Applying for a reception place at Ladbrooke School

At the beginning of the school year in which each child will be five, parents can apply for a reception place at the school. This is done online via Parents/carers are required to fill a form in and return it before a given date.  

This year the you can apply from Monday 4th November 201 until Wednesday 15th January 2020.

County admissions will allocate places based on the admissions rules below.  Please note that you still have to apply for a reception place if your child is in the nursery.  We are sorry but being in the nursery class does not guarentee you a place in reception.

Places this year will be allocated on Thursday 16th April.

Parents/carers must then choose whether to accept or reject this offer within a given time. There are appeal procedures, which the LA will explain, should parents/carers have a problem with the decision.

Once a place has been accepted at Ladbrooke, we will make contact, giving you details of a chance to visit before your child begins school.

Current Hertfordshire County Council's admission rules for community primary schools

We apply these rules in the order they are printed below. This means that we offer places first to every child who qualifies under Rule 1, and then to every child who qualifies under Rule 2, and so on. If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, we use a tiebreak by applying the next rule to those children.

Rule 1: Children looked afteand children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or a special guardianship order).

Rule 2: Medical or SocialChildren for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school. A panel of officers will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to the school applied for under Rule 2 and must clearly demonstrate why it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs..

Rule 3: SiblingsChildren who have a sibling on the roll of the school or linked school at the time of application. This applies to reception through to Year 5 in infant, junior and primary schools; and from reception through to Year 3 in first schools; and from Year 5 to Year 7 in middle schools

Rule 4: Children for whom the school is their nearest community school. These will be measured using 'the shortest designated route' which is:

  • a public route with a proper surface, such as tarmac or concrete, or
  • a road which does not need to have a separate pavement, or
  • a cycleway adopted by Hertfordshire County Council.

The route can be lit or unlit. We measure distances in metres to two decimal points.

Rule 5: Children who live nearest to the school.

Please note that the rules for Hertfordshire County Council have been printed in accordance with the determination of the Office of the Schools Adjudicator. For further information, please contact the Admissions and Transport team.

Further details can be found in the "Starting School" booklet and on the Hertfordshire web site:

Starting at Ladbrooke

We have a single intake into the reception class. All children, irrespective of birth date,  start reception in September. To support a successful integration into the school the start of the term is staggered as follows

Week 1 All children attend from 8.45am - 12.00pm

Week 2 All children attend from 8.45am - 1.30pm

Week 3 All children are in full time from 8.45am - 3.20pm