Starting School

Admission to school is managed by the Pupil Admissions Office at West Sussex County Council on behalf of the School.

Parents may apply online through 'West Sussex - Admissions'. 

This means that instead of applying separately to different schools parents can use a single application form to express their preferences. Applications for school must be made via the West Sussex Admissions Office even if your child has a place in The Oaks Nursery as admission to the main school is not automatic. Children are normally admitted to the school in September at the beginning of the school year in which they reach their fifth birthday. From the age of 5 years children are of statutory school age and must attend school full-time. At the start of the autumn term not all children in their Reception Year are of statutory school age however are entitled to attend school on either a part-time or full-time basis if the parent wishes. Starting school is an important and significant event in a young child’s life and we aim to ensure this is a positive experience for the child and parent. In order to support a positive start we recommend a short induction period which enables staff to provide individualised support for each child starting school.

We are pleased to receive applications for all children regardless of gender, race, or special needs. Children with Special Educational Needs or disabilities are treated no less favourably than other applicants for admission to school.  All applications must be made through the Pupils Admissions Office. 

The admission of children who have an Education Health Care Plan is undertaken in liaison with the Special Education Assessment Team, which is part of the West Sussex Learning Service.  The Fair Access & Inclusion Team may also be involved in the arrangements for some pupils.

In Year Admissions

Admissions to The Oaks Primary School at any point other than Reception Year are also managed by West Sussex County Council


The oversubscription criteria applies when the school receives more applications than its admission number of 60.  Please see our Admissions Policy for the oversubscription criteria and associated notes.


New Reception 2021

Please remember that all applications for starting school must be made by Friday 15th January 2021.

Due to COVID restrictions we are unable to offer our usual tours for welcoming prospective parents. However, we believe that such an important decision cannot be made without having the opportunity to visit the school and have a chance to meet and talk with us. We have decided to offer tours of the school in small groups of no more than 6 individuals that will take place after the children have left in order to get the feel of our school, understand our vision and ethos and to have the chance to ask any questions.

These tours will be with the Head Teacher for approximately 30 minutes starting at 3.45pm on the dates listed below. In order to maintain our own COVID security we will only be able to offer this tour to one parent per child and no children will be able to come on the tour. We will also require all visitors to wear a face covering whilst in the school building.

If you would like to take the opportunity to visit us then please contact the school office to book a date for your visit via or calling 01293 527473.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

  • Thursday 8th October 2020: 3.45pm

  • Thursday 15th October 2020: 3.45pm

  • Thursday 22nd October 2020: 3.45pm

  • Thursday 5th November 2020: 3.45pm

  • Thursday 12th November 2020: 3.45pm

  • Thursday 19th November 2020: 3.45pm

  • Monday 23rd November 2020 3.45pm

  • Monday 30th November 2020 3.45pm

  • Monday 7th December 2020 3.45pm

  • Monday 14th December 2020 3.45pm