Crabtree Academy Trust

Crabtree Infants’ School is an academy school within the Crabtree Academy Trust (the Trust) ( The Trust is the Admitting Authority for Crabtree Infants’ School and is responsible for setting the rules by which children will be admitted to the school.  As Admitting Authority the Crabtree Academy Trust currently maintains the same admissions arrangements as those applied by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) for community schools.  Specifically the over subscription criteria applied are the same as those applied by HCC.

More details of the admissions arrangements for entry in the 2020/21 academic year are in our Admissions Policy.


Crabtree Infants’ School is a community primary school for children aged 4-7. Each year group has two classes, with a maximum of 30 children in each class. Crabtree Infants School provides for the full- time admission of all children offered a place in the Reception year group from the September following their fourth birthday. If a parent wants a full-time place for their child from September then they are entitled to that full-time place. Parents can defer the date their child is admitted to school until later in the same academic year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. Summer born children are only able to “defer” entry to Reception class until the beginning of the final term of the school year for which the offer was made. Where parents wish, children can attend part-time until they reach compulsory school age. Any parents wishing to take up a part-time place or deferred entry should contact the individual school(s) to discuss their child’s requirements. The Crabtree Academy Trust follow the Herts admission process which includes enabling deferred entry into Reception based on the criteria stated in the Admissions Policy.  A child whose  entry into Reception has been deferred will remain with their cohort throughout Crabtree Infants and Crabtree Junior School. Having a place at the Infants' School is one of the highest criteria to obtain a place at our linked Junior School. Nearly all our children transfer there at the end of Key Stage One.

For the avoidance of doubt, all parents/carers seeking a place for their child at Crabtree Junior School must complete the Common Application Form even if the child already attends Crabtree Infants’ School.  There is no automatic transition, although the linked school status is relevant when applying the over subscription criteria.

Prospective Parent Information Sessions

Each year we hold an information session for prospective parents whose child/ren will be rising 5 in the next academic year. These are usually held in November. Please check this page again in early Autumn 2019 for a list of dates when these sessions will be held. You will then need to call the school office to book a session, as these are not drop in sessions and must be pre booked.

Apply online

More and more families are applying online at as it is quick, safe and secure. If you need any help with applying online please call 01438 737500 and they will be happy to help you.

Applying Online: It is quick, safe and secure; you can check or change your details right up to the deadline; you can receive instant confirmation by email and you can view your school offer before you receive your letter!

Continued Interest or Appeals Process

Please contact Herts County Customer Services on 0300 123 4043 or

Information about the appeals process, including a timetable can be found here