The Russell School

Reception Admissions

Applications for September 2023 

If your child was born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019; your child is due to start primary school in September 2023.

You must submit your online application before the closing date on 15 January 2023   


Reception Open Days for Admission 2023

Our Reception open days for children applying to join the school in September 2023 will take place on:

  • Thursday 29 September 9:30am
  • Tuesday 4 October 9:30am
  • Wednesday 19 October 9:30am
  • Tuesday 8 November 1:30pm
  • Wednesday 30 November 1:30pm

Come and meet Claire Pitt, Headteacher and The Russell School Early Years team for an informative session and a tour of the school. 

If you are unable to attend any of the dates, please call the school office who will be happy to arrange another time for you to visit.

Starting Nursery at The Russell School September 2023

Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 will be eligible to start in the nursery class of a Hertfordshire school in September 2023.

The application form can be found below. Please return completed forms directly to the school not to School Admissions. Applications open 31 January 2023

Children can take up a free 15-hour place in school nurseries in the September after their third birthday. The Russell School nursery offers 30 hours childcare, allowing children to attend nursery for a total of 30 hours per week, from 9am to 3pm each day. 

Working families who meet certain eligibility criteria can claim an additional 15 hours of free education and childcare a week - 30 hours in total.  You can check your eligibility for the 30 hours through:

Apply for 30 hours free childcare - GOV.UK (

They cannot be admitted before the school year in which they reach the age of four.

How to apply

Applications open: 31 January 2023

The closing date is 3 March 2023.  Some schools may still have places available after this date - check with the school directly.

Offers made: 6 March 2023

Deadline to accept: 31 March 2023

Our Nursery open mornings for children applying to join the school in September 2023 will take place on:

  • Wednesday 2 November 9:30am
  • Friday 18 November 9:30am
  • Friday 9 December 9:30am
  • Tuesday 10 January 9:30am


You can apply to more than one school but must send each school an individual application form. Your application must go directly to the school, not Hertfordshire Schools Admissions.

Education in a school nursery is not compulsory and it may not be possible for every child to secure a place in a school nursery. If your child already has a place at a private day nursery or playgroup, you may prefer to keep them there until they start reception in the following September.

For more information about applying for a school nursery class or the early education entitlement, please click on the link below. All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of early education each week for 38 weeks of the year.

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