As a community school we follow the admissions procedures of Hertfordshire Education Authority for both in year admissions (at a time other than September of the academic year in which the child is 5) and admissions into Reception.

Details of these can be found on the county website.

Before applying for a place, we recommend that you visit us to see for yourselves. We welcome visits to the school and an appointment can be made by phoning or emailing the office.   In-year admissions are subject to availability of places.

Admissions for Reception 2024

We will be holding school tours on the following dates:

Wednesday 10th January 9.15-9.45am
Thursday 11th January 2.00-2:30pm


Please call the school office on 01727 851176 to register on one of the tours.

View our School Prospectus.

Starting School

This can be an anxious time for both you and your child and we take pride in the way that our new children settle into school.

Generally, children start the Reception class in the year in which they reach their fifth birthday. There is a phased entry to Reception, with children attending initially until lunchtime, then until after lunchtime. Full attendance is usually achieved by the beginning of the third week. Children may start full-time from the beginning of September if parents desire it.

Parents, whose child is starting school in the Reception year, are invited to attend a coffee morning at the end of May to meet some of their fellow parents and to help them feel part of the Windermere community.  Our new pupils will have two opportunities to visit for an afternoon so that they begin to recognise people and get to know some of the classroom routines.  The Reception class teacher and SENCo also contact nurseries and pre-school settings to discuss pupils’ needs.  In addition to this parents are invited to come into school and meet with the class teacher and SENCo to discuss their individual child.  There is also an afternoon session for parents when you will be able to ask questions and buy uniform.