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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 class

Nursery children during a music lesson.Children start in Reception the September after their fourth birthday. If you’re a Lewisham resident, there are two ways to apply for a place at Rathfern:

  • Complete a common application form, available from any Lewisham primary school or AccessPoint
  • Apply online via Lewisham Council website.

Applications can be made between November and January for a place the following September. Completed application forms can be returned to any Lewisham primary school, for them to forward to the local authority.


Reception children enjoying their visit to the woods at Forest school.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.

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.

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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.

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