Burstow School’s admission policy for 3 year olds is to admit children into the Nursery at the beginning of the term after their third birthday. There are three options for attendance;

  • 30 hours (fully funded for working parents)
  • 15 hours (fully funded for everyone) 
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday AM 
  • 15 hours (fully funded for everyone) 
    • Wednesday PM, Thursday, Friday

Attending Burstow School’s Nursery class does not guarantee a place in the Reception year of the school. For admission to the Reception year, parents must apply to Surrey County Council for a place at Burstow:

Please click here to access the Surrey County Council School Admission website.

The Surrey County Council leaflet is sent out by the school to parents who have completed our own admission form.  Hazel Clarke in the school office can help with any queries on 01342 842010.

The school sets an admission number that takes into consideration present accommodation, class sizes and budgetary implications.  If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, the following criteria will be applied in this priority order: 

  1. Looked-after children
  2. Exceptional arrangements
  3. Brothers and sisters (siblings)        
  4. Children for whom the school is the nearest to their home
  5. Any other applicant

If the school is oversubscribed we compile a waiting list and as spaces become available we admit pupils by considering all applications on the waiting list using these priority criteria.

At Burstow we invite all the pupils who will be starting in a particular academic year to attend school from the beginning of September. Pupils whose fifth birthday falls between 1st September and 31st August will attend full time, however, full time attendance at school is not statutory until after the child is five. 

New children, and their parents, are invited to visit the school and to spend an afternoon in school during the term preceding their arrival. We offer parents the opportunity of a home visit by a Reception Class Teacher. These visits enable pupils and staff to get to know each other in familiar surroundings. Reception pupils have a phased start to the academic year to aid the settling process. 

Our Prospective Parent Open Mornings are held in November.  

Nursery Admissions

Children can start at Burstow School's Pre-School the term after they turn 3 years old. 

Nursery Admissions - 15 and 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

All 3 to 4 year olds in England can get free early education or childcare. All children in England get 570 free hours per year. These hours are offered at Burstow as two options of 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. You can get this childcare from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.

The first option is:

Monday 9:00 – 15:00 Tuesday 9:00 – 15:00 Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00

The second is:

Wednesday 12:00 – 15:00 Thursday 9:00 – 15:00 Friday 9:00 – 15:00

Many working parents will be entitled to 30 hours free childcare which is offered at Burstow as

Monday – Friday 9:00 – 15:00

The Department for Education has produced a factsheet called ‘Will I qualify for 30 hours free childcare?’ which explains the criteria that parents need to meet.  Click here to access the form.

Parents need to apply through the government’s Childcare Choices website at If you're eligible, you'll be given an 11 digit code and will be told when you can start taking your funded hours.

Once you have your code you need to complete a 30 hour free childcare eligibility from and return it to the school office.  Please see below to access the eligibility form.

You will hear if place is available for your child half a term before they are due to start in the Nursery.

Please see below for our Nursery application form.

Nursery Admission Form
30 Hours Eligibility Form