Brightside is a popular, oversubscribed primary school. It is strongly advised that parents contact the school in advance to check whether places are available.
At Brightside we endeavour to be fully inclusive. We value all our pupils and we celebrate everyone’s achievements and successes. We welcome pupils from different cultural and religious backgrounds. We believe that everyone is special and we strive to ensure that every member of our school community reaches their full potential. No pupil is every refused admission on grounds of their background or academic ability. We however do have a strict admission criteria.
Looked after children will be given first priority ahead of all other applicants.
There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admissions area.
In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in order given:
1. Looked After Children and previously looked after children (as defined on page 12 of the Primary Education in Essex 2013/2014 booklet);
2. Children with a sibling attending the school;
3. Children living in the priority admission area;
4. Remaining applications.
For children who have a sibling admitted before 1 September 2007 attending the school, the priority admissions area includes roads on the site of the former St. Andrew’s Hospital (as defined on a map available at the school).
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 highest priority.
Exceptional medical circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above.
All children are admitted in the September prior to their 5th birthday. Our number to admit each year is 60, generally this is organised in two classes,
Our admissions are handled by the LA. Application forms will be sent to you via your registered GP and should be completed and returned to the address on the bottom of the form by the end of February prior to your child starting school in the autumn. Should you not receive a form please contact Planning and Admissions at County Hall Chelmsford, telephone 0345 603 2200.
Should you choose to send your child to Brightside, we look forward to welcoming you and working with you.