Applying for a nursery place
Children can start at Chelwood the term after their third birthday, starting in either September or January. Now that Lewisham has a single point of entry into primary schooling Chelwood’s main intake has become September each each year, although places do become available at other times in the year.
Places are allocated according to Lewisham Council’s admission policy, which is published every year in the ‘Starting School Booklet’ and is available on Lewisham’s website. http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/earlyyears/nursery-schools/Pages/default.aspx
It is the Local Authority’s policy that children should attend for a minimum of three school terms, but we hope that children will attend for four or five terms where possible.
Places are offered in April for the following September intake, and in October for the January intake, some places become available outside of these times.
To apply for a place at Chelwood parents or carers are asked to visit the school around the child’s second birthday, to complete an application form. Applications can be made any time between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm, no appointment is necessary.
Visiting the school
Parents wishing to view the school prior to application should contact the school to arrange to visit on one of our open days.
Lewisham Nursery Admissions policy
It is often possible for children aged between three and four years to attend a nursery school or a nursery class attached to a primary school. Nursery class attendance does not prioritise the child’s right to attend a particular school at the age of five years.
Where there is over-subscription, places will be offered to:
1. Children in Public Care (details to be supplied by the allocated social worker or foster carer).
A child who is in care to a local authority or who is provided with accommodation by that authority.
2. In exceptional circumstances there is discretion to admit children on the grounds of their or their family’s acute medical or social need for that particular school and who would not otherwise qualify for admission.
The application must be supported by a letter from a hospital consultant, social worker or similar professional, setting out the reasons why the nursery is the only one able to meet the child’s needs, before an admission decision is made. The admission decision will be made by the headteacher who may consult with the Executive Director for Children and Young People. Supporting documentary evidence must be provided with the application;
3. Applicants whose brother or sister is on the roll of the main school when the application is made and is expected to be on the roll of the school, or of the junior school in the case of separate infant and junior schools, at the intended date of admission. If the school is over-subscribed entirely with siblings, priority will be given to those:
i) with exceptional social or medical need; and
ii) living closest to the school.
Children applying for a place at Clyde or Chelwood Nurseries will only qualify for a place under the sibling criteria if their older sibling is on the roll of the nursery when the application is made and is expected to be on the roll of the nursery at the intended date of admission.
Siblings include all blood or adoptive siblings, half-siblings, foster siblings of Looked After Children and step siblings. Siblings must all live at the same address as the child applying. Proof of the sibling relationship may be required.
4. Children who live closest to the school.
All distances will be measured in a straight line, using digitised mapping software of the area, from the home to the nearest gate nominated by the school. If more than one applicant lives in a multi-occupancy building (e.g. flats) priority will be given to the applicant whose door number is the lowest numerically and/or alphabetically.