Woodmanstern Primary

Primary admissions

Welcome to Reception

Woodmansterne School is a non-selective community school.  All admissions are through the London Borough of Lambeth.  We do not ask for any supplementary information. Please click here to read the 'Starting primary school in Lambeth booklet. 

Woodmansterne School will have a maximum of 120 Reception places available in 2021 -22.

How to Apply for a Place
If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, you can apply for a primary school reception year place for September 2021.  The deadline is midnight on Friday 15 January 2021

Applications must be made using the Common Application Form (CAF) from your home borough: So if you are in Merton and you want to apply to Woodmansterne (which is in the Lambeth Borough) apply through Merton eAdmissions. 


Lambeth admissions booklet




Woodmansterne Reception Admissions Criteria:

All community schools in Lambeth are managed by the Lambeth Local Authority will and they give priority to children in the following order:

1.Looked after children Priority will be given to looked after children and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been looked after. A child in public care (looked after child) means a person under the age of 18 years who is provided by social services with accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 20 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. Children who are looked after under an agreed series of short-term placement (such as respite) are excluded.

2. Siblings. Children with a brother or sister who already attends the school, and who will not have left the school at the time of admission. As a result siblings in Year 11 will not be regarded as a sibling under this criterion. A sibling is defined as a full/half/step brother or sister (who are living at the same address in all instances) or a child who is living as part of the family by reason of a court order, or a child who has been placed with foster carers at that address as a result of being looked after by the council. However, children who are looked after under an agreed series of short-term placements (such as respite) will not be regarded as siblings under this criterion.

3. Children with exceptional medical or social needs. Children with a professionally supported medical or social need, whose application identifies a particular school that is especially able to meet that need. This criterion will also take into account where a parent/carer has a physical, mental or social need that is significant and demonstrable for their child to attend a specific school. This does not include childcare arrangements. The decision to prioritise on these grounds will be determined via MEDSOC panel, which is comprised of the council’s senior management as well as senior school staff.

Documents from an appropriate professional (e.g. GP, consultant or social worker letter or report, not including general information from a website) must support these applications. However, any supporting evidence does not automatically mean that applicants will gain priority in this criterion as the decision to prioritise under this criterion will solely rest with the MEDSOC panel.

4. Children of staff at the school. Applications for children of staff at the school. A member of staff for the purposes of this criterion must be employed by the said school as a teaching assistant or qualified teacher for a minimum of 0.6fte (16.5 hours teaching staff) and this employment must have been for at least 3 years at the time of submitting the application (i.e. their employment must have started no later than September 2014).

  • All such applications must be submitted to the MEDSOC Panel via an iCAF application submitted to the LA and must be accompanied with the relevant paperwork supporting an application on these grounds. The applicant must take sole responsibility to provide such paperwork. Without the provision of the relevant papers which identify all the above, priority will not be given.
  • There will be a maximum priority limit of 4 children per year group for secondary schools/phase (years 7 to 11).

5. Distance. Priority will be given on the basis of distance between the child’s home and the school, measured by a straight-line. This measurement will be done using a computerized mapping system. This measurement will be from a point from the child’s home as identified by the software to a point at the school as profiled in the software.

As a tiebreaker for all criteria, priority will be given to children living closest to the preferred school (measured by a straight-line) in accordance with the measuring information in criterion 5. However, in the case where children have exactly the same distance between their home and the school, Lambeth LA will randomly allocate places as a tiebreaker. The admissions criteria for Lambeth community schools is available in full on www.lambeth.gov.uk/eadmissions

Appeal arrangements:

Unsuccessful applicants will have the right to appeal against the decision to an Independent Admissions Appeals Panel established under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Appeals for this school are arranged by Democratic Services, tel. 020 7926 2170 or visit www.lambeth.gov.uk for an appeals form (see page 15 for more details).