As St Lawrence Lower School is a Voluntary Aided school, the admissions policy is set by the Governing Body.

There are two separate application processes for entry into the Nursery and entry into the  Main School Reception class.

1. The Nursery application process is organised by the school and parents needs to apply direct to the school on the school’s own nursery application form (blue).  Children are admitted termly in September, January and April according to their date of birth.  The nursery unit offers part time (15 hours per week) places for children from 3 years of age.

2. The Reception application process is undertaken by Bedford Borough Council.  Parents need to apply online at

Children are normally admitted to school at the start of or during the reception year, that is the school year in which they become 5. Parents of children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 who are due to be admitted in September 2018 will be required to apply to the local authority where they live for a place in the reception class.

You can view the booklet for parents,  Starting School Booklet (PDF document opens in new window), and download a copy of the  Starting School application form (PDF document opens in new window), but we strongly recommend that you apply for a place using the online facility. If you do not have access to the internet, you can collect an application form from your local school.

If you require any advice about applying for a school place, please contact the School Admissions Service General Enquiries Line: Tel: (01234) 718120.

The Starting School 2018 round (information, application form and apply online facility) will be available from October 2017 (date tbc).  Please visit the Bedford Borough website after this date to apply:

Information for parents in respect of admissions for the previous two years is summarised as follows:

Allocation of School Places – September 2015

Allocation of School Places – September 2016


To view our full Admissions Policy and Nursery Admissions Policy, please click on the on the Admissions – Policy Tab.