Tours for prospective parents


Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not able to offer tours of the school at the moment. If you are interested in sending your child to Cranbourne please phone the school office (01992 416220) to arrange a chat with the headteacher. We do not often have places available for admissions during the school year.

Admissions arrangements 2021/22

Admission to the main school

Cranbourne is an academy taking the full range of children from 4 - 11 years. Our allocation criteria for entry to reception in September 2021 can be found in the document above. Applications for reception (ie starting school) are made online through the Local Authority at The application process for entry to reception in 2021 is open from 5th November 2020 to 15th January 2021.

Our admission number for each year group is sixty children, across 2 classes. All children start in reception in the Autumn term. Allocated places are guaranteed, so if a parent chooses to delay their child’s start until the term after they have their 5th birthday, they may do so. We recommend that all children start full time in September unless there are very exceptional circumstances. Parents of summer born children may choose to delay their application process by a year - they will then be part of the normal application system, there is no preferential treatment for such applications.

If you consider sending your child to us, you are welcome to visit in order to talk to the Headteacher and be shown round. An appointment may be made by calling in to the school, by telephone or by email (

Parents seeking places in other year groups can apply any time throughout the school year, again through the LA system. If there is a place it will be offered. If the year group is full, the child will be placed on a reserve list and the parents will be offered the right of appeal. In year nursery applications are made directly with the school.

Admission to the Nursery

Applications for the nursery for 2021/22 should be made directly with the school. This can be done at any time in the school year, with places allocated throughout the year. Our closing date for applications is February 12th 2021, with places allocations being sent out on March 3rd 2021.

If we have any spaces remaining after 3rd March we will allocate them according to our admissions criteria (see document at the top of the page), so it is worth handing in applications even if you have missed the deadline. We offer a morning session and places are limited to 35. We will not be offering 30 hours in the nursery - our offer is for 15 hours only. We are happy to work in partnership with other local providers, such as childminders, if you wish to access the 30 hours entitlement.

All children start Nursery in September, although parents of summer born children may delay this until January. 

Hertfordshire County Council Admissions Page