Applying for a place in Reception
If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 you can make an application for your child to begin school in our Reception Class during the school year 2024 - 2025. We are conducting open days and if you are a prospective parent or carer you can book in to a tour of the school here.
All families can apply for an Open place. Some families may qualify for a Foundation place.
Applications to St James Hatcham Reception Class will need to be made online via the Pan London eadmissions online portal. No paper forms will be available. The portal opened on the 1st September and parents and carers can begin to make their applications. The deadline for admissions is Monday 15th January 2024.
We appreciate that the online arrangement may prove difficult for some families. There are easy to follow tutorial videos on the eadmissions portal and The Admissions and Appeals Team can also be contacted - Amina Ali is the named team member for Reception admissions. Please feel free to speak to the school office if you need any help or assistance in making your application.
For full details of admissions criteria please download our Admissions Policy below:
If you would like to apply for a Foundation Place please download and complete a supplementary form below, alternatively visit the school office for a paper copy. Please ensure you meet the admissions criteria before you complete this form.
Please see timetables below for further guidance on deadlines.
Lewisham Council cannot accept letters of support for a school place from school staff including; Headteachers, SENDCos or family support workers for a child's school application or admissions appeal.
The School Admissions and Appeals Team operates from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 12pm and Monday afternoons 2-4pm.
Tel: 020 8314 8282
For more information visit the Lewisham Council admissions webpage for late applications here.
In year admissions or applications from overseas
In year admissions:
If you would like your child to change schools in order to attend St James Hatcham, you should discuss the reasons with the headteacher of your child's current school first. If, after talking to the headteacher, you still want your child to transfer to St James Hatcham then you need to complete an online application via the parent portal here.
Your child's current headteacher must complete a Section 9 form before you apply because this will need uploading during the application process.
You will receive an email once your application has been submitted and you will be contacted up to 15 school days from the date the completed application is received.
Applications from overseas:
If you live overseas, you can apply for a place at St James Hatcham if you have documentation proving you intent to relocate to Lewisham. Find out more about the documents required on the Lewisham admissions website. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more support.
Timetable for Reception Admissions for 2024 - 2025
|1st September 2023 - 15th January 2024||Application period - parents to apply via eadmissions portal.|
|by 15th January 2024||Supplementary Information form and any other supporting documentation to be returned direct to the school.|
|14th February 2024||Full and final application lists available to schools including 'late for good reason' applications.|
|From 14th February to 26th February 2024||Primary Admission Authority school governors must meet to agree the ranked order of applicants.|
|The evening of Tuesday 16th April 2024||National Offer Day - Results shared with parents / online applicants.|
|30th April 2024||Deadline for accepting offers.|
|14th May 2024*||Deadline for submitting an appeal.|
|June - July 2024*||
Appeals heard for community schools.
*Some dates may be subject to change