Admissions

Admissions policy

School life is such an important part of every child’s life. Education has the opportunity to change lives and open doors to a world of experiences. The local authorities we work with are committed to  supporting your child to settle into school quickly, enjoy their new surroundings and flourish with their education. This includes making the admissions process as smooth and easy as possible for children, parents, carers and other family members.

Applying for a place at an Eko Trust school

The Eko Trust has adopted the admissions policy for each local authority the Eko Trust school is based in. This means the local authority will conduct the admissions process when you apply for one of our schools.

To apply to an Eko Trust school, use the links for the relevant local authority below to access application forms for a school place. You can find out more about the application process and the documentation you will need to make an application.

Admissions to Primary School (Reception to Year 6)

The London Borough of Newham is the Admission Authority for this school who organise all admissions centrally. Application forms are available online or through contacting the Newham Council on 020 8430 2000.

Hackney

Apply to the London Borough of Hackney via the Hackney Learning Trust for Hackney New Primary School.

Newham

Apply to the London Borough of Newham for admissions for the following schools:

  • Earlham Primary
  • Gainsborough Primary
  • Kaizen Primary
  • Eko Pathways – To apply for a place at Eko Pathways School, children must be referred to the school from the local authority and can only be admitted following a consultation and decision to ‘name’ Eko Pathways School by the Local Authority Provision/Placements Panel and the school governors formally state that the school can meet the special needs of that individual child. For more information on the application policy and process visit Eko Pathways School website.

Barking and Dagenham

To apply for a place at Pathways School, children must be referred to the school from the local authority and can only be admitted following a consultation and decision to ‘name’ Pathways School by the Local Authority Provision/Placements Panel and the school governors formally state that the school can meet the special needs of that individual child. For more information on the application policy and process visit Pathways School website.

Newham

Apply to the London Borough of Newham for admissions for the following schools:

  • Earlham Primary
  • Gainsborough Primary
  • Kaizen Primary
  • Eko Pathways – To apply for a place at Eko Pathways School, children must be referred to the school from the local authority and can only be admitted following a consultation and decision to ‘name’ Eko Pathways School by the Local Authority Provision/Placements Panel and the school governors formally state that the school can meet the special needs of that individual child. For more information on the application policy and process visit Eko Pathways School website.

Hackney

Apply to the London Borough of Hackney via the Hackney Learning Trust for Hackney New Primary School.

Barking and Dagenham

To apply for a place at Pathways School, children must be referred to the school from the local authority and can only be admitted following a consultation and decision to ‘name’ Pathways School by the Local Authority Provision/Placements Panel and the school governors formally state that the school can meet the special needs of that individual child. For more information on the application policy and process visit Pathways School website.

Admission to nursery

Unlike admissions to main school, nursery admissions are handled directly by the school. All parents are welcome to fill in an application form for a nursery place as soon as their child is 2 1/2 years old. It is important to note that a nursery place does not guarantee a place in any particular primary school. Equally, parents keep the same right to a primary school place even if they do not take up a nursery place.

Children are eligible to start nursery as soon as they turn three years old. Find out more about our Eko school nurseries.

Parents are not able to appeal for a nursery place but can try a different nursery.

Joining an Eko Trust school nursery

Our nursery classes are currently able to take a maximum of 52 part time children. If there are more children than the number of places available, places are offered:

  • first to children who will get one term in nursery before starting primary school
  • then to children who will get two terms in nursery and so on.

In Each Age Group We Admit Children In This Order:

  1. Children who live locally and have a brother or sister at the school
  2. Children who live locally but don’t 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 but don’t have a brother or sister at the school

If a decision has to be made between children in one of the groups, a place is given to the child who lives nearest to the school by walking distance. If there are any places remaining then these are offered to other children using rules 1,2,3,4.

Once a place in a nursery class has been offered the staff will make a home visit. This is an opportunity for the staff to meet the child and family in their home environment where the child often feels secure and safe. It provides the family with the opportunity to share any important information with the staff and for the staff to explain how the nursery day is run. Parents are required to show proof of address (Council Tax bill, Tenancy agreement) and proof of the child’s date of birth (birth certificate) at the home visit.
Parents are encouraged to stay with their child in nursery until the child is settled and feels secure enough to be left. This settling in period varies according to each child.

Home visits

Once a place in a nursery class has been offered the staff will make a home visit. This is an opportunity for the staff to meet the child and family in their home environment where the child often feels secure and safe. It provides the family with the opportunity to share any important information with the staff and for the staff to explain how the nursery day is run.

At the home visit, parents are required to show proof of:
– address (Council Tax bill, tenancy agreement)
– child’s date of birth (birth certificate).

Settling in

Parents are encouraged to stay with their child in nursery until the child is settled and feels secure enough to be left. This settling in period varies according to each child.

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