Please use link above (ECC Primary Schools Brochure 2023-24) for further information on Primary School applications. If you have any questions regarding admission to Tolleshunt D’Arcy St. Nicholas Academy, please email or

Catchment area checker:

Primary school applications for children due to start school in September 2024 are to be made online (for children who were born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020) ( between 6th November 2023 and the closing date of 15th January 2024.

On time Applications – when will I receive my child’s school offer?

National offer day is 16th April 2024

If you made an online application during the published timescales, you will receive an email during 16 April 2024 confirming your school offer from ECC. Emails may arrive throughout the day and we will not respond to requests chasing offer emails on 16 April 2024. You can also check online from 17 April 2024 by logging into your Essex Education Portal account.

If you applied to ECC using a paper application form (or selected to not receive an email when you applied online), a letter will be posted in 17 April. Once the letter has been posted, the Council is not responsible for how long it takes to be delivered, as this is dependent on Royal Mail.

Places are allocated in accordance with the school’s Admission Policy.

Late applications – when will I receive my child’s school offer?

Late applications and changes to applications are processed after 16 April 2024 and a letter will be sent by ECC with your outcome. If your letter has not arrived by 8 May, please contact ECC with your child’s details and ECC will assist you further. They will not respond to enquiries concerning late application before that date.

Waiting Lists – May

You can view your child’s position on the waiting lists from 8 May (Date TBC) via Please note ECC do not reply to requests for Reception waiting list positions as this can be found online. If you are having difficulties accessing the waiting list, please contact ECC with a screenshot and your child’s details and they will assist you further. (D’Arcy Academy is not provided with a list of children on the waiting list until this date. A place can only be offered to a child on the waiting list if a previous offer has been declined. The order of the list will be strictly based on the criteria explained in the school’s Admission Policy.)

Please use links below for further information on Primary School applications. If you have any questions regarding admission to Tolleshunt D’Arcy St Nicholas Academy, please email or

16 April 2024National Offer day- parents are informed of the outcome of application by Essex County Council.
(Places are offered to all applicants in accordance with the schools Admission Policy.)
May 2024Deadline for submitting appeals.
(INFANT CLASS SIZES APPEALS: This applies to YrR, 1 & 2 classes where classes re limited to 30 children. If you are appealing an infant class size class limit, your chance of a successful appeal is very limited.
An appeal can only succeed if;
1. Admitting an extra child would breach the class size limit.
2. Your child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had compiled with the admissions law or were correctly and impartially applied.
3. The admission authority’s decision to refuse a place was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.
(Deadline for submission of additional evidence by all parties, and by clear to end appeal papers will be confirmed by ECC Appeals Clerk on acknowledgement of appeal.)
April 2024 – 31 August 2024Waiting lists maintained by the LA and vacant places allocated
June to July 2024Appeals heard for those submitted by the deadline and where possible, for late appeals.
(Those that make an appeal will receive at least 10 days’ notice of their appeal hearing.) (Decisions letters are sent by Essex County Council within 5 days of the appeal hearing wherever possible.)
September 2024 onwardAppeals heard for any appeals not heard before July 2023

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you can lodge an appeal to Essex County Council against the decision. Further details on this process can be found online at Get in touch if you need to cancel your appeal, amend any contact details already given or submit any supplementary paperwork by post. Email: Postal address: Statutory Appeals Team, PO Box 11, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LX

Mid-Year Admissions

You can apply to change your child’s school during the school year. This is called a mid-year admission. Your child is not guaranteed a place at your preferred school. You should not remove your child from their school before you have received another offer.

NB: From 1st April 2022 mid year primary school applications will no longer be handled by Essex County Council. (However, applications for children starting primary school in year R in September will continue to be dealt with by ECC Admissions Department.) From this date, mid year applications are to be made directly to the Canonium Learning Trust.

Completed application forms must be sent, along with proof of address, to:


Post: Admissions, Canonium Learning Trust, Kelvedon Academy, Docwra Road, Kelvedon, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9DS

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