Admissions & attendance

We currently take pupils from a wide geographical area, both outside our catchment area and outside the county. Please contact the school to discuss your own particular situation. Visits to the school are welcome: parents wishing to view the school and see the children at work are warmly invited to make an appointment with the Headteacher.

Admission to the Reception Class 

Parents living in West Sussex should receive an information pack from the Admissions Office in the autumn preceding the year in which their child will start school. The form should be returned by the specified date. Alternatively, parents can apply online at Parents may express their preference for any school. If you live outside the catchment area and you wish to choose Compton and Up Marden School it would be helpful if you contact the school to ensure that we are aware of your application.

Parents living outside West Sussex can apply for Compton & Up Marden School by completing their own Local Authority’s form or by using the online application process. For Hampshire residents this is available on the Hampshire County Council's website. You may wish to contact the school directly to discuss your application. We are always happy to answer any queries from parents.

Parents have the right to choose whether their child starts school full-time or part-time, subject to the caveat that children must be in full-time education in the term following their fifth birthday.

Admission to other Year Groups  

Admission to year groups further up the school is often possible depending on pupil numbers. Please contact the school for an informal discussion. A formal request for admission is made to your own Local Authority, but we are very happy to advise you on this process.

Useful Contacts:

West Sussex Admissions Office: Tel: 01903 839141 Email:

Hampshire Admissions Office: Tel: 0845 603 5623 Email:

Attendance and Absences

Regular school attendance is an important part of giving your child the best possible start in life. 

Help us to help your child by ensuring good attendance and punctuality.

If your child is sick, please let the school know as soon as possible, and no later than 9:15 am on the first day of absence. It is helpful if you can let us know the nature of the illness and, if possible, when the child is expected to return to school. Similarly, parents should contact the school in advance to notify us of an absence for an unavoidable medical or dental appointment.

Unauthorised Absence & Holiday Absence   

Within our locality of schools we have been working hard to provide a common message to parents about attendance in schools, whether secondary or primary.  Regular attendance is vital if a child is to achieve success at school and there is a clear link between poor attendance and low achievement. Absence from school should only occur if unavoidable. Reasons for absence can be very varied and we need to be certain that support and expectations are upheld by school, parents and appropriate external agencies.  

  • Recent regulations from the Department for Education make it clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time except in exceptional circumstances.
  • Absence due to illness may result in us requesting  supporting medical evidence when necessary.
  • We finish lessons at 3.10pm so we encourage parents to make medical/dental appointments outside of our school hours or during the school holidays.
  • There are new expectations about the link between schools and the statutory role of West Sussex County Council regarding attendance at school.