Admissions - Reception to Year 4
We follow the agreed Hertfordshire County Council Admission Policy which likes all children to start school in September. Parents are very welcome to view the school by making an appointment with the Headteacher.
Current pupil admission number: 60 from Reception to Year 4 (2 form entry). We currently have spaces in some year groups.
The County Council is responsible for setting a published admission number (PAN) for all community and voluntary-controlled schools and must consult on any proposals to reduce PANs. After a period of demographic growth, the demand for primary places across the county has fallen and, in some areas, fewer school places are needed. This is in line with a decrease in primary demand across most other local authorities. Changes in demand are not evenly distributed and some areas and schools are impacted more than others. As part of the PAN setting process for academic year 2025/26, the County Council has engaged with headteachers and governing bodies at a number of schools, including Roger De Clare First School, to discuss and agree a proposed PAN reduction.
A reduction of the PAN at Roger De Clare First School from 60 to 30 places from 2025/26 is proposed following a drop in the number of applications and allocations for September 2023. The pupil forecast indicates lower demand for Reception places across this part of Buntingford, Puckeridge & surrounding areas for 2025/26 and beyond. A reduction in PAN would create a better match of places to expected demand, protecting the financial viability of the school moving forward. The Governing Body and Headteacher are both in agreement with the proposal which will assist the school both organisationally and financially.
Please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions2025 for more information about the consultation and to respond online.
Roger de Clare C. of E. First School and Nursery is in charge of admissions to Nursery. We liaise with our friends and colleagues across the Rib Valley with regards to the timings of the admission process. The admissions process for Nursery places in 2024 opens on 1st November 2023 and will run until 15th January 2024. The policy for admissions can be found below during the application process. The application form will be available here during this window.
We are able to offer up to 30 hours in our Nursery, subject to eligibility and space. Our team can support you with this process if you require it.
Tours of the school
We are delighted to offer tours for prospective parents. Tours will take place on Tuesdays at 9.30am. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. In the event that tours are oversubscribed, we will seek to offer alternative dates to accommodate need. In the meantime, click here to see our video.
New Starter Information and forms
All forms should be completed before your child starts at Roger de Clare. If you require hard copies of any forms, please email email@example.com to request this and organise collection.