Home Farm Primary School admits 60 children into the Reception class each year. The admissions authority for our school is the Alpha Trust. You can see further details of our admissions policies below.

Normal admissions round for children due to join Reception

All admissions for Reception class places starting in September each year are coordinated by the Local Authority. Applications open in November and close in the January prior to your child starting school. You can find further information about the specific dates for applications and a link to the online application form on the Essex County Council website.

Tours for prospective parents / carers

Our Open Evening for prospective parents/carers was on Thursday 17th November. We are also holding small tours on the mornings of Thursday 23rd November 2023 and Friday 1st December and the afternoon of Monday 4th December. If you have a child due to start school in September 2024 and would like to attend one of these tours, please either call the school office on 01206 577430 or email to book a place. Please note these tours are for parents/carers only.

Applications for school places outside the normal admissions round

All applications for a place at Home Farm Primary School outside of the normal admissions round should be made directly to the school, using the mid-year application form available below.

Application form to apply for a mid-year place at Home Farm Primary School.

Please send your completed form directly to the school at If you require a paper copy of the application form, please contact the school office. For applications into existing year groups, a place will be offered when the number of pupils in the relevant year group is below the admission number in that group.

Please note that for applications received during the school holidays, we will respond when the school reopens.

If a place is refused and you wish to be added to our waiting list, please email the school to confirm at

Appeals are coordinated by Essex County Council and further information can be found here.

Admissions Policy 2024-2025

All Admissions Policies

Admissions Policy 2025-26
Admissions Policy 2024-2025
Admissions Policy 2023-2024
Admissions Policy 2022-2023
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Starting in Reception in September

You can see some of the information shared at our new parents evening here.

Information for Prospective Parents

Mr Potter’s Q&A with Prospective Parents

In November 2020 Mr Potter met with prospective parents by Zoom for a question and answer session. You can see details of some of the questions asked here.