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Guide to applying for a primary school place

The information on this page is for parents and carers applying for a Reception place to start in September 2018. If your child already attends school and you need to know how to submit an application, please visit the in-year school admissions and transfers page on our website.

Before completing your primary school application there are a few things to consider.

Merton Council co-ordinates applications for primary schools, academies, community, voluntary aided, out-borough and free schools. If you are applying for any of the voluntary aided (Church affiliated) schools, or wish to apply for any schools outside Merton, you must include them in your application or they will be unable to consider your child for admission.

You may also need to complete supplementary forms for some schools that require additional information. The information contained in the Admissions Criteria section will tell you which Merton schools need these. If you apply online, the system will automatically inform you if a supplementary form is required.

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How places are allocated

Merton Local Authority will always try to offer a place at the school you have named as the highest preference.

Our admission process operates an equal preference scheme, which means that each admissions authority will consider applications without referring to the order of preference on your application. This means that, if your child is unsuccessful at your first preference school, they will not get overlooked by schools lower down your order of preference.

If the school is oversubscribed and has more applicants than places available, all applications will be ranked in the order described in the admissions criteria. This will show if a child’s name is high enough on the ranking list to be offered a place.

If a place at more than one school can be offered your child’s place will be made for the highest preference school.

How places were allocated for September 2017

The table below shows the number of on time applications and how places were allocated last year for each school. This was the position at offer day on 16 April 2017.

Please note that this table is a guide only. The way places are allocated at each school will vary each year according to the number of applications the school receives and where those applicants live. Living within a shown allocated distance for a school will not guarantee a place in this or future years. Please be realistic in your preferences and use as many as you can. Consider schools both in and outside of Merton if these are local to you.

EHCP*LAC Med/SocSibFurthest Distance offered (in metres, straight line measurement) on Offer day 18 April 2017
Abbotsbury - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 124 - -2 23 All on time applications received an offer
 
All Saints' - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 170- - - - All on time applications received an offer (please see school for further information)
 
Aragon - - - - -
Number of places: 90 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 201 - - -39 All on time applications received an offer
 
Beecholme - - - - -
Number of places: 30 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 69 - - - - All on time applications received an offer (please see school for further information)
 
Benedict - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 93 - - - - All on time applications received an offer (please see school for further information)
 
Bishop Gilpin - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 358 - - - - Please contact the school for further information about how places were allocated
 
Bond - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 165 - - -17 All on time applications received an offer
 
Cranmer - - - - -
Number of places: 90 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 223 2 - -51 1092.06m
 
Dundonald - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 508 - - -15 457.37m (within APA)
 
Garfield - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 232 - - -31 567.96m
 
Gorringe Park - - - - -
Number of places: 90 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 131 - - -24 All on time applications received an offer
 
Harris Primary Academy Merton - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 156 - - - - Please contact the school for further information about how places were allocated
 
Haslemere - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 151 - - -21 495.52m
 
Hatfeild - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 211 - - -24 1423.49m
 
Hillcross - - - - -
Number of places: 90 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 225 - - -30 All on time applications received an offer
 
Hollymount - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 285 -2 -25 496.15m
 
Holy Trinity - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 379 - - - - Please contact the school for further information about how places were allocated
 
Joseph Hood - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 186 1 1 -17 3037.28m
 
Liberty - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 133 - - -30 1425.23m
 
Links - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 127 - - -21 All on time applications received an offer
 
Lonesome - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 126 -1 -17 All on time applications received an offer
 
Malmesbury - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 113 -1 -19 All on time applications received an offer
 
Merton Abbey - - - - -
Number of places: 30 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 125 - - -18 664.17m
 
Merton Park - - - - -
Number of places: 30 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 314 1 1 -20 333.77m
 
Morden - - - - -
Number of places: 30 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 113 - - -15 825.83m
 
Park Community School - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 125 - - - - All on time applications received an offer (please see school for further information)
 
Pelham - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 371 - - -27 375.70m
 
Poplar - - - - -
Number of places: 90 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 239 2 - -32 1661.06m (all APA applications were allocated in the first 60 places)
 
Sacred Heart - - - - -
Number of places: 30 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 108 - - - - Please contact the school for further information about how places were allocated
 
Singlegate - - - - -
Number of places: 90 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 286 - - -32 698.62m
 
SS Peter & Paul - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 139 - - - - Please contact the school for further information about how places were allocated
 
St John Fisher - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 144 - - - - Please contact the school for further information about how places were allocated
 
St Mark's - - - - -
Number of places: 30 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 218 1 1 -9 380.30m
 
