The admissions policies for Essendine Primary School are summarised below. Please see the full admissions policies for definitions and explanations of the terminology used and what evidence is required for applicants to fulfil individual criterion. The full admissions policies are available online at https://www.westminster.gov.uk/school-admissions
The following definitions are commonly used:
Looked after Children and previously Looked after Children
A Looked after Child is a child in the care of a local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local council in the exercise of its social services function (as defined by section 22(1) of the Children’s Act 1989) at the time of making an application to the school. Previously Looked after Children are children who were looked after, as defined above, who ceased to be so because they were adopted, or became subject to a child arrangement order or special guardianship order.
Home to school distances
Unless stated otherwise in the full admissions policies, distances are measured by a straight line from the address seed point (determined by the Ordnance Survey data) of the child’s home address to the nearest school entrance for pupils, as measured by the local authority’s computerised measuring system. Where it is necessary to differentiate between applicants living in flats using the same street entrance, priority will be given to the applicant(s) living closest to the ground floor and then by ascending flat number order.
Community schools criteria
Places will be first allocated to children with Education, Health and Care needs plans or Statements of Special Educational Needs which name the school with the agreement of Westminster local authority.
In the event of oversubscription, places will then be allocated as follows:
Children in Public Care, also known as Looked after Children in care of the local authority and children who have been adopted or made subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order immediately following having been looked after. The child’s social worker must submit a letter to Westminster City Council confirming the legal status of the child and the local authority to which the child is/was in care, and quoting the child’s full name and current address.
The Director of School’s Services, as advised by senior officers, may on an individual basis give priority to applicants who can demonstrate that admission to a particular community school is necessary on the grounds of professionally supported medical or social need.
Children with a sibling at the school at the time admission. A sibling is defined as a brother a sister, half-brother or sister, or step-brother or sister whose main residence is at the same address. Please note sibling priority only applies to children with sibling(s) at the school in reception to year 6 at the time of admission but not nursery.
Children for whom it is the nearest community primary school.
Children for whom it is not the nearest community primary school.
Within categories 4) and 5) above, priority will be given to those children who live nearest to the school. Distances are measured by a straight line from the address seed point (determined by the Ordnance Survey data) of the child’s home address to the nearest school entrance for pupils, as measured by the local authority’s computerised measuring system. Where it is necessary to differentiate between applicants living in flats using the same street entrance, priority will be given to the applicant(s) living closest to the ground floor and then by ascending flat number order.
Applications made under criterion 2) will only be considered if supporting evidence from an appropriate professional (e.g. Doctor or social worker) is attached to the local authority’s application form or can be uploaded on the eAdmissions site if applying online. This supporting evidence must be no older than 6 months old and must set out the particular reasons why the school in question is the most suitable and the difficulties that would be cause if the child has to attend another school
Children from multiple births (e.g. twins/triplets)
In the event that the admission of a second or further child of a multiple birth would lead to exceeding the published admission number, places will be offered for the each of the children.
Applications received after the set closing date will be accepted but will not normally be considered for a place at the school until after the initial offer date.
Unsuccessful applicants (including any applications received after the closing date) will be included on the school’s waiting list ranked in order of priority under the published oversubscription criteria, without regard to the date that the application was received. Please note a child’s position on the waiting list can go down as well as up. For example, if a new application is received or if a child on the list moves nearer to the school, the waiting list may be revised. The offer of a place does not depend on the length of time your child’s name has been on the waiting list.
Unsuccessful applicants have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel. Further details will be included the notification letter.
EYFS Admission Policy
From 1st September 2015, Essendine Primary School will be dropping the age range of the school and offer places for two year olds. This policy reflects the criteria used by governors of the school to determine admission and the procedures applied.
The Governing Body of Essendine Primary School adopted this policy on:
June 24th 2015
It will be reviewed on:
The policy aims to ensure the criteria for admission into the EYFS unit and pre Nursery (2yr old) provision is clear and that the procedures to be followed are identified.
Additionally, this policy will demonstrate the flexibilities within the process to accommodate children and families in exceptional circumstances.
Overview of provision
Essendine Primary School is a LA maintained primary setting offering education to pupils aged 3 -11yr and from 1st September 2015 aged 2 – 11yrs.
