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Admissions Arrangements



Barlby Primary School is a 1.5 form entry primary school with up to 45 places available in each year group (50 in Reception). We also have a nursery.

We handle our own admissions to the nursery. If you wish to make an application for your child to attend our nursery class please contact the school office on 020 8969 3988 or email us. Parents of children attending the nursery class at a school must reapply for a reception class place. There is no automatic transfer from the nursery class to the reception classes at a school. The infant or primary school where a child attends a nursery class will not necessarily be able to offer a place in reception.

Barlby Primary School admits pupils from Reception to Year 6 in accordance with the admissions criteria of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Local Education Authority.

All admissions have to go through the local authority. You can contact the Admissions team on 020 7745 6432/36433/6434.

The admissions criteria as set by the local authority for Barlby is:

Applicants with a signed Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education and Health care Plan (EHC) which names one of the Royal Borough community schools will be placed at that school via the SEN process as set out in Section 324 of the Education Act 1996. If there are more applications to the school than there are places available, the Royal Borough will allocate places in the following order of priority.

1.Children in Public Care

2.Children who have an exceptional medical or social need

3.To brothers and sisters of children already at Barlby

4.To children who live nearest the school.

Barlby is an inclusive school and we welcome all families and children.  We encourage prospective parents to come and visit the school prior to any application being made. All new parents/carers are invited to meet a member of the senior leadership team before their children are admitted to the school.


Nursery admissions subject to change Spring 2017




Admissions Procedures

The Nursery

Admissions to Nursery are organised by the school.

30 full time places are available (2016/2017)

Our admission criteria is as follows;

  • Children who are Looked After (by RBKC)
  • Children with Special Educational Needs, Medical Needs  or Social Needs
  • Children with a sibling already in the school (including fostered/adopted siblings living at the same address)
  • Children who live nearest to the school
  • Children of members of staff

Children start in small groups on a part time basis over the first 3 weeks of the autumn term. Parents / Carers are encouraged to stay with their children when they first start (until they settle). Some children settle in confidently and quickly. Other children take a little longer. The children build up to staying all day as and when they are ready. This is an important process that is designed to enable them to make their first experience of school a positive one.  The decision of when a child will stay all day is made collaboratively between the Foundation Stage Leader, Class teacher and Nursery Officer.

Throughout the year, parents/carers are encouraged to stay for open registration at the beginning of the day and share books with their child. We also hold open mornings where you are invited to come into class and join in with learning. A Foundation Stage Profile is started in Nursery and continues through Reception and this is always available for parents and children to look at. 


Our Foundation Stage operates a free flow system for part of the day, when the children can access outdoor learning and the 2 reception classrooms as well as the nursery class. Our outdoor environment offers the children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active. The outdoors offers all sorts of wonderful possibilities for messy play, we therefore like you to provide spare clothes and wellies (labelled with name) in order to facilitate this.

We encourage parents / carers to prepare their child for nursery by supporting them to be independent with feeding themselves, starting to dress themselves, and toileting.

Please be aware that a place in our nursery does not guarantee a place in our reception class as admissions to reception and In-Year admissions are controlled by the local authority. There is one point of entry (September).