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We welcome the opportunity to share our happy, ambitious and inclusive school with you. Please telephone the school office (01245 471654) to arrange a school tour.  Prospective parents of children starting school in September 2023 will have the opportunity to visit our school during the Autumn Term.  Dates to be advised.


In addition to our school tours, we aim to share as much information as possible on our school website and Twitter feed to provide you with a holistic view of our school.


I am the father of *** who has started in Reception this year. I am writing to say how happy my wife and I are with how he has settled in to school life. He is coming home happy and excited to tell us about the learning he has been doing in class. He has been telling us about the phonics lessons he has participating in and he enjoys telling us the words he knows with those sounds in - the sillier the word he can think of the better. Also he has begun to show a much greater interest in writing, which my wife and I are glad to see.


We are aware of the many pressures school staff face at the moment and we would like to show our appreciation and effort that you and the other members of Larkrise have made to help our child.


Please pass on this message to Miss Phillips and the other adults who work in Reception. They have helped make a wonderful start to my child's schooling, having a caring and nurturing teacher in their early education, can make a huge difference to children and their attitudes to learning in the future. 

 Reception Parent - September 2023


Telephone Appointments

Should you wish to arrange a telephone appointment with our Headteacher, Ms Katie Allen or require any paper copies of the following documentation, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


Our School Building and Facilities

Take a look at our school building and facilities by viewing the photo slideshow below.

Our School Building and Facilities

Application for Places

Please see our tab 'How to apply for a place for your child'


Admission Criteria


There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area.  In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:


  1. Looked After Children
  2. Children living in the priority admission area with a sibling attending the school
  3. Other children living in the priority admission area
  4. Children living outside the priority admissions area with a sibling attending the school
  5. Remaining applications


In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closes being given the highest priority.  Exceptional medical circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above criteria (other than Looked After Children).


Admission Arrangements


Parents of prospective pupils are welcome to visit the school with or without their children and appointments can be made through the office.


Children start at Larkrise in the September after their fourth birthday and will usually be full-time.  If you have any concerns about whether your child is ready for school please speak to our Reception teacher during the home visit which take place in the first 2 weeks of September, or contact the school to make an appointment.


Admissions for Disabled Pupils


All admissions are handled by Essex County Council Planning and Admissions Department, including those for children with disabilities.  The Admissions Office can be contacted on 0845 603 2200.  For your own records, we will ask all new parents to complete an form of basic information.

If you wish to visit the school and meet our headteacher, Ms Katie Allen, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.