For children aged 3 to 5, we offer outstanding full time early years education within an integrated unit, where children in nursery and reception class experience a wealth of rich learning activities both indoors and out. Children settle quickly into the unit because the routines are well established and enabled by children already familiar within the unit.
From 1st September we will extend the offer on a part time basis to 2 year olds.
Responsibility for admissions into Nursery and pre Nursery to the school is the responsibility of the Governing Body.
The school is registered with Ofsted to provide places for children aged 2 – 5yrs.
For children between 3-5yrs eligible to attend our EYFS Unit we offer fulltime places in our EYFS unit 5 days a week.
For those children aged between 2-3yrs we offer part-time provision of 15 hours a week over 5 days comprising either a morning or an afternoon session.
3-5 years old
Full time – 5 days 8:45 collection from 3:15
2-3 years old
Part time – Morning (AM) part time 15 hours 8:45am – collection at 11:45 am
Afternoon (PM) part time 15 hours 12:30pm - collection at 3:30pm
The provision is on offer during term time only.
Number of places
Typically the school offers 35 full time nursery places and 60 reception full time places within the integrated early years’ unit. The 2 year provision offers 12 part time morning places and 12 part time afternoon places. This will build to a maximum of 24 places in the morning and 24 places in the afternoon, by September 2016,
Allocation of places
Places in the EYFS unit are offered for a September start, with a staggered intake for some children moving from the pre Nursery unit into the nursery class.
Admission into reception class is completed centrally following Westminster admissions policy and procedure. Attendance at Essendine nursery does not mean an automatic place into the main school can be offered.
Places for nursery, become available in September and are allocated in the previous summer term and will be filled from our waiting list based upon the following criteria:
Children in special circumstances
Children whose older brother or sister attend the school
Children who live closest to the school based upon the shortest walking distance, these will be children living in the school catchment area.
Children who live in the borough of Westminster
Any other children
Some 2-year-olds in England can get free early education and childcare.
You must be getting one of the following:
income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit and have an annual income under £16,190
the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Children are also entitled to a place if:
they’re looked after by a local council
they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan
they get Disability Living Allowance
they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
Two Year Old Entry Points
Essendine Nursery 2yr old Class has three entry points September, January and April.
Children whose second birthday is between 1st September and the 31st December will normally be admitted to the 2yr old unit of Essendine Primary School in January of the spring term.
Children whose second birthday is between 1st January and 31st March will normally be admitted to the Nursery class of Essendine Primary School in April of the Summer Term.
Children whose second birthday is between 1st April and 31st August will normally be admitted to the Nursery class of Essendine Primary School in September of the Autumn Term.
Pre Nursery & Nursery Class
There is no automatic transfer from Essendine Pre Nursery Class to the Essendine Nursery Class.
Responsibility for admissions into Nursery including pre Nursery is the responsibility of the Governing Body. Admissions into Nursery will follow the schools admissions policy.
There is no automatic transfer from Essendine Nursery Class to the Essendine Reception Class.
Westminster City Council co-ordinate the admissions to the Reception Classes of schools in Westminster and there is a separate application procedure.
To apply you must complete the Westminster Common Application Form online at
We recognise that the transition from home to school needs to be handled with a positive regard for all children and their parents/carers. We appreciate every child as an individual in this process and recognise that they will have a differing level of need. We expect parents/carers to work in partnership with the EYFS teams during this time, and to continue to build on this early relationship as their child progresses through the Early Years.
At Essendine we visit children in their home during the first 3 weeks of their entry to the Pre Nursery. You will be visited by a member of the pre nursery team.
All nursery children need to meet with the home school liaison officer and a EYFS staff member to complete an enrolment form and to be given their start date and settling in procedure.
If you already have a child in the school you will be given an appointment to come and fill in the forms in the HSL room.
Families that are new to the school will have a Home Visit by an EYFS staff member in
September before their child starts school where the enrolment form will be completed and start date and settling procedures will be discussed.
New Reception children to Essendine need to meet with the home school liaison officer and an EYFS staff member in the summer term prior to them starting in September, to complete an enrolment form and to be given their start date and settling in procedure.