Thank you for visiting our Admissions page.


Admissions to Down Hall Primary School are managed by Essex County Council.  There is a wealth of information regarding admissions managed by Essex County Council on their website and we strongly recommend you read the Primary school admissions booklet which is available via the link below.  You also need to use this link to apply for a school place.

Essex County Council Admissions

Alternatively, you can contact Essex County Council by:


Telephone:    0345 603 2200

Post:             School Admissions

                    Essex County Council

                    County Hall

                    Market Road


                    CM1 1QH


Please read our prospectus which will give you plenty of information regarding school uniform, how our classes are organised, our daily routines and what we do to ensure your child settles in quickly to school life. Prospectus

Parent Tours

Before making your choice you would be very welcome to come and take a tour of the school - our school is accessible to everyone.  During the Autumn term we organise a number of tours - please see the calendar on the Home page to see forthcoming dates. If you wish to attend a parent tour please contact the school office on  01268 780018 to book a place. If you wish to apply for a place mid-term please contact the school office to arrange a suitable time to visit the school.

Over-subscription Criteria

In the event of over-subscription, places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:

1. Looked After Children and previously looked after children;

2. children with a sibling attending the school;

3. children living in the priority admission area;

4. remaining applications.

In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority. A waiting list is held until 31st December of the year of admission.

Priority Admissions Area

If you wish to find out if your home is within the priority admission area please use the Catchment area checker on the Essex County Council website: Essex County Council Catchment Checker

There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area.