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Admissions Arrangements

Admission to Primary School

At Stifford Clays Primary School, we believe the early stages of a child’s life to be most important in laying foundations for future learning. We have long recognised the disadvantage to Spring and Summer born pupils regarding the length of time spent in Key Stage 1.

From 2011, all reception class pupils start school in September and are offered a full time place which they are gradually introduced to.

All parents who wish their children to attend our school must apply to Thurrock Council’s Admissions Department early in the year (a date is published) preceding the Academic Year that the child is due to be admitted into school. The Local Authority encourage applications to be made on the Thurrock Council Website:

Admissions to our school are in line with Thurrock Admission arrangements as follows:

If there are not more requests for places than the published number, the local authority is able to agree all requests. Where there are more applicants than places, the local authority is required to have criteria for deciding which requests have priority. This criterion is set out below in priority order.

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children

2. Special reasons

3. Catchment area siblings

4. Catchment area children

5. Non-catchment area siblings

6. Non-catchment area children

Admission to Nursery

All parents who wish their children to attend our nursery must apply to the school. Application packs are available from the school office.

Admission to nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception class. The Local Authority manages admission for statutory age children and must be applied for separately to Thurrock Council and received by their cut-off date.

For more information on the Nursery please click here:

Nursery Funding:

Nursery Photos:

Nursery Admissions Form

Admission Policies



Parents have the right to appeal against a decision made regarding admission. Any appeal should be made in writing, addressed to: Admissions, Education Department, PO Box 118, Grays, RM17 6GF.

To view the current Thurrock Primary School Admissions Policy, please click the following link  “Admissions