Rathfern Primary



Apart from nursery places, all applications are processed centrally by the London Borough of Lewisham admissions team. They follow Lewisham’s Determined Admissions Criteria.

Reception intake

Children start in Reception the September after their fourth birthday. You can apply for a place at Rathfern online via the Lewisham council website.

Apply online

Applications can be made between Septemeber and January for a place the following September. 

Nursery intake

Children may start Nursery the September after their third birthday. Applications for a place in our Nursery can be made directly to the school, by collecting an application form from the reception desk and returning it  to the school.

Applications can be made at any time before the end of April for a place the following September.

We offer 25 places for the morning session and 25 places for the afternoon session. We also have full-time Nursery places available. Please note that a place in our Nursery does not mean there is automatic entry into the Reception class in our school.  A new application will need to be made.


Nursery Application form 


Other applications

For all other applications, please contact the Lewisham Admissions team on 020 8314 8282, by fax on 020 8314 3039 or by email.

Email Lewisham school admissions 

If you’re applying from another Lewisham school, you will first need to meet with the head teacher of your current school to discuss your reasons for wanting to move.


Appeal against not getting a primary school place

Find out how to appeal if your child isn’t offered a primary school you applied for by clicking on the link below:

Lewisham Appeal information

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Rathfern Primary School

Rathfern Road, Catford, London SE6 4NL

T: 020 8690 3759   |   F: 020 8314 0932