Admissions Process

 Due to the Covid-19 pandemic Long Ridings will be providing a virtual tour this year, more information to follow once details have been confirmed. 

Our school admissions are dealt with by Essex County Council rather than by the school.  Parents should apply online via the Essex website:  

You can apply for a primary (Reception) place between 9 November 2020 and 15 January 2021 for September 2021 admission.

For any further information you may call Essex County Council Planning and Admissions on 0845 603 7627

Schools offer a full-time place for new Foundation entrants from the September of entry year, irrespective of the term in which they were born.  We use the first two weeks of the Autumn term to have a gradual build-up to 'full-time' for all children.  Others may need a little longer depending on their needs and previous experiences through, for example, a pre-school/nursery.  This is planned with parents as required.

All children take part in a comprehensive induction programme in the Summer term before they start.  This includes workshops for parents.

There are two Foundation stage classes at Long Ridings, each having a maximum admission number of 30. In the event of over-subscription, places will be allocated using the following criteria:

  1. Looked-after children.*
  2. Children with a sibling attending the school
  3. Children living in the priority admission area.
  4. Remaining applications.                                                                  

*Looked-after children’ or those with exceptional medical circumstances have a priority.

Parents with children who are moving into the area and are interested in transferring to Long Ridings from another primary school are also most welcome to come along and tour the school. New class members are allocated a ‘buddy’ during their first few weeks at school to show them around, explain school procedures and make them feel at home.