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.
All admissions are through the London Borough of Lambeth. The number of spaces available in Reception will be 120.
How to Apply for a Place
Applications must be made using the Common Application Form (CAF) from your home borough by 15th January 2021).
All children entering a Lambeth community primary school will be admitted in September 2021, as Lambeth LA will be operating a single point of entry. Lambeth LA, as the admission authority for all Lambeth community primary schools. If there are more applications than places available, the LA will give priority to children in the following order:
1: Looked After Children and Previously 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. The School Admissions Code 2014 states that: A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions.This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Childrens Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).
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 the nursery or year 6 of a primary school, or year 11 at a secondary school 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 Local Authority.
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.
4: Children of staff
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 2017).
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. The child’s home address will be the child’s permanent place of residency and must not be a business address, or the address of a relative or carer, unless they have legal custody of the child. Applications must only be made from a single address.
The admissions criteria for Lambeth Primary Schools is available in full in the Lambeth Primary Schools Brochure 2021-22.
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 lambeth.gov. uk for an appeals form.