Most pupils enter at Nursery, and then progress through to Reception or as the children call it 'Big School'. Some pupils also join us at Reception and pupils are welcome at any age dependent on a place being available, although places in other years are limited and in years where there is no place available we operate waiting groups.

We encourage prospective parents and pupils to visit us both formally and informally to get a true flavour of the school. We hold various Open Events throughout the year, including a specific Nursery and Reception Open Evening, which prospective parents and pupils are most welcome to attend. A meeting with Mr Robert Duigan, the Headmaster, is also a key part of the admissions process.

Our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Angela Barnard will be pleased to talk you through the admissions process and current availability, contact her on 01926 514410/514444 or email

Our next whole school Open Event is on Thursday 5 October 2017 from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

A chance for parents and children to visit the school and nursery during a normal working day. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see our facilities, meet pupils and staff and enjoy light refreshments. All are welcome.

We also have a dedicated Nursery and Reception Open Evening on Wednesday 22 November 2017 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

Please note, dates and information below will be updated for the 2017-2018 Academic Year shortly.


If you are interested in your child attending Little Crackers we would recommend that you make an appointment with Mrs Clare Bird, the Nursery Manager, or come to one of our regular Open Events. Alternatively you can come along to Stay ‘n’ Play, our toddler group, on Wednesdays in term-time from 10.00am to 11.30am to get a feel for the Nursery and chat with the staff informally. 

We take children from when they turn two-years old and advise parents to apply in good time. Simply complete a Registration Form with your required sessions and preferred start date, and return this with the accompanying fee of £50 to the school office. We will then send a confirmation letter, if those sessions are available. If the sessions you require are not available your fee will be returned.

Prior to starting, you and your child can attend a number of settling in sessions, typically two or three, where you will meet your child’s key worker.

Reception 2017

Little Crackers applicants

Those already attending Little Crackers in the pre-school year are given priority for places in Reception. The deadline for taking advantage of this priority arrangement for Little Crackers Reception applications is Monday 28 November. Please return your completed Registration Form with the accompanying fee of £50 (non-returnable) by this date. Offer letters will be sent out first class on Wednesday 7 December 2016 with a Confirmation of Acceptance Form, which we ask you to complete and return to us together with a deposit of £300 by the acceptance deadline of Thursday 5 January 2017.

External applicants (those attending nursery elsewhere)

External applicants interested in a place in Reception need to register by the deadline of Monday 6 February, you will be invited to bring your child in for an Experience session in pre-school once we have received your completed Registration Form and accompanying fee of £50 (non-returnable). Subject to availability and a satisfactory Experience session, offer letters to external candidates will be sent out first class on Friday 3 March with a Confirmation of Acceptance Form, which we ask you to complete and return to us together with a deposit of £300 by the acceptance deadline of Friday 21 April 2017.

Current Reception to Junior 6

Applications for places in the current Reception to Junior 6 will be treated on an individual basis as places are limited. In years where there is no place available we operate waiting groups. Please contact Angela Barnard, our Admissions Secretary to discuss these on an individual basis.

Should a potential place be available you will be invited in to meet with Mr Duigan, the Headmaster, then if appropriate you should complete a Registration Form and return it with the accompanying fee of £50 (non-returnable), after which time your child will be invited in for an Experience Day.

During the Experience Day children in Reception and Junior 1 will be assessed informally. Children in Junior 2 to 6 will be given assessments in Mathematics and English.

Once an Experience Day is arranged, we will contact you to advise that we plan to seek a reference from your child's current school. Following the Experience Day, confirmation of a place being offered would be made in writing subject to a satisfactory reference being received.

To secure your place return your completed Confirmation of Acceptance Form with a deposit of £300 within 14 days of the date of the offer being made.

The final deadline for applications and completed registration forms for entry in September 2017 is Friday 26 May. All incoming pupils need to have completed the admissions process by Friday 23 June to enable your child to attend our Induction Morning. (Although a place at Crackley Hall may become available after this date, and applications will be processed, we cannot guarantee availability of places.)

Note: Deposits are refunded after the end of the final term which the pupil spends at the school.


New pupils are given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school, staff and fellow pupils when they are invited to our Induction Morning in the Summer Term.


Bursaries are available for pupils wishing to join Crackley Hall, these are normally awarded to children from Junior 3 and above. Application forms are available from the Foundation Bursar’s office and from our website. Completed applications should be forwarded to the Foundation Bursar with supporting documentary evidence.

Applications for bursaries are normally reviewed by external consultants.

Mrs Angela Barnard, our Admissions Secretary will be pleased to talk you through the admissions process and advise as to the availability of places. Contact her on 01926 514410 or email

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              'At the recent Open Morning I was very impressed with all aspects of the school. All the staff and pupils seem to have a common goal to work together and have a genuine affection for one another which is lovely to see. I think our son would be very happy at Crackley Hall.'

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "At the Open Day we attended I felt that the school had a very warm and inviting ambience. I was very impressed and would be happy to send my son to Crackley."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "The tour of the school was excellent, full credit to Alice and Sammy!"

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