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 school places, not the individual schools themselves.
There are separate admissions routes 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.
If you are considering applying to our school, irrespective of which admissions route, we would love to show you all the great things happening, and how we support, challenge and care for the children. Please telephone or email us to arrange a time that suits you.
We look forward to welcoming you to our School community.
Treetops: our Base for children with Autism
Applications to Treetops are only available through Merton’s Special Educational Needs Admissions Team, Telephone 020 8545 4811. E-mail: SEN@merton.gov.uk
Children entering Treetops will have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), showing a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) / Complex Communication Difficulties (CCD).
All 3 and 4-year-old children are entitled to up to 15 hours a week of free early education and childcare. This adds up to 570 hours per year. This is called the universal entitlement.
3 and 4-year-olds whose parents are working may be able to get up to 15 additional hours a week of free early education and childcare. This adds up to 1,140 hours per year. This is called the extended entitlement (also known as 30 hours).
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.
Since January 2018, we have been offering eligible families the option to use their extended 30 hours’ entitlement in our Nursery, which means that their child is able 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 is an additional 45 minutes per day that parents 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. 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.
All families with a 3 and 4 year old child remain eligible for the universal offer of free early education of up to 15 hours a week term time. This is offered as either a 3 hour morning session or 3 hour afternoon session. Morning sessions run between 08.30 – 11.30 and afternoon sessions are between 12.30 – 15.30.
Families not eligible for the extended entitlement have the opportunity to pay for our “Wrap-Around” extended provision, which runs until until 15.15, at a cost of £20 per day.
We are currently able to offer 16 places as part of our 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.