The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


The Russell School is a one-form entry nursery and primary school, for children aged 4-11. The standard admission number is 30 per year group. The nursery is part-time only from 09:00 –12:00 Monday to Friday.

If you wish to send your child to The Russell School, you are advised to contact the school office (01923 284 272) to make an appointment to look around the school. This offers the opportunity to have a tour of the school and to meet our staff.

Hertfordshire’s Admissions Department administers the admissions process for entry from Reception to Year 6 and Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) admissions information can be gained by telephoning the team on 0300 123 4043 or by visiting the link below:

A step by step guide to applying for a school place within Hertfordshire can be found at:

Please note that we are still accepting applications for our Nursery for the current school year 2017/2018. If your child’s date of birth is between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 and you would like your child to join our Nursery, please contact the school office.

Nursery Class Admissions

The Russell School nursery is a part-time, mornings only nursery that runs from 09:00 -12:00 Monday to Friday. Parents can opt for their children to attend Nursery Lunch Club from 12:00 to 13:00 each day for a small charge. Children are admitted into our Nursery once a year, in September.

Parents of children born between September 1st 2014 and 31st August 2015, who wish to apply for a Nursery place for September 2018 should contact the School Office.  Staff will be pleased to guide you through the application process which is now managed directly by the school. The Nursery Admissions Policy can be accessed through the link provided at the bottom of this page.

The application process will close in March 2018 and places will be offered by the end of the Spring term. If your child is offered a place in our Nursery we will contact you shortly after you have received your allocation letter to arrange visits for you and your child.

Please note that admission into our Nursery class does not guarantee a place in our Reception class. A separate application procedure managed by Hertfordshire County Council needs to be completed for admission into our Reception class.

Reception Class Admissions
All children join the reception class in September. If your child is offered a place in our school, we will contact you shortly after you have received your allocation letter to arrange visits for you and your child.

The Education Department produces an information pack which informs parents how to apply for a Reception place and this is distributed through the Health Trusts via your child being registered with a local doctor. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, places are allocated according to Hertfordshire’s admissions criteria. This is managed solely by the Hertfordshire Admissions Team.

The application process for Reception places at primary school for admission in September 2018 opens on 6th November 2017 and closes on 15th January 2018. This process is for children currently in Nursery (for all children born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014).

School places are offered at the beginning of April 2018.

To view key dates, or to view a step by step guide to applying, please visit:

Once applications open, you will also be able to apply online by clicking the same link.

In Year Admissions

Providing there are places available, we admit children into other classes throughout the school at any time of the year.  Applications for in year admissions are managed by the Hertfordshire County Council Admissions team. To be redirected to the Hertfordshire County Council In Year Application page, please visit:

Unsuccessful applicants may lodge an appeal for a place through the County’s independent appeals procedure:

Oversubscription Criteria