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Martins Wood Primary School

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Martins Wood Primary School


Martins Wood Primary School is a local authority maintained community school and follows the admission rules for Hertfordshire schools. If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 


Starting School


Compulsory school age for all children is from the start of the term after their fifth birthday. In practice almost all children start primary school in the September of the school year in which their fifth birthday will fall. Parents of summer born children may wish to consider deferring their child's entry and anyone considering this is strongly urged to come and talk to the school about their options.


The admission rules apply to children of school age. Different rules apply for our pre-school and our nursery as these are not a part of compulsory schooling. Follow the links below for further details.

Nursery admissions


Most children join the nursery class at the start of the school year in which they have their fourth birthday. All children will be offered 15 hours free provision. From September 2017 some parents will qualify for a further free 15 hours childcare and there will be a limited number of places for this at Martins Wood.


The nursery has similar admissions criteria to the main school in the event of over-subscription. The key difference is that children who have attended Saplings Pre-School will have priority for places in the nursery.


  • Children with a Statement of Special Educational which names the school will be allocated a place in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996.
  • Children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school.
  • Children looked after and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).
  • Children who attend Saplings Pre-school.
  • Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to attend the nursery class at Martins Wood.
  • Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of application.
  • Children who live closest to the school.

Saplings Pre-School


We are delighted to have our own school-operated pre-school. Children can join our pre-school from the age of two and priority is given to children who qualify for a free place. Many children join at the time that the 15 hours provision becomes free (the term after their third birthday) but it is possible to pay for the hours that you require before then. Likewise it is also possible to purchase additional hours care if you need them.

Pre-school is not compulsory. Places are allocated upon application.

For more information see our Saplings brochure.