Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery

Reception Admissions

We warmly welcome new children into our school. As a two-form entry school, we have two classes from Reception through to Year 2. The maximum number for admission into the Reception is 60. If there are less than 60 applicants putting Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery as first choice then all the applicants will have a place. If there are more than 60 applicants then all the children are offered a place according to set County criteria which are:

  • Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school.
  • Children who can prove that they have a particular medical or social reason why they must go to the school.
  • Children who have a brother or sister on the roll of the school or linked junior (Thomas Coram Junior School) at the time of admission.
  • Children for whom the school is the nearest in relation to alternative schools (if more families qualify under this rule than there are places available, those families with the longest extra journey to an alternative school with places will be given priority). This rule will be applied until 90% of places in the school have been allocated.
  • Children who live nearest to the school. 

To apply for a Reception place for 2023/2024 you will need to go to the Hertfordshire County Council admissions page - the application system opens on Tuesday 1 November, 2022 and the deadline is Sunday 15 January 2023.

Important dates for Reception applications

Tuesday 1 November 2022 Hertfordshire County Council online system opens for applications.
Sunday 15 January 2023 Deadline to apply for a school place.
Monday 17 April 2023 National allocation day - Reception places are offered to families by email
Monday 1 May 2023 Deadline for families to accept Reception places in writing (by email is sufficient)

Wraparound Care

We are able to offer full wraparound care to all of our children at Swing Gate, from our bright start Breakfast Club from 7:30-8:30, run by our Breakfast Club Assistant through to our After School Club from 15:05-18:00, run by Little Deers.


Appeals process

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place in our school and wish to appeal, you will need to follow the process on the Hertfordshire County Council appeals page

For all other enquiries, please email the school office on admin@swinggate.herts.sch.uk or call 01442 863913.

The online application portal for Reception 2023/24 places is now closed and National Allocation Day is on Monday 17 April.

If you would like to make a late application please please get in touch with our school office.

If you would like to apply for an in-year application to our current Nursery Class please call or email our school office.

*SPACES AVAILABLE FOR CURRENT RECEPTION YEAR** We have spaces available for children in Reception 2022/23. To make an admission you will need to visit the Herts Council admissions website or call us and we can help you through the process.

Swing Gate Lane, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 2LJ

01442 863913