When do children start school?

Children attend Brampton Village Primary School between the ages of 4 and 11, entering our Reception class at the start of the academic year in which they become five years old. We recognise that some children will enter school just after their fourth birthday; our admission arrangements are designed to enable each child to settle well and to become confident and happy in school.

We have a gradual induction of pupils into school over a two-week period in September so that children can become familiar with the adults responsible for their care and education and school routines. At the end of the phased induction period, parents are given an opportunity to meet with their child’s class teacher to discuss whether he or she is ready for full time schooling.

We strive to respond to children’s individual needs; if a child is not ready for full time schooling at the end of the two week induction period, his / her class teacher may suggest gradually increasing the number of full days that a child spends in school until he / she has built up to being full time all week. Children coming part-time will be invited to any special activities that take place in the afternoons.

Getting to Know You

Once offer letters have been sent out, pre-Reception children and their parents are invited into school. Parents are given the opportunity to meet with class teachers and children are able to find out about our Reception classes at our Getting to Know You sessions, and during a Fun Afternoon, in the summer term. A New Parents’ Information Evening is also held in the summer term.


Brampton Village Primary School is a community primary school with a published admission number of 90 pupils. Cambridgeshire County Council is the admissions authority for our school, so parents who wish to register their child for admission to our reception class must apply for a place using the standard Cambridgeshire admission form. The admission form, together with a covering letter and a guide to the application process, will be made available for parents of Reception applicants to pick up from primary schools in the autumn term; it will also be available on request from the local authority and downloadable from the County Council website. The letter will encourage online application, draw parents attention to the full admissions booklet (available on the web), and provide a tear off slip for them to request a paper copy of the additional information should they require it. The admission form is the only paper-based form on which parents can apply for a Cambridgeshire primary school place. Letters offering school places to Reception applicants will be sent out in the April prior to their admission.

Oversubscription Criteria:

Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Need (SEN) / Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names the school will be admitted. NB. Those children with a statement of SEN / EHCP that does not name the school will be referred to the Statutory Assessment Team (SAT) to determine an appropriate place.

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, places will be allocated according to the following Cambridgeshire oversubscription criteria:

  1. Children in Care, also known as Looked After Children (LAC), and children who were previously Looked After but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a residence order (now known as a child arrangement order) or special guardianship order ;
  2. Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceases to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
  3. Children living in the catchment area with a sibling at the school (or partner infant/junior school) at the time of admission;
  4. Children living in the catchment area;
  5. Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school (or partner infant/junior school)  at the time of admission;
  6. Children of members of staff, providing that they have been employed for a mimium of two years and/or are recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.
  7. Children who live outside the catchment area, but nearest the school as measured by a straight line.


In cases of equal merit in each set of criteria, priority will go to children living nearest the school as measured by a straight line. Please refer to the Glossary of Terms on pages 127-128 for further information.


For admissions to year groups other than Reception, parents should apply for a place using a Mid-Phase Transfer Form which is available from the Cambridgeshire County Council Admissions website. Applications may be made online. If the number of children in that year group does not exceed the published admission number, and there is no reserve list, a place may be offered.

If a year group is oversubscribed and parents wish to appeal, they should contact the Cambridgeshire Admissions Team on 01223 718472.