Admissions to Hamstel Infant School are handled by the Southend-on-Sea Local Education Authority. Admission to Hamstel Nursery are handled directly by the school.
The Planned Admission Number (PAN) is 150 pupils per year in Year R (Reception), Year 1 and Year 2. The Nursery has 48 (full time equivalent) places available. Details of our selection criteria, over-subscription criteria and details of priority applications can be found in the Admissions Policy document below.

Admission Arrangements 2021/2022
Parents and carers are advised that a number of schools/trusts in the area are consulting on their admission arrangements for 2021/22 as required by law, which may reduce the future numbers admitted to our school.  Information is available on respective school webpages and also on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council website:

Reception 2020


If you have a child born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, they are due to start school in September 2020.

Applications for a September 2020 start in Reception year or transfer to the junior school or move schools for Year 3 can be submitted between 14 September 2019 and 15 January 2020. Parents living in the borough of Southend-on-Sea can find the online application by visiting Parents living in another borough/council will need to apply via their home borough/council. Please ensure that you when putting your preferred schools down, you do so in order of preference.


Next Steps:  The National Offer Day for children due to start in Reception in September 2020 is April 2020. If you made an online application, you will receive an email between 6am and 8am from the council confirming which school you child has been offered a place.

Please note if you are checking your offer via the online application portal, please ensure that you click View Offer to see which school your child has been offered.  If you applied on a paper application form, you will be sent a letter by first class post, on National Offer Day.

If you want to accept the place offered, you do not need to do anything. If you are not happy with the school offered, you would need to contact Southend Borough Council Admission Team via email or the online application portal.



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Children are eligible for admission to Hamstel Nursery from the term after their 3rd birthday, without reference to ability or aptitude. Places in our Nursery are offered to children from working families eligible for the 30 hours of free childcare per week funded by the Government. Parents are able to extend the core sessions of 9am – 3pm with an early session from 7:45am – 9am and a late session 3pm - 6pm as well as purchasing a hot lunch daily. For information on Nursery fees, please visit the Nursery page

To apply for a place, please complete the Nursery Application form and return it to the school office with your child’s original birth certificate. Places will be offered based on the weekly pattern of attendance you request.

A limited number of places may be available for children wishing to attend our Nursery for 15 hours per week. Please complete the application form to register your interest.

A place at our nursery is subject to the school receiving:


  • Completed Nursery Admission Form

  • A signed coy of the Nursery Terms and Conditions

  • A deposit of £30 in cash or a cheque*

  • Payment for Nursery snacks and sundry items (£80 per year or £30 for a term)


When we have received these documents and payments your child’s place will be confirmed and the school will contact you to arrange a home visit.

* The deposit will not be returned unless eight weeks’ written notice to withdraw your child has been given in writing to the school. This deposit is held until hour child leave Hamstel Nursery and is not part payment towards your fees.


We are now accepting applications for children to join our Nursery in September 2020. If your child is due to turn 3 before 1st September please contact the school office to arrange a tour of the nursery and to collect an application pack.


In-year Admissions


Applications for a school place in our Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 classes during the school year are referred to as In-year Admissions.

Parents living in the borough of Southend-on-Sea can find the In-Year online application by visiting Parents living in another borough/council will need to apply via their home borough/council. Please ensure that you when putting your preferred schools down, you do so in order of preference.

For school admission queries please visit or contact the admission team on 01702 212934.

For Nursery admission queries please contact the school office directly on 01702 468461 or email




If your child’s school admission application was unsuccessful you may wish to appeal against this decision.

All appeals are heard by an Independent Appeal Panel. If successful following an appeal, a place for your child at the school must be provided.


How to Appeal

In order to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place at Hamstel Infants, you would need to complete the Admissions Appeals Form available from the school and return it by 4pm on Wednesday 15th May 2019.

For all applications made in the main round of applications (i.e. by 15th January), appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

Appeals received after the deadline date should be heard within 40 school dates of the deadline for lodging appeals where possible or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. Appeals are not heard within the school holidays.


What happens once I have submitted my appeal form?

The admission authority will refer your appeal to the independent appeals clerk. You will receive a written notation of the date which the appeal for your child will be heard at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing.

This does not apply if you indicated on the appeal form that shorter notice is acceptable.

All appeals will be heard within the period 25 June - 16 July 2019. Dates will be confirmed directly with parents.


When will I be informed of the decision?

If we have a number of appeals the panel will not make decisions until all of the appeals have been heard. In these circumstances, it may not be possible to advise you of the outcome of your appeal for some time. If your appeal is the only one heard, the clerk will write to you within 5 school days.


If my appeal is turned down when can I appeal again?

If you have already appealed you cannot appeal again within in the same academic year. However, in rare circumstances you may be able to appeal again if there has been a significant and material change in either your circumstances or the circumstances of the school.

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Admission documents

Primary School Admission 2020 (2020-2021 intake)


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