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Nursery and Reception

Admissions Policy

John Ball is a three form entry community primary school. It is a popular school and there are many more parents and carers who want to send their children to us than we are able to take.  The school only has responsibility for nursery admissions. The Borough of Lewisham admissions deal with all Reception class places as well as In-year admissions for all other age groups.

John Ball Primary School follows the admissions procedures and policy set out for maintained schools by Lewisham Local Authority. The local Authority also manages all applications for secondary school places as part of a pan London agreement.

The school employs an Admissions Officer, who is part of the school business team. They have day to day responsibility for managing this process and liaising with the Local Authority. Ultimately the Head teacher is responsible for ensuring the school manages the admissions process correctly in line with the Local Authority policy.

Nursery Admissions

John Ball has 42 part-time nursery places, which is the Government funded 15 hours.  We do not have any full-time places.   If you wish your child to be admitted to John Ball Nursery, you need to collect and complete an application form available from the school office or to download below. We do not accept applications until your child turns 2 years of age.  Children are admitted to the Nursery once they have turned 3 years of age and in the academic year they turn 4.  We only have one intake in September. The School manages its own admissions for the nursery class. Our criteria is siblings first to be offered a place and then home to school distance.

Morning session runs from 9.00am to 11.00am and the afternoon session runs from 12.45 to 3.15pm, with one full day once a week to make up the total 15 hours.  There is a lunchtime wrap around club which is run by an outside company for this facility at a charge.  This starts after the October half term each year.

Deadline for Nursery Applications is Thursday 3rd May 2018

Children who are not offered a place, will be put on a waiting list should you choose to do so. Should a place become available we will contact you.

Nursery Application Form

email your form back to admissions@johnball.lewisham.sch.uk

Reception Admissions

If you would like your child to join our Reception class then you must complete your local borough common application form (CAF) online.  If you cannot gain any sort of internet access you can obtain a paper copy of the form from  the Admission’s Team on the 3rd Floor, Laurence House, Catford. To apply online go to eadmissions.org.uk  On the form you can select up to six schools listing them in order of your preference.

However, there are a number of admissions criteria that apply to offers that are made for places at John Ball. These are in order of priority:

  • a child in public care; that is a child who is looked after by the local authority
  • in exceptional circumstances, a child may be admitted on the grounds of acute medical or social need, for either them or a family member
  • a child whose brother or sister is still on the school roll at the time of admittance in to Reception Year
  • if after the above criteria are taken into account, priority will be given to children whose permanent home address is closest to the school.

Waiting lists will be held for the first term of the reception year only. Those with a continuing interest in a place at a school beyond this time will be required to make an in year application.

Determined Admissions Policy Lewisham 2016-17

Applying to start Primary School 2017-18

Powerpoint presentation for new parents  Welcome to Reception class – 2016

Information for parents of children starting primary school in September 2017 will be available shortly on the Lewisham website. You can sign up for regular emails on the admissions process and you will be notified when this page is updated. Please go to the website to do this.

Communicating admissions arrangements to parents have been updated by Lewisham to reflect their new on-line successful 2015 intake.  Lewisham will offer parents an e-mail reminder service about admissions and will continue to offer the booklet as a hard copy.  They will also offer on-line information via their website with PDF printable versions for parents to print off and direct links to schools websites.

For further information about the primary school application process please click on this link to take you to the Lewisham Website

Parents and carers of children who wish them to join the school, in any class, at any other time of the year need to complete an “In-Year” admissions form.  These are also available online. The same admissions criteria is applied to all applications with the addition of an “out of education” priority, whereby children who have just arrived in the area are given priority over other children who are already in a school and just wish to move.