Admissions from Reception to Year 6

Our school has a defined set of admission criteria because of its location, popularity and consequent over-subscription. Beatrix Potter is a two form entry school. This means that each year will have an admission limit of 60 pupils. Having said that we now take a significant number of pupils outside our set criteria, so do apply.

The official order of priority in allocated places is as follows:

  1. Children looked after.
  2. Siblings of children currently on school roll, subject to their living within the school’s first or second priority area.
  3. Other children living within the first priority area.
  4. Other children living within the second priority area.
  5. Siblings of children currently on the school roll who live outside the priority areas.
  6. Other children outside the priority areas.

Within some categories applications will be considered in order of proximity to the school, where home to school distances are taken to be by a straight line. The straight line measurement used to prioritise applicants commences in all cases at the location of the property determined by the National Land Planning Gazetteer and terminates at the central point of the school site as determined by Wandsworths Geographical Information system. Measurements by alternative systems and/or other points will not be taken into account in any circumstances. Where applicants have identical distance measurements, priority amongst them will be determined at random.

The first priority area is bounded by and includes the following roads: Openview (east side from the school boundary wall to the corner of Burntwood Lane); Burntwood Lane (north side from Openview to Trinity Road, odd numbers 227 and upwards); Trinity Road (west side from Burntwood Lane to Magdalen Road, odd numbers 261-309); Magdalen Road (numbers 1-145).

The second priority area is those roads to the east of Trinity Road known as the “Toastrack” and Trinity Road (numbers 238-324) and the roads to the north of Magdalen Road including Groom Crescent, Strickland Row, Alma Terrace, Heathfield Square and Heathfield Road to the junction of Earlsfield Road, Wilde Place and Carmichael Mews.

The map provides a visual image of the two priority areas


Admissions at Reception are managed by the Wandsworth Borough Council and applications should be made directly to them. We will also be able to advise you on the likelihood of obtaining a place at Beatrix Potter. Full details of the admission criteria are contained in the Council’s ‘Choose a Wandsworth Primary School book.

Application Forms are available from the Pupil Services Team at Wandsworth Town Hall. Their telephone number is 020 8871 7316 or you can contact them by email at

If you wish your child to join us at Beatrix Potter we advise you to name us as your first preference but also apply to other schools, in case your application is not successful.

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place, but have a strong wish to come to BP, many parents gain places later in the school year and we pride ourselves on our ability to welcome and settle children who join us later. It is important to remember that you have to renew your application each year by contacting the council. If you require clarification do contact BP by phone or e mail. We would also discourage parents who see us as a stepping stone to the private sector before Year 6. We want to encourage parents who will join us for the full primary years so we can make a difference. Our children move on to both the best state and private schools and we continue to achieve 100% success at common entrance, gaining both scholarships and subsidised places. Go to our secondary transfer section for more information.

Years 1 through to year 6

Beatrix Potter parents are very mobile as careers and employment changes. We do have places in a range of year groups and we are happy to fill them. Talk to the office staff about the current position and the procedures to gain a place. If you are already in a Wandsworth school you are perfectly entitled to move your child to a new school in the borough. The process can be slow but at BP we are here to help. E Mail the school for details.

Nursery Admissions

In the nursery we have 26 full time equivalent places split between morning and afternoon each offering the free 15 hours per week.

Children attending the morning session at the nursery arrive at 9.05am and are collected at 12.05am. The afternoon session starts at 12.05pm and finishes at 3.05pm. Full time places are also offered. Start time is 9.05am and finishes at 3.05pm.  Dinner is provided at the appropriate rate at the time. Funding for full time places can be through the national scheme which parents must apply for. You can also pay the school direct. Details will be provided to all applicants offered a place.

Applications for places in Nursery are made directly to the school.

The nursery follows the same criteria as for the main school in allocating places. Each year the number of applicants and the number requesting part time places will determine the mix of full and part time places. If we offer full time places parents will receive the free 15 hours offer and then the other 15 hour offer to create a full time place will be charged at the rate applicable, parents can also apply for the Governments additional 15 hour offer. Parents will on the application form denote the place they are requesting. For full time places there will be a charge for school meals and a charge for staff supervising children who stay for lunch who are not covered by the current funding scheme for school.

Application Form in word format you can download and return.

Our Nursery 

For our nursery we offer a 4pm tour every Thursday during term time. 

School Tours 

For our school tour we offer a 2pm tour every Thursday during term time. We have to follow strict rules on visiting the school which are as follows: