St Nicolas CE Primary School

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Locks Hill, Portslade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN41 2LA

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St Nicolas CE Primary School

Learning to live... together. Guided by Christian values.


Admissions for September 2022

If you are looking for a place for September 2022, we will be starting to run tours of the school after the October half term. At the moment, the plan is to run them in person, though we will require all adults to wear a face covering inside the building (unless they have a medical exemption of course) and we will send smaller groups around the building. We do not usually operate a booking system but may introduce one in order to spread the numbers out a bit better.

The dates of our planned tours are:


Thursday 18th November 9:30am - 11:30am

Thursday 18th November 6pm - 7:30pm

Friday 19th November 9:30am - 11:30am

Friday 26th November 9:30am - 11:30am

Saturday 27th November 9:30am - 11:30am


We have contingency plans in place just in case the Covid situation worsens and the guidance changes to not holding tours in person.

Further down the page are the videos that we recorded last year because it wasn't possible to run the open days. Hopefully they will give you a flavour of the school. 

Covid Safety While On Tours

Please don't visit if you are feeling unwell. You can always visit on a different day.

If possible, complete a LFD test on the day of your visit.

All visitors will be required to wear face coverings while in the school building. 

When you arrive you will use hand sanitiser and sign in before making your way into the main hall.

In the main hall, chairs will be spaced out so you can sit and take your face coverings off to ask questions and watch a brief presentation.

The school will be well ventilated.

You will be able to look into classrooms but we will not let you go right in and look around as we would normally.

After your tour you can return to the main hall and sit back down to ask any further questions that you may have.

If you have questions that you wish to ask in private, we will either go outside where we can talk without face coverings or arrange a telephone call for later in the day.

 Proposal for variation to the admissions arrangements for September 2021.pdfDownload
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Frequently Asked Questions

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We run our own breakfast club which starts at 7:50am. 

Our after school provision is run by 'Pioneer child care' (previously know as 'Class Of Their Own) next door at Brackenbury Primary School until 6pm. They collect from St Nics straight after school and at 5:15 when our own clubs finish.

Other after school clubs are not usually run for Reception until after Christmas because the children are exhausted by the end of the school day!

In the 11 years I have been at St Nics we have been over subscribed twice. On those two occasions, families from within the Portslade and Mile Oak parish boundaries who wanted to come here have all got a place but a small number of families from further afield have not.

As the number of children looking for places at local primary schools has fallen in recent years and the fact that all of the local schools have a good reputation means that your chances of getting your first choice school in Portslade are high.

Although the prospectus is available on the website, not all of the photographs are there as we may not have permission to put them on the school website.

We will post a paper copy to you if you send your contact address to 

Completed applications can be sent to

Admissions to Reception in September 2020

We are often asked what the chances are of a child getting in to the school and whether you have to be a church attender to secure a place. Below are the number of children admitted under each criteria in September 2019. So far we have never had to turn away any child who applied for a place from within the Portslade and Mile Oak Parish.
Criteria 1: 0 
Criteria 2: 1
Criteria 3: 1
Criteria 4: 1
Criteria 5: 23
Criteria 6: 0
Criteria 7: 35
Criteria 8:0
Year 3 September 2020 - 7 places available please apply via the School Office and Brighton and Hove School Admissions online.

Applying for a place at St Nicolas

At St Nicolas there are two steps to the admissions process. 

1. Apply through Brighton & Hove Council as with any other school.

Their application form is here:  Brighton & Hove Council Admissions

2. And then complete our admissions forms

Note: As of September 2013 due to the amalgamation of the Parishes of St Andrew and St Nicolas with that of the Parish of The Good Shepherd in Mile Oak, the Parish boundary was enlarged. This is important to know when applying under criteria 6 of the 'over subscription' criteria. The map of the new Parish can be viewed in the school office.

In Year Admissions

Advice for applying for a current school place can be found on our website under the heading Admissions Arrangements.  Applicants must also contact Brighton & Hove School Admissions to apply online.

Admissions Limit

The admissions limit is the maximum number of children who can be admitted into each year group. These are as follows:

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2: 60 children (30 per class).
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6: 64 children (32 per class).