Early Years at Lawford Mead

Lawford Mead Primary & Nursery School opened in September 2015. In January 2020, the school had its first Ofsted inspection. The inspectors said this about the early years:

"Children are safe and happy in the early years. Adults make sure classrooms and outdoor areas provide interesting and engaging learning activities. As a result, children show high levels of interest, curiosity and concentration. Adults support their learning effectively, especially their language development. Leaders have designed an ambitious and carefully planned curriculum that makes sure children are ready for moving into Year 1. The youngest pupils are given a solid start in reading. Adults teach and plan the skills of early reading well."

- Ofsted, 2020

Little Willows Nursery

Our nursery offers 15 free hours a week, as five daily sessions, for children aged three and four.  Daily sessions are either mornings for children starting school the following year (8:45-11:45am), or afternoons for children who have recently turned three (12:30-3:30pm).  You can add your child’s name to our waiting list at any time and we will contact you just before their third birthday to begin the application process. Find out more on our Nursery page and contact the school office to apply or add your child to the waiting list.


You can apply for a September Reception school place at an Essex primary school between November and January. Late applications for September can be made via the Essex website and mid-year applications can be made online.

We would love to meet you if you are considering sending your child to Lawford Mead.  Contact the school office to ask any questions you have. We welcome and highly recommend visits. Even with the current restrictions in schools, safe visits are possible at the end of the school day.

"This is a welcoming school where everyone is valued. Pupils work and play happily together and show respect and tolerance to any difference between them. Pupils are enthusiastic about their learning and enjoy lessons. They respond positively to teachers' high aspirations. Pupils feel safe."

- Ofsted, 2020