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We are community primary school with a nursery offering education to children from 3 to 11 years. Our school is an inclusive school and we are firmly committed to serving the needs of all the children in our local community. Our admissions policy is set by Richmond Local Authority.

The school admits 30 children to each of our reception classes (60 in total). Please note that children, including siblings, who are already attending our nursery need to apply for a reception place directly to the Local Authority. There is no automatic right of admission from nursery to the main primary school. Parents of children in the nursery are strongly encouraged to apply for a place in a reception class, but places will be offered according to the strict application of our admissions criteria.

We do not process the administration of  applications to the main school. This is organised by the Local Authority. We are very happy to provide advice and guidance about admissions though. This can be obtained by telephoning the school, or by dropping in. Jo Patience, the school’s Communications Manager, is the person to speak to.

Children are normally admitted to the reception classes at the beginning of the Autumn Term, but it is possible for a child to start in the Spring Term of the term in which their fifth birthday falls. We would prefer all children to join in the Autumn Term, so the final decision about this is at the discretion of the Headteacher.

If we are oversubscribed (our maximum intake is 60 places), the London Borough of Richmond Admissions Section will allocate places using the following criteria. These are listed in priority order:

  • Looked after children who are currently in public care
  • Children who have an exceptional medical, social or educational need that requires their attendance at a particular school
  • Children who have siblings already attending the school
  • Children living closest to Barnes Primary School.


The closing date for applications for 2019 is 15th January 2019 – all applications received after this date are late and, unfortunately, you are unlikely to gain a place in your preferred school.  The online service will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 15th January 2019.

On Tuesday 16th April 2019 letters will be sent to you by first class post telling you the result of your application.  If you have applied online you will be able to log on to find out the result.  During the evening of Monday 16th April you will be sent an email with the outcome of your application.  Please wait until you have received the email before logging on to the pan-London e-admissions website.

Tuesday 30th April – The final date for reply slips from parents to be received.

Friday 10th May – Further offers made from this date onwards subject to places becoming available.

Friday 24th May – Closing date for receipt of community school appeals.

June/July 2019 – Admission appeals.  Every effort will be made to hear appeals during these months.

For parents with children starting Reception in September 2020 tours of the school will take place in the Autumn term.  Dates will be loaded in due course.

The Headteacher will endeavour to greet all visiting parents, however as he has a teaching timetable his availability is limited.  To book a space please either email the school – info@barnes.richmond.sch.uk or call the school office on the above number.

Richmond Council website admissions information


Barnes Primary School Nursery offer 2018-19  (you will find the registration form at the bottom of this page.  Please complete and email it back to: info@barnes.richmond.sch.uk).

From September 2017, some working parents of 3 and 4 year olds in England have become entitled to an ‘extended entitlement’ of 30 hours of free childcare for 38 weeks of the year, providing that the family meets certain eligibility criteria. This is an additional 15 hours of free childcare on top of the 15 hours ‘universal entitlement’ for 3 and 4 year olds in England.

From September 2018 we will therefore be offering a mixture of part time (15 hours per week) and full time (32.5 hours per week) places at Barnes Primary School Nursery.

Our nursery currently has a capacity of 39 full time places or 78 part-time places. The mixture of full-time and part-time will depend on the demand from our community and will be made up of both universal places (15 hours) and 32.5 hours full-time provision.  Both part-time and full-time places will include a lunch session, with a school meal available at separate cost. Full-time children will have a forest school experience each day, part-time will have one per week.

Part-time: (15 hours a week)

Morning session: 09:00 – 12:00; or Afternoon session: 12:30 – 15:30

 Full-time: (32.5 hours a week)

09:00 – 15:30, with time in our forest school in the middle of each day. This option is open to all families. For those that are eligible for 30 hours funding, you will have the option to pay £4.50 a day for the forest school session or alternatively collect your child from the nursery at 12:00, returning them at 12:30. For those not eligible for 30 hours funding, the cost for the extended hours will be £157.50 per week (£9 per hour x 3.5 hours per day x 5 days per week).

Please note that we cannot accept a child on the 30 hour entitlement basis until we have verified both the age of the child and the validity of the code. Please see below for further information on checking eligibility in respect of the extended entitlement and getting your code. Until this code has been validated you, as the parent, will be responsible for paying the cost of £157.50 per week. If at any point within the academic year your child falls out of eligibility, the cost of the provision (£157.50 per week) will be your responsibility and you will be invoiced accordingly.

Why sign my child up for a whole day in Nursery?

The nursery experience at Barnes Primary School is quite exceptional. The staff are highly skilled; the learning environment is outstanding. Your child will be incredibly well cared for, nurtured and educated. Having this additional time within such a stimulating environment will enable your child to flourish in a play based learning setting.  All children who are staying for the extended provision will have a daily forest school experience and they will have an extended period of time to explore the extensive nursery learning environment.  We have spent over £100,000 on our outdoor learning areas and the quality is state of the art.

The prioritisation admissions criteria for Nursery places will be as follows:
  1. Looked after children who are in public care, or children adopted from Care
  2. Children who have an exceptional medical, social or educational need that requires their attendance at a particular school
  3. Children who have siblings attending the school
  4. 3 and 4 year old children living closest to Barnes Primary School

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th March 2019, for entry in September 2019.  Please either email the application to  info@barnes.richmond.sch.uk or post it to Barnes Primary School, Nursery Admissions, Cross Street, London, SW13 0QQ. 

