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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.

Admission Arrangements


Nottinghamshire’s annual consultation on admission arrangements

This year, the consultation for the admission arrangements 2022-2023 will be open from 5 October 2020 until 29 November 2020

Anyone can comment on the arrangements up to 29 November 2020 by:


If you live in Nottinghamshire, you must apply for a school place through Nottinghamshire County Council. Dalestorth Primary is a Nottinghamshire Community school.  Its standard admission criteria are therefore set by Nottinghamshire County Council. The admission criteria are used to determine which pupils should be admitted to our school and also sets out the admission criteria for if school is over-subscribed (full).

Admissions to schools: school information 2020-21 is available here. (See below as this is for the current intake round and in-year admissions for this academic year)

Information on the 2021-2022 admission arrangements can also be found below for parents applying for places for September 2021.


This gives details about all Nottinghamshire schools and the admission oversubscription criteria which can help you decide which schools in which to apply for.


You can choose up to 4 schools to apply for in order of priority on a single application and are encouraged to use all 4 preferences.  Before making your preferences consider carefully which schools you would like your child to go to.  Then check the oversubscription criteria carefully to see where you fit in as if there are more applications than places available and you are low down on the list of oversubscription criteria, then you will be least likely to get a place. (For example, if you live out of the catchment area.)


The easiest way to apply for a school place is online at - apply for a school place.


You can also telephone the customer service team on 0300 500 80 80 to make an application or request an application form or you can download an application form from


What school places do I need to apply for?

You need to apply for a school place every time your child starts a new school….

-When first starting school – Your child will not automatically transfer from a nursery to a school even if the nursery is attached to the school

-When changing transferring from a separate infant school (end of year 2) to a junior school (beginning of year 3)

-Transferring from primary school/junior school (end of year 6) to a secondary school (beginning of year 7)

-Applying for a place at a 14-19 school (end of year 10)


September Places relevant to Dalestorth Primary that need applying for..


First Admissions

Nottinghamshire county council co-ordinates admission to our primary schools for the first time.  Applications are needed to made the year before the child is 5.  At Dalestorth Primary School we are able to offer 45 places for the Reception (Foundation Stage 2) year but these places have to be considered in accordance with the admission criteria.  Where there are more applications than places available, the over-subscription criteria below are used to decide how places are allocated.


Secondary Admissions

This involves children transferring from our primary school (year 6) to secondary school (year 7) Applications are made the year before when the child is in year 5.


Every year there are set dates and times of when you can make the applications for the above and when you will be made a school place offer. You can find all this information by clicking on the link below..


Nottinghamshire County Council – When to apply for a school place


Admissions to year groups other than the intake year

Applications for admission to other year groups will be considered in relation to the published admission limit which applied when the year group was first admitted to the school. If places are available within the year group, applications will be considered in accordance with the admission criteria or the admission oversubscription criteria will be used as in all cases if there are more applications than places available.

If you would like to apply for a full time school place at Dalestorth Primary School please contact

School Admissions on 0300 500 80 80 .


Admission to our Nursery

We have 52 places available in our Nursery-Foundation Stage 1 (26 morning, 26 afternoon) which means that your child can come to us part time the term after they are three if the arrangement suits your situation. However, attendance in our nursery (Foundation Stage 1) does not automatically guarantee a Reception (Foundation Stage 2) place in school.  This will depend again on meeting the admission criteria.


If you would like to apply for a part time (Foundation Stage 1) place please ring our school office on 01623 459339


30 Hours Funded Entitlement

Some working parents may be entitled to 30 hours childcare funding for 3/4 year olds. Parents are required to complete an online eligibility checker and provide a reference number to confirm their eligibility for 30 hours funded childcare.

At Dalestorth Primary & Nursery School we will aim to offer places to eligible parents where places are available. Due to operational circumstances places will be offered on a 30 hour basis only. These hours will be available whether or not the parent decides they require their child to attend for the whole 30 hours. Therefore if a parent requires additional hours at another setting the parent will be responsible for payment of this.

Extended hours funding only covers the Nursery session times (8:30-11:30 and 12:30-15:30). There will an additional charge for childcare over the lunch time period. Parents are asked to provide a packed lunch for their child.



Where a school has more applications than places available, it is considered to be oversubscribed. The admission over-subscription criteria are used to decide the order in which places can be allocated.


Special Consideration

Special consideration may be given to applications that are supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker or other relevant professional giving reasons why the school is the only school which could cater for the child’s particular needs. This might include medical needs, mobility support needs, special educational needs or other social circumstances. The evidence must be presented at the time of application.

The appropriate designated officers will consider written evidence provided to decide whether the application may be processed as special circumstances. Admission under special circumstances will have priority over all but the first numbered criterion below. (children who are looked after)


In the event of over-subscription, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to determine which applications will be granted once places have first been allocated to any pupils who have been given special consideration because they have either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special needs which names the school:


Oversubscription Criteria


1. Children who are looked after by a local authority and previously looked after children.

2. Children, who live in the catchment area and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school.

3. Other children who live in the catchment area.

4. Children who live outside the catchment area, and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school or the linked junior/primary school.

5. Other children who live outside the catchment area.


In the event of over-subscription within any criterion, preference will normally be given to children who live nearest to the school as the crow flies. Distances are measured from the entrance to the child’s home to the principal entrance of the main administrative building of the school using the County Council’s distance measuring software.  


To find out if you live within our catchment area, please click on the link below to check the Nottinghamshire County Council website.


Nottinghamshire County Council Catchment Areas


Remember that living in a catchment area, attending a nursery or children’s centre, attending a linked school or having a brother or sister attending a school does not guarantee that your application will be successful.

It may, however, for some admission authorities give your application higher priority within their admission over subscription criteria.


You have the right of appeal against any preference that is refused and will be placed on a waiting list.

Waiting lists are held for all schools in Nottinghamshire where the number of applications received is greater than the number of available places in the intake year group. The order of places on the waiting list is determined by the oversubscription criteria. 

Further guidance on the way in which applications are dealt with including preferences for more than one school, late applications and the way waiting lists are used/maintained can be found in the Nottinghamshire County Council’s “Admissions to Schools” booklet which is available from the School Admissions Team, Meadow House, Littleworth, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 2TA.

Tel: 0300 500 80 80. All applications are carried out by the School Admissions Team.


Guidance on all aspects of admissions can be found in  Nottinghamshire County Council’s Admissions to schools Guide for Parents which can be accessed via


Admission Numbers

Planned Admission Number 2020/2021: 45

Current Number on Roll:  318 + 41 in FS1 = 360 as of October 2020


Class numbers for 2020/2021

FS1 - 26 places in the morning, 26 in the afternoon

FS2 - 45

Year 1 - 45

Year 2 - 45

Year 3 - 45

Year 4 - 47

Year 5 - 45

Year 6 - 47


Admission arrangements for 2019-20