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The deadlines for applications for places in September 2021 are 15th January 2021 for Reception and 12th February 2021 for Nursery.


Admissions to Nursery

Our Nursery offers  the following:

Part time places (15 hours free childcare, available for all families in England)

  • AM 9-12
  • PM 12.30 – 15.30


Full time places (30 hours free childcare, available for all working families in England)

  • 9-15.00 with 30 hours
  • 9-15.30 with 30 hours and paying for extra 1/2 hour
  • 9-15.30 without the 30 hours paying for extra hours from 12.30-15.30


We are registered with a number of childcare voucher providers, as well as the tax-free childcare (new government initiative, for more information please visit

Children start Nursery in September each year.

If you wish your child to attend our nursery, we hold a waiting list which we recommend you join when your child is 2 – 2½ . You will be asked to complete a simple application form, which is available from the school office or you can download/print  from the “How to apply” link above.

Our criteria for admissions to our Nursery follow the same guidelines as the Local Authority criteria for all admissions to school. First priority is given to Looked After Children and those children with an identified Special Educational Need for whom Stillness Nursery has been identified as offering the most appropriate provision. Priority then goes to children with siblings at the school and then finally according to distance from the school.

Our admission procedure is in accordance with the guidance provided by Lewisham Council.


Admissions to Reception

The Local Authority co-ordinates all applications for Reception places. The application process is usually open from middle of September and the deadline is in the January before your child is eligible to start school in September.

Attendance at Stillness Nursery does not in anyway guarantee a place in our Reception classes and the school has no control over the admission process.

Once you have been notified of an offer of a place, you will be invited to an induction meeting with the Head. Here you will learn about our school in more detail and how you can help your child prepare for starting school. We also offer ‘stay-and-play’ sessions during the Summer term so that you and your child have the chance to familiarise yourself with the layout of the school, the names of some staff and important details like where to hang your coat and how to find the toilets!


In-Year School Admissions

If you wish to apply for a school place for your child after Reception ( i.e. during Year 1 or Year 2) you will have to apply through the Local Authority. This is called an ‘in-year admission’.

To proceed with an in-year admission an ‘In-Year Common Application Form’, available from the Local Authority, will have to be completed. You will need to provide proof of address and proof of parental responsibility with your application.

Further information regarding in-year admissions is available from the Lewisham Council website.

Headteacher: Annie Grimes

Deputy Headteacher: Sian Bannister

School opening times: 9:00am-12:00pm

Nursery opening times: 9:00am-12:00pm

Address: Stillness Infant School
Brockley Rise
London SE23 1NH


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