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Sowing the Seeds for a Flourishing Future

We are a popular, small primary school situated within an idyllic rural setting yet close to Reading with easy access.  We admit 16 children per year group and are often oversubscribed in our Foundation Stage.  From time to time we do have spaces that become available in other year groups, for instance if a family relocates.  

This September we will have spaces in Year 6.  If you are relocating to this area and are interested in our school then do please call our school office on 01189302337.




Admissions Policy

As a Voluntary Aided school, our Governing Body is responsible for deciding admissions.  We work closely with West Berkshire Local Authority to coordinate admissions, details of how to apply are available on the West Berkshire website,  This explains how parents can express a preference for a school and give reasons for that preference.


Englefield is a popular and regularly oversubscribed school.  We have agreed criteria for deciding applications when we are oversubscribed.  For full details on our Admissions Policy please see the downloads section on this page. 


How to apply for a place at our school

Applications for entry must be made on the common application form of the local authority where the parent lives at the time of the application (i.e. your home LA), which may of may not be West Berkshire.  Parents living in West Berkshire should apply either on-line via the West Berkshire website or on the West Berkshire common application form. 


We admit pupils at a single point of entry at the beginning of the academic year in September for children whose 5th birthday falls between 1st September – 31st August.  Places are offered on a full time basis, but parents can request for their children to attend part time until they reach 5 yrs old.  Parents also have the option to defer entry if they feel their child is not yet ready for school.  If parents are considering either of these options they must discuss it with the school first once their child has been allocated a place. 


Applications for places outside the normal admissions round, for example if you have are moving into the area and your child is already at school or you want to move your child, any such applications should be made directly to the school.



Timetable for admissions:



Academic Year 2024/25

(children whose 5th birthday falls between 1/9/24 – 31/8/25)

Academic Year 2025/26

(children whose 5th birthday falls between 1/9/25 – 31/8/26)

Closing date for applications


15 January 2024


Offers and refusals letters issued to parents

16 April 2024


Parents acceptance of offer slips to be returned to schools by

4th May 2024


Closing date for appeals


20th July 2024



Late applications:

Applications received after the closing date are classed as “Late”. They are not considered until after the Local Authority has processed the applications that were sent in before the closing date.  The deadline for receipt of any late application appeals is 20 days after the receipt of the refusal letter.  Appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline to lodge an appeal. 


No places will be allocated to children from waiting lists until after all acceptances have been returned.