Edith Neville Primary School

Edith Neville

Reception Admission

Edith Neville Primary School is a one form entry school with capacity for 236 full time pupils. We admit 30 children each year in Reception. Every effort is made to make a place available for your child in our school.

As a Camden community school, the school’s policy is to abide by the admissions criteria of Camden Local Authority.

If you are interested in joining our school, then please follow the Camden Admissions requirements which can be found by clicking on the link below.




For a place in Reception, applications are made directly to Camden Local Authority. You can apply online at www.eadmissions.org.uk


 If you wish to contact or visit the school, then please contact the Admissions Manager in the school office on 020 7387 7158. She will be able to organise a tour for you as well as answer any questions you may have.


Admissions Criteria for Reception Classes

  • Applications for a Reception place should be submitted to Camden Admissions.
  • Children whose birthdays fall between the 1st of September and the 31st August start school in the September of the academic year in which they become 5.
  • Attendance at our Nursery does not guarantee admission to the Reception class at our school. Children who attend our Nursery will still need to apply for a Reception class place.
  • Below is the order in which Camden Council determines places for its community schools when there are more applications than places available.
  • Reception places will be offered to children on a full-time basis. In the event of oversubscription, places will be offered in descending order to:


Camden Community school admissions criteria

a) Looked-after children (children in public care) or a child who was previously looked-after but immediately after being looked-after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order (see note 1 below).


b) Children with a sibling* (brother or sister) at the same school who will still be on roll when they join.

* Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as the sibling. A sibling relation does not apply when the older child will leave before the younger one starts.


c) Children whom the Council accepts have an exceptional medical or social need for a place at the school. There will have to be a clear link between the child’s exceptional need and the school in question. Parents/Carers will need to submit a case supported by appropriate professional evidence from a doctor, social worker, or similar professional. That evidence will need to support the link between the need and the particular school being applied for. Contact the admissions team for further guidance.


d) Other children, with priority given to those living closest to the school measured ‘as the crow flies’ measured from the home address to the centre of the school. The address given must be the one in which the child normally lives. Distances are measured using a computerised mapping system.


For further information, please click on the link for Camden Starting Schools Booklet.



Notes on the criteria above:

  1. In order to be given highest priority for admission, a child has to fall within the definition of ‘looked-after’ in section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989. As this act applies to England and Wales, a child has to be looked-after by an English or Welsh local authority in order to be given highest priority.
  2. Paragraph 1.7 of the School Admissions Code gives equal highest priority to ‘previously looked-after children’. Given the definition of a looked-after child, a child will have to have been looked-after by an English or Welsh local authority in order to be considered previously looked-after. Under paragraph 1.7 of the Code, a child has to have been looked after immediately before they were adopted or became a subject to a residence order or special guardianship order. Proof of looked-after status will be requested from the relevant local authority.
  3. Any offer of a place on the grounds of proximity is conditional on the child being resident at the address provided at the closing date for application. A business address, a child-minder’s address, or any address other than the child’s home will not be accepted. Proof of address will be sought and may be the subject of further investigation.
  4. Criterion d) will be used as a ‘tie-breaker’ should any of the first three criteria be oversubscribed.
  5. Children with a statement of special educational need that specifies the school as the placement school will be allocated a place through a separate procedure, in accordance with the special educational needs code of practice.
  6. The Council reserves the right to seek verification of the information parents have given on the application form and to withdraw places if false information has been given.
  7. Multiple births: Key Stage 1 – If only one place is available at the school and the next child who qualifies for a place is one of multiple births the school will be asked to go over their published admission numbers to support the family. These children will be ‘excepted pupils’ under the Key Stage 1 class size legislation.
  8. Multiple births: Key Stage 2 – If only one place is available at the school and the next child who qualifies for a place is one of multiple births we will ask the community schools to go over their published admission number in order to support the family.
  9. In the minority of cases when applicants’ distance measurements are exactly the same, in blocks of flats for instance, the computer system will randomly order the priority of applicants.
  10. Some schools give priority to children with significant social or medical needs. If you state a preference for a particular school because of medical or social needs, you must explain how this school meets your child’s special circumstances. Along with your application, you should submit supporting evidence which sets out the particular reasons why that school is the most suitable, and the difficulties that could be caused if they were to attend another school. This will normally be in the form of a letter from a suitably qualified professional, such as a doctor or social worker for example. Please note that hospital appointment letters cannot be accepted as proof. If you or your child has mobility issues, then you will be expected to accept a place at your nearest community school.
  11. Each application under this criterion will be considered by the social medical advisory panel, which includes a consultant paediatrician, admissions officer, senior social worker, educational psychologist and school inclusion officer.


Children in Year 2 at Hawley Infants School have priority for Year 3 places at all Camden community primary schools, after looked-after children and Hawley pupils with a sibling at Torriano Juniors who wish to transfer to that school.

All children from Torriano Infants School will have priority for Year 3 places at Torriano Junior School over all other applicants, after looked-after children and Torriano Infant pupils with a sibling at Torriano Juniors who wish to transfer to that school. If vacancies remain, priority will then go to children who are from Year 2 at Hawley Infant School.

All other questions of priority will be determined by the Camden community primary admissions policy.


For further information on deferred entry and requests for admission to primary school outside a child’s age group, see the Camden Starting School Booklet. Click on the link for the Starting School Booklet above, or contact the Camden School Admissions Team.


Camden School Admissions Team, 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG;

Telephone 020 7974 1625.


See the Starting School in Camden Book for further details and important dates. You can download this book from www.camden.gov.uk, contact the Camden Admissions Team, collect one from a Camden library or use the ‘Links’ tab on the school website.