Starting school is a major step in any child’s life.  It is an exciting time and to help make the experience successful and pleasurable we arrange an induction programme of visits for pupils before they become full time members of the school.

Parents are invited to come along to find out about all aspects of school life and share any relevant information about their child with school, so that every pupil starts feeling secure and happy.


Nursery Admissions

The Nursery is the first class in the school and parents are invited to register their child with the School Office.  Our Nursery has places for 26 children for a morning session from 8.45am to 11.45am.

All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks of the year.

Admission to the Nursery is decided by the Governing Body of the school on the basis of the Cheshire East Local Authority policy.  This gives priority to children in need, as defined by the Children Act 1989, and children with Special Educational Needs, as defined by the Education Act 1993. Admission to the Nursery classes is decided by:

  • Age of the child
  • Siblings already in the school
  • Residential location to the school

We have a limited number of 'top-up' sessions available at the Nursery.  These places are available on a 'first come, first served' basis and enable children to stay in the Nursery for a full school day from 8.45am until 3.15pm. This means that your child receives their 15hours free entitlement and then a further 3 1/2 hours at a cost of £10.00 per day.  Your child may also receive a school dinner at a cost of £2.20 or alternatively parents may provide a packed lunch.  

If you require any further information, then please contact the School Office.


Reception Class Admissions

Admission to the Reception classes is decided according to criteria set by Cheshire East Local Authority.  Parents should apply to the Local Authority during the Autumn term before the child is due to start school. To register your child, please contact Cheshire East Education Authority for an application pack:

Cheshire East has a single admission date.  All children reaching the age of 5 between the 1st September and 31st August may be admitted at the start of the Autumn Term in September of that year.


Admissions process

The admission process at Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School  follows the Local Authority determined arrangements.  Download the document below for further information on admission arrangements for all Cheshire East community and voluntary controlled schools.

Click on the following link for more information on School Admission Arrangements.



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