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 www.eadmissions.org.uk.  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.