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Reception Admission 2023/24


If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 you can apply for a Primary School Reception year place for September 2023.

Applications for entry to Reception in September must be submitted by the previous January to the local authority where you live.  Applications can be made online between October and January by following the link on the Wandsworth Admissions website.  

Further information can be found in: Choose a Wandsworth Primary School. 


Admission to nursery does not guarantee a place in the primary school or automatic admittance into Reception. All parents wishing to apply for a Reception place are required to make a new application for Reception year.

All application forms and any supplementary forms must be received by 15th January 2023.


Parents wishing to have their religious commitment taken into consideration against the school’s published Criteria for over-subscription (Nos 3, 5, or 6) must complete a supplementary form. 

Parents are advised to obtain a Religious Reference from their priest, minister or religious leader. A Religious Reference form is available from the school office.  Parents are responsible for ensuring the form (or electronic link) is passed to their priest, minister, or religious leader for completion and returned direct to the school by the closing date.


As a voluntary aided Church of England school, Christ Church School has its own admissions criteria for the allocation of places.  

In the event that the school receives more applications than the number of places it has available, places will be given to those children who meet any of the criteria set out below, in order until all places are filled. 

Where there are more than 26 FTE applicants for nursery and 30 applicants for Reception the following criteria for over-subscription will apply and must be read in conjunction with the relevant notes:

  1. Looked after children and those who ceased to be children looked after because they were adopted, or because they became subject to a residence order or a special guardianship order. (Note 1)
  2. Children with exceptional medical and/or social need (Note 2)
  3. Children of parents who attend the parish church of Christ Church and St Stephen’s (Note 3)
  4. Children who have one or more siblings in the school at the time of admission to the school (Note 4)
  5. Children who attend an Anglican church for whom Christ Church school is the nearest Church of England school (Notes 5 & 7)
  6. Children of parents who attend other Christian denominations (Note 6) for whom this is the nearest church school
  7. Children who live within the Parish of Christ Church and St Stephen’s, Battersea
  8. Any remaining places will be offered to children in order of straight line distance from home to school as measured by Wandsworth Council’s Geographical Information System (Notes 5 and 7).

Note 1: Looked after children are children who are in the care of local authorities as defined by Section 22 of the Children’s Act (1989).  Children who are under an agreed series of short-term placements (such as respite) are excluded.  Governors will require written confirmation that the child is in care and will be so at the time of admission to the school.  

An adopted child is defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children’s Act (2002).  

A residence order is defined by Section 14A of the Children’s Act (1989).

Note 2: A letter of support from a professional (e.g. Specialist Health Professional or Social Worker) is required which sets out the reasons why this school would be the most suitable, and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. 

Note 3: Church attendance is normally taken to mean attendance of the child and at least one parent for a minimum of 2 services a month over a period of at least one year.  Should applicants have moved into the area within that period, proof of attendance will be sought from their previous church.

All church attendance will require verification from the Church Minister on the Religious Reference Form issued by the school.

Note 4: The term sibling is defined as “brothers and sisters” and includes “blood relatives, step-siblings, foster and adopted children living at the same address.”

Note 5: The straight line measurement will be determined using the policy published Wandsworth Council in the booklets:  Choose a Wandsworth Primary School and Choose a Wandsworth Nursery. Where applicants have identical distance measurements using this method, priority amongst them will be determined at random.

Note 6: Other Christian denominations are those recognised by one or more of the following organisations:

  • Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
  • The Evangelical Alliance
  • The African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance

Note 7: “Home” is defined as the main address where the pupil lives.


Tie - Breaker:  If applicants live equidistant from the school the Governing Board will draw lots to decide between applicants.