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Hartford Infant and Preschool is an Academy of The Cam Academy Trust. The Trust and the local governing board agree to accept the Admission Policy guidelines produced by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Children are admitted to school at the beginning of the school year (September - August) in which they are 5. The online application process opens in September and closes in January. Parents are advised if they have been successful in securing a place in April.

Although the Preschool is part of the Cam Academy Trust, there is no automatic entry to the Reception year of the Infant School. Parents must apply and register for the Infant School separately in accordance with the School’s Admissions Policy. Children attending Hartford Infant and Preschool do not have higher priority in the Infant School Admissions Policy. It is not a requirement to have attended the Pre School in order to be able to apply for a place at Hartford Infant School.

We hope that Hartford Infant and Preschool is your first choice and would love to welcome your child into our Reception class in September. If you would like a tour of the school* to see our classrooms and facilities and to meet some of the staff, please contact the school, we will do our best to facilitate a convenient time.

*please note these bespoke tours take place after school, children are welcome and take approximately 30 minutes, please book through the school office.

Primary Applications for September 2024

If your child/ren was born between 1.9.2019 and 31.8.2020 and are due to start Primary School in September 2024, applications can be made via the Admissions website from the 12th September 2023.  The closing date is the 15th January 2024. More information is available on how to apply and Admissions Guide for 2024-25 guide is on their website.

Accelerated and Deferred Admissions

Parents will need to put requests for accelerated or deferred admission in writing to the Local Authority.

For more information please click here to go to the relevant page on the county council website.

Children moving to the Junior School after Year 2

This is for children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, who are currently in Year 2 and live in Cambridgeshire and attend the Infant School, for transferring to Year 3 for September 2024.

Once your child has completed Key Stage 1 [Reception, Year 1 and Year 2] they do not automatically move to the onsite Junior School. Please note parents must apply for a junior place for their child's Key Stage 2 education using the online application process as above.

Cambridgeshire Local Authority Admission Criteria

Children who have an Educational Health Care Plan [EHCP] that names the school will be admitted.

Information for new starters can be found in First Steps booklet which can be accessed here.

Thereafter priority is as follows:

  1. Children in Care (CIC) and children who were previously in care (CIC) but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a residence order (now known as a child arrangement order) or special guardianship order;
  2. Children who appear to the Admission Authority to have been in state care (i.e. in the care of or accommodated by a public authority, religious organisation or any other provider whose sole/main purpose is to benefit society) outside of England but ceased to be so as a result of being adopted only.
  3. Children living in the catchment area with a sibling at the school (or partner junior school) at the time of admission;
  4. Other children living in the catchment area;
  5. Children who live outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school (or partner junior school) at the time of admission;
  6. Children who live outside the catchment area, but nearest the school as measured by a straight line.

[Information taken from ‘Cambridgeshire STEPS 2023-24]

For more information please click here to be directed to the Cambridgeshire County Council Admission Arrangements.

That being said, if you are looking to send your child to our school you can ‘express an interest’ using the linked form and we will contact you as soon as the admission window for the appropriate academic year has opened. 

PAN for Hartford Infant School (Pupil Admission Number)

The PAN which has been determined for Hartford Infant School is 60. This is the number of pupils which can be accepted for each year group unless Cambridgeshire Admissions determine otherwise, usually following an appeal.

Catchment Area

The geographical area served by a school is its catchment area. In Cambridgeshire, your home address will usually be in the catchment area of one primary school and one secondary school.

You can enter your postcode to determine if we are your catchment school using the following link: for details of your catchment school; if your address is not listed you are not a Cambridgeshire resident and should apply to your home Local Authority. for details of your home Local Authority; if Cambridgeshire is not shown as your Local Authority you should not apply to Cambridgeshire County Council

Admissions Contacts, email or phone 0345 0451370.


For all appeals contact the Local Authority:

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