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Dunstable Icknield Lower School

Dunstable Icknield Lower School


Parents interested in applying to Dunstable Icknield Lower School for admission of their children can arrange a visit to the school by contacting the School Office. The admissions Policy for our school is dictated by Central Bedfordshire Council and can be downloaded from the policy page of our website. General information on how to apply for a school place at Dunstable Icknield Lower School can be found on the Central Bedfordshire council website or by clicking here

Contact the school office if you wish to attend our next information afternoon for prospective parents.

In-year transfers

Children wishing to attend Dunstable Icknield Lower School within the school year must apply to Central Bedfordshire Council and fill in the schools admissions form for in year admissions here

If there are spaces available Central Bedfordshire will contact you to make an offer. You are welcome to come and visit the school and will need to confirm if you wish to accept the offer.

Reception (starting school) admissions

Applications for a reception/starting school place can be made through Central Bedfordshire Council Here

Applications normally open around October and end in January. This process is completely handled by the local authority, Dunstable Icknield do not have any say or influence over the allocation process. Please see our admissions policy and/or the CBC website for further information on admissions criteria. 

Nursery admissions

Your child’s name can be registered for our Nursery when they are 2 years old. This must be done by the parent/carer of the child and not by a third party. Application forms are available from the school office or can be requested electronically via email from

Children enter the Nursery class in the September or January (if available), after their 3rd birthday. We hold two nursery sessions a day, 5 days a week 8.45am-11.45am or 12.15pm-3.15pm. Nursery children are given a morning or an afternoon place and are generally expected to attend 5 days a week. Sessions are not interchangeable.

We currently offer 15 hours which is funded through the government nursery funding scheme, you will not be charged for these. We also offer a number of 30 hour funded places for eligible working parents. 30 hour funded places are offered from 8.45am - 2.45pm daily. You do not have to use the full 30 hours each week.

If you decide to accept a place at Dunstable Icknield, we invite you and your child to spend an afternoon in the Nursery in the term before they join us. We also visit all new children at home to establish and forge excellent home/school partnerships. Stay & play and home visits will take place depending on Covid-19 guidance.

Children attending Nursery at Dunstable Icknield are not offered priority placements for Reception year (starting school)

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