Reception Admissions

School Tours

Due to new lockdown government guidelines, we can no longer offer prospective parent tours to our amazing learning environment. We hope that prospective parents and carers will be able to get a sense of the varied opportunities we provide, and how they succeed. Watch the short video below as our headteacher takes you on a virtual tour. He is also available to answer questions and talk about your specific circumstances by phone; please contact a member of our Office Team on 020 7622 4101 or email admin@heathbrook.org to arrange this. 

Feedback from parents and carers who have been able to visit in person has been very positive:

“It really is a very special place with a wonderful vibe.”
“I was very impressed with your school and your facilities.”
“The teachers and the children all seemed very calm, engaged and happy.”

Tour dates for the Autumn term were planned as follows:

9.30am on Tuesday 8th September
9.30am on Wednesday 16th September
10am on Saturday 19th September
9.30am on Tuesday 22nd September
9.30am on Wednesday 30th September
10am on Saturday 3rd October
9.30am on Tuesday 6th October
9.30am on Wednesday 14th October
10am on Saturday 17th October
9.30am on Tuesday 20th October
9.30am on Wednesday 4th November
10am on Saturday 7th November
9.30am on Tuesday 10th November – cancelled due to government lockdown
9.30am on Wednesday 18th November – cancelled due to government lockdown
9.30am on Tuesday 24th November – cancelled due to government lockdown
9.30am on Wednesday 2nd December
9.30am on Tuesday 8th December

A tour in the Spring term (before the 2021 Reception application deadline) will take place at:

9.30am on Wednesday 6th January

Additional tours during the Spring term 2021 will be added at a later stage.

Catchment Area

We have a much wider catchment area than most inner London schools. A lot of our families chose to travel considerable distances to benefit from our learning environment and curriculum focus on the arts, music, outdoor learning and sport. The limited amount of housing immediately around the school means we can serve a wider community of parents and children who are attracted to our school ethos and values. Here is a map showing the distance families are travelling for their children to attend Heathbrook’s Reception classes in September 2020:

Parents and carers frequently ask us about the (national) admissions preference system. Please read helpful admissions guidance explaining this ‘preference’ system more clearly.

Transition into Reception

[Please note that some of these arrangements were altered this year following the government’s decision to close schools due to Covid-19. Please visit our Information for New Families webpage for more details, including a welcome to Reception video!]

We provide a range of activities to ensure that children have a smooth transition into school. These include home visits and in-school sessions during the summer term before the long break to develop strong bonds with staff and the learning environment. Children and parents even have a chance to try the school meals!

New reception children and parents attending one of our transition sessions in the summer term and meet teaching staff, children's centre staff and senior staff.

New reception children and parents attend one of our transition sessions in the summer term and meet teaching staff and senior staff.

Selection Criteria

Our selection criteria is the same as all other Lambeth Community schools, which is as follows:

  1. Looked after children. A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority – according to section 20 of the Children Act 1989.
  2. Children with a brother or sister who already attends the school, and would not have left the school at the time of admission. A sibling is defined as a full/half/step brother or sister, living at the same address, 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 a professionally supported medical or social need that the school is especially able to meet. Admissions decisions will be taken by Lambeth’s Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS) MEDSOC panel. Letters from an appropriate professional must support these applications although these will not always be conclusive.
  4. Priority will be given on the basis of distance, between the child’s home and the school, measured by a straight-line.

For further information on Lambeth’s criteria for community schools, please read Lambeth’s primary admissions information 2020-21.


Nursery Admissions

We offer

  • our celebrated Forest School (Natural Thinkers) curriculum
  • weekly music and PE lessons with specialist teachers
  • an exceptional learning environment underpinned by strong relationships.

“It’s such a warm and creative space, our kids love it!” Parent

Have a look at the latest photos of what our Nursery children are getting up to on their class update webpage.

Admissions for nursery places is controlled by the school, please read or ask for a copy of our Nursery Admissions Policy. An application form can be obtained from the school office and needs to be returned to a member of office staff to put your child on our waiting list.

Since September 2017 the government has introduced new childcare funding options. 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds in our Nursery for ‘working families’. Tax-free childcare (20% off) will also be available for all pupils who attend our high quality Breakfast Club (from 7.30am) and after-school Heath Kidz (until 6pm).

Nursery tours

We welcome visits from families who would like to find out more about our exceptional nursery and beautiful outdoor spaces. Please contact a member of our Office Team on 020 7622 4101 or email admin@heathbrook.org to book a place on a tour (see dates above).

Government guidelines for the second lockdown published on Wednesday 4th November stipulate that parent and carer visits for new admissions are suspended from Monday 9th.

To support parents and carers with the big decision of choosing a school for their child during these challenging times, we are now working swiftly to produce a virtual tour of our extensive premises and facilities. This will be posted here as soon as it is available. Ben Roberts, our headteacher, is also available to answer questions and talk about your specific circumstances by phone; please contact a member of our Office Team on 020 7622 4101 or email admin@heathbrook.org to arrange this. 

Loesje Macrory, our Early Years Team Leader, is also looking forward to hearing from you: lmacrory@heathbrook.org


In-Year Transfers

If you are interested in discussing an in-year transfer (for any time other than starting Reception), please contact a member of our Office Team in the first instance on 020 7622 4101 or email admin@heathbrook.org.


Secondary Admissions

Staff are available to support your application for secondary school. We hold information meetings every summer term for parents and carers of children in Years 3, 4 and 5. Individual meetings with staff are available on request and we support the completion of application forms too.

For information about local secondary schools, please visit Lambeth’s secondary admissions, Wandsworth’s secondary admissions or other local authority’s websites providing secondary school admissions arrangements.

In recent years children at Heathbrook have moved on to all the local state and private secondary schools as well as some further afield – enjoy reading the full list!