Application Form for Admission to Nursery Class
Click on the link below to download and print a form to apply for Streatham Wells Nursery Class:
Once completed, please post or bring by hand to the school office.
Please read the following notes:
POINTS YOU SHOULD NOTE ABOUT ADMISSION TO STREATHAM WELLS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Streatham Wells is a very small school (1 class of 30 children per year group) and it is often this factor, along with the general ethos of the school, that makes it so popular. The school is always oversubscribed (more applications than places available) and thus many people are disappointed when they do not get a place, even if their child attends the nursery class or lives quite close to the school.
The following are the criteria set down by the Children and Young People’s Service for admissions to the nursery class and the primary school, and although the headteacher has a small amount of discretion regarding cases of special educational needs, these criteria are rigorously followed to maintain fairness at all times.
You can put your child’s name down for the nursery class at any time after its birth, but the application will not be considered until just before the child’s third birthday (children generally start the term after their third birthday i.e. birthday feburary 10th – start beginning of summer Term etc.). All the applications for that particular age group will be considered together and you will be notified if your child has a place in the half-term before they are due to start. You will not be notified if they do not get a place, but you can always phone and enquire if you have not heard anything, and you can request that the application be held on the waiting list for future consideration should a place become available, although this is generally very unlikely.
The criteria for entry to the nursery class are:-
- Children for whom it is the nearest community school or class, measured along the shortest walking distance. Priority within this group will normally be given to children who live closest to the school. In exceptional circumstances, preference may be given to children who live further away, but for whom this is the nearest community school or class. Addresses other then the child’s home address will not be accepted for admission purposes.
- Children with a particular medical, social or educational reason for wanting a nursery place; this reason must be supported by the relevant professional, e.g. doctor.
- Children for home it is not the nearest community nursery school or class, measured along the shortest walking distance. Priority within this group will normally be given to children who live closest to the school.
- Children who live in the London Borough of Lambeth.
Having a sibling attending the primary school does not automatically give your child priority to the nursery class, although, because the nursery is non-statutory, the headteacher can use his/her discretion to consider admission providing you can demonstrate that not receiving a place would cause very real difficulties. Because of the criteria for primary school admissions, those children for which this nursery class is the nearest to their home will get priority over children who live closer to another nursery class/school in the area.
You can only accept one offer of a free part-time nursery place. It is not possible for a child to have a free nursery place at one school in the morning and a free nursery place at a different school in the afternoon.
It is essential to maintain a balance of age ranges between 3 and 4 year olds in the class, and therefore, children who do not get a place when they are three will not be considered again unless a space in a particular age group becomes available (people moving out of area etc). This is very rare.
If your child receives a place in the nursery class, this does not mean they will automatically be admitted to the primary school.
To apply for a place in the Reception Class you will need to contact Lambeth’s Admissions Team on 020 7926 9503 and request a Starting School Booklet, which will have all the relevant information.
The criteria that Lambeth will follow for Streatham Wells is as follows:-
- Looked after children. A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority – according to section 22 of the Children Act 1989.
- Children with a brother or sister who already attends the school, and who will not have left the school at the time of admission. A sibling is defined as a full brother or sister, or a step/half brother or sister living at the same address, a child who is living as part of the family by reason of a court order, or a child who has been placed with foster carers at that address as a result of being looked after by the local authority.
- Children for whom it is the nearest community school, measured by the shortest walking distance. (The length of the journey between the child’s home and the school by private car or public transport is not taken into account.)
- Children for whom it is not the nearest community school, measured by the shortest walking distance. Priority within this group will be given to the children living closest to the school. (The length of the journey between the child’s home and the school by private car of public transport is not taken into account.)
In exceptional cases, a headteacher, in consultation with LA officers, may admit children because they have professionally supported educations, medical or social needs that the school is especially able to meet, even though they would not otherwise qualify for admission. Letters from an appropriate professional (e.g. doctor, social worker) must support these applications although these will not always be conclusive.
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