Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

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    About Us


    Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is a two-form entry, voluntary aided school in the London Borough of Merton and places are allocated by our governing body once the application process (explained below) is complete. Our Published Admission Number is 30 children per class in Reception and 26 children for Nursery morning and afternoon sessions.

    We have limited availability in some year groups for in-year admissions. Please contact us for more information or to arrange a visit. 


    We firmly believe that visiting our school is the best way for families to discover what makes Sacred Heart special. Have a look at our Gallery page  for some photographs of our Nursery and Reception classes in action, watch our Early Years welcome or 'Learning in Love' video, or download a copy of our prospectus below. We appreciate that applying for schools or nurseries can be daunting so please do contact us if you have any questions about the process.

    Contact Us


    We are in the process of introducing a new online application system to enhance our admissions process. Please use for any enquiries about joining the school.

    School Tours 


    Across the Autumn term each year we hold regular Headteacher tours for families looking for a Reception or Nursery place for the next academic year. At other times of the year you are welcome to call the office on 020 89420215 during school hours or complete our enquiry form (see Contact Us above) to request a tour. All our tours are led by Mrs Dolan- Walsh (Headteacher) or another senior member of staff. 



    Wrap-around Childcare (from age 2 to 11)


    Sacred Heart offers flexible, wrap-around childcare for children aged 2 to 11 through our partnership with Kidz Klub breakfast and after-school club and Little Hearts pre-school. Click here for more information.

    Nursery Admissions


    Please see details of our nursery offer below. You apply directly to the school using our Nursery Application Form which is also available to download below. 


    School Admissions


    Whether you're applying for a place in Reception or an in-year transfer, please be aware of the following:


    • Two application forms should be completed. Please complete your local authority's Common Application Form (CAF) for Reception or the In-Year Transfer Application as well as our Supplementary Information Form. Merton residents can complete the Common Application Form (CAF) for Reception applications online at or click here for Merton's In-Year Application Form. If you do not live in Merton you will need to apply through your own local authority and you can include Sacred Heart in your application. Please head to your local authority's website and follow the links to school admissions. Sacred Heart's Supplementary Information Form is available to download below or the school office can let you have paper copies.


    • Return the Supplementary Information Form to the school and complete the CAF online, return a paper copy to the Local Authority directly or through the school by the deadline published by Merton. Completion of the Supplementary Information Form is not mandatory, however, if it is not completed, the governing body will not be able to consider your application fully against the school's faith criteria.


    • Please include copies of baptismal certificates (if available) with the Supplementary Information Form. Your child's baptismal certificate (if available) will be copied for the school records when the Supplementary Information Form is returned to the school. If your child is offered a place we will also need to see their birth certificate before they start school.

    Applying for a place in our School Nursery (for 3 and 4 year olds)


    Click here for more information about our school nursery offer. As Sacred Heart is a voluntary aided school you apply to us directly for a nursery place. Children are eligible for Nursery the term following their 3rd birthday and need to have turned 3 by 31 August 2022 for entry in September 2022, and 31 December for entry in January 2023.



    Eligible to start nursery

    Born betweenApply for a place
    September 20221st September 2018 and 31st August 2019We're accepting applications now
    January 20231st September 2019 and 31st December 2019We're accepting applications now
    April 20231st January 2020 and 31st March 2020We're accepting applications now

    Applying for a place in Reception 


    All children can start school in the September following their 4th birthday. If your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 they are eligible to start school in September 2022. Merton publishes school admissions criteria on its website


    If you do not live in Merton you will need to apply through your own local authority and you can include Sacred Heart in your application. Please head to your local authority's website and follow the links to school admissions.


    Please remember, in addition to applying through your local authority, our Supplementary Application Form (available to download below) should be returned direct to the school office.

    In-Year Applications 


    If you have recently moved into the area and need a primary school place for your child you will need to apply through the local authority where you live and complete your local authority's in-year application form. You are encouraged to contact us first to discuss availability. Merton residents can download a form from their website by clicking here. In addition our Supplementary Application Form (available to download above) should be completed and returned to the school. 


    For families in Merton the following link explains more about in-year applications.