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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 - 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.  London Borough of Newham is the admission authority for North Beckton Primary School and we have formally agreed to adopt the LB Newham’s admission arrangements for September 2020.   

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

Please click here to see the PDF explaining the 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.

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.