St Thomas of Canterbury is a Voluntary Aided Catholic Primary School in the diocese of Southwark. The school exists primarily to serve the Catholic community; however, the Governing Body welcomes applications, subject to availability, of places from non-catholic families who support the religious ethos of the school.

COVID -19 Pandemic
On the advice of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Southwark, and the suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, we have issued the following statement in the event of oversubscription. Please the addendum document below.

The responsibility for the admission of pupils rests with the Governors who are the admitting authority. After consulting with the Local Authority the Governors tend to admit 30 pupils per Reception class at the beginning of the school year which starts in September.

Parents looking for nursery or reception places are encouraged to contact our Admissions Officer Jennifer Newton on 0208 648 0869 Option 5 or via email on to discuss any queries. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation we are unable to offer any visits to our school, but please see our virtual tours below.


Reception video:



In Nursery, children may be admitted the term after their third birthday. We have three intakes; September, January and April. Children will be allocated a part-time place which will be either a morning or afternoon session, or alternatively a full day if they qualify for free 30 hours Childcare under the current Government Scheme. Please see link below:

Applications need to be made directly to the school.  Please see below for dead lines for receipt of applications.

For January 2021 applications: Friday 21st May 2020

For April 2021 applications: Friday 15th October 2020

For September 2021 applications: Friday 11th February 2021

For January 2022  applications: Friday 21st May 2021

For April 2022 applications: Friday 15th October 2021

For September 2022 applications: Friday 11th February 2022

In the event that spaces become available after the cut off date, the admissions criteria will be applied for children eligible for the intake concerned, for whom we have received an application.


Children will be admitted for full-time schooling at the beginning the academic year in which they become of statutory school age (five years old). Where an application place for Reception is successful, parents/carers are invited to meet the Headteacher and staff in the Summer term and a carefully planned transition programme is implemented. Applications must also be made to Merton Local Authority and directly to the school. Please use the link below:-

Casual Admissions

For in-year admissions, where places are available, parents and carers should initially contact the school to arrange a visit. Applications should be made directly to Merton Local Authority and the school. Please see link below:-

For further details please refer to our Admissions Policy that can be found on this website.