There are different arrangements for children starting our school for the first time and for children starting at a later date. As a school, we follow the local authority’s admissions procedures which can be found at:

Nursery admissions

As a school we hold our own records for admission to the nursery. We will accept children’s names on a completed application form for the nursery waiting list, from their second birthday. Once your child is on our waiting list, we cannot guarantee you a place but we do try to offer all children at least three terms in the nursery before entry into school.

Normally, in the summer term before the children’s planned start in September (or earlier if available), the school will offer places according to the local authority’s admission procedures and will contact parents/carers accordingly.
The offer for your child will be a half day session, either morning or afternoon.

Please contact the school office for an application form.

30 hours free nursery education and childcare for working families

We are delighted that the school are able to offer a small number of 30 hour places to some of our families. Details of the offer can be found at:

If you are interested in a place and are eligible to apply, please contact the school office for more details. Please note that there will be a small charge per day to cover the lunchtime and any lunch provided.

How we offer places in the nursery

Where there are more applicants than places available, the school’s Governing Body must apply their over subscription criteria to determine which children should be offered a place. The school will place all applications in a rank order based on their priority group and home to school distance tie break within each group:

  • Children with assessed special educational needs will be given priority.
  • Children in the care of the local authority (Looked After Children).
  • Children who will get one term in nursery before starting primary school.
  • Children who will get two terms in nursery and so on.

In each age group, we will admit children in the following order:

1. Children who live locally and have a brother or sister at the school.
2. Children who live locally but do not have a brother or sister at the school.
3. Children who live elsewhere in Newham and have a brother or sister at the school.
4. Children who live elsewhere in Newham.

Starting School for the first time – reception class

In Newham, any child whose 4th birthday falls between 1st September and 31st August will be entitled to start school full time in reception at the beginning of the academic year. To register your child at our school, please contact the Local Authority or your nursery school in the September before your child’s fourth birthday for an information booklet and application form. Alternatively, to make sure you apply on time, apply online at from September before the closing date usually in the middle of January.

In the term before your child’s admission is due, you will receive a letter from the Local Authority whether a place is offered and if not, you will be given your statutory right to appeal. If you are offered a place, write, or complete the acceptance/refusal letter provided by the Local Authority within two weeks from the offer date, otherwise you might lose it.
Please note that if your child has a place at Carpenters Nursery, you are not automatically guaranteed a place in reception at Carpenters.

Moving to the school from another primary school - 2018-2019

You will need to apply as soon as possible, online to the Local Authority at If offered a place an appointment will be made to see the Headteacher within two weeks from the offer date. At the meeting bring proof of your child’s date of birth (only passport, birth certificate or NASS document if you are an asylum seeker); and proof of your address (only current Council Tax Bill, Housing Benefit Letter, rent book for council housing or council tenancy agreement and one utility bill.

For Newham Schools where the Local Authority is the Admission Authority (community and voluntary controlled schools)

Admission for entry from September 2018 (2018/9 current academic year)

Starting Primary School - Reception Admission for September 2019

In Year Admissions for September 2018 to August 2019

Starting Secondary School - Year 7 Admission for September 2019

In Year Admissions for September 2018 to August 2019

For Newham Schools where the Local Authority is the Admission Authority (community and voluntary controlled schools)

Determined Admission Arrangements - September 2020

The law requires that all schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places at the school. Admission arrangements are determined by admission authorities.

All admission authorities must determine (i.e. formally agree) admission arrangements annually, even if they have not changed from previous years and a consultation has not been required. Admission authorities must determine admission arrangements for entry in September 2020, by 28 February 2019. The LB Newham is the admission authority for all maintained schools located in Newham with the exception of the faith schools who are their own admission authorities. Carpenters Primary School is a LB Newham maintained school meaning we must use their admission arrangements.

For any proposed changes to the existing determined arrangements a formal consultation must take place and must be for a minimum of 6 weeks and must take place between 1 October and 31 January of the school year before those arrangements are to apply. For example: for arrangements which are to apply to applications in 2019 (entry in September 2020), consultation must be completed by 31 January 2019. This consultation period allows parents, other schools, religious authorities and the local community to raise any concerns about proposed arrangements. We did not propose any changes for 2020 as our changes were made and consulted upon for entry in September 2019

Previous consultation (LBN website)

Determined Arrangements for the school year starting in September 2020

You can be object to these arrangements or the arrangements of any school by referring to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator. Objections to admission arrangements for entry in September 2020 must be referred to the Adjudicator by 15 May 2019. Any decision of the Adjudicator must be acted on by the admission authority and admission arrangements amended accordingly.

Useful links for all schools admissions