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Lee Chapel Primary School

Nominated as Essex School team of the year 2021


We are a single site primary school; children stay in the same school throughout the infant and junior stages. 

We are a four-form entry school, with a Published Admission Number (PAN) of 120 in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and 128 in Key Stage 2. 

This means we have no mixed age classes within the school.

To check if you live within our Priority Admissions Area (catchment area), please click the button below:

Essex County Council Catchment Finder

Please note, children who attend Lee Chapel Nursery are not guaranteed, nor given priority for a Reception place at Lee Chapel Primary School.


Applications for School Places 

Applications for the current academic year (2023/2024) should be made using the Mid-Year Application Form below.  This should be returned directly to the Admissions Officer at the school (admissions@leechapel.essex.sch.uk) or by hard copy to the Main Office.  Hard copies of this application form for completion can also be obtained from the Main Office:

Mid-Year Application Form


Applications for Reception 2024 Places

Applications for Reception 2024 places should be made via Essex County Council using the online portal.  Applications open on 6th November 2023 and close on 15th January 2024.  Any applications received by Essex County Council after this date will be classed as late applications and will only be processed after all on-time applications.  For more information on the school tours we offer, please see the School Tours for Reception 2024 Intake tab on this website.

Applying for a Reception 2024 Place


Applications for Autumn 2024 admission (Years 1 to 6) should not be submitted before 13th May 2024.  Any applications received before this date will not be processed until on or after this date.


Important Information:

*  If your child is new to the United Kingdom, please ensure you attach a scanned copy of their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) at the time of application.  Please also supply proof of address (Tenancy Agreement, Council Tax bill or proof of exchange of contracts clearly stating the new address are acceptable).  Regrettably, applications cannot be processed without this.


*  If your application for a place at Lee Chapel Primary School is as a result of a house move, please ensure you attach proof of the new address at the time of application (Tenancy Agreement, Council Tax bill or proof of exchange of contracts clearly stating the new address are acceptable).  Regrettably, applications cannot be processed without this.


Once your application has been processed, you will receive a letter from the school via e-mail, informing you if a place is available or not (this can take up to 15 working days).  If a place is not available, you will automatically be added to our waiting list.

In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:

  1. Looked After Children and previously looked after children;
  2. Children living in the priority admission area with a sibling* attending the school;
  3. Children living outside the priority admission area with a sibling* attending the school;
  4. Other children living in the priority admission area;
  5. Children of staff at the school where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage;
  6. Remaining applicants.

 (Exceptional medical circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above.)

* A relevant sibling is a child who has a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister or step-brother or step-sister living in the same family unit, in the same family household and address, who attends Lee Chapel Primary School & Nursery (in Reception to Year 5).  Biological and adopted siblings who attend Lee Chapel Primary School & Nursery (in Reception to Year 5) will also be treated as siblings, irrespective of place of residence.  Children residing in the same household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.

In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority. 

In the event of a tie for the last place to be offered (i.e. more than one child with exactly the same postcode and distance from school), an independent member of Essex County Council, who does not work in Admissions, will pick a name "out of a hat".

For further information please see the links below:

Changes to the Appeals Admission Regulations during COVID 19

Schools Admissions Code

Schools Admissions Appeals Code

Admissions Policy 2023-2024