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Applying for a Reception place at a primary school

Child's drawing of a school bus

All children can start Reception in the September following their 4th birthday. Applications can be made during the period 1 September to 15 January before the child is due to start. If your child attends a Merton School Nursery you will be provided with information at the correct time. If your child does not attend a Merton School Nursery, please register with a local school or return to this website the September after your child's 3rd birthday to make an online application.

Reception applications for September 2015

Starting Primary School 2015 Booklet (5.0MB)

Offer letters for Reception 2015 were posted by First Class to all applicants and emails sent to online applicants on16 April 2015.

If you have not yet made an application and would like to, please contact school admissions for an application form as online applications cannot be made at this stage.

Breakdown of applications and offers for Merton schools for September 2015

Details of how places were offered in Merton are detailed below. Please note that Admission Authority schools rank their own pupils and you will have to contact the school for further information about how places were allocated.

 

SEN*

LAC*

Med/Soc*

Siblings

Farthest distance offered (metres)

Abbotsbury Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 130

- - - 29 3750.59m

All Saints' CofE Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 148

- - - - Please contact school for further information

Aragon Primary School

Places available - 90
Applications received - 183

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

Beecholme Primary School

Places available - 30
Applications received - 92

- - - 20 484.97m

Benedict Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 114

- - - - Please contact school for further information

Bishop Gilpin CofE Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received -352

- - - - Please contact school for further information

Bond Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 163

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

Cranmer Primary School

Places available - 90
Applications received - 234

- - - 27 2078.43m

Dundonald Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 524

1 - - 13 452.74m

Garfield Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 270

- - 1 28 549.87m

Gorringe Park Primary School

Places available - 90
Applications received - 158

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

Harris Primary Academy Merton

Places available - 60
Applications received - 139

- - - - Please contact school for further information

Haslemere Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 146

- - - 29 544.40m

Hatfeild Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 218

- 1 - 27 985.33m

Hillcross Primary School

Places available - 90
Applications received - 265

1 - - 33 2712.6m

Hollymount Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 253

1 - - 23 595.83m

Holy Trinity CofE Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 330

-   - - Please contact school for further information

Joseph Hood Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 152

- - - 16 1037.3m

Liberty Primary School

Places available - 90
Applications received - 177

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

Links Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 134

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

Lonesome Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 118

- 1 - 32 725.74m

Malmesbury Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 94

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

Merton Abbey Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 144

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

Merton Park Primary School

Places available - 30
Applications received - 222

1 1 - 9 548.02

Morden Primary School

Places available - 30
Applications received - 121

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

Park Community School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 51

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- - - All on time applications received an offer

Pelham Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 333

- - - 21 535.99

Poplar Primary School

Places available - 90
Applications received - 236

1 - - 39 1392.7m (all APA residents were offered within the first 60 places)

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 117

- - - - Please contact school for further information

Singlegate Primary School

Places available - 90
Applications received - 303

- 1 - 23 582.65

SS Peter & Paul RC Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 141

- - - - Please contact school for further information

St John Fisher RC Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 169

- - - - Please contact school for further information

St Mark's Primary School

Places available - 30
Applications received - 224

- - - 11 317.87m

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 234

- - - - Please contact school for further information

St Matthew's CofE Primary School

Places available - 30
Applications received - 118

- - - - Please contact school for further information

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 128

- - - - Please contact school for further information

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

Places available - 90
Applications received - 158

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

Stanford Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 105

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

The Priory CofE Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 261

- - - - Please contact school for further information

The Sherwood School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 118

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

West Wimbledon Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 276

- - - 30 841.67m

William Morris Primary School

Places available - 60
Applications received - 109

- - - - All on time applications received an offer

Wimbledon Chase Primary School

Places available - 90
Applications received - 492

- 1 - 55 269.69m (within the APA only)

Wimbledon Park Primary School

Places available - 90
Applications received - 289

- 2 - 42 223.42m (first 60 places) 385.05m (APA)

* SEN: children with a statement of Special Educational Needs
 LAC: Looked After Children or those in care immediately prior to adoption
 Med/Soc: Children with a professionally supported medical or social need for a specific school

Schools with vacancies or short waiting lists in Reception.

This information is accurate as of 16 April 2015. A short waiting list is one with 5 children or less on it. Due to the nature of school admissions this information can change quickly and schools may not have vacancies for very long. You may be on the waiting list for a school that appears on this list, this does not mean that you have been overlooked for a place, simply that you are included in the short waiting list for this school.

  • Abbotsbury
  • All Saints
  • Aragon
  • Benedict
  • Bond
  • Gorringe Park
  • Harris Primary Academy
  • Liberty
  • Hillcross
  • Links
  • Malmesbury
  • Merton Abbey
  • Morden
  • Park Community School
  • Sacred Heart
  • St Thomas of Canterbury
  • Stanford
  • The Sherwood
  • William Morris

Further information

Central offers

If you received an offer for a school you did not name on your application form, it is known as a Central Offer. This means that we were unable to offer a place at any of the schools you named in your application. We have offered you a place at an appropriate school within DfE recommended distance and length of journey guidelines.

