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.

Open sessions for New Entrants September 2020. 

Each session is strictly limited to 4 families, please contact the school office on 01293 527473 to request to book or e-mail office@oaks-tkat.org.  Thank you.

All sessions are at 1.30pm and will last approximately 30 minutes.

Tuesday 1st October

Tuesday 8th October

Tuesday 22nd October

Tuesday 5th November

Tuesday 12th November

Tuesday 19th November

Tuesday 26th November

Tuesday 3rd December

Tuesday 7th January - numbers not limited


Admissions for starting school in September 2020 must be made by 15th January 2020.


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.