Visits by parents and prospective pupils are welcomed at Long Ridings. The Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, provide informative school tours during November each year. Arrangements can be made to suit individual needs; please do not hesitate to call us.  You can arrange to attend one of these tours by contacting our school office on 01277 222488 from the start of October each year

Our school admissions are dealt with by Essex County Council rather than by the school.  Parents will receive a ‘Common Application Form’ which must be completed and returned to Essex County Council by the closing date. Alternatively you may apply online at For any further information you may call Essex County Council Planning and Admissions on 0845 603 7627.


Since 2011, all schools have had to 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.