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Curwen Primary School


Admissions & Attendance

Nursery Admissions

If you would like to place your child on our waiting list please come into the school office. Children can be put on the Nursery waiting list from the age of two and, depending on availability of places, will usually start the term after their 3rd birthday.

When a place becomes available for your child you will be invited to a parents meeting where you will be given a welcome pack and have a chance to meet the staff and look around the Nursery. We will then invite you and your child to come in for a taster session in the Nursery and you will then be given a start date.

During your child’s first week in Nursery they have a slightly shorter session to allow them time to settle.  Each child is different and our Nursery staff will be flexible to each individual child’s needs.

Please remember that the allocation of a Nursery place does not guarantee a school place and this has to be applied for separately through Pupils Services (details below).


Good attendance and punctuality are vital and therefore we ask parents to telephone the school if you are going to be late or absent. We always have a waiting list for Nursery places and  if your child misses several sessions or you are late regularly you may lose your  place.

Primary School Admissions

We follow the Local Authority's criteria for admissions. To request a place for your child at North Beckton you can apply online for places from Reception up to Year 6 at or contact Pupil Services at Newham Dockside, 3rd Floor, East side, 1000 Dockside Road, London E16 2QU.

The Local Authority’s Determined Arrangements have been adopted by the governing body of North Beckton Primary School.   

Determined Admission Arrangements for entry from September 2019

Over subscription criteria – how we offer school places

Following the formal consultation between 5 December 2017 and 31 January 2018 and subsequent Council agreement our admission arrangements for entry into school from September 2019 have been formally determined. 

The main changes for 2019 are: 

  • A single document for infant, junior, primary and secondary schools.
  • Removal of catchment areas and the associated catchment area priority for infant, junior and primary schools. Introduced to remove a barrier to admission at the most geographically local schools, due to the local set historic boundaries of a catchment areas. 
  • Inclusion of ‘school staff children’ as an over subscription priority group. This is to assist local schools in recruiting and retaining staff by prioritising admission of staff children to their schools and will help ensure we have no barriers to recruitment especially where there is a demonstrable skills shortage, such as maths and science. 
  • Inclusion of ‘service children’ as an over subscription priority group. To complement the council’s Cabinet approved housing allocations policy we are prioritising service children whose parent/carers have or are serving the country.

The London Borough of Newham is the Admission Authority for this school and organise all admissions centrally. Application forms are available online or through contacting the council 020 8430 2000.  We have included various information and forms below.

Admission for entry from September 2019/20

  • LB Newham Primary School Determined Admission Arrangements for 2019 entry click here
  • LB Newham Primary School Admissions web pages click here
  • ‘In Year’ School Admissions Application – aka mid term or mid phase click here
  • Pan London eadmissions portal click here

Starting Secondary School 2017/18 - 2018/19

  • Link to Pan London eadmissions portal click here
  • Pan London Schemes for 2017-18 click here
  • Determined Admission Arrangements for 2018 entry click here
  • LB Newham primary to secondary transition web pages 2018 click here
  • Starting Secondary School Prospectus Autumn 2017 click here

Reception admission for entry from September 2017/18

  • Pan London eadmissions portal click here
  • Pan London Schemes for 2017- 18  click here
  • Determined Admission Arrangements for 2018 entry click here
  • LB Newham Reception for 2017 Admission web pages click here

Useful likes for all schools admissions

Good attendance and punctuality are essential to our pupils’ success at school. Your child should attend school each day unless he/she is absent through illness. All absence must be explained by the parent/guardian by phoning the school on the first day of absence. When your child returns to school, medical evidence must be provided to authorise these absences. Please note that hand written letters will not authorise absence. Please note that holidays during term time will not be authorised.

The expected level of attendance for Newham school children is at least 95%.Our target for attendance 2017-2018 is 96.3%.
Pupils need to be collected promptly from their class at 3.30 p.m. Years 5 and 6 may make their own way home with parental consent and agreement from the class teacher. Nursery up to Year 3 must be collected by someone aged 16 or over. 

We believe attendance is very important each week.  Each week the class with the best attendance receives a school cup.  There is also a separate award for the class with the least number of lateness.