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Most of our pupils enter at Reception and at Year 3, though pupils are welcome at any age dependent on a place being available. Places in other years are limited and in years where there are no places available we operate a waiting group.

A meeting with Mr Joe Thackway, the Headmaster, is a key part of the admissions process. We encourage prospective parents and pupils to visit us both formally and informally to get a true flavour of the school. We hold various open events throughout the year, including a specific Reception Open Evening in November, which prospective parents and pupils are most welcome to attend.

Crescent School Virtual Open Evening

Don't worry if you missed the Crescent School’s first ever Virtual Open Evening and Live Q&A. Just contact our friendly Registrar, Helen Morley, who will be happy to send you links to recordings of the event.   

The Open Event included a tour of the school, interviews with our Year 6 pupils and the chance to view our new Crescent promotional film, whilst the Q&A explores the education the school provides, how Crescent supports its pupils to achieve great things and the school’s admissions process.

Crescent will have two Reception classes for September 2020 entry and there is still time for parents to apply. There is limited availability in other years.

For more information on admissions and the links to the videos please email admissions@crescentschool.co.uk or call 01788 523851 and speak to our Registrar, Helen Morley.

Our Registrar, Mrs Helen Morley will be
pleased to talk you through the admissions
process and current availability. Contact her on 01788 523851 or email

Why not take a look at Crescent School's Admissions Update e-newsletter. This publication is packed with news to give you a feel for school life, details of forthcoming events which are open to prospective pupils and their families and helpful advice about the admissions process for Crescent School.

To view our latest Admissions Newsletter please click here.


reception 2020

Early Bird applicants

Siblings of Crescent pupils, those attending Pathfinders Nursery, and any external candidates with a strong interest in a place in Reception, are able to apply early and take advantage of a priority application process. The deadline for taking advantage of this priority arrangement is Monday 25 November 2019. Please return your completed Registration Form with the accompanying fee of £50 (non-returnable) by this date. Your child will be visited in their nursery setting by one of the Early Years Team, and subject to availability and a satisfactory visit offer letters will be sent out first class on Monday 16 December 2019 with a Confirmation of Acceptance Form, which we ask you to complete and return to us together with a deposit of £300 by the acceptance deadline of Monday 6 January 2020.

On-time applicants

Applicants interested in a place in Reception following similar timescales to the state application process, need to register by the deadline of Monday 3 February 2020; you will be invited to bring your child in for a taster session once we have received your completed Registration Form and accompanying fee of £50 (nonreturnable). Your child will be visited in their nursery setting by one of the Early Years Team. Subject to availability and a satisfactory visit, offer letters to applicants will be sent out first class on Friday 6 March 2020 with a Confirmation of Acceptance Form, which we ask you to complete and return to us together with a deposit of £300 by the acceptance deadline of Monday 27 April 2020.


current reception to year 6

Application for places in the current Reception to Year 6 will be treated on an individual basis as places are limited. In years where there is no place available we operate waiting groups. Please contact Helen Morley, our Registrar to discuss these on an individual basis.

Should the possibility of a potential place be available you will be invited in to meet with Mr Thackway, the Headmaster, then if appropriate you should complete a Registration Form and return it with the accompanying fee of £50 (non-returnable), after which time your child will be invited in for a taster day.

During the taster day children will be assessed both formally and informally. Children in Year 3-6 take a short on-line assessment to help us gauge their current levels of understanding. Younger children may have a reading age assessment and of course will produce written language and number work as part of their day in school.

Once a taster day is arranged, we will contact you to advise that we plan to seek a reference from your child’s current school. Following the taster day, confirmation of a place being offered would be made in writing subject to a satisfactory reference being received.

To secure your place return your completed Confirmation of Acceptance Form with a deposit of £300 within 14 days of the date of the offer being made.

The final deadline for applications and completed registration forms for entry in September 2020 is Friday 22 May 2020. All incoming pupils need to have completed the admission process by Friday 12 June 2020 to enable your child to attend our Induction Morning. (Although a place at Crescent School may become available after this date, and applications will be processed, we cannot guarantee availability of places.)

Note: Deposits are refunded after the end of the final term which the pupil spends at the school.



New pupils are given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school, staff and fellow pupils when they are invited to our Induction Morning in the Summer Term.