We are responsible for admissions to our Nursery.
All other admissions to the school are processed centrally by Lewisham Council’s school admissions team.
Visiting Turnham Academy School and Nursery
If you are thinking of applying for a place for your child, please do come along to one of our ‘open mornings’.
Please contact the school office on 0207 639 0440 to arrange a visit.
We also hold four open mornings specifically for potential Reception Parents/Carers during the Autumn term. To book a place, call the admin team on 0207 639 0440.
Please see below for important admissions information
Admissions to Reception class
Children start in Reception the September after their fourth birthday.
You need to apply between September and January for a place the following September. The deadline is always 15 January.
If you don’t live in the borough of Lewisham, please view your own borough’s information about their processes, even if you are applying to us. You will need to apply through your borough.
The Council’s website gives full and clear advice on the whole process. If you need extra help to complete your application, please contact the school’s admin team on 0207639 0440.
You can use the computers at any Lewisham library to get online.
If you have missed the application date, you must contact Lewisham Council’s school admissions team Lewisham.Secure@pre-school.org.uk.
Please see below for important admission appeals information
Criteria for admission
If more parents want places for their children than we are able to provide, the Council’s school admissions team apply their standard criteria to decide which children qualify.
In order of priority, these are:
Admissions during the school year or to other year groups
For any other type of application, you should contact Lewisham’s admissions team directly.
You can phone them on 020 8314 8282 between 9am and 12 noon Monday to Friday or email at email@example.com
If you are applying to transfer your children from another Lewisham school, you will first need to meet with the headteacher at your current school to talk about why you want to move your child.
Admissions during the school year or in September to year groups other than Reception are all referred to as ‘in-year applications’.
You can download the in-year application form from:
In-Year Applications can often be reviewed by Lewisham’s Fair Access Panel to ensure that schools are following correct procedures.
Admissions to Turnham Academy Nursery
Children may start in our Nursery the September after their third birthday – please contact the school in order to find out about admission to our Nursery.
You need to apply directly to us for a Nursery place for your child. Collect an application form from the desk in the main school reception, fill it in, and return it to us there.
You can apply at any time before the end of April for a place the following September.
We are currently able to offer a range of full-time and part-time places. For further information please contact the school directly.
We follow Lewisham Council’s guidance on offering places.
We give priority to:
We recommend that you put your child’s name on the waiting list once they are two years old. To do this, ask for an application form at the desk in reception, fill it in and return it to us there. You do not need to provide any proof of your permanent address to go on the waiting list.
30 Free Hours
We are able to accept full-time places under the 30 Free Hours Childcare Allocation on condition of successfully fulfilling current eligibility criteria.
Information regarding eligibility can be found at:
Please note that you can only accept a place at one Nursery and that the offer of a place in the Nursery does not guarantee your child a place in the Reception class.
New School Admissions Code
Please note the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 Admission Policy has been updated in line with the requirements of the new School Admissions Code which comes into force on 1 September 2021 and will apply with immediate effect. Changes to the policies have been made to clarify the key issues around the admissions for vulnerable children, in-year admissions and Fair Access Protocols.