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ADMISSION TO EYFS (Start of Reception Year)

ADMISSIONS (September 2024 Reception starters)


Prospective Parents Open Mornings

We encourage all parents to visit us on one of our open mornings, before their child starts school. Our open mornings are an opportunity for you to hear from the Head Teacher, view our setting and meet some of our children. The following dates are planned for those parents who are considering Ivy Chimneys for their child:


Wednesday 1st November 2023 (9.30-11am) - FULL

Thursday 9th November 2023 (9.30-11am) - FULL

Wednesday 15th November 2023 (9.30-11am) - FULL

Tuesday 28th November 2023 (9.30-11am) - FULL

Wednesday 10th January 2024 (9.30-11am) - space available

If you would like to attend one of these mornings, please book your place by completing the form below (activated 4.9.23)


Local Authority Policy


As required by Law, Ivy Chimneys Primary School provides for the full-time admission of children offered a place in the Foundation year group from the September following their fourth birthday.  Full information and the application procedure can be found online at


For children starting school in September 2024, all parents must complete an Essex application form for the school of their choice before the closing date  on 15th January 2024. Admissions open on 6th November 2023.


Offers of places for September 2024 will be sent in April 2024.


Admissions Procedure


Each school has a published “number to admit” (NTA) in the ‘Primary Education Booklet’.  Copies of this booklet are available from the Planning and Admissions Office (0845 6032200) or information can be found on



Determined Admission Arrangements - 2024/2025

Published Admission Number: 45

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 booklet)

2. Children with a sibling attending the school

3. Children of all staff at the school a) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and / or b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill-shortage

4. Children living in the priority admission area of Ivy Chimneys Primary School

5. Children living in the priority admission area of Coopersale and Theydon Garnon CE, Epping Primary, Epping Upland and Theydon Bois Primary schools 6. 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.


If your child has been offered a place, you will receive a letter in the second half of the summer term, inviting you to a pre-admission parents' meeting. 


Arrangements will be made at that meeting for a ‘Home Visit’ with your child’s class teacher and the Teaching Assistant for that class.  Part-time and full-time dates will also be available at this meeting. 


We will also invite your child to a 'story picnic' in the summer term, so that the children, and you, become familiar with the school site, our staff, other children. 


At Ivy Chimneys, we feel that it is best for your child’s well-being to operate a short staggered start to the beginning of their school career.  All children starting in Foundation will have at least one morning session in school, followed by a morning and lunchtime session before staying for the whole day.



Click the below link to:

Register your interest in attending a Prospective Parents Open Morning