If you are interested in joining us, we warmly welcome you to visit the school and discuss the values and ethos we share at Watling Lower School.
For children starting school in the Reception year in September 2023, we will be holding an Open Event in the Autumn term. Please check back in September for more details. Our Open meetings will give you the chance to hear about the ethos of our school from our Head teacher; to learn about how we teach in the Reception class from our Early Years leader; see around the classroom and outdoor space that we offer and to ask any questions that you may have.
If you decide that you would like to apply for a place, please note that all admissions are dealt with through Central Bedfordshire Council and not through the school directly.
To apply for a place, please use the following link Central Bedfordshire School Admissions or call 0300 300 8037.
Our Admissions Criteria is given here.
All admission decisions are made by the Local Authority and the school has no influence in the decisions made. Please note: children already attending our nursery are not automatically offered entry to our Reception year and so it is very important that you apply for a place at our the school. The criteria that the council use to make their decisions are set out in our Admissions Criteria (see link above). In the event that we are oversubscribed, the following criteria will be used:
The oversubscription criteria for Watling Lower School is as follows:
1) All ‘looked after’ children or children who were previously ‘looked after’
2) Children who appear to the Council to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted
3) Children of staff
4) Children in living in the catchment area with siblings at the school
5) Children living in the catchment area
6) Children living outside the catchment area with siblings at the school
7) Any other children
Straight line distance will be used as a tiebreaker in each criterion where required to determine the allocation of places. The distance the pupil lives from the school which is measured in a straight line, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. The Local Authority will measure the distance from the address point of the pupil’s home to a point on the school site agreed with the governing body of the school, which is known as the designated measuring point. In the event of (a) two or more children living at the same address point (e.g. children resident in a block of flats) or (b) two addresses measuring the same distance from the school, the ultimate tie-breaker will be random selection, using the Synergy Admissions database to allocate the place. .
The full document is available to view at:
The closing date for applications to join our Reception Class in September 2021 is To be confirmed.