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Admission Arrangements



Oakfield Primary School is a popular school serving residents on The Wick.  The school always receives more applications than there are places available and regularly has appeals from parents / carers who have been unsuccessful in gaining a place for their child, including some who reside in the priority admissions area.


The school shares its priority admissions area with neighbouring Abacus Primary School.  Parents / carers should apply for a place for their child at primary or secondary school level online at:


Before applying for a school place parents / carers are advised to:

  • Obtain a copy of the Primary Education in Essex (Basildon District) booklet which contains information about applying for a school place and the processes and timescales involved. A copy can be obtained online at
  • Check whether their address is located in the priority admissions area.
  • Investigate and consider applying for other schools as well as Oakfield as this will increase the chances of gaining a place at a preferred school, should your application for Oakfield be unsuccessful. You can rank the schools in your order of preference on the application form.

Most importantly, ‘It is the responsibility of parents to apply for a school place at the correct times. You will not receive any letters from Essex County Council to inform you that you must apply for your child’s school place.’


The school will admit up to 60 children into Reception.

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


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

  • Looked After Children and previously looked after children (as defined in the Primary Education in Essex booklet);
  • Children with a sibling attending the school;
  • Children living in the priority admission area;
  • 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.