Visits to the school by any interested parents are always welcomed, please contact the school office to make an appointment.
We also arrange for families to visit the school in the summer term before your child begins school, to meet other children and staff. We then visit all new reception and nursery children at home, before school starts in the autumn. This gives the child a positive way to meet their new teachers in their home environment. The nursery staff will share with you our aims, routines; answer any questions you may have concerning this start to school.
Applying for a Nursery Place
Children may be admitted to The Alton Nursery the term after they have turned 3 years old. Free of charge full time places are offered to all children from 8:45am to 3:15pm, regardless of whether they are eligible for government funding . Parents who qualify for the 30 hours free childcare must register with the government for this service. For information on this and to check eligibility please visit https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Application forms for nursery admission are available from the school office or can be downloaded here: Nursery-Application-Form.pdf
Please note that children who are currently in The Alton’s Nursery are not guaranteed a place in our Reception. In line with local authority procedures, a separate application for Reception has to be made.
Applying for a reception place for September 2021
Admissions have now closed for you to apply for a place for your child in our Reception Class for the 2021-22 school year. If you have not yet applied for your place however, you will still need to complete the application form and return it to your council to secure a place for your child. Applications for September 2022 will open in September.
Results will be posted on the evening of the 16th April and you must confirm your acceptance of the place.
Booklets explaining the process are available from the office.
The Alton follows the agreed Wandsworth Borough Council procedures for school admissions, and applications should be made directly to the council. Information on admissions is available on the council website. Forms may be submitted online via the website, or by sending a paper application form, which can be downloaded here
If you live outside of Wandsworth, you should apply through your home borough.
Applying for an in-year place in Reception to Year 6
Children are admitted to school during the year as long as the class has vacancies, following the agreed Wandsworth procedures for admission. We expect a visit to The Alton School and a meeting with the Headteacher. If your child has Special Education Needs or English as a second language it is important for us to share information so that we can prepare together for a positive start to school.
It is our procedure to contact the previous school before confirmation of a place. All applications for places in school, except for nursery places, are made through Wandsworth Borough Council - Tel: 020 8871 7316
IF YOU ARE UNSUCCESSFUL IN GAINING A PLACE AT THE ALTON SCHOOL , YOU HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO APPEAL THIS DECISION.
AS AN ACADEMY THE ALTON SCHOOL IS ITS OWN ADMISSIONS AUTHORITY. HOWEVER, ADMISSIONS TO THE ALTON ARE STILL PROCESSED BY WANDSWORTH COUNCIL’S PUPIL SERVICES SECTION.
THE EDUCATIONAL APPEALS SERVICE IS AN ORGANISATION THAT RUNS INDEPENDENTLY OF ALL LOCAL SCHOOLS AND THE COUNCIL.
Timetable for admissions appeals
Appeal forms to be completed and returned to the Appeals Service no later than 20 school days following notification of the decision that an application has been unsuccessful.. Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.
Appellants will be sent a letter by the Appeals Service notifying them of their hearing date no later than ten school days in advance of their appeal hearing.
The admission authority, The Alton School, will be expected to supply its evidence to the Appeals Service at least ten working days prior to the hearing.
The Appeals Service will send the appeals papers to parents, the appeal panel, etc. seven working days in advance of the hearing date.
Appellants will be asked to submit any additional evidence relating to their appeal by no later than five working days prior to the hearing. The Appeals Service will circulate without delay any additional information received to all parties to the hearing.
Parents wishing to appeal should be directed to contact the School Appeals Service on 020 8871 7554.