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 Open Mornings (booked through the school office) are conducted by the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher on some Thursday mornings. They 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.

Due to Covid restrictions we are currently unable to hold face to face meetings; however we are running virtual Open Mornings via Zoom. If you would like to join one of these please email the school office for the next available date. This will be with the Headteacher and include a video tour of the school as well as an opportunity to find out more about Gillespie and ask any questions you have.

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 the Admissions Policy we follow and read their acceptance criteria.
Admissions at Islington Council

In year admission applications for Reception class are to be made via the above link. Once completing online the application will be sent to both the school and the Islington 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 2020 Reception class places can contact the school office from January 2021 for an update on their position on the waiting list.

Admissions (Years 1-6)

Entry to Years 1-6 is dependent on availability of places. To apply please see 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. The waiting lists are cleared each term so you will need to reapply for each term you wish to be on the waiting list. You can also find the Council’s Admission’s Policy which we follow.
In Year Admissions

Admissions (Nursery Class)

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

Click here for a Nursery Application Form. This can be completed and emailed to the school office.

For information about 30 hours of free childcare see here –

We follow the Islington’s Early Years Policy. You can find this here.