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 opportinity 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: 

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 (print version)

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