• Admissions

    We have 60 places each year in our reception classes, 56 across our nursery classes and we occasionally have places available in other year groups. For Nursery admissions, see the section below.

    Primary School Admissions are administered by our Local Authority, Southwark and we adhere to their processes and policies for administering places fairly. In the event of there being more applications than places available, then Southwark apply our oversubscription criteria (outlined in our admissions policy). For more information of primary admissions look at the primary admissions section of the Southwark Website

    Instructions showing you how to apply online can be seen here

    Southwark admissions can be contacted at;

    School admissions team (4th floor)
    Children’s Services
    Southwark Council
    PO Box 64529
    London SE1P 5LX
    020 7525 5337


    The school offers tours of the school on a regular basis for parents of prospective pupils – please see the Open Mornings page for more details and to book your tour.

    Open Mornings

    Open Mornings for prospective new parents are held at 9.30 am on the dates below. Open Mornings are led by the Head or Deputy Head Teacher and last for approximately one hour. Book through the school office on office@charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk

    2019 Open Mornings

    • Tuesday 1st October
    • Wednesday 30th October
    • Tuesday 5th November
    • Wednesday 20th November
    • Tuesday 3rd December

    2020 Open Mornings

    • Wednesday 8th January
    • Tuesday 3rd March
    • Tuesday 23rd June

    In-Year admissions

    If you are interested in an in-year ( after Reception admissions) primary school place for your child, please contact Maria Faherty, our admissions manager in the school office.


    Tel: 02074071768

    An offer of a place

    Please note that the offer of a school place is conditional until proof of address has been confirmed by the school. Original copies of the following will be required:

    • Child benefit documentation, or if you’re no longer eligible to receive child benefit you’ll need a letter from the HMRC confirming you were previously in receipt of child benefit
    • Council Tax bill
    • One other proof of address (TV licence, bank statement, credit/store card statement)

    You can find out more about this on the Southwark Admissions website here

    If you move house after submitting your application but before an offer has been made, this could affect your offer. Please follow the Southwark guidance here .

    Late Applications

    For more information read here

    Admissions Policies

    Admissions Policy (PDF)

    Charles Dickens Primary School Appeals Guidance

    Appeal form

    The closing date for appeals is Monday 11th May at 4pm.

    Nursery Admissions

    Children can join the nursery in the September after their 2nd birthday (Aged two) or the September after their 3rd birthday (Aged 3).

    We may also be able to offer places at other points in the year if places remain available.

    Children in our Tiny Tim nursery automatically move into the Trotwood room in the year before they start school.

    We take children’s names on our waiting list when they reach their first birthday.

    You can apply directly to the school for entry into Nursery using the following application forms (also available from the school office).

    This form along with your child’s birth certificate and two proofs of address completes your application.

    If you would like to visit the school, please book a school tour. These take place on Tuesday mornings and the dates are available from the school office.

    Please note:

    Nursery offers are conditional until proof of date of birth and address have been given.

    Confirmation of a nursery place is currently no guarantee of a school place for the following year. All Southwark parents need to apply via Southwark Council. You can find out more information on this by visiting their website.

    You may also wish to read our Admissions Policy (PDF)