Admissions to our school are co-ordinated by Essex County Council Planning and Admissions department.

Each year we admit 10 pupils into Reception. Full details are published in the Primary Education in Essex booklet.

Primary Reception school places for September 2021

Online applications can be made for a Reception school place between 9 November 2020 and 15 January 2021 via

All applications received after 15 January 2021 will be treated as late and will only be processed after all the on-time applications.

You are less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools if you apply late.

ECC School Admissions

Priority Admission (Catchment) Area

ECC Home School Transport

School Term Dates

Secondary Education in Essex 2020-21

We welcome parent visits and to arrange an appointment please telephone the school office. If you do not live in the catchment area, please do not be discouraged from applying as we currently have many children on roll who live outside the catchment area.

If your child is already of school age and you are moving from outside the area you will need to complete a “mid year” application form and submit this to Essex County Council Planning & Admissions year – this can be found on their website:

ECC Applying mid year for a school place

Age on Entry

At Ford End C of E Primary School we admit children in the school year in which they reach the age of 5. All children may start in September however later start dates can be arranged. All children start school part-time for the first ten days – the first week they attend until 12 noon, the second week they all stay at school for lunch. After this they stay at school full-time. Your child may need a longer transition period than this and we will consider each child’s individual needs during the 10-day induction period.

The Home-School Agreement

The home school agreement is a Government initiative to clarify the working relationship between home, the school and the pupil. There is an expectation that the agreement is signed when joining our school.


Parent View – Your Child’s SchoolOfsted is always interested in the opinion of parents about schools, particularly during an inspection. The school gets little notice of this, so it is good practice to regularly update your views in the survey via the Parent View link below. Feel free to update it annually or whenever you feel it necessary. Thank you.

Parent Involvement

We encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education and to participate fully in the life of Ford End School.

Once every term we hold a Parent Forum. This is an opportunity for parents, staff and governors to meet and discuss relevant issues. Dates are advertised in the newsletter. Newsletters are usually published fortnightly on Fridays.

We hold an achievement assembly on Fridays at 2pm. Parents are warmly invited to attend, celebrate the children’s achievements and find out what has been going on in school that week.

We welcome parents who wish to help out in school on a regular or ad hoc basis. We are always looking for parents to hear readers. We also ask for volunteers to help out with trips, art activities and music or sports events. Because of our small size we also rely on parents to give lifts to make many events out of school viable. If you would like to help in any way, please speak to the class teacher.

All parents are automatically members of our PTA – read more on the PTA page

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