Priory Admissions

The school has an agreed admission number of 60 per year group, with a 52 place Nursery. For application forms for years 1 to 6, parents are asked to contact the school office in the first instance. The Admissions team at Stoke on Trent City Council should be contacted on 01782 236867/ 233232 or for applications to Nursery and Reception. They can also offer general information and guidance about admissions.

Admissions Policy and Over-subscription Criteria

Priory follows the Local Authority Admissions Arrangements:

School Admissions Arrangements 2019-20

School Admissions Arrangements 2018-19

School Admissions Arrangements 2017-18

Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available the following criteria will be applied.

  1. Pupils in the care of the Local Authority or provided with accommodation by the authority as defined by Section 22 of the Children act 1989
  2. Pupils living within the catchment area of the school who have an older brother or sister in attendance at the school at the time of admission.
  3. Other pupils living within the catchment area.
  4. Pupils living outside the catchment area of the school who have an older brother or sister in attendance at the school.
  5. Other pupils living outside the catchment area.

Children with a statement for Special Educational Needs will be given priority, as will Looked After Children (Children In Care).

If priorities have to be decided within any of these categories, children will be placed in order of priority using distance from their home to the main gate of the school as measured by the nearest practical walking route.

Nursery Admissions

All Nursery children are entitled 15 hours free, and some may be entitled to an additional 15 hours free.  For those who are not entitled to the additional 15 hours, we offer the top-up hours for a fee.

The offers are set out below:

OFFER 1: 15 Hours Free Childcare Only

For pupils who receive 15 hours free childcare only, morning sessions will be available from 8:45 to 11:45.

OFFER 2: 30 Hours Free Childcare

For pupils who receive the additional free 15 hours, we include an additional 25 minutes for lunchtimes. This will be a standard offer for a full time place with hours from 8:45 to 3:10. Lunch is not included and will be charged at £9.50 a week, alternatively children can bring a packed lunch. To find out the full details of your entitlements please use the Childcare Calculator at

OFFER 3: 30 Hours Top-Up Childcare

For parents/carers who do not qualify for the additional 15 hours free childcare, you can pay for a full time place at the rate of £60.00 per week with hours from 8:45 to 3:10. The £60.00 fee will be payable half termly, in advance. Lunch is not included and will be charged at £9.50 a week, alternatively children can bring a packed lunch.

For more information about the criteria 30 hours free childcare eligibility please visit 30 Hours Free Childcare Eligibility

Places to our Nursery are allocated by the Local Authority. Parents are asked to contact Admissions on 01782 236867/233232 or for an admission form to Nursery or Reception.

Where the number of applications exceeds the number of Nursery places available the following criteria will be used to allocate places.

  1. Children in the care of the Local Authority.
  2. Children who have an older brother or sister in attendance at the school at the time of admission.
  3. Others in priority order depending on how near their home address is to the main gate of the setting as the crow flies*

*Nursery places will be given firstly to children living in the City of Stoke on Trent.  Only when these children have a place will children living outside the City of Stoke on Trent be considered.

Please note that Reception class admissions are an entirely separate process from Nursery admissions.  Attendance to our Nursery DOES NOT guarantee your child a place in the Reception class.

Nursery Applications

Reception Applications

Guide to Online Admission Applications

Please click on the links below to view copies of our Prospectus and Nursery Offer:

School Prospectus 2018 – 2019

Tax-Free Childcare

If you are a working parent with children under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children), you can open an online account to pay for registered childcare. The government will top-up the money you pay into the account. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2.00. You can receive up to £2,000.00 per child – that’s up to £500 every three months. If you have a disabled child, you can receive up to£4,000.00 per child – that’s up to £1,000 every three months.

You, and your partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £125.00 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.

If either you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000.00 or more, you can’t get Tax-Free Childcare. You can’t use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as childcare vouchers, Universal Credit or Tax Credits.

You can use it with the 15 hours and 30 hours schemes.

Please visit Childcare Choices to check your eligibility.

The following documents are also available, from the Stoke-on-Trent Admissions Team:


Stoke on Trent Nursery Prospectus 2019-20

Stoke on Trent Primary Prospectus 2019-20

Stoke on Trent Secondary Prospectus 2019-20

School Admissions Code

Fair Access Protocol

Admission of Children of UK Service Personnel and other Crown Servants

Reception to Year 2 Appeal Form

Admissions Team Contact details:

Admissions are open Monday to Thursday between 8.45am to 5pm and 8.45am to 4.30pm on Friday.
• Normal Round Admissions – 01782 234598 Email:
• In-Year Admissions – 01782 237856 Email:
• Free School Meals – 01782 236813 Email:
• Transport – 01782 234598/237856 Email:

Floor 2
Civic Centre
Glebe Street

The Stoke-on-Trent Admissions Team also give advice about applying for free school meals and transport to school. For further information please visit:







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