The Haven VA CE Methodist Primary School

God in all we do.

Atlantic Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN23 5SW, United Kingdom

Phone: 01323 471781




As a church school we process our own admissions. If you are interested in placing your child in our school then please feel free to call the school to establish if we have any vacancies.

If we do have a place then we would require you to complete the ESCC Application Form as soon as possible, these can be collected from the school or downloaded from ESCC website. The completed form should be then returned to the school and we can then send it on to School Admissions at County Hall in Lewes. The Supplementary Information Form also needs to be completed and returned to the school, this can be located at the bottom of this page.  If we do not have space for your child we will still require you to complete the ESCC Application Form and send it to School Admissions at County Hall, Lewes. Once we have received your completed the Supplementary Information Form then your child's name will be placed on our waiting list.

Priority on the waiting list is given according to the criteria in our Admissions Policy which is available to download also from our website. If you are applying for a foundation place we would also require a Clergy Reference Form signed by your church leader.

Please note that 30 pupils in a class is statutory for all children in the Infants (Reception, Years 1 and 2). The Governors would not therefore be able to offer a place in the school, even on appeal, if the subsequent class numbers would be higher than 30. We also aim to have 32 children in each class in the Juniors and the governors would not wish to exceed this number except under exceptional circumstances.


Prospective Parents Tours of the School

This year due to Covid 19 we are unable to offer any tours of the school during the school day, we will however be offering six late afternoon/early evening appointments.  We must stress how important it is that you ring the school office to speak to Mrs Bundy to secure your space as we are only allowing a certain number of parents into the school at any one time.

If you would like to book a space please contact the school on 01323 471781 option 0 and ask to speak to Mrs Bundy to book your place.


Dates for tours of the school will be confirmed at the end of July 2021, currently we are no offering any tours.

 We do request that you do not bring any children to the above tours.

For school admissions for Reception 2021/2022 below is the time line for applications.

September 2020 ~ Online facility available via ESCC

15th January 2021 ~ Closing date for primary schools applications

16th April 2021 ~ Allocation letters sent to parents

May 2021 ~ Closing date for appeals

June/July 2021 ~ Appeals heard.


Starting school and compulsory school age

Children must start school at the beginning of the term which follows their fifth birthday. However, your child is allowed to start school full time at the beginning of the school year which follows their fourth birthday.  You may want your child to start at school part time which is allowed but you will have to arrange this with the headteacher once your place has been allocated.


When must my child attend school?

If your child turns five between:

  • 1 September 2021 and 31 December 2021 they are allowed to start school at the start of term one (full or part time) and must be attending full time at the start of term three.
  • 1 January 2022 and 31 March 2022 they are allowed to start school at the start of term one or term three (full or part time) and must be attending full time at the start of term five.
  • 1 April 2022 and 31 August 2022 they are allowed to start school, at the start of term one, term three or term five either full or part time.

Appeals Procedure for Reception Admissions September 2021


An Independent Panel will hear Appeals. The Governing Board coordinates with the local authority, East Sussex County Council Timetable to administer appeals

Parents who wish to lodge an appeal should contact the school office 01323 471781 in the first instance.
Deadline for receipt of appeals for children starting Year Reception Appeals closing date: 19th May 2021
Appeals received by the above deadline will be heard by Wednesday 22nd July 2021.

Appeals submitted after the above deadline will still be heard. However if your appeal is submitted late, your case may not be heard until after all the appeals received on time have been dealt with.


Admission Arrangements 2020 2021.pdf

Admission Arrangements 2021 2022

Admission Arrangements 2022 2023

Admission Arrangements 2023 2024


Clergy Reference Form 2021 2022.pdf

Prospectus 2021 2022.pdf

 Foundation Places due to Covid 19

  • Pro-rata the number of attendances required to meet the worship criteria, if these set out a number of attendances over a period of time or
  • Discount the closure period so the attendance period is reduced by the amount of time the churches were closed. This is likely to mean taking out 6 or more months from the qualifying period.

The guidance we received was clear that virtual worship should not be counted. If churches are partially open, and attendance restricted, we need to be aware that this will mean some families may not be able to attend and a period of partial opening can also be pro-rated to reflect this.



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