Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery)
Children can come to the Nursery (Foundation Stage 1) part time from the term after their third 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. 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 either in the morning or the afternoon. 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 usually 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 is 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.
When considering the application, the main criteria are:
1. Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
2. Looked after children
3. Children with a sibling, living at the same address, attending the school at the time of the child’s admission
4. Children, or an immediate family member, with an acute medical or social need for a particular school
5. Other children based on home to school distance
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. If either campus is oversubscribed remaining places are then allocated by distance and position on the waiting list.
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 in school about transfer early in the Autumn Term. 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
- 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
- Original parent’s passport
Full details of Greenwich admissions procedures are available at the school office and online.