Great Sampford Primary School

small enough to care, big enough to inspire


We welcome visits by parents to view our school.  Please telephone the school office on 01799 586280 to make a mutually convenient appointment with our Head Teacher, Mr G. Athanasiou. 

Our published admission number for each year group is 15 children.

Parents of pre-school children living in Essex will be sent a pack by Essex County Council in the autumn of the year their child turns 4 years old.  The pack contains information about how to apply for a place at primary school and the application dates and deadlines.  The dates vary slightly each year.

Dates for the application process will be released by Essex County Council Admissions in September. Visit

School Admissions at Essex County Council handle all admissions to our school. To view Admissions information, follow this link:

Our school comes under West Essex in the Primary Booklets.

The Admission Policy for our school is as follows:

There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area.

In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:

  1. Looked After Children and previously looked after children (as defined on page 14 of the Primary Education in Essex booklet)
  2. children with a sibling attending the school
  3. children living in the priority admission area
  4. remaining applications.

In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priorty.

Waiting list held until:  31st December.

If you are moving to the area or you wish to transfer your child from a different primary school in Essex, please contact the school office to arrange a visit.  To apply for a place you need to complete the mid year application on Essex County Council's website:

Schools Admissions hold the waiting list, known as the continued interest list, for places at our school.