Visiting Ivy Chimneys

We would like to encourage all parents to visit us before their child starts school.  Please look at our website ( for details of our open days which normally take place in the Autumn term. 

Prospective parents are also welcome to attend our open evening which is held in the Summer Term.

Local Authority Policy

As required by Law, Ivy Chimneys Primary School provides for the full-time admission of children offered a place in the Foundation year group from the September following their fourth birthday.  Full information and the application procedure can be found online at

For the academic year 2019/20 all parents must complete an application form for the school of their choice before 15th January 2019.

Offers of places for September 2019 will be sent on 16 April 2019.

For the academic year 2020/21 all parents must complete an application form for the school of their choice before 15th January 2020.

Admissions Procedure

Each school has a published “number to admit” (NTA) in the ‘Primary Education Booklet’.  Copies of this booklet are available from the Planning and Admissions Office (0845 6032200) or information can be found on

The number of pupils to be admitted during 2019/20 is 45.

Priorities for admission to the school are on the following criteria:-

  1. Looked After Children and previously looked after children
  2. Children with a sibling at the school
  3. Children living within the priority admission area of Ivy Chimneys Primary School
  4. Children living within the priority admission areas of Coopersale and Theydon Garnon CE, Epping Primary, Epping Upland CE and Theydon Bois Primary Schools
  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 closest being given the highest priority.

Once your child has been offered a place, you will receive a letter in the second half of the summer term, inviting you to a pre-admission meeting. 

Arrangements will be made at that meeting for a ‘Home Visit’ with your child’s class teacher and the Teaching Assistant for that class.  Part-time and full-time dates will also be available at this meeting. 

We will also invite your child to a Story and Snack session in the summer term, so that the children, and you, become familiar with the school site, our staff, other children and the routines. Whilst your child is enjoying time in the classroom, we invite parents to an informal tea and coffee session in the main hall.

At Ivy Chimneys, we feel that it is best for your child’s wellbeing to operate a staggered start to the beginning of their school career.  All children starting in Foundation will have at least one morning session in school, followed by a morning and lunchtime session before staying for the whole day.

Mid-Year Admissions

It is the policy of Ivy Chimneys Primary School and the Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust to administer all mid-year admission enquiries by email

We will endeavour to answer all emails within 48 hours.


Please find below the Determined Admissions Arrangements for the following years:

Admissions for 2018-19

Admissions for 2019-20

Admissions for 2020-21