Choosing a primary school for your child is one of the many important decisions that you make as parents and carers. Getting the right start to education is vital. We believe that here at Stillness School we have the balance right. Our children are encouraged to achieve the highest academic standards in a nurturing and caring family environment.
“Stillness is a wonderful community school where the children all seem happy, confident, engaged and involved in school life. As a parent, being greeted at the gate by friendly and familiar staff and watching your children go into school happy and excited is so reassuring. The staff are always available and take a keen interest in children’s development and emotional wellbeing”. Parent quote
“Stillness Infants puts a big emphasis on the wellbeing and creativity of its students, and that’s made our two children consistently engaged and happy to learn. We really appreciate the fact that the school goes out of its way to provide children with new and exciting experiences, like science experiments and art projects”. Parent quote
These quotes capture the essence of what we are all about here at Stillness Infant School. Everyone strives to ensure that the children are happy and secure in school so that they are confident and ready to learn. The fact that visitors and parents often describe us as a ‘happy school’ is very important to us and demonstrates that we really do offer something special for your child.
I feel happy and excited to go to school every day because I love Stillness. Mum, it’s the best school ever” Infant child
To find out more about our school for entry in September 2021:
- Have a look at the video and powerpoint presentation below which we hope will answer lots of your questions.
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 www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
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.