Admission arrangements

We offer all new Reception children a place to start in September regardless of when their birthday falls. In exceptional circumstances a child whose birthday is between 1st March and 31st August can request a January start. The Reception admissions are handled centrally by Lewisham Council and you will need to complete and return your admission form (usually by mid-January) detailing your school preferences. Open days are held during October to give prospective parents a chance to see the school. 

Admissions to Nursery are handled directly by the school, in line with the Lewisham Admissions Policy. Application forms can be obtained from the school office. In year admissions (for children joining the school after Reception) are managed by Lewisham Council and ‘In year admission forms’ are available at school or from Laurence House in Catford.

If you are offered a place at the school, our Family Liaison Officer, will work with you and your child to ensure the smooth transition to Tidemill and make sure your child settles into their class as quickly as possible.

Admissions Policies can be viewed on our Key Information page under 'School Policies'.

The Home/School Agreement

All parents and pupils are expected to sign a Home - School Agreement when they become a pupil at Tidemill. The purpose of this agreement is:

  • To foster partnerships between the school and parents
  • To raise standards across all areas of school life
  • To make expectations clear on all sides


We have high expectations of ourselves, our children and our parents and carers, so please make sure you read through the agreement carefully and discuss it as a family.

Download a copy of our Home School Agreement (5.2mb) here