Gillespie Primary School
Gillespie Road, Highbury, London, N5 1LH
T: 020 7226 6840 F: 020 7354 8537
Gillespie Primary School | Admissions
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Gillespie School welcomes all families from the diverse and vibrant local community

Admissions- visiting Gillespie

School tours (booked through the school office) are conducted by the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher on some Tuesday mornings. They take place once per month, start at 9:10am and last approximately one hour. Tours can be extremely busy before the Reception class application deadline in January; and we are unable to conduct personal tours outside of these; so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please leave a daytime number in case tours are cancelled or rescheduled. The tour will be of the whole school starting with Year 6 and working your way down the school finishing in the Nursery class.

Tour dates: Tuesdays 7th February, 7th March, 25th April 2017.

Admissions (Reception class)

Applications to the Reception class are made initially to the Local Education Authority, Islington Council.

Admission to Reception has one intake- in September. Admission authorities for primary schools must provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. However parents can request to defer entry until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year (the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday).

Please see Islington Council’s website to apply for a Reception place, see their Admissions Policy and read their acceptance criteria.
Admissions at Islington Council

In year admission applications for Reception class are to be made via the above link or completing a form at the school office. If completing online the application will be sent to both the school and the Admissions Team. The school will reply shortly after to say whether a place is being offered or not. Schools take control of their Reception Class waiting list in the January following the September entry eg) children who were not successful for September 2016 Reception class places can contact the school office from January 2017 for an update on their position on the waiting list.

Admissions (Years 1-6)

Entry to other classes is dependent on availability of places. Go to the Islington Council In Year Admissions page to complete an application form. Applications for In Year Admission are dealt with by the School office. If your child is not given a place, you may appeal against this decision. The Headteacher will advise you how to do this.
In Year Admissions

Admissions (Nursery Class)

Nursery admissions are dealt with by the School. To apply please complete an application form obtained from the School Office. Admission to Nursery has one intake- in September, therefore you must apply by the end of the March before your September admission. Children join the Nursery in the September following their third birthday. Please note- completing an application form does not guarantee you a place in the Nursery and children in our Nursery do not take priority when applying for a place in the Primary School.

Nursery admission for September 2017

This is for children born between 01/09/2013-31/08/2014.

The government is in the process of introducing changes to the way nursery education is funded across the country. This is likely to change the admission criteria in Islington from September 2017. There may be fewer full time nursery class places available although all children will still be able to access a part time 15 hour place.
From September, some 3 and 4 year olds will be entitled to 30 hours per week of free childcare, under a new government scheme. The extended entitlement is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable them, where they wish, to return to work or to work additional hours.

For children attending Gillespie’s nursery school, we currently already offer 23 full time places and 6 part time places. It is highly likely that this new scheme will mean that we will be providing more part time places and less full time places. We are not yet able to determine what the ratio will be, but will be working closely with Islington Council as they decide upon a formula or system for funding a fair quota of full time and part time places for each school.

The government will soon be providing an online eligibility checking tool for parents to check whether they are entitled to full time 30 hour per week free childcare or part time 15 hour per week childcare. Parents will need to use this tool to check eligibility before a place can be offered. As soon as this tool is active we will inform parents. If eligible, parents will receive a code which they take to the provider of their choice together with their National Insurance Number and child’s date of birth. Providers must validate a code before they can offer a funded place.
Eligibility codes will need to be re-validated on a termly basis (every 3 months).

If you are not eligible for free 30 hour provision under the new system Islington are working on a charging system whereby parents may be able to pay for additional hours/ full time places.

Eligibility criteria:
Your child may be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare if your circumstances are as follows:

  • Both parents are working (employed or self-employed including zero hours contracts) or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family; and
  • Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at the national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW); and each parent individually earns less than £100,000 per year.
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave;
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave;
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay;
  • One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring; or
  • One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.


We understand that the London Borough of Islington will be looking to ensure that the most vulnerable children with complex social, emotional, medical and special educational needs should have access to free full time provision, if professionals agree this to be in the best interest of the child regardless of the above criteria.

This is the most up-to-date information we have on 03/03/2017. We will keep parents informed using the website and by contacting parents who have made applications for the coming year directly.