Starting school in September 2023?

Starting School in Reception

Parents will be able to apply online from 4 November 2022, and the closing date is 3pm on 15 January 2023.

We can offer visits to the school for prospective pupils and their parents during the school day by appointment.  Please arrange a visit by contacting the school office. 

If you can’t make it to the school for a tour in person, our virtual school tour is the next best thing! Click on the button below to be taken on our virtual tour

Joining school in any other year group

Please contact the school office to determine if there are spaces in your required year group, and to arrange a tour of the school.  Applications for in-year transfers are managed by Buckinghamshire Council via the link below.


The Board of Governors and the Head Teacher are responsible for setting the Pre-school admissions policy. If you are interested in registering your child for our Pre-school provision, please contact Mrs Bowerman via email, or complete a Register of Interest Form

Admissions Policy for all year groups

As a school maintained by the local authority, Steeple Claydon School adheres to Buckinghamshire Council admission arrangements.

Once Buckinghamshire Council has notified parents that a place at our school has been allocated, you will be contacted by the school office to arrange a visit to the school for you and your child. Once a place has been accepted you will need to complete an application pack which provides us with important information about your child, we will also need to see the child’s birth certificate and a utility bill as proof of address.
Our admission numbers are 30 in each year group.

Admission Criteria (taken from the Buckinghamshire Council policy linked above)
Places are allocated according to the following criteria, in order of priority after children with EHCPs:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children
  2. Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted
  3. Children who have exceptional medical or social needs, which can only be met at that school, supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional person.
  4. Children of staff where either: i.The member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or ii.The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
  5. Children living within the catchment area of the school.
  6. For the main point of entry: Siblings of children who are attending the school in Year R – Year 5 at the time allocations are made, and are expected to be on the school roll at the time of the proposed admission, or who have already been offered a place to start in the current academic year at the school. For immediate in year admission after the normal point of entry: Siblings of children who are in Year R to Year 6 at the time of admission to the school.
  7. Once the above rules have been applied then any further places will be offered in distance order; using the distance between the family’s Normal Home Address and the school’s nearest open entrance gate offering the closest first. We use a straight line distance.
  8. Where we can take some, but not all, of the children who qualify under one of these rules, we will give priority to children by taking account of the next rule (or rules) in the numbered list to decide who has priority for places.
  9. If it still not possible to decide between two applicants who are equidistant then an independently scrutinised random allocation will be made to allocate the final place. An explanation of the method of making random allocations is on the council website at: