Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery

Reception Application

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 2021/2022 you will need to go to the Hertfordshire County Council admissions page - the application system opens on Monday 2 November, 2020 and the deadline is Friday 15th January 2021.

Important dates for Reception applications

Monday 2 November 2020 Herts County Council online system opens for applications.
Friday 15 January 2021 Deadline to apply for a school place.
Wednesday 29th April 2021 Nursery places are offered to families by email
Monday 11th May 2020 Deadline for families to accept Nursery 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 7:30-8:30am, run by our teaching assistants through to our After School Club from 3:05-6:00pm, 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.

Swing Gate Lane, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 2LJ

01442 863913