Nursery Admissions  

Kingsley Primary Academy joined the Cirrus Primary Academy Trust on 1st February 2017. The School is therefore no longer a local authority maintained school.

The Admissions Authority for Kingsley Primary Academy is Cirrus Primary Academy Trust. The Trust consulted on its admissions criteria in 2016 and published its policy in March 2016.

For entry in September 2020:

Kingsley Primary Academy intends to admit 52 children into Nursery in September 2020 in two sessions – either 26 in the morning and 26 in the afternoon, Monday to Friday. The academy also works with local providers and childminders to offer additional hours.
Morning is from 8.45am – 11.45am and afternoon is  from 12.15pm – 3.15pm.

Applications for Nursery places for children who will be three years old by 1st September 2020 (born between 1/9/16 and 31/8/17) should apply directly to our Academy by completing our online form. We do not operate a first-come, first-served system, it is based on our admissions criteria.

Please note that the closing date for application for Nursery admissions for September 2020 – 15th January 2020. Please apply before this date. You may still apply after this date but your application will be considered as a ‘late application’. If there are no places available you will be contacted and your child will be placed on the waiting list. 

Click here to apply for a Nursery place for September 2020. 

For in-year admissions for 2019 -20 please click here to apply. 

Please note the following information from our admissions criteria 2020 when applying:

Please note that attendance at Kingsley Primary Academy’s Nursery does not give priority for a place in the Reception class the following year. Parents/Carers must re-apply and follow the process for entry to Reception.

Application for a place in Nursery is not made through the Local Authority. All applications must be made directly to the Academy by 15th January 2020. all applicants will be emailed the week after applications close on 15th January to confirm the application is being dealt with, and allocations will be made before the end of February.

Children will be eligible for consideration for entry to nursery from the term after their third birthday. Therefore, if a place becomes available in Nursery, for a child who turns three after 1st September 2020 he/she would remain in Nursery the following school-year, and apply for entry to Reception for September 2021.

Admissions criteria for entry to Nursery 2020

If the Nursery is oversubscribed, the places will then be offered in the order of priority below:

Priority 1 – Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children

Looked after children are children in public care at the date on which the application is made.

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or child arrangements order, immediately after being looked after.

If an application is made under the looked after criterion, it must be supported by a letter from the relevant Local Authority Children’s Services Department. If applying under the previously looked after criterion a copy of the adoption or child arrangements order must also be supplied.

Priority 2 – Medical

Children with serious medical reasons for needing to attend the Academy. For primary age pupils, a serious and continuing medical condition of a parent which would prevent them taking their child to school may also be relevant. Supporting evidence should set out particular reasons why the Academy is the most suitable and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. The medical reasons must be verified by a doctor or consultant and declared at the time of application if known at the time. A medical condition that arises after the application has been submitted should be notified as soon as possible. Decisions on priority of admission on medical grounds will be taken by the Academy’s Admissions Panel.

Priority 3 – Siblings

Children with a brother or sister who is reasonably expected to be in attendance at the Academy at the time of the enrolment of the new pupil. A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half brother or sister, step brother or sister or adopted brother or sister whose main residence is at the same address. Siblings in Year 6 at the time of application will not qualify.

Priority 4 – Distance

The address given on the application form must be the child’s normal place of residence. School places cannot be allocated on the basis of a business address or the address of a relative or childminder.

Where parents have shared responsibility for a child following the breakdown of their relationship and the child lives for part of the week with each parent, the parents should choose which address should be used for the purposes of the application. Only one address is used for all preferences on the Common Application Form. In normal circumstances, parents should specify who has the child the majority of the week and evidence that through Child Benefit or other documentation.

All distances will be measured by the computerised Geographical Information System. The Academy’s geographical area of intake may change from year to year depending upon the level of oversubscription and the number and location of applicants.

Tie Break

Distance will be used as a tiebreaker for each oversubscription criterion. Where distance is the same for two or more applications, the child to be allocated will be selected randomly.

Children of UK service personnel (UK Armed Forces)

The Academy will allocate a place in advance of the family arriving in the area providing that application is accompanied by an official letter that declares a relocation date and a Unit postal address or quartering area address.

Waiting Lists

The waiting list is ordered in accordance with the priorities identified in published admissions criteria (see above). This means that a child’s position on the waiting list can change, depending upon the number of applications received for places at the Academy and whether these applications are submitted on behalf of children with a high or low priority in terms of the published admissions criteria. The Admissions Code requires admission authorities to order waiting lists on the basis of the priorities of the published admissions criteria and not, for example, on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Indeed, it is for this reason that late applications may enjoy immediate priority on the waiting list, if they have a sibling already in attendance at the Academy.

Waiting lists for entry to Nursery are maintained by the Academy and will be kept until the last day of the summer term. Applicants for nursery that are not offered a place will be automatically added to the Academy’s Nursery waiting list.


There is no formal appeal system if you are not offered a place in the Nursery.

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