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Primary and Nursery School

The Croydon Local Authority is the admissions authority for Downsview Primary & Nursery School and applications are made directly on-line to the Local Authority (  There are currently 90 places available in our Reception classes.  If the number of applications exceeds the places available, the allocations will be made in the following order of priority:


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


Key Dates

Croydon's "Admissions to Primary Schools 2020/2021" prospectus can be found on Croydon Council's website.

Closing date for applications - to be advised.