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Admissions Policy

Chard School is a school that does not select children by ability. We have systems in place that are designed to help children of all abilities achieve their potential.

Ages for Admittance

Children may be admitted:

  • To the Nursery at 2, at the beginning of a term or after half term, if places are available;
  • To the Reception class (Symes) in the term before they are 4 or mid-term, if necessary;
  • To Years 1 – 6, as required.


All children seeking a place at Chard School should be registered. This is done by completing a registration form and submitting this to the Head, together with the stated registration fee.

Allocation of Places

Places are allocated to children as follows:

  • To the Nursery upon registration, places can be taken up, if available, at the next intake or reserved for future admission;
  • To start Reception year: places can be reserved, if available, upon registration. It is assumed that all children will progress to Reception year from the Nursery unless we are advised otherwise or appropriate notice is received;
  • After Reception: places can be taken up, if available, upon registration or reserved for entry as required. All children will be offered a “taster” day, if required.

All places will be allocated in order of registration date.

Class Sizes

Infant and Junior classes (Years 1 – 6) are intentionally small, with not more than 16 pupils, except in exceptional circumstances. The Nursery and Reception classes have more flexible numbers, with additional staff being employed, if necessary.

Waiting Lists

Children who cannot be allocated places immediately will be placed on a waiting list. The school will contact parents as soon as places become available.

Admission of a child to Chard School is subject to the Head and Governors of Chard School reserving the right to require parents to remove permanently a child from the School, if the Head considers that the child’s attendance, progress or behaviour (including behaviour outside school) is seriously unsatisfactory and if, in the reasonable opinion of the Headmaster, the removal of a child is in the School’s best interests, or those of that child or other children.

The Headmaster may also, at his discretion, require parents to remove, or may suspend a child, if the behaviour of either or both parents, is, in the opinion of the Headmaster, unreasonable and affects, or is likely to affect adversely, the child’s or other children’s progress at Chard School, or the wellbeing of school staff, or where such behaviour were to bring the school into disrepute.

Reviewed April 2010
Reviewed September 2011