John Stainer

Admissions and Open Mornings


Our Nursery open days for prospective  parents will be Monday 13th January 2020 at 9:30 am and Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 1:45 pm If you would like to attend either of these open days please arrive at least ten minutes before the time slot, if you arrive after 1.45pm or 9:30am unfortunately you will not be admitted.


We understand that as parents you want to get a feel for a school you might want to consider for your child  (even though in reality you are only likely to be offered the school nearest to where you live), and so we offer two open days a year where the headteacher will speak to parents as a group, and pupils will show you around the school and answer your questions. This is so you can hear how we work,  see the beautiful art the children produce and first hand experience the calm, productive atmosphere. Unfortunately as doing this with a very large group of people is very disruptive, we are unable to offer appointments outside of these times, however you are always welcome to explore our website and see everything we do.  The Open days for children starting Reception in September 2020 are Tuesday 29th October 2019, and Thursday 21st November 2019, beginning absolutely on the dot of 9:30 am. Please plan to arrive ten minutes earlier than this, as we will not admit anyone after 9:30 am. Please note, it is not a drop-in session - you will have a brief talk from the headteacher, then be escorted around the school by the Year 6 children who will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

Nursery Admissions

Our nursery offers 10 part-time morning places,from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.  We also have 20 full time places. Children usually start nursery in the term after their third birthday. Admission to the nursery is based firstly on educational, medical and social need. The other criteria for entry are the same as for Reception class. Please note – admission to the nursery does not guarantee a place in the school. There is no right to appeal to the nursery. Application forms for entry are available from the school office.

Starting School

John Stainer takes 60 children into our two Reception classes each year in September, and it is always heavily oversubscribed. Applications for a Reception place are coordinated by Lewisham Local Authority and must be made online by registering with or through a link on  If parent cannot apply online, please contact the Admissions Team on 020 8314 8282. Lines are open Monday - Friday, 9:am - 12 noon. Our admission policy follows the guidelines set out by Lewisham Authority. Children are admitted under the following criteria. 

  • Children 'looked after' by the local authority
  • If they have a brother or sister already attending John Stainer
  • Distance to school

Lewisham Council are currently accepting applications for Reception 2020. If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 you can apply for a Reception place for September 2020.

All applications are made through Lewisham Council and must be done online at the following address:

Please visit the Lewisham Council website for further information


Casual Admissions

When we have a vacancy in a year group, these can be applied for through Lewisham by completing an In Year Transfer form. The headteacher meets with all casual admission families to ascertain the reasons for the move, meet the children and welcome your family to our school.