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Hi there, I’m new to Colchester, I’m from the continent and used to live in Braintree before my daughter was born, then we moved back home. Now we are going to relocate back to UK in May but to Colchester this time and my daughter is turning 5 in September so we need to apply for a primary school. I’m a bit stressed out since it looks like we have missed the application deadline and I’m not sure what can we expect from the late application, can we get into a nice primary school with good key stage results or will we be put where there is still some available space under national standard? I contacted the school admissions in Essex, they said “ If your application is for a Reception place to start in September 2019 then your application is too late to be considered until after 16th April. This information is published in our Primary Education in Essex booklet available on our website.

After 16th April we will start to process all late applications that are on hold, this doesn’t necessarily mean yours will be completed on that day.

Yes we need an address to place your child on any waiting lists, if you do not have an Essex address your child would be at the bottom of the relevant waiting list.

You should send us your application as soon as you are able”
So how does this work? If we move close to the school we would like to choose , will we get in ? Or can they send her far away from the address if there is no space in the nearby one? I’ve been checking schools and the best ones look like (based on results and some comments) Hamilton, Home Farm, st. Theresa’s and st Thomas More’s. We would love her in a Catholic school if it’s good enough and these look good- from here of course, have not visited them. Do u think it makes sense to apply to these obviously oversubscribed schools and get on their waiting lists? Or shall we rather pick an area where some of them are closer to each other (like home farm and st Theresa’s) and move there and hope for the best? Maybe it makes no sense to be on the waiting lists of 4 popular schools far away from each other since I cannot move near all of them. Sorry if this is too much... but my question is: do U think it’s better to pick the 4 best schools (most likely oversubscribed) even if they are far away from each other or pick a place first nearby some good schools and apply for nearby schools to that area? Thank you for any advice x

LauraChant Wed 24-Apr-19 11:52:49

I don't know how much I can help but I do live in Colchester near some of the schools you mention (and I grew up in Braintree!). I don't know St Theresa's though. Yes, if you move next to a school and it is full, you won't get in and yes, you can be sent further away. I think I am right however in saying the closer you are to the school the higher up the waiting list you will be , after siblings etc have been taken into account - I don't think it's a question of first come first serve on the waiting list but priority order, so if someone joins the waiting list nearer to the school they push those already on it down. it wouldn't affect those who already have offers though of course. I may be wrong though.

Certainly Hamilton is oversubscribed, and I would not have thought you had much of a chance there even if you moved next door as a late applicant. Is there a way you can find out how long the waiting lists are for each school? I live just outside the Hamilton catchment area and there are children on our road attending Hamilton, St Thomas, Prettygate, St Johns Green and others [Prettygate is also a great school IMO but also oversubscribed!] so people do travel a bit.

LauraChant Wed 24-Apr-19 11:57:43

I was right:
"Waiting lists are updated every time a child’s name is added or removed. This means your child’s position may move up or down on the waiting list as circumstances change. For example, due to late applications being made where the child’s application ranks higher against the school’s admissions policy, or if a child moves address and the lives closer to the school. " www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Admissions/Pages/Waiting-lists.aspx

Flatbellyfella Tue 07-May-19 13:46:50

I live next door to Home Farm School, it's in an area of mainly old people, most of the children seem to be brought by car from other areas outside of Lexden, at school times the local roads become grid locked, since it has been expanded with extra classrooms. it's the same at Hamilton Road School.
My two granddaughters live off of Layer Road & attend Stanway Five Ways School, it is an excellent school & they both excell & love it there.

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