A School to be Proud of!

This year Heber received more applications for a place than any other primary, infants or junior school in the whole of Southwark. Due to the implications of the global pandemic, many families have moved out of London and therefore, although we have a long waiting list lower down in the school, we have spaces available in Key Stage 2. Occasionally, Key Stage 1 places also become available, so if you are looking to become part of the Heber Community, please do get in touch! 


We welcome children to our Nursery in the academic year during which they turn 4. For September 2021 admissions, we have welcomed children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018. For September 2022 admissions, we will be welcoming children born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019. 

Most children start in the Nursery in the main intake point in September. There is a second intake point in January dependent on capacity in the Nursery. On occasion and subject to availability, we can welcome younger children to our Nursery at this point if they have turned 3 during the previous Autumn Term.

If you would like to apply for a place in our Nursery for your child, please complete a registration form. You can download the form here or call into the school office to pick up a hard copy.  If there are more applications than places available, places will be offered first to children who have siblings who will be attending the school on the date of Nursery admission, and after that, offers will be made based on proximity to the school.

The application deadline for September 2022 entry is 1st April 2021. 

All parents and carers are entitled to 15 hours free childcare, funded by the government. Subject to demand this can be a place for Monday – Wednesday (2.5 days) or Wednesday – Friday (2.5 days).  Please note, there is an additional one hour per week, which is charged at £24 per month. 

We can also offer full time places, Monday-Friday.  If you are applying for a full time place, the fees payable are dependent on eligibility for the government’s 30 hours government funded childcare offer. We are proud to be supporting this initiative.  Please check your eligibility using the following link:

Nursery Fees

The cost of a full time place (an extra 17.5 hours per week) for families eligible for the 30 free hours is £59 per month over 10 months of the year. For families NOT eligible for the free 30 hours offer, the fees are £410 per month for 10 months of the year. There is a cost for a school meal for all full-time children. The cost will be confirmed in the Summer months. If you are interested in a full-time place, please indicate this on your registration form or contact the school office for more information. 

There is a small fee of £24 per month for part-time Nursery places to cover the additional one hour per week. 


We welcome children to our Reception year in September. Your child would attend Reception in the academic year they turn 5. The process is managed by Southwark  and if you are a Southwark Resident applications must be made online through the local authority. If you live in another borough, you must complete the admission application for the borough in which you live, even if you would like to apply for a school in Southwark. Heber is a community primary school and therefore places are allocated based on Southwark’s admissions criteria which can be found on their website. We advise you to read the guidance carefully. Please see below the criteria to apply for a place at Heber.

In the event of there being more applications than places available, places will be allocated in the following order of priority:

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been looked after [see note (a) of full policy]
  2. Children with siblings who are already on roll at the school and will still be on roll at their date of entry [see note (b) of full policy]
  3. Children with exceptional medical, social or psychological needs, where it is agreed by the Local Authority [“LA”] and the Headteacher that these can best be addressed at a particular school [see note (c) of full policy]
  4. Children of permanent staff employed at the school [see note (d) of full policy]
  5. Children living nearest to the school as measured by a straight line from the child’s home to the main school gate/entrance [see note (e) of full policy].

To note that a child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs whose Statement names a school must be admitted to the school in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996. A child with an Education, Health and Care Plan whose plan names a school must be admitted to the school in accordance with section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014. This is a separate process from the coordinated admission arrangements set by Southwark Council.

Applications should be made by the January prior to the next September intake. The deadline for September 2022 is 15th January, and families should receive notification via email of the outcome of their applications direct from the Local Authority on 16th April. 

Click here to apply online.

For further information:

Tel: 020 7525 5337

In-Year Admissions

To join the school from other year groups, for example if your child is changing schools or you have just moved into the area, you must complete an In-Year Application Form. If you are transferring from a school outside of Southwark, you must return the form to Southwark. However, please feel free to contact us to arrange a tour of the school and to discuss possible vacancies.

School Tours

We welcome all families who are interested in sending their child to Heber School to come for a tour of the school. Tours for prospective Reception children usually take place in the Autumn term, whilst Nursery Tours take place in the Spring Term. During these times, we may publish tour dates here or please contact the school office for further information. Please visit our School Tours Page for further information here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please view a short slideshow of our frequently asked questions relating to the admissions process.  Admisions-FAQs-Show9.pps