Lancasterian Primary School

  • A safe and welcoming learning community where:
  • - we all aim high;
  • - everyone is included;
  • - creativity is valued.


    Reception Parents September 2024

    For parents/carers interested in a reception place at the school in September 2024, please see the video below to get a flavour of our early years provision. We will hold tours of our school in the Autumn/Spring Term on the following dates at 4-5pm:

    Mon 18th Sept
    Mon 2nd Oct
    Mon 16th Oct
    Mon 30th Oct
    Mon 13th Nov
    Mon 20th Nov
    Wed 22nd Nov
    Mon 27th Nov
    Mon 8th Jan

    In addition there will also be an open morning on Tues 5th Dec, 9-10.30am, where you can see the school ’in action’.

    We warmly invite you to contact the school office if you would like to arrange a visit (call 020 8808 8088 or email

    Our Early Years Provision was judged as Outstanding by Ofsted in June 2023. “In early years, leaders have created a rich and purposeful learning environment. Children engage well with a wide range of activities…Adults support children’s physical and social and emotional development with skill. Children, including two-year-olds, make significant steps in their development.”

    Our current Ofsted judgments are:

    Behaviour and Attitudes - OUTSTANDING
    Personal Development - OUTSTANDING
    Early Years Provision - OUTSTANDING
    Leadership and Management - OUTSTANDING
    Quality of Education - GOOD
    Overall Effectiveness - GOOD

    The deadline for September 2024 reception admissions in Haringey is 15/1/24 (please see for more information).

    All children starting in reception class at Lancasterian Primary School in September 2024 will receive the following free of charge:


    • a Kindle Fire tablet (or equivalent) to support with home learning;
    • a school jumper; and
    • a school bag.

    Please click on the links below to see two short videos, one about the school and the other giving a snapshot of our early years provision.



    Please click  below to read our EYFS booklet


    Admissions to Reception

    All children are admitted to a Reception Class in the September of the academic year of their fifth birthday. 

    It is important that when your child starts school staff have the opportunity to spend some time with each child, getting to know them and encouraging them to feel happy and secure in their new surroundings. To enable this to happen smoothly, we admit the children gradually. When children start school, they initially stay for the morning session only. The school day is gradually lengthened over a week until they are ready to stay all day.

    Admissions into Nursery is dealt with directly by the school. If a child is admitted into the Nursery, it does not guarantee them a place in the Reception Class. Reception Class places and admissions to other year groups are dealt with by the Local Authority.

    To apply and find out information on your child's admission visit the Haringey Council Admissions information page please follow the link below.



    Starting school during the year

    We welcome new admissions or transfers into the school in any year group. This is administered by Haringey Council and you will need to contact them at In-year admission to school | Haringey Council to arrange this. Even if your child has already attended a school elsewhere, starting again somewhere new can be a worrying experience for some children but we will ensure that we put in place the support they require to settle quickly into the school.

    Oversubscription Criteria

    Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school will be admitted in accordance with Section 324 of the Education Act 1996.

    If the number of applicants without statements of educational needs naming the school is higher than the number of places available, the following rules will be applied, in the order of priority set out below to decide who will be offered a place:

    1) Children in Care
    Children who are looked after by a local authority or were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order.

    Children in care mean children who are in care of a local authority in accordance with Section 22 Children Act 1989.

    2) Social Medical
    Children who the Authority accepts have an exceptional medical or social need for a place at one specific school. Applications will only be considered under this category if they are supported by a written statement from a doctor, social worker or other relevant independent professional. The information must confirm the exceptional medical or social need and demonstrate how the specified school is the only school that can meet the defined needs of the child.

    3) Brother or Sister
    Children with a brother or sister already attending the school and who will still be attending on the date of admission. This category includes foster brothers and sisters, half brothers and sisters or stepbrothers and sisters. Parents should note that in all these cases, the brother or sister must be living at the same address as the child for whom the application is being made.

    4) Distance
    Children living closest to the preferred school.

    Tie Breaker

    The tie breaker for all criteria is: children living closest to the school measured in a straight line from the post office address point for the child’s home, to the post office address point of the school, supplied by the Royal Mail using a computerised mapping system. The tiebreak for two or more applications that live exactly the same distance from the school will be random allocation using a computerised system.

    Multiple Births

    If only one place is available at the school and the next child who qualifies for a place is one of multiple birth siblings, we will ask community schools to go over their published admission number.

    Deferred Places – before compulsory school age

    The Council must provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. However...
    a) parents can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the academic year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age, and
    b) parents can request that their child takes up the place part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.
    Requests to be educated out of chronological year group, will be considered on a case by case basis at the time of application.