Admissions

A School to be Proud of!

In 2021, Heber received more applications for a reception place than any other primary, infants or junior school in the whole of Southwark! However, there is often movement throughout the year groups, so if you want to join the Heber community, please get in touch to see if we have space in your year group. 

Nursery

We welcome children to our Nursery in the academic year during which they turn 4. For September 2022 admissions, we have welcomed children born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019. For September 2023 admissions, we will be welcoming children born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020. 

Children start in the Nursery in the main intake point in September. If spaces do become available later in the school year, we will make offers to the next person on the waiting list. 

If you would like to apply for a place in our Nursery for your child, please complete an admissions form. You can download the form at the bottom of this page or visit 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 2023 entry is 1st April 2023. Late applications are accepted and added to the waiting list once the first round of offers has been made.

All parents and carers are entitled to 15 hours free childcare, funded by the government. Subject to availability this can be a place for Monday – Wednesday (2.5 days) or Wednesday – Friday (2.5 days). 

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: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Nursery Fees

From September 2023, the cost of a full time place (an extra 17.5 hours per week) for families NOT eligible for the 30 free hours is £485.00 per month over 10 months of the year. 

Voluntary Contribution Fees: For children attending part-time hours, there is a voluntary fee of £27.00 per month for 10 months to cover the cost of the additional one  hour per week your child will be in the Nursery. For families eligible for the free 30 hours offer, the voluntary fees are £69.00 per month for 10 months of the year. This is because the school week is 32.5 hours in total, and schools don't receive funding from the government for these extra hours. There is a cost for a school meal for all full-time children. The cost will be confirmed in your offer letter.

Reception 

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 15th January prior to the next September intake. Families should receive notification via email of the outcome of their applications direct from the Local Authority in April. 

Click here to apply online.

For further information:

Tel: 020 7525 5337
Email: schools.admissions@southwark.gov.uk

In-Year Admissions

If you would like to transfer to Heber in other groups and your child is currently at a Southwark School, you should contact Heber School Office to check availability, as well as your current school to discuss the procedure. You must also complete an In-Year Application Form to be signed by your child's current school. If you would like to transfer from a school outside of Southwark, for example if you have just moved into the area, you must register and apply online via Southwark's Citizen's Portal. 

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. Please visit our School Tours page for further information