Nursery Registration form

Nursery Open Hour – will take place on Wednesday 3rd April at 3.45pm to 4.45pm.  No booking necessary.

Offers are made by telephone after 2nd May 2019 for the September 2019 intake.

We will accept registration forms once a child has turned 2 years old. Your child needs to be 3 years old by the end of August 2019 to qualify for a September 2019 start. We do not have a January intake so autumn born children are almost 4 years old when they join the nursery.

Useful resources

30 hours of funded childcare for working parents of 3 & 4 year olds explained:
30 hour eligibility guide and checker:

Parents can check whether they could be eligible for a range of government childcare offers, including 30 hours, via Childcare Choices at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk, or the Childcare Calculator at: https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator. Those who could be eligible for 30 hours and/or Tax-Free Childcare will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply. The eligibility criteria for 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare are broadly aligned.

For a more detailed guide to the 30 hours eligibility criteria see the guide at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/30-hours-free-childcare-eligibility. Parents will be able to apply for both 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare at the same time by entering their details once. HMRC will check parents’ eligibility for both schemes at the same time. Parents will not need to apply through the digital childcare service if they only want to claim the universal 15 hours entitlement for three and four year olds.

How to apply for 30 hours extended entitlement:

Parents should apply via the childcare service. You will be asked to:

  1. Create a Government Gateway account if they do not already have one. If you do, you will need to sign into Government Gateway to verify your identity before accessing the childcare service. You can find details and instructions on how to register for a Government Gateway account at gov.uk.
  2. Once in the childcare service, enter your personal details including: name, address and National Insurance number and the same details for your partner (if you have one).
  3. Declare that you expect to meet the income requirements over the coming three months.
  4. Declare whether you are in receipt of any relevant benefits.

Once you have completed your application, if you are eligible, you will have a childcare service account. In the “secure messages” section of your account, you will receive messages regarding your eligibility. You will be given an 11 digit ‘eligibility code’ for your child – this can be found in the ’30 hours free childcare’ section of your childcare service account and in your ‘secure messages’ section. These codes normally start with ‘500’. However, there are a small number of cases where you might have a temporary code starting with ‘11’.   You will be asked to take this code (along with your National Insurance number and child’s date of birth) to us to reserve your 30 hours place. If you need assistance to apply, or do not have access to the internet, please call the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097 and you can apply over the phone. If you encounter any problems during the application process or when accessing your childcare service account, you should direct your queries to the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre.

The Reconfirmation Process:

This is important.  Please make a note in your diary of when you need to reconfirm your code.

Every three months you will need to reconfirm that the details you entered on your application are still accurate.  This is to check that you are still eligible. You will be prompted, via text message and/or email, four weeks before the reconfirmation deadline and again two weeks before the deadline if you still have not reconfirmed. This prompt will tell you that you have a secure message to read. This message will remind you to reconfirm and can be found in the ‘Secure messages’ section of your childcare account. If your circumstances have changed, you will need to log into your childcare service account, update the information and resubmit your details. If your circumstances have not changed, you will only need to tick a box saying that your details have not changed. If you have completed your original application over the phone you will need to phone the Customer Interaction Centre to reconfirm your eligibility. Temporary codes beginning ‘11’ expire and so you will need to reconfirm by completing a childcare service application online. You will need to reconfirm regardless of whether your child has started their 30 hours place.  If you miss the reconfirmation deadline, or if your circumstances change, you will receive a message telling you that your eligibility has lapsed.

In these circumstances, you will then need to pay for additional hours that your child is attending.  The cost of these hours is £31.50 per day for 5 days a week: totaling £157 per week.

Important information from HMRC:
  • A parent can only take up 30 hours once both of these conditions are met: a child starts the term following, their third birthday and the term following receipt of their eligibility code from HMRC, whichever is later.
  • Parents should be encouraged to apply the term before their child meets the age criterion to ensure they can access a place at the start of the term after their child turns three. If not, they will need to wait until the following term to access their 30 hours place. Please note that the earliest a parent could receive a 30 hours code for their child will be 16 weeks before they turn three years old. If a parent applies before this point, they will need to wait until reconfirmation before applying for 30 hours.
  • Like the universal 15 hours entitlement, parents cannot claim 30 hours free childcare once their child has reached compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). Please note the latest a parent could receive a 30 hours code is 22 weeks after the child turns five. It is therefore important that providers check the age of the child as well as the code. Parents cannot claim their 30 hours in addition to a full time reception place in a state-funded school.
One additional link that maybe helpful:

In-Year Admissions

Richmond Council In Year Application Form

Richmond Local Authority deal with mid year admissions for children joining the main school at any point after the start of the academic year.  Applications should be made to the Local Authority. In most circumstances places can only be offered if there are fewer than 30 pupils in the class. In exceptional circumstances the school can offer an additional, supernumary,  place. Such offers are only made if a child has significant medical, social or emotional needs.

The main admission number 020 8547 5569 is staffed between 9.00am and 2.00pm and between 4.00 and 5.00pm. Please note there is no facility to leave a message on this main admission number at any time, including between 2.00pm and 4.00pm, when it is not staffed. E-mail address: richmond.admissions@achievingforchildren.org.uk