Nursery Admissions (for children aged 3/4)

The school manages admissions for parents wanting a place in our Nursery. We offer both 15 hour funded places and 30 hour funded places. Click here for more information about 30 hour funded places. 

Nursery Admissions Form, please click here

Once we have received the admissions form for your child, we will put your child's name on the waiting list for a place in the term after your child turns 3. We will normally contact parents 6-8 weeks before your child is due to start. When we contact you we will give you a number of visit dates, a home visit date and a start date. 

During the visits to Nursery we discuss the transition process and fill in all other paperwork. For more information about our Nursery please visit our Nursery class page.

Nursery Admissions Policy

School Admissions (for children in Reception and above, aged 4+)

REAch2 Academy Trust determines The Palmer Academy’s admission arrangements in agreement with Brighter Futures for Children Admission Authority (Local Authority). The Palmer Academy is part of the Local Authority’s coordinated admissions scheme. Details of how to apply for a place at the academy are available at

If you have any questions or queries on the admissions process, then please contact Brighter Futures for Children directly.  The school admissions team can be contacted on 0118 937 3777 (option 1) or you can email [email protected].

Entry to Reception for September 2022

(For children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018)

Please find here our Admissions Policy (Main School) for September 2022 and our Supplementary Information Form for children adopted outside of England.

Entry to Reception for September 2023

(For children born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019)

Please find here our Admissions Policy (Main School) for September 2023 and our Supplementary Information Form for children adopted outside of England.

Admissions Consultation

REAch2 Academy Trust (the Trust), as the admission authority for all of its academies as per the admissions code 2021, is consulting on the admission arrangements for all of its schools. It is the responsibility of the Trust to determine the arrangements for all of its schools, ensuring that they are fully compliant with the admissions code 2021 and other statutory legislation, such as the Equalities Act 2010.

On 4 October 2023, the Trust Board approved several variations to the current arrangements, which seek to add clarity to a number of key definitions within the policy. The new policy also includes more information on how parents can access other admissions related information, including in-year admissions, appeals processes, and Fair Access Protocol’s.

The new policies do not propose any change to the school’s existing over-subscription criteria. The new policy seeks to make clear that children within the final category of the over-subscription criteria are ranked by the distance they live from the school. The Trust has therefore re-named this criterion from ‘other children’ to ‘distance’. Children within that criterion will still be ranked in the same way.

You can find the proposed school policy for 2025/2026 by visiting Academy Directory - REAch2 Academy Trust

The consultation will run from 6 December 2023 to 31 January 2024.

We welcome feedback from all stakeholders on the proposed arrangements. Responses to the consultation may be placed by any of the following means: