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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. The school is committed to achievement for all and that we pride ourselves on our strong inclusive ethos.  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.


You will receive an application pack from Hertfordshire County Council about a year before they are due to start school, usually in the October. This will direct you to the online application process. The County Council uses lists based on registrations with doctors and occasionally, particularly if you have moved house, some families do not get sent this information. Please contact us if you think you should have received a pack and have not yet had one.

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 and some parents will qualify for a further free 15 hours childcare. There are a number of places for this at Martins Wood.


Children who have attended Saplings Pre-School will automatically be offered a place in our nursery.


Nursery places are allocated as we receive applications. In the event of over-subscription (more children wanting places than we are able to accommodate) children will be prioritised using the following criteria. These criteria follow those that apply for the rest of the school. The key difference for nursery is that children who have attended Saplings Pre-School will have a priority for places.


  • 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.


Soon after you complete the expression of interest form we will confirm our offer of a place in our nursery or let you know that you have been added to our continued interest list. Later, we will write to you asking if you would prefer a morning or afternoon session and confirming if you require a 15 or 30 hour place.


For more information about Nursery, along with our application form, please see this page.

Saplings Pre-School


We are delighted to have our own school-operated, teacher led, 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 and  this page.



Hertfordshire Maintained Schools Admissions Arrangements

Please see our Local Authority admissions page

Hertfordshire County Council’s oversubscription criteria for community andvoluntary controlled, first, infant, primary, junior and middle schools for the school year 2022/23