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Richard De Clare Community Academy

With a Nursery for 3 to 4 year olds.

Dream Big, Work Hard, Believe and Achieve.


Richard de Clare Community Academy


Admissions Criteria for Richard de Clare Community Academy

The published number of pupils to admit at Richard de Clare Community Academy is 60 pupils per cohort.


In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given, providing that an application is received by the published closing date:


  1. Looked After Children
  2. Children with a sibling attending our school;
  3. Children living in the priority admission area*;
  4. Remaining applications.


*As defined by local authority Admissions


In the event of oversubscription 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.


Information regarding the process of applying for a place can be found on the Essex Admissions pages:


Tour dates of the school are taking place as follows:

Thursday 12th October 2023 at 9:30am

Thursday 16th November 2023 at 9:30am

Thursday 11th January 2024 at 9:30am

Please contact us on 01787 472153 to book onto a tour.

Applications for School Places Outside the Normal Admissions Round (Mid-year Admissions)

Please note that there is a variation to our determined Admission Policy for 2021-22 from 1 April 2022.


From 1 April 2022 any mid-year applications must be made directly to the school.  if there are any spaces in the year group an offer will be made.


All mid-year applications should be made directly to the school, using the mid-year application form available below, or via the school office.


Mid-Year applications (sometimes called in-year applications) are any application for a school place made to a year group, apart from September admissions to Reception (primary and infant schools)/Year 3 (Junior Schools).


For applications into existing year groups, a place will be offered when the number of pupils in the relevant year group is below the admission number for that year group.


Please note:  If a mid-year application is received during a school holiday period, we will respond as soon as possible when the school reopens.

Appealing a school application decision

Parents have the right of appeal for a place at a school that they had put as a preference and for which they had not been allocated a place, even where that preference was of a lower rank than a place offered.


The Local Authority will provide the admission authority at that time with details of the preference expressed by parents


How do I appeal?

Following receipt of the decision regarding your child’s school place, complete the online appeal form (via the link below) and submit it directly to the Essex Local Authority Admissions TeamIn this document the word ‘appellant’ is used. That is usually the person having parental responsibility for the child and, therefore, making the appeal for a place at the school.

Bridge Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 07663795. Registered Office: Community Building, Bridge Academy Trust, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9DZ.

Tel: 01245 202 937