Choosing a school is a very important decision for parents. We offer parents the opportunity to visit and tour our friendly and supportive school.

Please contact Nicola Dunn in the school office on 01793 531025 or email [email protected].

Open Days

We provide open days throughout the year to meet and greet staff and see our well-resourced and creative facilities.

Our next scheduled open days are as follows:

– Saturday 20th April – 10:00 to Midday

No appointment is necessary, just come along to the school reception during these times, and someone will be available to give you a tour of the nursery/preschool/school

If you are unable to attend any of these dates, please contact the school office by email and we will be happy to arrange for you to take a look around our school and/or nursery at a more convenient time for you.


Applying for a place in Reception

By law a child does not have to start school until the term following their fifth birthday however most children start school in the September following their fourth birthday. Applications are managed to a national timetable and co-ordinated between local authorities across England.  This means that parents must apply to the local authority where they live, even if applying for schools in another area. If you live in Swindon you can find all the information here.

If your child attends Liden Academy Preschool you must still make a application for a place in Reception.

Liden Academy is part of Excalibur Academies Trust; all admission information including Liden Academy’s Admission Policy can be found here.

Reception Places

If you wish for your child to start in Reception in September 2024, the SBC on-line applications are open from 1st September 2023, and the deadline to submit applications is 15th January 2024. 

To apply for a place, apply directly to Swindon Borough Council via this link :  Primary school admissions for September 2024 | Primary school places and admissions | Swindon Borough Council.

Admission in other school years

Parents can make an application for Swindon school places at any time in the year. Known as an ‘In Year Application’ they are processed every 30 school days. Information on making an In Year Application can be found here

Secondary Transition

At the end of Year 6, children transfer to secondary school. Applications for a place at secondary school must be made through Swindon Borough Council in the autumn term of Year 6. Your child will bring home a form or you can apply online.

Transfer arrangements for our Year 6 pupils going to secondary school are sent to parents during the Spring Term prior to their children starting in September.

Looking for a New Primary School or Nursery Place?

Located East of Swindon near the M4 corridor, Liden Academy have places for 2 to 11 year olds

We are set in beautiful grounds with lots of outdoor space for children to explore

NURSERY SCHOOL    New places for September 2024

Limited places still available for 3 & 4 year olds starting September 2024 (Apply by 30th June 2024)

                  APPLY NOW for JAN 2025 starters – applications close 18th October 2024

Application packs are available from the school office

OR online at    About Our Nursery – click here to be taken to relevant webpage

For Early Years Funding queries please visit

  OR Visit one of SBC’s Early Years and Childcare drop in sessionsfind out more information here

Every Day is an Open Day – call us on 01793 531025 to arrange a weekday visit

PRIMARY SCHOOL APPLICATIONS – visit   School places and admissions | Swindon Borough Council