Admissions Policy

Fairlawn Primary School follows the admissions procedures and policy set out for maintained schools by Lewisham Local Authority. To this end the Local Authority manages all Reception class admissions and all in year admissions thereafter. The Local Authority also manages all applications for secondary school places as part of a pan London agreement.

We follow the Local Authority’s Pan London admissions criteria.

Click here to read Lewisham’s admissions policy

Applying for a place at Fairlawn Primary School

 Children start a reception class during the academic year (September – August) in which they will turn five. All children are able to start in the September. You can also opt for your child to attend part-time until they are 5.

Parents also have the right to defer entry to the term after their child becomes 5 (unless the child becomes 5 during the summer term – they cannot defer until the following September).

You need to apply for a place in reception class no later than mid-January each year. Please check on the Lewisham Council website or the school office for the closing date, as this alters from year to year depending on term dates.

Only Lewisham residents can apply to any primary school in Lewisham, or schools in other boroughs, on the Lewisham form. Residents of other boroughs must apply to their own borough (but can apply for Lewisham schools on their own borough’s form).

Applications for admission to primary schools can be made by visiting  The form will ask you to name six schools and to rank them in order of preference. The CAF (Common Application Form) can be completed online.  If you do not have access to the internet, you can use any Lewisham library where internet access is available.

PROOF of the PERMANENT HOME ADDRESS must be sent to the Admissions and Appeals Team following an online application. Acceptable proof will include a photocopy of:

  • current council tax statement
  • a tenancy agreement
  • residence orders or other court orders

If you have recently moved to the area, they will require the following information:

  • closing accounts for the original property
  • official confirmation of the end of tenancy or house sale
  • tenancy agreement with a commercial letting agency must be for more than

12 months and go beyond your child’s start date, or solicitors’ letter confirming the purchase of the new property.

Frequently asked questions.

How many places are given each year at Fairlawn Primary School?

Each year we take in 60 children.

Are there many applicants each year?

Yes. For 60 places we usually receive well over 300 applicants. Fairlawn Primary School is a very popular school and is always oversubscribed. * Usually at least 25-30 places go to brothers or sisters. If the school is oversubscribed entirely with siblings, priority will be given to:

  • those with exceptional social or medical need
  • those living nearest.

* Lots of applicants will also have applied to other schools.

How does the LA decide which is nearest to the school?

All distances will be measured to a central nodal point in the school premises, using digitised mapping software of the area, from a nodal point in the applicant’s permanent home address. 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.

Can I use my childminder’s address or the address of a relative?

No. Only the child’s home address (where the child actually lives). If an application is made with false information, the offer can be withdrawn. Please do not give false information.

What if we move addresses?

Children who move addresses after they have started school may continue at Fairlawn Primary School as long as their attendance and punctuality is not affected by moving further away.

When will I know if my child has a place in the reception class?

Decisions will be made after the closing date for the year’s intake. You will be notified by email if you have applied online by the end of April or early May (this is dependent on the school term). The results of postal applications will be sent by first class post on that same day.

What happens once I have been offered a place in the Reception class?

Once the LA has offered your child a place, and you have accepted it, Lewisham will write to you asking to see your child’s birth certificate or passport. If a residence or court order is held  this should be provided. Lewisham will need to see this proof before they can confirm the offer.

What if I am refused a place in the school I want for my child?

You may decide to:

(a) Stay on the waiting list. The LA keeps waiting lists for one year only. You may renew the application each year.

(b) Appeal against the decision not to offer a place for your child. An Appeal is made to the Local Authority.

Details of how to make an Appeal are available from the school or:

 Director of Children and Young Peoples’ Services,

Primary Admissions Department.

Laurence House, Catford, London SE6 4RU

Tel. 0208 314 8282

 If they start in another school can they come to Fairlawn Primary School later if a place is offered?

Yes – if the LA notifies you that your child is next on the waiting list and a place becomes available because a child has left the school.

My child is already at another school but I want to move them. Can I apply to Fairlawn Primary School?

Providing the child has not been excluded from another school you may apply for a place at Fairlawn Primary School. See the section ‘admissions to current reception class and years 1- 6’ also called ‘In-Year Admissions’

If I can’t have a place now at Fairlawn Primary School is it likely that I’ll get one in the future?

Sorry, we can’t answer that one! We never know when children will move out of the area or to a new school. In our experience places do sometimes come up throughout the year. It is therefore possible that we may be able to accommodate your child at some stage of their primary school career.

Can I apply to the school even if we don’t live in the area?

Yes. You may apply to any school of your choice through your LA. A place will be offered if there is one available and your child has the greatest entitlement of all of the children on the waiting list.

Can I visit the school before making an application?

Yes. We have tours every term for prospective applicants.  Please contact the school office on 0208 699 7948 to find out when these tours are. The tour of the school starts promptly at 9:30am and takes approximately an hour. Please be aware that for health and safety reasons, there is a limit as to how many can attend each tour. We endeavour to add further tour dates if there is the demand. Unfortunately we can not cater for individual tours.

 We look forward to meeting you.