St Mary's - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 237 - - - - Please contact the school for further information about how places were allocated
 
St Matthew's - - - - -
Number of places: 30 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 114 - - - - Please contact the school for further information about how places were allocated
 
St Teresa's - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 127 - - - - Please contact the school for further information about how places were allocated
 
St Thomas of Canterbury - - - - -
Number of places: 90 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 151 - - - - All on time applications received an offer (please see school for further information)
 
Stanford - - - - -
Number of places: 30 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 78 - - -0 All on time applications received an offer
 
The Priory - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 283 - - - - Please contact the school for further information about how places were allocated
 
The Sherwood - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 105 -1 -21 All on time applications received an offer
 
West Wimbledon - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 275 1 - -30 517.26m
 
William Morris - - - - -
Number of places: 60 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 112 - - -14 All on time applications received an offer
 
Wimbledon Chase - - - - -
Number of places: 90 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 491 -1 -38 480.69m (within APA)
 
Wimbledon Park - - - - -
Number of places: 90 - - - - -
Numbers of applications received: 379 2 2 -44 200.66m (first 60 places)
454.11m (additional 30 APA places) 

* Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) do not make an application through School Admissions

Late applications or changes made to applications after the closing date

If your application is made after the closing date of 15 January 2018 or you change your existing preferences after this date, your application will be treated as late. A late application will not be considered until after all those that were received on time and may jeopardise the possibility of your child being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.

If the application is late, or preferences are changed for ‘good reason’, such as a change of address, these will be considered as ‘on time’ providing the evidence the change has taken place is received by 8 February 2018. Any applications or changes from this date will not be considered until after 16 April 2018.

To help us decide whether cases are late for ‘good reason’, parents must submit written evidence giving details of their case. A copy of their new Council Tax bill together with a solicitor’s letter regarding contract completion or a copy of their new tenancy agreement, must accompany changes of address. If you are unsure whether your circumstances would be regarded as ‘good reason’, please contact the School Admissions Team for advice at admissions@merton.gov.uk.

Please note that forms that go missing in the postal system can only be reconsidered if there is proof of postage. Lost forms, where there is no proof of postage, are the responsibility of the applicant. For this reason we advise applying online wherever possible.

Children with special educational, health or care needs

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan and you live in Merton, you will need to call the SEN Team on 020 8545 4811 as your application process is different from that described here.

Please do not submit an application if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan.

If you have applied for an Education, Health and Care Plan but have not been advised of the outcome you should submit a Reception application in the normal way and by the closing date of 15 January 2018.

Compulsory or statutory school age

The law states that your child must attend school full-time from the beginning of the term after they reach the age of five. This is called compulsory or statutoty school age. However, children will normally start full-time school in the September after they are four.

Deferring a school place

If you are offered a place at a school you can opt to defer your child’s start date until the term after they are five, but must take up the place within the same academic year. If you wish to do this, or would like your child to start on a part-time basis it will need to be agreed with the Headteacher of the school. However, deferring a start date is not recommended, as the child will be starting school after their peers, and will be behind others socially and educationally. If you defer entry, your child will not be able to remain in a community school nursery.

Delayed entry for summer born pupils

If you wish to delay entry until the September after your child’s 5th birthday (only applicable for children born 1 April to 31 August 2014), you should submit a written request at the same time that you submit your Reception application. This allows us to seek the view of the preference school (which we are required to do under current regulations) as well as ensures a school place can be allocated if, for any reason, the request is not granted or parents decide not to proceed with the request.

Requests should therefore be submitted in advance of the closing date for Reception applications, 15 January 2018, and may be made by email to admissions@merton.gov.uk.

Where parents wish to be considered for a school where the London Borough of Merton is not the admission authority (such as an Academy, Free School, Voluntary Aided school, or school outside of Merton), a separate request must currently be made to each admission authority.

We will endeavour to consider requests and provide outcomes within 2 weeks of the request being made. Outcomes will provide instructions on what to do next and, if the request is not agreed, the reasons for this will be given.

Further information on Merton's policy for summer born pupils can be found in the Admissions Criteria section of our website.

Applying outside a child’s normal year group

Parents wishing to apply for places outside the child’s normal year group will have their application considered by each admissions authority they are applying for based on the circumstances of each case and the professional evidence recommending this for the child. Parents are encouraged to seek advice from the local authority in these circumstances before applications are submitted.

Primary school application process

  1. When to apply and important dates
  2. Choosing which schools to apply for
  3. Admissions criteria
  4. Guide to applying
  5. Apply for a place
  6. Offers and waiting lists

This page was last updated on Friday 5 August 2016

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