Admission to Birchwood Grove is done through West Sussex County Council. Click on the logo below to be directed to the West Sussex admissions page on their website; here you will find all the information you should need and a link to the online application process.
If you require help with the admissions process please contact Sarah Plimmer by ringing the school office (01444 242209) or alternatively you can call West Sussex admissions department (0845 075 1007). We would warmly welcome visits to the school please contact the office to arrange a date and time.
Reception Year admissions
At Birchwood Grove our current published admission number is 60 . All reception children are offered full time provision from the first available opportunity, whether they are statutory school age or below. We ensure that children below the statutory age (currently 3 and 4 years old) have a minimum of 15 hours per week for the full 38 weeks of the academic year.
The children start in September with a staggered start to school to ensure the transition is as smooth and settled as possible. This will be reviewed annually to take account of the start date of the autumn term.
Open Morning for pupils starting in September 2024:
We are delighted to be able to offer three open mornings on the 9th November at 9am, 16th November at 9am and 30th November at 1:15pm. If you would like to book on to one of these please call the school office 01444 242209. At the open morning you will have a chance to meet some of the staff, view a short presentation and most importantly have a look round our lovely school.
In the meantime please enjoy some of our previous Year 6 children's virtual tour - this involves some of our ambassadors showing you round different areas of the school and explaining what they have done here over the last 7 years- who better to show you than the children!
An in-year application is an application for a place during the academic year or for entry to a year group which is outside the normal starting school process. West Sussex County Council (WSCC) process in-year admissions for Birchwood Grove CP School and more information can be found here:
You can apply at any time of the year and places cannot be reserved in advance and normally need to be taken up within 10 days of being offered. If you are moving house you can apply in advance but your child must be able to take up the place within 10 days of it being offered.
Once a place has been offered please contact the school office to make an appointment for a tour of the school. If you would like to make an in-year application you should fill out the West Sussex form:
Applicants who are unable to access the online form can request a paper form by telephoning 03330 142903.
Families are encouraged to write three preferences and WSCC cannot guarantee you will receive your preferred choice.