Starting primary school: joining Reception

Reception applications

All children can start Reception in the September following their 4th birthday. Applications can be made during the period 1 September to 15 January before the child is due to start. If your child already attends a Merton School Nursery you will be provided with information by them at the correct time. If your child does not attend a Merton School Nursery, please visit Merton Admission team’s website the September after your child’s 3rd birthday to make an on-line application.

Please note that it is Merton that allocates places, not individual schools themselves.


When to apply and important dates

Choosing which schools to apply for

Admissions criteria

Guide to applying

Apply for a place


Offers and waiting lists


If you have any questions regarding the Reception admissions process, please contact:

School Admissions Team
Civic Centre