Clifton Primary School

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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 
All prospective parents are encouraged to visit the school. 


Nursery Admissions



If spaces are available, we are able to admit children during the term, after their third birthday within three weeks. Clifton Nursery is able to offer children 15 hours per week, term time only. Parents will be allocated five mornings or five afternoons per week with each session lasting 3 hours.


If applications exceed the number of available places, the school will apply the following criteria in making allocations in the following order;


Priority will be given to:


1. Children who are four before the following September


2. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.


3. Children with a brother or sister who will be attending the main school (not the nursery class) at the time of admission. (Brother and sister refers to all blood, half, foster, step and adoptive brothers and sisters (not cousins) who live at the same home and in the same family unit as the child on a permanent basis or for the majority of the time in any calendar year. A sibling relationship does not apply when the older child(ren) will leave before the younger one starts).


4. Children of a member of staff where this will enable the staff member to continue with their contractual duties.


5. Children who live closest to the school (a straight line on a map from the parental home post code to the school post code is used to calculate the distance.) We regard the parental home address to be where the child spends the majority of their school week, Monday to Friday, including nights. Evidence of address is required and may take the form of a utilities bill or council tax bill confirming name and address.


If two or more children have equal priority under the criteria, the criterion of distance will then be applied. In the event that the distances are equal the lots will be drawn to determine which applicant should be offered the place.


Waiting lists


Vacancies are filled from the waiting list using the admissions criteria.


If you want to register your child for a nursery place at Clifton you need to complete a waiting list form when your child is 2 years old. This is available from the school office and can be returned in person or via email. No further documents are required at this point.


Should any of your contact information change or if you accept a place at an alternative nursery, please let the school office know as soon as possible, so we can update our records.


Admission to Our Nursery


When you child turns 2 years and 11 months we will contact you offering your child a nursery place. This will depend on if places are available.


Once you have accepted the offer to our nursery you will be invited to the school to complete an application form and will be asked to bring in the documents specified in our admissions policy. The application can be completed online or in person, and must be returned within one week. If you require support completing this form, please let the office know when you are contacted.


A member of staff from Clifton Primary School will undertake a home visit prior to starting at Clifton.


Reception and In Year Admissions


All Reception and In Year Admissions are coordinated by the London Borough of Ealing


Advice to Parents


All preferences are treated equally and the Local Authority will offer the highest preference that is able to be offered. Therefore parents should rank the schools in order of their preference.


It is advisable to use all the preferences (6) and make one of the preferences the priority area school.


If the Local Authority is unable to offer any of the preferences the parents will be offered a place at a school which has a vacancy at the end of the process.  Therefore it is important that they make realistic preferences and make their nearest school one of those preferences.


Online applications


The advantages of applying online are:


  • It is convenient and secure        
  • Parents receive electronic acknowledgement of their application
  • Parents can scan and attach any supporting documentation e.g. proof of date of birth (proof of address is not required at time of application)
  • Parents can obtain the outcome of their application on-line


For more information regarding school admissions, please visit the Ealing Admissions website via the link below or click on the internal link to view our School Admission Policy.