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School Admissions

Children start primary school in the school year in which they reach the age of five.  Children officially start their primary school education when they enter a reception year class.

All children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 will start school in September 2022.  The online admissions forms for the Reception and Year 3 intakes for September 2022 are available between 14th September 2021 and 15th January 2022. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2022.  Parents will be advised of the outcome of their applications on 19th April 2022.  Our current pupil admission number per year group is 120.

It is the responsibility of parents to apply for a school place at the correct times. You will not receive any letters from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to inform you that you must apply for your child’s school place however, early years settings and general marketing is in place to ensure parents are alerted.

Applications are not treated on a "first come first served" basis and are processed according to the published determined admission arrangements.  We strongly recommend parents to refer to the Admissions Booklet (link below) for further information about the admission process and for information on the school admission criteria.

Admissions to West Leigh are administered by Southend Local Education Authority at www.southend.gov.uk/admissions

Admissions Arrangements for September 2023/24 – Admission Policies and Reports – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Determined Coordinated Admission Scheme 2023/24 can be found here

Admissions 2022 Timetable

Offer day – 19 April 2022 (due to bank holidays 16 April has moved to next working day of 19 April)

On time submission of appeals – 18 May 2022  (appeals after this date will be heard in late sept)

On tie appeals must be heard by 21 July 2022

 Details of appeals can be found at https://www.southend.gov.uk/school-admissions/school-admission-appeals

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Schools admissions: applications for overseas children

In most cases, children arriving from overseas have the right to attend schools in England.

It is the responsibility of parents to check that their children have a right, under their visa entry conditions, to study at a school.  To help parents we recommend that those wishing to apply for a state funded school check that they have a right of right of abode or the conditions of their visas otherwise permit access a state-funded school.

Foreign nationals cannot use the 6 month visitor visa or a 6 month short-term study visa to enter the UK to enrol as a pupil at a school. Find out what these visas can be used for on the visitor visa and short term study visa pages.

Find out more visit the Department for Education.

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