Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
  • Email:
  • Headteacher: Julie Loffstadt
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       Starting School in 2020 - 2021 (Reception Class)


At Horniman we follow the admissions criteria set out by Lewisham Council, please read carefully the information below.


Is your child due to start primary school in September 2020?

If your child permanently lives in the UK and was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, you can apply for a Reception place for September 2020 from 1st September 2019.


Now is the time to:

  • Start looking at schools within the borough or in authorities outside the borough.
  • Visit schools you are interested in.
  • Carefully consider the admissions criteria for schools you are interested in.


The deadline for reception class applications is 15th January 2020 at 11.59pm, but Lewisham recommend that parents apply by 6th January 2020


Visit the Lewisham Website for everything you need to know about applying for primary school places, including:

  • What schools are in Lewisham and which are closest to you.
  • How to apply.
  • How decisions are made.
  • What happens once you have applied.
  • Important dates in the application process.


Deciding which schools to apply for

The first step is to decide which schools you would like to apply for.  There are many primary schools in the Lewisham borough and in authorities outside the borough.  Find out about Lewisham schools, and see which are nearest to you, at


Is my child likely to be offered a place at a school?

Where there are more applicants for a school than places available (oversubscribed), the admissions criteria is used to decide who should be offered a place. The admissions criteria vary from school to school. Horniman Primary School follows the Local Authority oversubscription criteria and places will be offered to children in the following priority; 

1. A looked after child (LAC) or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption order (in accordance with the Children Act 2002), child arrangements, or special guardianship order (sections 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989).

2. In exceptional circumstances there is discretion to admit a child on the grounds of their or their family’s severe medical or social need for that particular school and who would not otherwise qualify for admission.

3. Children whose brother or sister is on roll of the school  

4. Children living nearest to the school.

For further information about admissions arrangements please contact: Admissions and Appeals Team, Third Floor, Laurence House, Catford SE6 4RU. Tel: 020 8314 8282 (lines are open Monday-Friday, 9am-12 noon). Email:


It is important that parents carefully read the information on the Lewisham website.

  • Parents can name up to SIX mainstream schools they want to apply for, which can be within Lewisham or any authority outside the borough.  Schools must be ranked in order of preference.
  • If a child qualifies for a place at more than one school, parents will receive ONE offer, which will be the highest possible offer on their preference list.
  • National offer day will be Thursday 16th April 2020 (parents who apply online will receive the result by email after 5pm that day).


How do I apply?

Parents should apply online at  Advantages of this include:

  • it is a secure method of delivery and there is no risk of losing the form in the post
  • an automated email confirming receipt of application
  • changes to applications can be made up to the closing date, 15th January 2019
  • results are sent by email on national day Tuesday 16th April 2019


When will I find out which school my child has been offered a place at?

You will receive an email during the evening of National Offer Day Tuesday 16th April 2019.  It will tell you where your child has been offered a place and how to accept the offer.

You can find all the information you need to apply for primary school places at  If you cannot find the information you need or cannot apply online, please

contact the Admissions Team for information and advice on 020 8314 8282 (Monday - Friday 9am-12noon) or email


Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Most children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities can get the support they need at local mainstream schools.  They need to apply online at

If your child has a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan, you need to follow a different process.  Find out more at


If you are interested in applying for a place at Horniman Primary School and would like to have a look around, please contact the school office or email.  Parent tours at Horniman are being held most Wednesdays at 9.15am from 14th September until  9th January 2020 (with the exception of halfterm and Christmas break). We look forward to meeting you. 

Telephone: 020 8699 3190




In Year Admissions

Lewisham Admissions are no longer issuing paper applications for children wishing to trasnfer school in-year.


You can apply online by clicking the link below:


You will need to provide:


1. Section 9 - Ensure that your child’s current headteacher has completed signed and stamped the information required in section 9. If this section is not completed, your application will not be considered as complete. The form can be found below. (This does not apply if your child is new to the UK or has been previously educated abroad).


2. Proof of address – please provide a copy of one of the following documents as proof of your child’s address:

* your current council tax bill

* your tenancy agreement

* your proof of house purchase (if within the last 6 months) 

* If you are living with a family member – you will need to provide a copy of their CT bill, along with a letter stating that you and your child are living with them at the address on the CT bill

* doctors registration letters for both parent and child at the address on the CT bill

* a bank statement addressed to thparent at the address on the applicatioon/CT bill


3. Proof of parental responsibility – please provide a copy of one of the following documents addressed to you and including your child’s details:

* child tax credit letter

* child benefit letter

In the absence of these, a copy of the child’s birth certificate which includes the parents’ names is also acceptable.


Providing your application is complete and includes the relevant proofs a letter will be sent via email within 20 school days of the date Lewisham received your application to let you know the outcome.

Horniman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.