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Applications for a primary school place at Dalmain School are processed centrally by the London Borough of Lewisham Admissions team, following Lewisham’s Determined Admissions Criteria.  If the school is oversubscribed places will be allocated to:

  1. Children in care
  2. Children with a medical or social need
  3. Siblings of children already in school
  4. Children who live closest to the school

If you are a Lewisham resident, to apply for a place in reception at Dalmain you need to either apply online on the eAdmissions website:, or complete a common application form, which is available from any Lewisham primary school or from AccessPoint in the Town Hall.

  • Reception class
    Children start in reception the September after their fourth birthday.  Applications can be made between September and January for a place the following September.
  • Other year groups
    For any other applications, the parent/carer should contact Lewisham’s admissions team directly, by telephone on 020 8314 8282, by fax on 020 8314 3039 or by email on you are applying from another Lewisham school you will first need to meet with the Headteacher of the current school to discuss your reasons for wanting to move.
  • Nursery class
    In line with the Early Years Free Entitlement (570 hours of free early education year taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year), Dalmain’s Nursery class offers 50 part time places (25 in the morning, 25 in the afternoon).  Children can start in nursery the September after their third birthday.
    Applications for a place in our Nursery can be made directly to the school, by collecting an application form from the Reception desk and returning it directly to the school once completed.  Applications can be made at any time prior to the end of March for a place the following September.
    We also offer full time places for children who are eligible for 30 hours - check here to see if you are eligible:

Visits to the school

We welcome visits from prospective parents and carers.  Please contact the school for details of our school open mornings, which are held on the first Wednesday of every month during term time (except for September 2021). The dates for the 2021-22 academic year will be:

  • Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 9:15am
  • Wednesday 6th October 2021 at 9:15am
  • Wednesday 3rd November 2021 at 9:15am
  • Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 9:15am
  • Wednesday 5th January 2022 at 9:15am
  • Wednesday 2nd February 2022 at 9:15am
  • Wednesday 2nd March 2022 at 9:15am
  • April: please enquire for availability
  • Wednesday 4th May 2022 at 9:15am
  • Wednesday 8th June 2022 at 9:15am
  • July: please enquire for availability

The admissions procedure

If a child is offered a place at Dalmain, a member of the school office staff will call the child’s parent/carer and invite them into school for a meeting, during which they will complete the relevant enrolment forms. Parents will be given a handbook containing some information about the school, and will also have a chance to purchase school uniform.  Children will be informed of the name of their class and teacher.

Children who have English as an additional language will be given an appointment with the EAL teacher (which the parent can also attend), during which their level of English fluency will be assessed.

Pupil Premium

Parents/carers of pupils who are eligible for free school meals will be advised on how to apply for free school meals in order that the school receives additional Pupil Premium funding for that child.  School staff will also advise the parent of other benefits available through the Pupil Premium funding, such as subsidised  music tuition and Breakfast Club membership.