Prae Wood Primary School

Prae Wood Primary School

Everyone Valued, Everyone Learning

Prae Wood Nursery Admission 2022

Our Nursery admission Pupil Admission Number (PAN) is 39. We have one intake in September each year and places are allocated according to the schools’ admission criteria (see below).

Applications for 2022 admission are welcomed for children whose birth date falls within the range 1/9/2018 to 31/8/2019 


We are managing our Nursery applications as part of a consortium of schools, including St Bernadette Primary School, Margaret Wix Primary School, Killigrew School, Sandridge School, Muriel Green Nursery School, Bernards Heath Schools, Mandeville School, St Peters School, St Adrian's School, Aboyne Lodge, Skyswood, Camp Primary and Nursery School, Wheatfields Infants and Nursery School, Prae Wood Primary School, Fleetville School and St Alban and St Stephen, Mount Pleasant Lane Primary School and How Wood Primary School to ensure that application procedures and dates align.  

Timeline for Nursery Admissions 2022

A group of St Albans Schools have agreed the following timeline for applications to Nursery. Applications should be made having read each school's oversubscription criteria and the relevant application form should be requested from each provider

Monday 1st November 2021: Applications for September 2022 Nursery places open
Friday 25th February 2022: Applications for September 2022 Nursery places close
Wednesday 16th March 2022: Schools will write to parents offering a place
Wednesday 23rd March 2022: Parents must accept or decline a place by this date


Late applications to the school will be dealt with once places have been allocated


All children are offered the 15 hours of funded education over 5 daily sessions per week, running from 9am-12pm.

In addition to this for eligible families the 30 hours free childcare sessions are offered daily from 12pm-3pm, meaning children can attend nursery for 30 hours over 5 days each week from 9am – 3pm term time only.

Families who are not eligible can also access the afternoon childcare sessions for a fee of £15.75 per day.

These sessions must be booked and paid for a half-term in advance via the school office. A half-term’s notice is required to reduce sessions. Paid for childcare sessions are also offered in term time only. Adhoc sessions may be available upon request.

We also offer Nursery children access to Little Breakfast Club and Little RASCals, our after school club. This runs as a provision for Nursery and Reception-age children in a separate space to our main extended childcare provision.

Although we are keen to welcome you to visit our school, we are not able to offer our usual system of tours for prospective parents for admission in September 2021 

Please view our VIRTUAL VISIT video below, which gives you a taste of the day-to-day teaching and environment at Prae Wood.


Due to covid-19, regretfully, we are not able to offer tours of the school site

Please phone the school office on 01727 751930 or email us at if you have any questions



Admissions Criteria

The same rules will apply for nursery places as for primary school places as per HCC admission criteria:

If there are fewer applications than places available at our nursery all applicants will be admitted. If there are more applications than places available, the criteria outlined below will be used to prioritise applications. 


Oversubscription criteria 

Rule 1: Children looked after and children who were previously looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).

Rule 2: Medical or Social -  Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to attend Prae Wood nursery. Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the governing bodies of all maintained schools to admit a child with a statement of special educational needs that names their school. Schools must also admit children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school.    

Rule 3: Sibling -  Children who have a sibling on the roll of the school at the time of application.  This applies to Reception through to Year 5 in Prae Wood.

Rule 4: Distance  - Children who live nearest to the school. Distance calculations will be based on the same method used to allocate primary school places in Reception.

Rule 5:  Eligibility - Children eligible for the 30 hours free childcare and parents wishing to take up the offer but not allocated a place based on distance


Continuing Interest  (CI)

After places have been offered, Prae Wood will maintain a continuing interest (waiting) list. A child’s position on a CI list will be determined by the admission criteria outlined above and a child’s place on the list can change as other children join or leave it. The school office will contact parents/carers if a vacancy becomes available and it can be offered to a child. Continuing interest lists will be maintained until the end of the summer term when a place will no longer be required in nursery as the child will have reached school age and will have been allocated a school place via the HCC admissions process.