Making a Nursery Application

Hackbridge Primary School Nursery Admission Arrangements for Entry in 2019/2020


In accordance with the Sutton Community Schools Admissions Arrangements for Entry in 2019/2020:


Entry to Nursery

Hackbridge Primary School became a ‘split site’ from autumn 2018. We have Nursery provision on both sites, with the offer available on each site as detailed below:


a) Hackbridge Corner (existing school site on Hackbridge Road)


Allocated placements are either for a MORNING (8.45am – 11.45am) place or an AFTERNOON (12.20pm – 3.20pm) place, Monday – Friday during term time.

26 part-time (15 hour) places are available in each session.


b) London Road (new school site currently being built on the land adjacent to ‘BedZED’)


Placements are 9.15am – 3.15pm, Monday – Friday during term time.

(Please note that a meal charge will be payable if a school dinner is taken – current arrangements for lunches are packed lunch only.)

26 full-time (30 hour ) places are available.


Please note that we do not have any ‘wraparound care’ available for nursery pupils outside of these session times on either site.

Attendance in the nursery does not give priority for a place in Reception at the school and a separate application for a starting school/Reception place must be made directly to the London Borough of Sutton.

Children will be eligible for consideration for entry to nursery from the term after their third birthday.

Where a child might be eligible to join at the start of the spring or summer term, and places remain available, the school will sometimes offer parents/carers the option of their child starting slightly earlier in the preceding term, after the child’s third birthday.



Applications for nursery places at Hackbridge Primary School must be made directly to the school using the school’s nursery application form. Forms are available for download here or a paper copy can be collected from the school at its existing Hackbridge Corner site.

Parents/Carers should ensure that they indicate on their application form which type of provision they are applying for by ticking in the box next to the site/provision type that they wish their child to be considered for a place at.

Applications to start nursery in 2019/2020 must be made between 11th September 2018 and 19th January 2019. Any applications received after this date will be considered ‘late’.

There may be some vacancies for children to start in the 2018/2019 academic year, where there age makes them eligible. Please check availability with the School Office.


Admissions and Oversubscription Criteria for Nursery

When our nursery is over-subscribed, applications for admission in 2019/2020 will be ranked against the following factors:

i) Children who have reached the age of 3 years before 1 September 2019

ii) Children who have reached the age of 3 years before 1 January 2020

iii) Children who have reached the age of 3 years before 1 April 2020


Please note only category (i) places will be filled at the initial allocation stage – offers for these places will be made on Friday 26th April 2019.

We will offer places for any vacancies for category (ii) or (iii) applicants in November and February each year.


Within each of these bands, applications will be prioritised as below:

a) Looked after children or previously looked after children (see notes at 1).

b) Where there are professionally supported medical reasons or exceptional social reasons why a child should attend a particular nursery (see notes at 2).

c) Where a sibling is already in the main school at the time of admission (see notes 3).

d) Straight Line distance between the child’s home address and the mid-point between the existing Hackbridge Corner school site and the new school site on the London Road. The mid-point is defined as the point that is equidistant between each site’s main school entrance (see notes at 4).

Where oversubscription occurs in categories (a)-(c) above, the subsequent criterion will be applied as a tie-breaker. If oversubscription occurs in category (d), and home to school distance is equal, rank order will be randomly generated.



  1. Looked After Children or Previously Looked After Children

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 (see definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). A previously looked after child is a child who was adopted, or subject to a residence order, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order, immediately following having been looked after.

  1. Professionally Supported Medical Reasons or Exceptional Social Reasons

Applicants wishing to be considered under this criterion must supply professional evidence supporting their case at the time of application. Providing evidence does not guarantee priority under this criterion; the school will consider if the evidence provided demonstrates that the child must attend a particular school and cannot reasonably attend an alternative school.

Applicants will not be individually advised if their application has been prioritised under this criterion.

  1. Siblings

Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent’s/carer’s partner, and in every case, who is living as part of the same family unit at the same address, Monday to Friday.

Siblings in Year 6 at the time of an application to start Nursery in 2019/2020 will not qualify as a sibling for admission.

  1. Straight Line Distance

Distances will be measured in a straight line from the child's home address, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. The point within the school to be used in any distance calculation will be the mid-point that is equidistant between each site’s main school entrance. All distances will be measured by the computerised Geographical Information System maintained by Sutton Admissions team.

The child’s home address excludes any business, relative’s or childminder’s address and must be the applicant’s normal place of residence. If there is a genuine equal share custody arrangement between the two parents, the address that will be used will normally be the address of the parent who is claiming Child Benefit for the child, however all available evidence will be considered.

The address to be used for the initial allocation of places will be the child’s address at the closing date for application. Changes of address up to dates stated in the scheme may be considered if there are exceptional reasons behind the change, such as if a family has just moved to the area, or has returned from abroad. The address to be used for waiting lists, after the initial allocation, and for mid-term admissions will be the child’s current address. Any offer is conditional upon the child living at the appropriate address on the relevant date. Parents have a responsibility to notify the Local Authority of any change of address.

Please note:

  • Applicants in short term rented accommodation may be asked to provide evidence of their current and former housing arrangements.
  • Where an applicant has ownership of a property, that should be used for the purposes of school admission and the applicant must provide evidence and reasons for the use of any other address.
  • Where an applicant rents a property and has ownership of an alternative property, the rented property will only be used for admission purposes if the child has been resident away from the owned property for a period of 18 months or more at the closing date for applications.
  • Any applicant who moves from a rented or temporary address in advance of their child taking up their school place may have their place withdrawn if it is found the family have returned to an address already in their ownership.
  • The authority will investigate whether the place should be withdrawn if the pupil is not resident at the application address at the time of the September entry point.
  • The authority will always investigate a case where the application address has previously been used to gain a school place fraudulently.
  • Where it is found an address has been used for the purposes of admission where the child is not ordinarily resident, the application and any place offered will be withdrawn.
  • An offer found to have been gained fraudulently will be withdrawn. This may also be the case where the child has started the school.
  • In some cases, places may not be withdrawn once a child has been attending the school for a term or more. In these circumstances future sibling applications will not be given sibling priority for places and will be considered under the next appropriate criterion.


Waiting lists

Where there are more applicants than places available, waiting lists will operate according to the oversubscription criteria shown above and without regard to the date the application was received or when a child’s name was added to the waiting list. Children with education, health and care plans will take priority over children on a waiting list.

Children applying for nursery who are not offered a place for 2019/2020 will be automatically added to the school’s waiting list for that year. Nursery waiting lists will be reviewed before being carried forward to the 2020/2021 academic year, to confirm which autumn and spring born children wish to be considered for a place in the next academic year.



There is no right of appeal against a decision not to offer a nursery place.