Why Rufford?

We are a one form entry primary school with a Nursery in the Lye area of Stourbridge, with 219 children on roll including our on-site Nursery. The school opened in 1967 and has been a central part of the community since then. We have an amazing site, with lots of green areas including a huge playing field and a wooded area which we use for Forest School.

Our staff are dedicated to doing the best for our children - there have been many changes in staffing over the past few years, and we now have a small and committed team driving forwards, together.

Reception Admissions for September 2022 (For children born 1 September 2017 – 31 August 2018)

The return date for admission in September 2022 closed on 15 January 2022 with decisions being issued on 19 April 2022.

If your child has been refused a place in our school this will be because the school received more applications than available places and other children had a higher priority in accordance with the admissions criteria.  Your refusal was made on the grounds of Infant Class Size Legislation, with the exception of those few schools listed in your letter.   You have the right to appeal against this decision; we advise you read and understand the grounds of Infant Class Size appeals before submitting your appeal. 


Appeals are co-ordinated by Dudley MBC, further information can be found on their website


Appeals timetable for admission to primary school for the 2022/23 academic year:

  • Deadline for lodging appeals - 24 May 2022

  • Appeals lodged by the above date will be heard between - June/July 2022

  • Appeals received after the deadline may not be heard until - Mid September 2022 onwards

  • If you have been refused a school due to infant class size (this information will be in your letter), please ensure you read the "Appeal Guide" here


The Dudley School Admission Appeal Form for primary schools can be obtained here.


Reception Admissions for September 2023 (For children born 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2019)

Applications will be accepted for admission in September 2023 from 1 September 2022 to 15 January 2023.  Applications should be made to your home local authority, links will be available in due course.

Our admission arrangements for September 2023 are now available and can be accessed by clicking the relevant link at the bottom of this page.

In-year admissions

Parents can apply for a place for their child at any time outside the normal admissions round. As is the case in the normal admissions round, all children whose Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) plans name the school will be admitted. Likewise, if there are spaces available in the year group you are applying for, your child will be offered a place.

If there are no spaces available at the time of your application, your child’s name will be added to a waiting list for the relevant year group. When a space becomes available, it will be filled by one of the pupils on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  Priority will not be given to children on the basis that they have been on the waiting list the longest.

Applications for in-year admissions are co-ordinated by Dudley MBC, further details can be found by visiting


Nursery admissions

If you would like to apply for your child to join our Nursery or would like to learn more then please Contact us.

Rufford Admission Arrangements