Reception Places  September 2024

Starting school in Sept 2024 - How to apply

Primary school applications for children due to start school in September 2024 are to be made online via Essex County Council's (ECC) coordinated admissions scheme between 6th November 2023 and the closing date of 15th January 2024.

Please contact Finchingfield Primary Academy directly for a guided tour and an opportunity to meet the teachers and the Head of School or Executive Headteacher.

On time Applications – when will I receive my child’s school offer?

National offer day is 16th April 2024

If you made an online application during the published timescales, you will receive an email during 16 April 2024 confirming your school offer from ECC. You can also check online from 17 April 2024 by logging into your Essex Education Portal account.

If you applied to ECC using a paper application form (or selected to not receive an email when you applied online), a letter will be posted in 17 April. Once the letter has been posted, the Council is not responsible for how long it takes to be delivered, as this is dependent on Royal Mail.

Places are allocated in accordance with the school's Admission Policy.

Late applications – when will I receive my child’s school offer?

Late applications and changes to applications are processed after 16 April 2024 and a letter will be sent by ECC with your outcome. If your letter has not arrived by 8 May, please contact ECC with your child’s details and ECC will assist you further. They will not respond to enquiries concerning late application before that date.

Waiting Lists – May

You can view your child’s position on the waiting lists from 8 May (Date TBC) via Please note ECC do not reply to requests for Reception waiting list positions as this can be found online. If you are having difficulties accessing the waiting list, please contact ECC with a screenshot and your child’s details and they will assist you further. Finchingfield Academy is not provided with a list of children on the waiting list until this date. A place can only be offered to a child on the waiting list if a previous offer has been declined. The order of the list will be strictly based on the criteria explained in the school’s Admission Policy.

Please use links below for further information on Primary School applications. If you have any questions regarding admission to Finchingfield Academy, please email :

Use the following link to see which school's catchment area your home is in: 

Appeals Timetable for children starting primary school from September 2024

16 April 2024

National Offer day- parents are informed of the outcome of application by Essex County Council.

(Places are offered to all applicants in accordance with the schools Admission Policy.) (Please see above policy and school catchments area map.)

15 May 2024

Deadline for submitting appeals.

(INFANT CLASS SIZES APPEALS: This applies to YrR, 1 & 2 classes where classes are limited to 30 children. If you are appealing an infant class size class limit, your chance of a successful appeal is very limited.

An appeal can only succeed if;

1. Admitting an extra child would breach the class size limit.

2. Your child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had compiled with the admissions law or were correctly and impartially applied.

3. The admission authority’s decision to refuse a place was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.

(Deadline for submission of additional evidence by all parties, and by clear to end appeal papers will be confirmed by ECC Appeals Clerk on acknowledgement of appeal.)

May 2024 – August 2024

Waiting lists maintained by the LA and vacant places allocated

June to July 2024

Appeals heard for those submitted by the deadline and where possible, for late appeals.

(Those that make an appeal will receive at least 10 days’ notice of their appeal hearing.) (Decisions letters are sent by Essex County Council within 5 days of the appeal hearing wherever possible.)

September 2024 onward

Appeals heard for any appeals not heard before July 2024

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you can lodge an appeal to Essex County Council against the decision. Further details on this process can be found online at Get in touch if you need to cancel your appeal, amend any contact details already given or submit any supplementary paperwork by post. Email: Postal address: Statutory Appeals Team, PO Box 11, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LX

Admissions into other year groups including mid-year admissions

For details on how to apply for a school place please click on the links below:

How to make a mid year application to a Canonium Learning Trust School

Application form- mid year (electronic version)

Completed application forms must be sent, along with proof of address, to:


Post: Admissions, Canonium Learning Trust, Kelvedon Academy, Docwra Road, Kelvedon, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9DS