Admissions

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 already attends a Merton School Nursery you will be provided with information by them at the correct time. If your child does not attend a Merton School Nursery, please visit Merton Admission team’s website the September after your child’s 3rd birthday to make an on-line application.

Please note that it is Merton that allocates places, not individual schools themselves.

There are separate admissions processes for our Nursery, our Reception classes, Years 1-6 and for Treetops, our Base for children with Autism. Below are the relevant links to the Merton Council and and process for each entry.

We look forward to welcoming you to our School community.

Nursery

Nursery: Application forms for admission and timetables for applications to Nursery are available directly from Merton’s website

Reception

Application forms for admission and timetables for application to our Reception classes are available at Merton’s website.

Year 1 - 6

To join our school anytime during Year 1 – 6, applications are made directly with Merton’s Schools Admissions Team.

Base for children with Autism

Applications to our Base are only available through Merton’s Special Educational Needs Admissions Team,Tel: 020 8545 4811.

If you are considering applying to our school we would love to show you all the great things happening,  and how we support, challenge and care for children. Please telephone or email us to arrange a time that suits you.

WWPS: 020 8946 1620
school@westwimbledon.merton.sch.uk

As you may well be aware, the current Government has introduced an entitlement to 30 hours’ free childcare for “working families” who meet the eligibility criteria, to commence in September 2017. Merton Children, Schools and Families department has a useful page of information on the changes, which may be viewed here.

We currently provides Nursery education for 3 and 4 year olds for 15 hours per week, the term after they turn 3, under the Government’s Free Early ‘Universal’ Education offer. We also offer a ‘Wrap-Around’ provision offering families the opportunity to pay for extended provision until 15.15 at a cost of £20 per day.

From January 2018, we are going to be offering eligible families the option to use their extended 30 hours’ entitlement in our Nursery, which will mean that their child can access 30 hours of free, quality school-based Nursery provision from 08.30 – 14.30. However, as our Nursery is open from 08.30 – 15.15, there will be an additional 45 minutes per day that parents will need to pay at a cost of £3 per day (£15 per week) for each child.

You can check what help you can get with childcare costs and an initial indication of your eligibility for 30 hours of free childcare, via the GOV UK website. You need to go to a “checking portal” to find out if you are eligible. If you are eligible, you will receive a code, which you need to share with us, in order to allocate your child a 30 hours’ place. We need this code by December 31st 2017, to firm up allocations for January 2018.

We will continue to offer families not eligible for the extended entitlement the option of paying for Wrap-Around (at a cost of £20 per day).

All families with a 3 and 4 year old child will still be eligible for the universal offer of free early education of up to 15 hours a week term time and will continue to be offered a 3 hour morning or afternoon session; morning session is 08.30 – 11.30 and the afternoon session is 12.30 – 15.30.

We are currently able to offer 16 places as part of this 30 hours/Wrap-Around offer. The following criteria will be used to allocate places where there are more than 16 families interested:

  • Looked after children or children who were previously Looked after
  • Families who are currently using our Wrap-Around Provision
  • Where a sibling is already in the main school at the time of admission
  • Straight line distance between the child’s home address and the main school

Please contact Mrs Vittoria Vernaschi if you have any questions about our 30 hours funded/Wrap-Around offer.

Our School adopts a flexible and informed approach to decisions about separating twins/multiple children at school, which takes into account the characteristics and experiences of each twin/multiple as well as the views of the parents.  The School acknowledges that the best way to foster individuality is always to treat the children as individuals from the start.  If there are specific concerns backed by supporting facts, the twins/multiple children should be taught in one class. The School accepts that any decision to separate the twins/multiple children within the first few years of school should be taken with care and involve planning and review.

With those guiding principles in mind, the School’s default position in talking to parents in deciding class placements for new admissions to West Wimbledon Primary School, is as follows:

 For Nursery intake:

To place twins/multiple children in either the same or different classes (where possible), based primarily on the views and opinions of the parent(s).

For entry into Reception and Years 1-6:

To place twins/multiple children in separate classes (where possible), unless there are strong and cogent views and opinions from the parent(s) to the contrary.