Waiting lists

You are automatically placed on the waiting list for any schools placed higher in your preference list than the one you were offered. Merton Community school waiting lists will close on 31 December 2015. If you wish to remain on the list after this time, please make your request in writing during December. Requests made before December will be disregarded.

You can find out your position on a Merton Community school by calling School Admissions after 1 June 2015. All children on waiting lists will be considered in the second round of allocations. Allocations are made from the waiting list as places become available.

You may go on to the waiting list for schools named lower in your preferred list as well as ones you did not name in your original application if you put the request in writing.

To find out waiting list information for a school outside the London Borough of Merton, or for a school in Merton that is its own admission authority, you should contact the relevant authority:

Merton Community Schools - please contact School Admissions after 1 June 2015

 
Abbotsbury Aragon Beecholme Bond
Cranmer Dundonald Garfield Gorringe Park
Haslemere Hatfeild Hillcross Hollymount
Joseph Hood Liberty Links Lonesome
Malmesbury Merton Abbey Merton Park Morden
Pelham Poplar The Sherwood Singlegate
Stanford St Mark's West Wimbledon William Morris
Wimbledon Chase Wimbledon Park Wimbledon Park West Wimbledon

Please note that there are two waiting lists for Wimbledon Park and Poplar until 31 December 2015. One waiting list includes all applicants and is for the first 60 places available - there is a second waiting list for those children who live within the APA for the school. Children within the APA will be included in both waiting lists. Each school will only have one waiting list after 31 December 2015 as the APA only applies for the full co-ordinated Reception admissions round.

The following schools are Voluntary Aided or Academy and will hold their own waiting lists:

Telephone   Telephone
All Saints' CofE Primary School 020 8540 3004 Benedict Primary School 020 8648 4726
Bishop Gilpin CofE Primary School 020 8946 6666 Harris Primary Academy Merton 020 8679 3707
Holy Trinity CofE Primary School 020 8542 1591 Park Community School 020 88542 3365
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School 020 8942 0215 SS Peter & Paul Catholic School 020 8648 1459
St John Fisher RC Primary School 020 8542 2637 St Mary's Catholic School 020 8542 4580
St Matthew's CofE Primary School 020 8947 7227 St Teresa's RC Primary School 020 8648 1846
St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School 020 8540 0869 The Priory CofE Primary School 020 8648 8059

Other Boroughs

Telephone Link to school admissions
London Borough Croydon 020 8726 6400 School admissions at - www.croydon.gov.uk
Royal Borough Kingston Upon Thames 020 8547 4610 School admissions at - www.kingston.gov.uk
London Borough Lambeth 020 7926 9503 School admissions at - www.lambeth.gov.uk
London Borough Sutton 020 8770 5000 School admissions at - www.sutton.gov.uk
London Borough Wandsworth 020 8871 6622 School admissions at  - www.wandsworth.gov.uk
Surrey County Council 08456 009 009 School admissions at - www.surreycc.gov.uk

Letters and reply slips

All applicants should receive an outcome letter on or after 17 April 2015. If you have not received your letter by 23 April, please contact School Admissions for a copy. If you made a late application you will not hear anything until the second round of allocations

Reply slips for late applications and places offered from the waiting lists must be returned within the time detailed in the letter.

Late applications

If you have not made an application you will have to complete a Starting Reception 2015 Application Form. If you would like to name additional preferences please can you make the request in writing. All late preferences are included in the second round of offers. After the second round of offers, places are offered as they become available. All late applications and additional preferences will be added to the waiting list if a lower preference is offered.

Changes to your application

All requests to change your application must be made in writing either by post or email to the addresses below. Any new preferences are late applications.

Appeals

If you would like to appeal against the decision not to offer you a place at one of your preferred schools, please read the Appeals page carefully. Please also see the Appeals FAQs for more information to specific questions.

Starting Reception – key dates

16th April – offer date

30th April – date by which parents must confirm acceptance/refusal of place offered (either by returning the reply slip or updating their online application)

Late May/early June – second round of offers should take place (not a fixed date)

14th May – deadline for lodging an appeal for a Merton community school

1st June – waiting list information available for Merton community schools

June to July – appeals for community schools will be heard

31 December – closing date for waiting lists

Applications for September 2016

If your child has a date of birth between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 you will be able to apply for Reception 2016 online from 1 September 2015. Application packs will be distributed through Merton School Nurseries during the Autumn term. If your child does not attend Nursery or does not attend a Merton school Nursery, please register with your local school for an application pack.

Related websites

See also

Contact us

School Admissions Team
Civic Centre
Morden
SM4 5DX

Email: admissions@merton.gov.uk

This page was last updated on Tuesday 21 April 2015