Children can come to the Nursery (Foundation Stage 1) part time from the term after their 3rd birthday (spaces permitting). We offer places first to those who have brothers and sisters already in the school, then Greenwich children living closest to the school and then children living in other boroughs ranked according to home/school distance. Applicants may be given higher priority if they have a Statement of Special needs or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), are looked after or on the grounds of professionally supported medical or social need for our school.
Applicants are then placed at either our Thamesmead Campus or our Royal Arsenal Campus- dependent on the below criteria. Parents are asked to indicate a preference when they apply. After these have been taken into account, pupils are then allocated by distance and position on the waiting list.
Before coming to the nursery, the teachers meet with parents (usually at a home visit) to discuss their child’s development and they are invited to visit the nursery. Each child has their own starting date – these are staggered so staff can spend time settling individual children in.
Due to the size of our waiting list we currently only offer part time places (15 hours) either in the morning or the afternoon.The session offered to your child will depend on the availability of spaces. If you decline an offer of a place, your child will be removed from our waiting list. If you decline a place but wish to remain on the waiting list, your child’s name will be placed at the end of the list. We expect children to attend regularly.
Foundation Stage 2 (Reception)
Admission to Reception classes is not automatic, so parents must apply for a place in the school well in time.
Applications need to be completed and returned to the Local Authority by January if the child is due to start in September. Applications are handled centrally by Greenwich Children’s Services (the school has no control over admissions for pupils in Reception and above).The Primary Admissions booklet, criteria for admission to the school and policies are available on the Royal Borough of Greenwich website.
We hold a meeting with parents when their children are moving into Foundation Stage 2 to explain the Curriculum, expectations and routines. Children from Foundation Stage 1 visit their new classes before they move up and great care is taken to ensure a smooth transition.
If you are successful and gain a place at Heronsgate, you will then be asked to indicate your preference for either the Thamesmead or Royal Arsenal site. The school will decide which site your child will attend.
When considering the site your child will attend, the main criteria are:
- Children with a sibling, living at the same address, attending the school at the time of the child’s admission (sibling means full/half/step/adopted/foster brother or sister only)
- Children with a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
- Looked after children.
- Children, or an immediate family member, with an acute medical or social need for a particular school. (Work commitments and childcare arrangements are not considered as being an acute medical or social need.)
- Other children based on home to school distance.
In-Year Admissions for Reception to Year 6
Parents who would like a place need to call Greenwich Primary Admissions on 020 8921 8043 for an application form. Unfortunately, Greenwich Council do not operate a waiting list, so if unsuccessful, you may be given your second choice school.
If you would like to see the school first, please book an appointment to be shown round. If a child is not offered a place in the school, parents have the right of appeal which must be done through the Borough.
Transfer to and from other schools
Please let us know if you are moving out of the area and your child needs to change school so we can contact the school and send the records straight away.
If you wish to transfer your child from a neighbouring school, out of courtesy we always contact the school to see if there are issues which can be resolved as moving school can set a child back in their learning.
Transfer to Secondary School
Although selecting and applying for a secondary school is the responsibility of the parents, we do all we can to help. Parents are sent the Greenwich Secondary Transfer booklet and application form and invited to attend a meeting early in the Autumn Term in school about transfer. We are happy to offer advice and help with completing the application forms. Meanwhile we prepare the pupils with special projects in their last term and visits to their schools and from their new tutors.
We cannot admit any child to our school without first seeing the following:
- Original full birth certificate (for Nursery and in-year admissions)
- Original proof of current address confirming residency in the UK. This must be no more than 3 months old and should be an official letter from the Royal Borough of Greenwich or Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If this is not possible a tenancy agreement or two utility bills no more than 3 months old will be accepted (for Nursery admissions only)
Full details of Greenwich admissions procedures are available at the school office and online.