St. Leonard's CEP Academy

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it" Proverb 22:6


Starting School for the First Time (4+ yrs)


East Sussex County Council co-ordinates Academy admissions for the new intake for reception and they decide how pupils are admitted.


The admissions criteria is used to determine how places are allocated for new Reception children is listed in the East Sussex admissions booklet.  For admissions, you can apply online, please visit East Sussex County Council – Admissions Select admissions. Register and then apply. 


If you have applied and have been refused a place, you may add your child to our waiting lists. Please note that we recommend that your child is sent to another school whilst you are waiting for a place as we cannot give any indication of timescales for the availability of places.


 In-Year Admissions


Our Admissions Officer, Miss. Thomas manages any admissions for pupils wishing to join during the academic year, please see our Admissions Policy for details or contact her directly.  Priority will be given in accordance with our Admissions Criteria.  Applications should still be made to School Admissions, you can apply online, please visit East Sussex County Council – Admissions Select admissions. Register and then apply. 


These are the preferred and quickest methods to apply but if you experience difficulties please contact Miss. Thomas in the Academy office, 01424 422950




 Where St Leonards is unable to offer a place because of over subscription, parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel.  


East Sussex County Council still handle and process appeals. Please contact them directly on 0345 6080190 quoting Admissions - East Sussex Area.  Please refer to the County Council appeals process by clicking here.


 Infant, junior or primary school 2023


Date                                                                                      What happens

September to December 2022                          Start contacting schools to arrange visits

12 September 2022                                             Applications open


Apply for primary school


15 January 2023                                                    Closing date for school applications

16 March 2023                                                      The deadline to apply late for a school place with a good                                                                                             reason, for example you've moved into the area

17 April 2023      National offer day

Mid-May             Deadline to make an appeal

June to July 2023              Admissions appeals


Academy visits


The best way to learn about our Academy is to visit us. We encourage you and your child to see for yourself what we’re really like, to ask questions and to discuss any matters with the Executive Headteacher or Head of School.


Please contact the School Office to arrange an appointment to tour the Academy, meet the staff and see the children at work.