Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
  • Email:
  • Headteacher: Mr Andrew Pickering
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       Starting School in 2022 - 2023 (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 2022?

If your child permanently lives in the UK and was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018, you can apply for a Reception place for September 2022 from 1st September 2021.


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 2022 at 11.59pm, but Lewisham recommend that parents apply by 6th January 2022


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 Tuesday 19th April 2022 (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 2022
  • results are sent by email on national day Tuesday 19th April 2022


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 19th April 2022.  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 ever other Wednesday at 9.15am from 14th September until  6th 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. We will ask the parent or carer who makes the application to provide:


  • two documents confirming their address
  • one document confirming their child's address
  • one document confirming their child's date of birth.


Confirming the address the parent or carer should provide:


  • one document from Section A and one document from Section B.


Section A



Council Tax statement or letter

This must be supplied if the applicant is the council taxpayer and must be for the current financial year.

Tenancy agreement or solicitor’s letter confirming completion of house purchase.

Must be current and include the pages that show the names of the tenants. If this is a new address, the applicant must supply a letter from solicitor confirming completion date. (If child is named on this it can be used as a proof of address for child if no other child documents are available)

Letter from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) or UK Border Force (UKBA) confirming you live at the address

Must be current year.




Section B



TV licence

Must be for current year.

Utility bill

Must not be more than three months old. Mobile phone bills will not be accepted.

Driving licence

Must be current.

NHS registration card

Must show the applicants name and address.


Confirming your child's address


The applicant must provide one of the following documents to confirm the child’s name and address.




Child NHS registration card

Must show the child's name and address.

Medical letter or prescription

Must not be more than 12 months old.

Immigration documents

Must show address.

Letter signed by "No recourse to public fund" team

Must state child and parent’s name and address.

Letter signed by social services - If

child is a Looked After

Must state the child and carer’s name and address.


Confirming your child’s date of birth


The applicant must provide one of the following documents to confirm the child’s date of birth.





Must be current.

EU national identity card

Must be current.

Prescription or medical letter

Must have the child's name and date of birth printed on it.


If the documents can't be provided


If the parent or carer is unable to provide any of the documents above, a sworn affidavit, statutory declaration or affirmation must be provided. It must state parent and child's full name, address, the date the applicant started living at that address and the child’s date of birth.


The document must signed by a solicitor holding a current practicing certificate issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Please note that Lewisham Council will not contribute towards the cost of obtaining this documentation.


The person completing the application must be the child’s parent (including adoptive parents) or the person with legal parental responsibility. We cannot accept applications from a grandparent or other family member unless they have legal parental responsibility.


If the applicant applying for a school place is not the child’s parent, they will need to include a letter explaining the relationship is to the child and why they are applying instead of the parent. The applicant must also provide a legal document to prove they have parental responsibility.


Shared care arrangements: Lewisham is aware that some parents share the care of their child. Lewisham will normally accept that the child lives with the parent who makes the application and is able to provide documentary evidence of the child’s main domiciliary address, ie who the child lives with on school days.




What will Lewisham do if two parents are in dispute and both want to submit two separate applications from two different addresses and both have parental responsibility?


According to: Government Guidance, called Understanding and dealing with issues relating to parental responsibility Updated 3 September 2018


Where a parent’s action, or proposed action, conflicts with the school’s ability to act in the child’s best interests, the school should try to resolve the problem with that parent but avoid becoming involved in conflict. However, there may be occasions when a school needs to decline requests for action from one or more parents.

In cases where schools cannot resolve the conflict between separated parents, they should advise the aggrieved parent to pursue the matter through the Family Court.


Therefore if two parents, submit two separate applications and are unable to agree whose application will be processed, Lewisham will proceed with the parent who is able to provide the appropriate documentation.


If both parents provide the documentation, then neither application will be processed until a resolution is sought.


Lewisham may check its records, as well as those of other external agencies, to confirm a child’s permanent home address.



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.