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 Jenny Vaughan will be pleased to talk you through the admissions process and current availability, contact her on 01926 514410/514444 or email

Open Morning - Saturday 9 March 2019
from 10.30am to 12.30pm. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to look around the school and to meet staff and pupils at a weekend. All are welcome and there is no need to book.


If you are interested in your child attending Little Crackers we would recommend that you contact Mrs Jenny Vaughan, our Admissions Secretary, to make an appointment 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 2019

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 26 November 2018. 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 Friday 14 December 2018 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 Monday 7 January 2019

External applicants (those attending nursery elsewhere) 

External applicants interested in a place in Reception need to register by Monday 4 February 2019.  You will be invited to bring your child in for a taster 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 taster session, offer letters will be sent out first class on Friday 8 March 2019 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 Monday 29 April 2019.

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 Jenny Vaughan, our Admissions and Marketing 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 Taster Day.

During the Taster 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 a Taster Day is arranged, we will contact you to advise that we plan to seek a reference from your child's current school. Following the Taster 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 2018 is Friday 24 May 2019. All incoming pupils need to have completed the admissions process by Friday 14 June 2019 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.

Data Protection

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Mrs Jenny Vaughan, 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

Click here to access our new Crackley Admissions Update e-newsletter, which is full of information and advice for those looking to join the school including the answers to many Frequently Asked Questions.

To request a prospectus click here.

Click on the link to download a Registration Form.

Click here to download our Prospectus Handbook 2018-2019.

Click here to download our Admissions Policy.

'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.'

Prospective parent

"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."

Prospective Parent

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

Prospective parent