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Primary and Nursery School

If your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 you can apply for a place in our Nursery.

You can view our Virtual Tour located in our "Open Morning/Virtual Tour" tab, which we hope will give you an insight into some of the great things our school can offer your child. 



Applications must be made directly to the school. The application form may be downloaded using the link below at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, please contact the school office on 020 8764 4611 if you would like a printed copy of the application to be sent to you in the post.


We offer either:

  • Morning sessions 8.45am-11.45am
  • Afternoon sessions 12.15pm-3.15pm
  • Full days 8.45am-3.15pm

These options will be subject to availability. Please note that charges apply for full day sessions (see below).


All children are entitled to five sessions a week (15 hours universal funding), usually taken across the whole week as 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions, Monday to Friday. A preference for morning or afternoon sessions may be stated but there can be no guarantee that preferences can be met.


Successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply for 30 hours funded places (subject to meeting the required eligibility criteria) or may apply to purchase additional morning or afternoon sessions, so that their child can attend the Nursery for the full school day, subject to availability of spaces. Please note that charges apply for the 30 hour funded sessions and marketed full day sessions.


30 Hours Funded Places:

To find out more about entitlement to 30 hours funded places, please visit:

We also charge for lunchtime supervision for children attending 30 hours funded places, at a rate of £7.00 per day, term time only. 


Additional Paid for Sessions:

If you are not eligible for a 30 hours funded place, you may apply for additional sessions, at a rate of £18 per day, term time only, so that your child can attend for the full day.


Please Note: Fees are payable half-termly, in advance and are non-refundable in the event of sickness, family holidays and any other absences. We do not charge for Inset Days or Bank Holidays.




There are currently 52 places available.  If there are more applications than there are places to offer, then the Croydon Local Authority's published admissions criteria will be used to allocate places in the following order:


Children with an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) that names a school, will be admitted to the school before the admissions criteria are applied to all other applicants.


Priority 1

Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children - i.e. those children resident with a foster carer or in a children's home and children who ceased to be looked after because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.  If an application is made under the looked after criterion, it must be supported by a letter from the relevant Children Services Department confirming the legal status of the child.


Priority 2

Siblings - children with a brother or sister who will be in attendance at the school at the time of enrolment of the new pupil.

A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half-brother or sister or adopted brother or sister whose main residence is the same address as the child for whom the school place application is being made.


Priority 3

Medical - pupils with serious medical needs for attending a particular school.  Supporting professional evidence must provide specific reasons why a particular school is the only school that can meet your child's needs and the detriment that would be caused if your child had to attend another school  Your application must be supported by a GP or Consultant.


Priority 4

Distance - priority will be given to pupils living nearest to the school, as measured by a straight line from the child's home address to the school's designated main entrance, using the Croydon Local Authority's computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving higher priority.


A full version of Croydon Local Authority's Admissions Policy is available online at


Application forms, together with copies of supporting evidence (as specified on the application form) should be emailed to OR posted to: The Admissions Officer, Downsview Primary School, Biggin Way, Upper Norwood, SE19 3XE


The school will notify you of the outcome of your application by post.  If a place is not immediately available, you have the option to place your child's name on the waiting list.  Please note that a place in our Nursery does not guarantee a place in the school. A separate application for Reception has to be made at the appropriate time.

Application Deadline: 15th January 2021