admissions booklet contains all the information parents need to understand the arrangements for the admission of children to Herefordshire primary schools.

It explains the rules and procedures the council has to follow to ensure that the system works as fairly as possible. It is particularly important when more parents apply for a particular school than there are places available.

In the admissions booklet, you will find information about:

  • How admission arrangements work, the admissions timetable for the 2018/19 school year and the available options
  • Details of all maintained schools in the county, including the number of children that can be admitted to each primary school in the 2018/19 school year
  • Information about Church of England, Roman Catholic, foundation and academy schools and what you have to do to apply to them

Staff in the council's children's well-being directorate offer a friendly and efficient service to parents and also provide an additional important notes leaflet to highlight the points parents need to bear in mind when applying for a primary school place.

If you need any further assistance, please contact the council's school admissions team at or contact the following members of the primary admissions team:

  • Emma Turner, Admissions officer - reception intake 01432 260926
  • Lisa Hince, Admissions officer - reception intake 01432 261574

Before you apply

Please download and read the following documents before making an application for a primary school place:

Exceptional circumstances

If you are applying for a place on the grounds of exceptional circumstances, medical, social or compassionate reasons, your request for a place on these grounds must be supported by documentation from a professionally qualified independent source. This should set out the reasons why the school in question is the only one suitable and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend any another school. If no supporting professionally qualified independent evidence is submitted this will not be considered. Applications on such grounds will be considered by an appointed advisory panel. If you are applying for this criteria and the school that you are applying for is either, Voluntary Aided, Foundation or Academy Schools you will need to see if this priority is in their admissions criteria. And you will need to send your supporting documentation directly to this school. If you are applying on these grounds for a school in another authority you will need to check with them if this priority is in their admissions criteria and what supporting information is required.

National guidance

You can also find more information on the following national sites: