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Applying for a part-time (nursery/ F1) school place

The school has a fifty two place Foundation 1 Unit (Nursery) and children attend for half day sessions, 15 hours per week (3 hrs each morning or 3 hrs each afternoon) . Children are admitted into the Foundation Nursery the term after they are aged 3 in September (Autumn Term), January (Spring Term) and April (Summer Term).

Parents/ Carers who have registered their child(ren) for a part-time nursery place are contacted the term before they are due to start in the Foundation Unit and arrangements made for their child to attend induction sessions. All sessions are held in the schools Foundation Stage Unit.

Parents/carers wishing to register their child may do so from 6 months' old by putting their child(ren) on the waiting list. Please contact school directly on 01623 465588  or alternatively parents/carers are welcome to call in at the school office to register their child for a part-time nursery place. You will be asked to complete an Application Form, which will be securely stored until the term before they are due to start. 


Even though a child may attend John T. Rice School’s Foundation unit (F1 Nursey), parents/carers still have to apply for a full time place in school. We currently have a planned admission number (PAN) of 50 places. If parents live in Nottinghamshire, they must apply for a school place through Nottinghamshire County Council. A letter will be sent from the LA (Local Authority) with details on how to apply and deadlines etc. Parents may choose any school for a full time place but standard admission criteria as above will be applied.

All Nottinghamshire schools now admit pupils at one point of entry. Children will be admitted to full-time school in the September following their fourth birthday. Some parents may wish to defer the start of full-time education until compulsory school age. Parents/carers should discuss this option with the Headteacher of your preferred school or the School Admissions Team.

Parents who are considering sending their child to this school are welcome to visit by arranging a time with the Headteacher.

Over subscription
In the event of oversubscription, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to determine which applications will be granted places:

  1. Children looked after by a local authority and previously looked after children.
  2. Children who live in the catchment area at the closing date for applications and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school.
  3. Other children who live in the catchment area at the closing date for applications.
  4. Other children who live outside the catchment area.

Preference will be given to children who live nearest to the school as the crow flies. Distances are measured from the entrance to the child’s home to the school’s main entrance.

To apply for a full time school place please click on the School Admissions link below. Alternatively please telephone  Admissions on 0300 500 8080

Admission arrangements Notts County Council 2020-2021

Would you like to find out what parents/ carers say about our school?  Click on the link below for our most recent parent/ carer survey.