Appendix 2 - nursery policy for the years 2021-22

All governing bodies are required to admit to the school a child with an Educational Health & Care Plan (EHCP) that names the school. This is not an oversubscription criterion. This relates only to children who have undergone statutory assessment and for whom a final Education Health & Care Plan has been issued.

Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places the Governing Body will use the following oversubscription criteria to prioritise applications.

Order of priority


First priority

Looked after children and all previously looked after children including children who appear to the Admissions Authority to have been in state care outside of England and cease to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangement order or special guardianship order. 

This applies to all looked-after children, including those who are in the care of another local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application.

In the case of previously looked after children, a copy of the relevant documentation will be required in support of the application. A child is regarded as being in state care outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any another provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

  1. This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 and Children who were adopted under the Adopted & Children Act 2002.
  2. Child Arrangement Orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a Child Arrangement Order.

Second priority

Children who are recommended by the Director of Children and Young Peoples Service, including children in the care of a local authority, or by the appropriate designated medical officer.

Note: we will only consider applications in this category if they are supported by a recommendation from a doctor, social worker or other appropriate professional which sets out the particular reason(s) why the school in question is the most suitable school and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.

Third priority

Children from homes with poor housing conditions or overcrowding, or from a background which could affect the child’s normal educational development.

Note: this should be supported by the recommendation of a doctor, social worker or other appropriate professional.

Fourth priority

Children within the normal area of the school, giving priority to the oldest children first.


Fifth priority

Children from outside the school’s normal area, giving priority to those whose home is nearest to school first.


Priority Group 1 has been amended to comply with the School Admissions Code 2021 that came into effect from 1 September 2021. This now includes children who have been in state care outside of England and cease to be as a result of being adopted.