It can be quite difficult for parents to know how and when they should register their child’s name to start school so we will try to answer all of your questions below:

How do I know which school to choose?

The answer is simple just “Go and have a look.”

In Nottinghamshire every school has what is knows as a ‘catchment area’.  This refers to the houses and streets that are closest to the school.  In almost all cases your ‘catchment school’ will be the one closest to where you live.  If you are unsure which one it is then you can find out by visiting the following website:

We strongly suggest that you visit your catchment area school before making a decision.  The advantages of choosing your catchment school would mean less travel each day, your child will be going to school with the same children in the area and where you live.

Determined admission arrangements 2020-2021

Nottinghamshire County Council determined the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools on 28 February every year.  A summary of the key changes is attached.  A full copy of the admission arrangements determined for 2020-2021 is available at

The admission arrangements for all own admission authority schools in the Nottinghamshire area will also be made available when they are received by the County Council.

It is the responsibility of all admission authorities to determine their admission arrangements annually and ensure that these comply with the School Admissions Code 2014.  Where a school is the admission authority, this responsibility falls to the governing body or academy trust.

Objections to admission arrangements for 2020-2021 of both maintained schools and academies can be made to the Schools Adjudicator who may investigate admission arrangements of any school that the Adjudicator considers do not, or may not, comply with the mandatory requirements of the School Admissions Code or the law.  Further information is available on the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

Summary of key changes admission arrangements 2020-2021

How do I choose the right school for my child?

Choosing the right school is the most important decision you will have to make so you need to make sure that you get it right, so “Go and have a look”.   All schools welcome prospective parents as we realise that choosing the right school is one of the most important decision you will have to make so you need to make sure that you are getting it right.  There are a few points at which you should consider, we have listed them below:

  • Go and see the school and get the feel of it.  Think if you would be happy there if you were a child.
  • Speak to some of the parents whose children attend the school.
  • Read the school’s OFSTED report.
  • Look at SAT results over a period of time.  Beware of SAT results.  High scoring schools does not necessarily mean ‘better’ school.  They may just have more able children attending.  Even ‘progress scores’ on league tables can be misleading as they only show progress through a junior department, not through the whole school.  Schools that achieve high results at the end of the infants find it impossible to show excellent progress on league tables because of the was the data is calculated.

When should I apply for a place for my child?

You can register an interest in a school at any time after you child is born.  If making an application for full time education you should apply around November/December of the year before your child turns 5.

If you have decided on a school then contact the Nottinghamshire Local Authority School Admissions on  0300 500 8080 and ask  to register your child or click on link below:

When does my child qualify for a Nursery Place?*

If your child is born between:

1 April and 31 August

They are eligible for a free place from:

the beginning of the Autumn school term following their 3rd birthday.

If your child is born between:

1 September and 31 December

They are eligible for a free place from:

The beginning of the Spring school term following their 3rd birthday

If your child is born between:

1 January and 31 March

They are eligible for a free place from:

The beginning of the Summer school term following their 3rd birthday.

*please be aware that being eligible does not guarantee a place.

Who has the final say on which school my child will go to?

Whilst parents have a choice in which school they want to apply to, the final decision is made by Nottinghamshire Local Authority.  most children do get into their first choice of school but some schools are very popular and they may receive more applications than they have places available.  In this situation the local authority will give priority according to the following criteria:

  • Children who have a particular special need that can only be catered for by specialist staff/equipment at that school.
  • Children who have a brother or sister attending the school who live in the catchment area/outside the catchment area.
  • Children who do live in the school’s catchment area.

When do I find out which school my child will be attending?

The Local Authority will write to you with an offer of a place in the March before the academic year in which your child is due to start school (ie. before they are 5).

If you do have any questions then call Primary Admissions on Mansfield 0300 500 8080  or contact Jo here at school on 01623 408785 and she will do her best to answer your questions.

Changing Schools

If you are moving into the area or want to change your child’s school click on link below:

For any other information about school admissions click on link below