Primary school applications open
Applications for children’s reception places will open on 9th November 2020 and will run until 15th January 2021.
Parents of children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 should apply online with their four preferences for primary schools.
To have the best chance to get the school of their choice parents are encouraged to not only make sure that they make their application before the deadline but to also check school admissions criteria for any school they apply to and to use all four of the preferences available.

For children who wish to start during the year in all age groups, parents need to telephone our office on 01799 521720 to make an appointment to view the school.

All applications for places in our school should be made via Essex Planning and Admissions (telephone 0845 6032200 or go online

Reception school applications for September 2021 – reminder for new intake parents:
Parents and carers who live in Essex apply for their child’s school place online using the Essex Online Admissions Service at:

You will be able to make your application online from 9th November 2020.

The closing date for primary applications is 15th January 2021.  This is the statutory national closing date set by the Government.

Following the offer of a school place, which will be made by Essex County Council on 16th April 2021, if you wish to make an appeal please see the guidelines and application form below.

On 24 April 2020 the Government released guidelines for schools to follow with regards to the hearing of admission appeals during the pandemic.  Those guidelines have recently been extended by the Government to be in place until 30 September 2021.  Therefore appeals lodged by parents/carers this year in relation to refusal of a place at Katherine Semar School will be held virtually (via Zoom).