For details on how to apply for a school place please click on the links below.

If you have any questions about joining Finchingfield Academy or would like to book a tour, please call 01371 810423.

Primary school applications for children due to start school in September 2023 are to be made online (for children who were born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019) ( between 7th November 2022 and the closing date of 15th January 2023.

Please use links above for further information on Primary School applications. If you have any questions regarding admission to Finchingfield Academy, please email or

Below is the school’s admission policy and a map showing priority admission areas of local schools:

On time Applications – when will I receive my child’s school offer?

If you made an online application during the published timescales, you will receive an email during 17 April 2023 confirming your school offer from ECC. Emails may arrive throughout the day and ECC will not respond to requests chasing offer emails on 17 April 2023. You can also check online from 17 April 2023 by logging into your Essex Education Portal account.

If you applied to ECC using a paper application form (or selected to not receive an email when you applied online), a letter will be posted in 17 April. Once the letter has been posted, the Council is not responsible for how long it takes to be delivered, as this is dependent on Royal Mail.

Late applications – when will I receive my child’s school offer?

Late applications and changes to applications are processed after 17 April 2023 and a letter will be sent by ECC with your outcome. If your letter has not arrived by 9 May, please contact ECC with your child’s details and ECC will assist you further. They will not respond to enquiries concerning late application before that date.

Waiting Lists – May

You can view your child’s position on the waiting lists from 9 May (Date TBC) via note ECC do not reply to requests for Reception waiting list positions as this can be found online. If you are having difficulties accessing the waiting list, please contact ECC with a screenshot and your child’s details and they will assist you further. (Finchingfield Academy is not provided with a list of children on the waiting list until this date. A place can only be offered to a child on the waiting list if a previous offer has been declined. The order of the list will be strictly based on the criteria explained in the school’s Admission Policy.)

17th April 2023National Offer day– parents are informed of the outcome of application by Essex County Council.
(Places are offered to all applicants in accordance with the schools Admission Policy.) (Please see above policy and school catchment area map.)
17 May 2023Deadline for submitting appeals.
(INFANT CLASS SIZES APPEALS: This applies to yrR, 1 and 2 classes where classes are limited to 30 children. If you are appealing an infant size class limit, your chance of a successful appeal is very limited.
An appeal can only succeed if:
1. Admitting an extra child would not breach the class size limit.
2. Your child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had compiled with the admissions law or were correctly and impartially applied.
3. The Admission Authority’s decision to refuse a place was not one which a reasonable Admission Authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.
(Deadline for Submission of additional evidence by all parties, and by clear to end appeal papers will be confirmed by ECC Appeals Clerk on acknowledgment of appeals.)
April to 31 August 2023Waiting list maintained by the LA and vacant places allocated
6 June to 19 July 2023Appeals heard for those submitted by the deadline and where possible, for late appeals.
(Those that make an appeal will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing.) (Decisions letters are sent by Essex County Council within 5 days of the hearing wherever possible.)
September 2023 onwardAppeals heard for any appeals not heard before July 2023

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you can lodge an appeal to Essex County Council against the decision. Further details on this process can be found online at Get in touch if you need to cancel your appeal, amend any contact details already given or submit any supplementary paperwork by post. Email: Postal address: Statutory Appeals Team, PO Box 11, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LX

Mid-year Admissions

(A link to guidance on applying for a mid year school place can be found at the top of this page.)

You can apply to change your child’s school during the school year. This is called a mid-year admission. Your child is not guaranteed a place at your preferred school. You should not remove your child from their school before you have received another offer.

NB: From 1st April 2022 mid year primary school applications will no longer be handled by Essex County Council. (However, applications for children starting primary school in year R in September will continue to be dealt with by ECC Admissions Department.) From this date, mid year applications are to be made directly to the Canonium Learning Trust.

Completed application forms must be sent, along with proof of address, to:


Post: Admissions, Canonium Learning Trust, Kelvedon Academy, Docwra Road, Kelvedon, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9DS