Here is an overview of Thornhill’s procedures for Nursery, Reception and In-Year admissions.

The Islington School Admissions Service coordinates admission to reception class and provides schools with advice on admissions during the academic year (in-year admissions) and represents the local authority at community school admission appeal hearings.  The contact details for the Islington admissions team is 020 7527 5515.

Here is an overview of Thornhill’s procedures for Nursery, Reception and In-Year admissions.

1. Nursery Admissions for September 2019

Children are admitted to Thornhill Nursery at the start of the Autumn Term following their third birthday if places are available. Attendance will be on a full time or part time basis.

If you would like to visit our nursery, please call the main school office on 0207 607 4162 or email

The school office will keep an application list of pupils seeking admission. Inclusion of a child’s name on the list does not constitute a promise of a place. An application form for a nursery place should be completed by parents or carers and submitted to the office by the end of March for your child to start in the Autumn Term. Applications received after this date will be considered once the first application round is completed and places have been allocated.

This is a school Nursery class and as such operates during term times only. Children who attend the Nursery do not automatically receive a place in Reception. 

To view our full Nursery Admission Policy, please click – Nursery Admissions Policy 2019

To view our Nursery Application Form, please click –

To view the Islington Early Years Admissions Policy, please click – Islington Early Years Admissions Policy

2. Reception Admissions for September 2019

Thornhill has an admission number of 60 in Reception for September 2019.

Applications for places in Reception should be made on the Islington Council Admission Application Form. These are accessible on the Islington Council Admissions website and should be submitted in accordance with Islington Council’s published deadlines for applications.

Parents are being urged to make sure they submit their applications on time for the best chance of getting one of their preferred primary schools for the September 2019 intake. The deadline to apply for those wishing to apply for a place at Thornhill is 15 January 2019.

Key dates:

  • 15 January 2019: this is your deadline to submit your application
  • 16 April 2019: you’ll get an offer by email in the evening
  • 30 April 2019:  this is your deadline to accept (or turn down) your school place

You may receive online support for the application process, on the Islington school admissions websiteFor technical help with the admissions process, parents can contact the London eAdmissions support helpdesk on 020 8255 55 55 or

If parents wish to apply online and don’t have a computer at home, they can use a computer at school alternatively there are computers that are free to use at local libraries.  Parents may contact their local adult and community learning centre to find out more about computer training courses. Please call “Contact Islington” on 020 7527 2000 for more information on these services.


3. In-Year Admissions

If you are looking for a place in any year group at Thornhill Primary School, at any time during the school year, please contact the school office, on 0207 607 4162 or by email at  You will then need to fill in an online application form, available at

We run regular school tours on Tuesdays (9.30am) and Wednesdays (2pm) but are also happy to show you around our school at a time convenient to you.

Apply for a school place in-year

How to change school mid-year, or get your child into school if you’ve just moved to Islington

You need to use an Islington in-year admission online form to apply for a school place when you:

  • are new to Islington and need a school place
  • want a change of school
  • need to apply for a reception place but you moved to Islington after the closing date

You can apply at any time.

Choosing the right school for your child  

  • talk to your child – involve them as much as you can
  • think about what’s right for your child – don’t rely on what others tell you or what you read on parenting websites
  • you can view all primary schools in Islington by clicking on this link –
    visit schools – contact the school for visiting dates
  • think about the journey – how easy will it be to get to the school? Some schools may be further away but are easier to get to
  • check the admission criteria and cut-off distance in the school fact file
  • don’t choose only one school– your application will not be treated more favourably and you could lose out on another school you like.

If you need further advice, contact the School Admissions team. They can’t tell you which schools to apply for, but they can explain the admission criteria and tell you where there are vacancies.


Apply online

If you need help filling in your online application, phone: 020 7527 5515 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday for advice or to book a face-to-face appointment.

What happens next?

Your application gets sent directly to us and a decision will normally be made within 10 school days. You should receive a letter from us.

Proof of your address 

The address you give must be your child’s current permanent address (the place where your child spends most of their time Monday to Friday). If you give false or misleading information about your (or your child’s) address, the school place may be withdrawn, and you may be prosecuted.

You need to provide one of the following:

  • Your Council Tax reference number (you can find this on your Council Tax bill).
  • A copy of your most recent rent, mortgage statement or tenancy agreement.
  • Two documents which show your address, e.g. a utility bill, bank statement, or a letter from your GP, hospital, dentist or optician

Proof that your child lives with you

You also need to provide one of the following:

  • A copy of your most recent child benefit or family tax credit letter, as long as it shows your child’s name and address

Two documents from the following:

  • A letter from your child’s GP, dentist, hospital or optician.
  • NHS Medical Card.
  • Child Trust Fund document.
  • The page in your child’s health record book that has their name and address.

All documents must be less than a year old. Please email your documents to Don’t delay your application, even if you don’t have all the proofs of address that we need – we’ll contact you later with advice on what to do.

Fair Access Protocol 

Islington’s Fair Access Protocol (PDF) ensures that children without a school place are found a suitable school quickly