Henry Cavendish Primary School

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Early Years Foundation Stage - Reception Class

At Henry Cavendish Balham and Streatham we have one intake and all children will join the Reception class in September. All applications must be submitted to Lambeth Education Department. Application forms are available from October/November and must be returned to Lambeth by mid January. Applications can also be made on-line through Lambeth Education’s website. www.lambeth.gov.uk. Parents will be notified by the Local Authority whether they have a place or not in April.


Selection criteria for a place in our Reception Class:

  • Looked after children (Children who are care of social services)
  • Medical or Social Needs
  • Siblings
  • Distance (straight line distance)


A Welcome Meeting

Once you have been offered a place at either our Reception or Nursery class you and your child will be invited to a short but important meeting. This gives you both a chance to see the classroom where your child will be working and to meet the teacher and some of the other children. This visit is essential as it helps children to feel confident about starting school.


Home Visits

If you are offered a place at our Reception or Nursery class we will arrange a home visit before your child starts. Home visits will last approximately 30 – 45 minutes and you will be visited by one of our teaching staff who will be accompanied by either a Teaching Assistant or an Early Years Educator.

During a home visit staff will:

1. Talk to you and your child

2. Complete the Pre Entry Forms

3. Answer any questions or concerns you may have

4. Confirm the date when your child will start


Parent Tours

Parents are welcome to come and tour our school to see how we do things. The tours last approximately 30 – 45 minutes and you will be among either 3 or 4 sets of other parents. If you would like to come and have a look around either of our sites please contact the school office and they will be able to give you the next available dates.